Bolo Rei Walk - New Year's Day, 1 January 2017
The name Bolo Rei
comes from a traditional Portuguese seasonal cake served over the
Christmas period, it translates as 'King
Our New Year’s Day 'Bolo Rei' walk was attended by more people than we
originally expected, especially impressive considering the poor weather.
As well as people who already knew about us, the features in
Dereham Times and the EDP (thanks to Adam Lazzari) drew in walkers from
as far afield as Norwich, giving us more than 25 bookings. Adding in our
committee members, this put us up to a bit over the full capacity of New
Flavours café, the end point of our walk. The day itself was
forecast - correctly - to be the first wet day for some weeks, but at
10:00am there was a good crowd waiting in Dereham’s Market Place.
After a short wait while everyone got themselves fully ready (including
one last minute purchase of a pair of gloves), we set off - boots,
hats, coats, waterproof trousers, a couple of umbrellas and all. As it
turned out, the rain was little more than drizzle for the majority of
the walk and did not 'dampen
' the good spirits of the group. The
previous dry days proved useful, in that most of the paths were still
fairly solid, and though there was mud in a few places, it did not cause
Two hours later, we had fringed the Neatherd, passed through Northall
Green (a pity that the Mid-Norfolk Railway gala had ended the previous
day or we could have seen trains running up to Hoe), cut across through
Quebec Wood and finally descended to and crossed Rush Meadow.
Arrival at New Flavours was all you could have wanted: we had a great
welcome from Idalina and her staff, and everyone found that the Bolo Rei
more than met their expectations. We heartily recommend it - call 01362
525009 or 07907 009920.
We may have to do this again following these unsolicited comments:
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- LR - "We walked with you for the first time on New Year’s day
and, despite the rain, enjoyed it very much."
- JC - "Thanks for leading the walk yesterday I really enjoyed it
in spite of the weather!!"
- JA - "Thank you for the walk yesterday, really enjoyed it, would
very much appreciate some more guided walks around Dereham."
- JR - "My friends and I really enjoyed the walk and were made
very welcome... what a lovely event it was and we enjoyed the Bolo