Exploring Our Footpaths – forthcoming events

Many of you will have read about Reepham’s involvement in the Campaign to Protect Rural England-backed Exploring Our Footpaths project.

The Reepham Society was treated to a wonderful lecture recently by Professor Tom Williamson about studying the history of roads and footpaths in Norfolk. This is being followed up with a short series of guided walks this autumn looking at the archaeology and history of the footpaths in and around Reepham and of the landscapes they pass through.
So much lies hidden beneath the woods and fields we are familiar with – the remains of deserted villages, mills, prehistoric burial mounds, even a Roman road. The guided walks will point out where some of these monuments once stood and try to explain how we can study the ancient landscape. All walks are free of charge and open to everyone. Stout shoes and waterproofs essential.
Saturday 19 October, 1.30 pm
Meet in Whitwell Station car park for a walk through the countryside on the southern fringes of Reepham. Numbers limited to around 30 people.
Saturday 9 November, 10.30 am
Meet in Reepham Station car park for a rambling walk through northern Ree­pham, Salle Moor and Kerdiston. Numbers limited to around 30 people.
Saturday 16 November, 10.30 am
Meet in the car park outside Salle church for an exploration of the hidden prehistory of Salle and Heydon. This walk will take in footpaths and green roads. It will include some activities in which you can take part, so numbers will be limited to 10.
The Exploring Our Footpaths project now runs until May 2014 so there is still plenty of time to get involved. As well as providing some public ev­ents we also wish to do some archaeological and historical research and to collect oral history and reminiscences.
 If you would like to come or would like more information, please telephone Imogen and Trevor Ashwin (01603 870523) or email footpaths@world-tree.co.uk so that we know how many people are likely to attend.

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