Friday 17th – Sunday 19th March 2017, Brancaster, Norfolk
The North Norfolk marshes are famous for their wildlife, especially the migratory birds which spend the winter months here.
Less conducive for humans however, when a keen northerly wind sweeps across the marshland. So if it is solitude at the seaside that you are after
then this should be the place for you. Howsey, our local 'wildlife expert' will able to point out the best spots and perhaps explain the difference between
a pink footed goose and a white footed one, or the difference between a porpoise and a dolphin. Whether or not a Siberian Sparrow gets blown in for
some additional excitement remains to be seen. Beeley in the Peak District became famous overnight when a rare foreign bird appeared one day.
Brancaster Staithe is a traditional coastal village between Brancaster and Burnham Deepdale a few miles east of Hunstanton. The National Trust own a large Grade II listed flint cottage within the attractive harbour side area and have turned it into a two part Activity Centre. We have booked the self contained upper floor. This has 4 en-suite bedrooms of 22 beds, kitchen, and a 'snug'. Please bring a sleeping bag. Currently (Jan) there is still one spare place.
Finding the Activity Centre is extremely easy as it has been highlighted on the Ordnance Survey map Sheet No 132. Otherwise to locate Dial House on Harbour Way enter the village on the A149. Opposite the Norhshore Sailing Centre drive down Harbour Way for 200 metres or 220 post-Brexit yards and find Dial House on the left.
The nearest pub is the Jolly Sailors. This has won the 'Best Family Pub in the UK' Award, but images of whacky castles should perhaps be cast aside, as it appears to also be home to the Brancaster Brewery. Its provenance cannot be verified at the moment however. Further along the road is the White Horse. Not to be outdone, this boozer has won the 'Best Creative Outdoor Area' Award which would suggest something more than picnic tables and Kronenbourg umbrellas!
Our feathered friends on the marshes can be easily spotted from the Norfolk Coast Footpath which threads its way from Hunstanton to Sheringham. Decent linear walks can be achieved by utilising the regular Coasthopper Bus. The other main attraction in the area is the famous blue plaque identifying Horatio Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe and then celebrate the great man with a pint in the rather superb Nelson Arms in the village. Little Walsingham is a noted pilgrimage centre, and not because of the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. Hunstanton has sea cliffs and candy floss, and the Fox and Hounds home brew pub at nearby Heacham. Wells-next-the-sea has an impressive waterfont. Holkham Hall and Sandringham may not be receiving visitors just yet.
Please send the usual £ 5 deposit to Gustav to secure a bed or two.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June 2017, Hardraw, Yorkshire Dales
Details to follow
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October 2017, Hathersage, Peak District
Details to follow