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]

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

East to West Photos: Day 3

22 March (0740-1515)
Distance: 16 miles (tot: 51 miles) (South Walsham to New Hainford)
Weather: AM: wall-to-wall sun; PM: cloud

It was an absolutely gorgeous morning (as illustrated by the photos below), and it was still quite early when we passed through the village of Ranworth. I was intrigued by the fact that almost every house in the village was thatched, even though most of them weren’t ‘thatched cottage’ sorts of properties. Some looked to be pretty modern (in the context of UK property), which looked a bit odd with a thatched lid:

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Down the hill from these houses was Ranworth Broad, of which we both failed to take a good photo, but here’s a rough idea of how it looked.Day 2-1

If my memory is correct, then this pub (which had come recommended) was in Woodbastwick. It did look like a good place to tarry, particularly on a sunny day, but being only 0930 when we passed by it was a bit early for opening time.

Day 2-2

Why just say ‘please shut the gate’ when you can be much more colloquially poetic about it? Day 2-3

Arriving at our campsite for the night we had to hang around for a while before we managed to get hold of the owners to find out if we could camp (a sudden crisis of confidence on my part as to whether they did take tents), during which time the horses in the next field took great interest in us. Two of them had got bored by the time Mick took this snap:


The original blog post for Day 3 can be found here.


  1. All that fab weather seems such a long time ago...

  2. It hasn't been a very summery summer lately has it? I suspect it's been a lot less summery up where you are than down here (not that it's been massively summery down here).

  3. It's been an odd one! Today it's clear blue skies and warm, because we're popping up a 'hill'.