Sheffield to Great Massingham Day 1. Train to Kiveton (brand new, sparkling clean) then on NCN6 through Workshop to Clumber Park which was gorgeous. Clumber bridge was severely damaged by an arsehole in a car but has now been repaired and closed to traffic – hopefully it will stay that way. On to 642 through Tuxford and across the Trent on the Fledborough viaduct, continuing through on 64 to Lincoln where we have a fab view of the Cathedral. Yes it is possible to have fun despite everything!
Sheffield to Walsingham Day 2: Lincoln to Holbeach. Down the Water Rail Way (it’s a triple pun: it’s an old railway path running between two watercourses & the water rail (bird) lives there. Geddit?!) along very long straight roads, got lost in Boston (always do) & then along remote washlands roads into Holbeach. All on NCN1.
Sheffield to Great Massingham Day 3. We left our lovely hosts in Holbeach, still feeling a bit bloated after Adnam’s beers in the Horse and Groom and a massive curry in the Chameli, and continued on our way Eastwards. NCN1 veers south at this point towards Wisbech, so we left it behind and continued on slightly busier roads through Gedney to Long Sutton (passing the Jolly Farmer…
where you cross the Nene and continuing to Terrington St Clement where we veered south, rejoining NCN1 at Wiggenhall St Mary Virgin to cross the geographical barriers that separate the Fens from Norfolk – the Middle Level Main Drain, the Great Ouse, the Relief Channel, the railway, the A10 and the A47. The landscape is changing – the odd rise, more trees – as we made our way to Marham, noting that now even the minor roads can be busy, on to Narborough. A refreshing climb up Tumbleydown hill brought us to within quacking distance of the Dabbling Duck, which was to be our home for a couple of days while we visited the Anish Kapoor exhibition at Houghton Hall before making our way to Kings Lynn for trains home. NCN1 from Castle Rising is a fantastic way to journey right to the heart of the city, notwithstanding Sir John Betjemans lament for the demise of the Kings Lynn to Hunstanton railway.