Tom G very kindly contributed the following account of yesterday’s club walk. Thanks to him for organising and leading once again.
“A full complement of seven rowing walkers met at the dinghy park on Monday to deliberate with Tom Green on the most appropriate way of achieving an ambient balance of exercise, comfort and conviviality. With the time and ebbing tide refusing to move fast enough to ensure realistic passage down the middle of the Harbour, it was agreed to explore the Harbour, virtually, from dry land, by walking the coast path to the Stiffkey Creek opposite Far Point (where the seals are) After tackling the unseasonal congestion of the Carnser, the Quay and the start of the Morston path, we maintained a steady walk rate with stops to watch a flock of Golden Plovers a Whimbrel and a Greenshank, all conveniently ‘put up’ by a passing Buzzard and Marsh Harrier.
The appearance of a small posse of Brent Geese and 12 Swans a-swimming were a cruel reminder that Christmas is only just around the corner, unless cancelled this year. A detour north along the Morston Creek gave us the chance to inspect the excellent recent handiwork by members of the Cockle Club in renovating the eroded path near the last bridge. On towards what would have been the lowering sun (had it not been for the thick cloud) we were able to get good views of Barry the Bait-Digger and hundreds of Oystercatchers and Shelducks from the delightful grassy path which runs along the edge of the marsh towards the Stiffkey Creek. So, on to the stretch back to Blakeney via Morston for NT coffee (for those who had failed to carry their own supplies!) and the chance to then practice the ‘Covid swerve’ – tricky on the narrow path, without risking plunging down into the ditch.
It would be nice to think that there may yet be other days for a walk out on the Harbour before the water once again becomes bone-chillingly cold.”