The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Monday, 15 August 2011

East to West Photos: Day 1

20 March (0725-1250)
Distance: 17.5 miles (Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth)
Weather: High cloud, some sun

Much of the morning of the first day was spent following the Angles Way through farmland and through/past villages. Somerleyton was the most notable village through which we passed, by the fact that so many of the buildings were worthy of a photo. This one below is of Somerleyton Primary School. What a pretty building in which to be educated! Day 1-1The next notable place we reached was Burgh Castle, but before we got there we passed two lovely little churches:

Day 1-2 Day 1-3Not long after we joined the River Waveney, where we got to really appreciate the flatness of the landscape for the first time, we got to Burgh Castle and thought that it was worth a tiny detour to take a look. There are three walls remaining of this Roman fort, but more notable for us as we approached was the gaggle of twitchers who all seemed to have their scopes/binos trained on us. We never did find out what they were watching.

Day 1-4I’m rather disappointed that I completely failed to get a decent photo of a windmill. There was always more than one within view and we passed close to more than one of them, and yet this is one of the clearest photos I have (which was taken from the lump on which Burgh Castle stands):

Day 1-5After a short jaunt up Breydon Water we finished our walk for the day, before 1pm, in Great Yarmouth. Realising that we had yomped along in ‘training walk’ mode, rather than in the more leisurely style of long distance walking, we made a mental note to slow down on the ensuing days.

The original blog post for the day can be found here.

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