Despite the windy, wet weather Annie has walked the Horning footpaths diligently already this year: all eighteen of them. Using the Definitive Map, loaned by Horning Parish Council, all the paths have been identified and photographed. The paths are numbered 1 to 19 but strangely FP5 is not featured on the map and we have not been able to find out if, or when, it was expunged. The footpaths with low numbers are mainly within the present village of Horning, so perhaps FP5 was lost when more housing development took place. Included in the list of footpaths are two which are now Restricted Byways (RB) and one which is a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT). There is little understanding of the difference in status of the routes and therefore it is difficult to implement respect for their correct use.
We have divided our time between research, mainly at the Norfolk Records Office, and walking the routes, concentrating on those which seem to have the longest history. We hope that our planned exhibition on Saturday 12th April 2014 in St Benet’s Hall will help more stories to emerge and stimulate an interest in further researching of Horning’s footpaths and their place in the recent history of the parish.
All are welcome to come to Connecting Threads: Exploring Horning’s Footpaths on Sat 12th April 10.00 – 4.00 in St Benet’s Hall, beside the riverside green. If you arrive by car please use the free car park at Horning Village Hall NR12 8LQ (signposted separately off the A1062) and walk down towards the river. If you arrive by boat there are free 24 hour moorings at Horning Staithe. There are many local eateries and historic St Benedict’s Church is a 20 minute walk away.