Meetup to replace our Forum

Hi,

You might have noticed that as from the walk on 6th August 2017, the links on the home page and the walk listing now point to the appropriate walk on Meetup, rather than in our forum.

This is following a committee meeting in July 2017, where it was decided to transitioning towards using Meetup, rather than our forum. This is following the lead of our members who are primarily using Meetup anyway.

Usage of the forum will be scaled down over the remainder of 2017, and the forum will be closed completely at the end of 2017.

If you need any advice about listing your walk or event on Meetup, please contact Julian.

Changes to this website & forum

Our regular members will no doubt have noticed that our forum (where all of our planning takes place) abruptly disappeared, only to be replaced by a new and largely empty forum. This sudden change was necessary, due to changes in our group funding which did not allow us to spend funds on hosting our website. The good news is that this site is now being hosted for free by Julian, our chairman, but this caused the need for the forum to be replaced by one which will work on Julian’s server.

These changes more or less coincided with my change of group role to become the webmaster, which has been a steep learning curve for me!

Hopefully our members are now getting used to the workings of the new forum, which is of a far more traditional Internet forum style.

I am now starting to get my head around the website, so starting with Liam’s walk on new year’s day, upcoming walks will once again be advertised on our homepage and on our Facebook group.

Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for the website, so that we can make it even more appealing to existing members and potential new members. You can email me directly at richard@inter-logic.co.uk

Richard May,

Webmaster, Hike Norfolk.

Have you ever wondered who has been clearing your paths for you?

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The chances are that if you report a path that needs clearing that Peter James and a team from the Norfolk Area Ramblers will attend to it. Peter spends up to 3 or 4 days a week (!) keeping your paths clear. That is a HUGE amount of work.  He frequently has a team of people to help him but he could always do with a bit more help. This weekend a few of us from Hike Norfolk went to help him out.  If you can spare a few hours of your time giving  a bit back to the countryside that you have been enjoying you will be sure to have a sense of satisfaction of a job well done. It is really quite fun to have a go with a hedge trimmer! Peter drives an orange lawnmower / path cutter, which helps a great deal. When there is more path clearing planned it will be advertised on the Forum, so please do sign up! See our Facebook page for more pictures from this weekend.

Walk about Britain with the Ramblers and their new walking festival

“Get walking Britain!

Walking makes you feel happier and healthier, and we think everyone should enjoy the benefits. Which is why we’re getting Britain on its feet. Join us for a walk, invite your friends and help us get everyone, everywhere to discover the joys of walking.

It’s as easy as…

  1. Register to find group walks, routes and walking festivals near you
  2. Log your walks and invite your friends to get involved
  3. Earn badges and win prizes!”

Wanted! Wild Thing Recorders for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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Norfolk residents who love the outdoors are being encouraged to record sightings of local wildlife in a bid to support Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s conservation efforts.
WildWalks is a new online recording tool, established by The Wildlife Trusts in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). It will allow people to log wildlife sightings and map records of plants and animals across NWT’s target areas for landscape-scale conservation, known as Living Landscapes, and in some nature reserves.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Do you know your oak from your ash?

Why not check out the Woodland Trust’s guide to British trees, and then test your knowledge when you go for a walk next?

Trees, woods and wildlife

Our woods and trees are home to more wildlife than any other landscape. Ancient woodland is particularly precious , supporting over 200 of our rarest and most threatened species.

Hedgerows, copses, woods, wood pasture and parkland all have a unique character, biodiversity and eco-system. Together they make up vital habitat links, connecting wildlife across the landscape and helping species to survive and thrive.

Explore British Trees, from alder to wych elm. Find out what they look like, where they grow, and how they’ve been used by people. Take a journey through different types of woodland habitats, and discover the amazing animals, plants and fungi that rely on woods and trees to survive.

The Woodland Trust

Trig Pillars – The 80th Anniversary

Did you know, according to this months Walk magazine, that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar? There Liz, Clive and I were posing on the one on Kinder Scout the other week, and I was think about how trig pillars always seem to result in the desire on the part of walkers to climb on them.   The Retriangulation of Britain was started in 1936 in Cold Ashby in Northamptonshire using these all important structures. Maps were created, which walkers have and do use when exploring the countryside. Unfortunately as they are no longer needed and are falling into disrepair.  If you find one falling down, then you can tell the Ordnance Survey and they will repair it.  Read more on p24 of Walk.

The Ramblers are Recruiting – Campaigns Officer

Join Britain’s biggest walking charity to help everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. The Ramblers  is the only charity dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces, leading walks, opening up new places to explore and encouraging everyone to  get outside and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness.

We are recruiting a campaigns officer to develop and deliver effective and innovative campaigns that support the Ramblers’ mission. In this exciting role you will engage with supporters and the wider public on campaigns. You will support, develop and train volunteers so that the Ramblers’ campaigning priorities can be delivered positively and effectively at national, regional and local levels. As a passionate campaigner for change, you will keep abreast of developments in the campaigning sector and be keen to try new approaches.

This role sits within the newly formed Engagement Team, which is part of an ambitious new approach and strategic direction for the organisation. You will work with colleagues across multi-discipline campaigns.

Read more here