Solemates Norfolk Walks

Solemates Norfolk Walks

Solemates Norfolk Walks

Solemates Norfolk Walks

Solemates Norfolk Walks

Solemates Norfolk Walks

Solemates Norfolk Walks


Walks  for August   2019

If you are new to walking and would like to  join us then please contact Sarah on 07879640676 or email  Please note that we normally have breaks on all walks and usually take snacks/drinks to have on route even though we may stop at a pub/tea shop afterwards. The pace is normally around 3 miles an hour, so not a stroll! Ideally, you will have some level of fitness and have done some walking, but we are only as quick as the last person at the back, so we do stop and wait for people if you are concerned in any way. In addition we take photographs (for our facebook page) and sometimes video for promotional purposes so if you do not wish to be included then that is fine, just opt out!

I also do not allow dogs on the walks, because of possible issues with cattle. There are other groups which cater for dog walkers. 

Please  have a look at the slideshow of Solemates from 2017 on the home page if you would like to see what we get up to.                                          

People are able to come along for a ‘free walk’ with us before deciding if they would like to join Solemates Club. Membership is currently £20.00 for the year. Once a member you are able to come along as little or as much as you like. On average there are around 15 people attending the walk each time.

We are trying to encourage some new faces along to the club, in particular some men!  so, if you know of anybody who may be interested?  Please send them this way….

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Sun 7th July   Pingo Trail Walk kindly led by Ralph, Starting in Thompson, near Watton. 8 miles
Meet/park ready to start walking at 10.30am in the car park opposite the old village hall, on Tottington road, Thompson, IP24 1PU (See photo below of where to head for)  Sorry no toilets available at the start.  This ‘shorts friendly’ walk follows the Great Eastern Pingo Trail, and comprises quiet roads, an old railway line and public footpaths across Thompson Nature Reserve. Given that the weather is at last starting to warm up the various beasties are taking to the wing, so you are advised to bring suitable anti-beastie spray. In addition, please bring snacks/drinks for a couple of breaks along the way. On our return optional refreshments can be taken in the Chequers Inn, Thompson, just up the road from the start of the walk.   New faces welcome to join us but please contact Sarah on 07879640676 or email to let me know you are coming along so I can look out for you.
Fri 12th July    Bowthorpe Marshes 4 mile evening walk followed by optional meal at the Clocktower.
Meet/park in the free car park at Roy’s store in the Bowthorpe main centre, Wendene, NR5 9HA. Ready to start walking at 6.30pm. This walk is kindly being led by John in a peaceful and quiet area which is a flood plain for the River Yare. This open area is an expanse of marsh, fen and grassland adjacent to the River. It is a beautiful spot and offers lots of wildlife opportunities for those who enjoy nature, you may even spot a kingfisher!
After the walk there is the opportunity to join John for a meal in the Clocktower (on the Dereham Road roundabout) it is best to google the Clocktower for their menu choices, which includes a carvery.

Sun 14th July     Aylsham, Blickling and Ingworth 6/7 mile walk followed by optional afternoon at Rocky’s Road, Classic Car and  Music Festival, £2.00 entrance for adults, event opens at 12pm.
Meet/park in the Buttlands Free car park on Mill Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6DS, ready to start walking at 10.30am. This walk is a bit different from the previous one earlier in the year, we will head over to Blickling via Silvergate, walk past the lake, and up towards Ingworth village before returning to Aylsham. Option to have refreshments after the walk in town or to go along to the Rocky’s Road, Classic car and Music festival on the Recreation ground on Burgh Road which is open until 6pm.  New faces always welcome please let me know you are coming though so I can look out for you, thanks, Sarah.07879640676 or email
Sunday 21st July   Acle Walk   7 miles 
Meet/park in the large free Recreation car park on Bridewell Lane, Acle, NR13 3RA, ready to start walking at 10.30am. The car park is sign posted on the roadside. The walk takes us along through the village of Upton and the nature reserve, then heads towards and along the River Bure, passing the Bridge Pub, and we may have a 30 minute stop here if the weather is nice, to hopefully sit outside. We return to Acle along the River Bure, back to the car park. Please bring snacks/drinks with you as a back up. New faces welcome as usual to try us out for free, but please let me know you are coming along so I can look out for you, many thanks, Sarah. 07879 640676 or email

Sunday 28th July        Day off! 

Fri 2nd August   Canadian Canoe Hire  2 hrs evening Session

Sorry but this event is now fully booked up! 

Meet 6.15pm ready to start at 6.30pm from Red Lion, Bishopgate, NR1 4AA.  2 persons in each canoe, going from the Red Lion, past Cow Tower and along the quayside in Norwich. Interested?? Full payment to Sarah to secure your place. No experience necessary. Contact Sarah on 07879640676 or email  Payment via bacs if necessary, just text me and I will send you details.


Sunday 4th August    Caister St Edmund walk  7.8 miles kindly led by Penny

Meet/Park ready to start walking for 10.30am from  the playing field/Pavilion on Long Lane, in Stoke Holy Cross, NR14 8LY. Sorry no toilets available today. This walk covers the many permissive footpaths around  High Ash Farm and along some of Boudica’s Way too. A lovely area with undulating countryside and with some good views of Norwich in the distance. Please wear supportive walking footwear, open toe or trainers perhaps not suitable for this walk. Option for refreshments after the walk in the nearby Wilderbeest Pub in Stoke Holy Cross, and hopefully, if it good weather you will be able to sit outside. New faces always welcome to try us out for a free walk but please contact Sarah on 07879 640676 to let us know you are coming along.  Penny’s number if required is: 07925 070103.                                               Caister St Edmund Church

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Sun 11th August   Treasure Hunt in the centre of Norwich organised by our very own Phil and Sharon.

Meet 10.30am in Chapel field Gardens in Norwich, whereby we will put into teams of 3/4 depending on numbers. Entry is £2.00 per person to cover costs and there is a prize for the winning team. The teams will set off at slightly different times around the City to find answer questions, take the required selfies, note details of certain landmarks, and gather the required items on this five mile walk.  In this fun day, nothing will be difficult, and it is designed for everyone to have a good time. Bring along a blanket, picnic, chairs or what ever you want, they will be looked after whilst you walk, and then, weather permitting, we will have a communal picnic afterwards in the park. Plan for the normal walking duration, so we should be back by 1.30pm for the food and the results! Interested? Please let Sarah know if interested 07879 640676



Sun 18th August     Cley Coastal walk   8 miles  kindly led by Penny

Meet/park  ready to start walking at 10.30am promptly from Cley Village Hall, The Fairstead, Cley Next the Sea, NR25 7RJ. This walk is a varied and very pleasant walk  taking in the Salt marshes, the picturesque village, the landmark windmill and St Margaret’s Church. With rolling countryside along good paths, and quiet lanes back to the marshes,  Please bring along snacks/drinks for a couple of breaks along the way, plus an option for further refreshments after the walk at ‘Three Swallows pub’ Newgate Green, NR25 7TT . New faces welcome to join us for a free trial but please let Sarah know you are coming along on 07879640676 or email   Penny’s number if required: 07925 070103.


Fri 23rd August         Coltishall  Evening Walk led by Sarah, details to follow soon….


Bank Holiday Sun 25th Aug   Beachamwell/ Cockley Cley, nr Swaffham. 7 to 8 mile kindly led by Penny

Meet/park ready to start walking at 10.30am in the car park of the Great Danes Bed and Breakfast, Old Hall Lane, Beachamwell, PE37 8BG. We have permission to park here and they are going to kindly open up for us on our return to serve refreshments,(they have a licensed bar)  and with tea/coffee with cake too if required!  The walk is in a lovely area of Breckland and  we will head over to the pretty village of Cockley Cley, visiting also the tiny hamlet of Shingham and Drymere following good heath and forest paths along the way. Please bring snacks/drinks to keep you going for a couple of breaks along the route. New faces welcome to come along and try us out for a free trial.  Please contact Sarah on 07879640676 or email to let us know you are coming along.  Penny’s mobile should you need is: 07925 070103.     Great Danes below, the car park on the right.

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Sunday 1st September            Southwold walk led by Sarah…………………………………


As with any activity there is always a risk attached to it and walking is no different. All persons attending the walks or events, do so at their own risk and are expected to take responsibility for their own safety and welfare. Solemates can not be held responsible for any accidents or injuries during any events. Please ensure that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.  Should you decide that you would like to attend a walk/event then please contact me so that I can welcome you.

Should you need any further information and to let me know you are attending events then please contact me at or 07879 640676.  Prospective members are always welcome to try us out first for free and the membership is only £20.00 which runs for a whole year.  Hope you can join us soon…….