The swallows and house-martins were frantically feeding in preparation for their departure as we went on a late summer walk today to observe a different view of the landscape now that much of the harvest has been gathered in. The footpath from Horning Church (FP15) had been cleared by the farmer, so it was easier to walk than it had been in July when we surveyed the trees. On that occasion we had noticed a overgrowth of brambles just where there appeared to be a tree missing at the end of a line of oaks along the field margin. At the time we suspected that the brambles concealed the ancient stump. How wrong we were! The footpath trimming had exposed an old Electricity Company marker!
We are busy planning another historic walk similar to the Horning walk from St Benedict’s to St Benet’s, which we undertook just as the project was starting. On Saturday 18th May thirty people gathered to walk the route that would have been used when the abbey of St Benet was a thriving community. The weather had been very wet and cold at that time as you can see!
The group of walkers in the photo are standing at the junction of three important rights of way: the footpath from St Benedict’s Church (FP15), the Byway Open to All Traffic leading to Horning Old Staithe (known as Waterworks Lane) and the Restricted Byway (RB18) to Horning Hall.