Two game young men, David Atthowe and Jordan Eva, aka Nomadic Lion, set off on 17 October 2016 to literally walk around Norfolk for charity. Their aim was to promote the wonderful and unique county of Norfolk, its distinctive dialect, food, history and culture. At the same time, the travellers aim to raise awareness of a Norwich based charity, Musical Keys, who bring the joy of arts to disabled and disadvantaged youth.
The walking partners have known each other since their school days but are only really beginning to get to know one another fully during the course of this walk. They chose to support Musical Keys once they met the people behind the charity, visited their workshop and saw exactly what they did.
The 200 mile journey spans 20 days (17 October through 5 November 2016) and is being charted on their social media platforms:
Following their walk from Happisburgh to Sheringham the pair had breakfast at Roy Boy's Cafe and found the owner/staff keen to help. They also enjoyed meeting Colin Seal, a well known artist involved in a community art group. Overall, Sheringham left a very positive impression on them as they noted a strong community feel. They continued on their way and before Sidestrand saw a sudden opening up of a view of the cliffs which the duo had much appreciation for. They continued on to Overstrand where they enjoyed a sponsored lunch with cider at The White Horse and the other customers happily contributed to their donation bucket whilst they were there.
Their visit to Wells was also enjoyable and they told me that they got talking to a family whist they were there. The young son (5/6 years old) asked why the two were doing their walk and once he understood he handed over his pocket money for the benefit of Musical Keys!
At Cley, John at the Picnic Fair could not have been more generous to them, allowing them to choose from his range of Norfolk produce for their journey.
David said: "Some of the best days so far were spent in Wells and Holkham with Holkham Beach a personal favourite for Jordan." From there they went on to Thornham and visited Hunstanton Beach where Jordan enjoyed climbing the cliffs (not to be recommended as the cliffs have regular rockfalls) at Hunstanton.
Along their route the lads have found many generous Norfolk folk and businesses who have provided food and shelter with lots of Norfolk generosity. Among these were the Chequers Inn at Thornham where they were warmly welcomed by Molly with 'really tasty pizza'. This point of their journey was the only one where no accommodation had been pre-arranged but Molly soon sorted that out for them. Just as David and Jordan were imagining a night camped on the beach Molly had arranged for the two to overnight at her parents holiday home in Ringstead complete with hot tub and a glass of champagne!
The next morning the pair continued on their way to Norfolk Lavender where I met them for a cup of tea and they simply had to try the Lavender Cake as David professed to being something of a connoisseur of this local delicacy. David's verdict: "The best Lavender Cake yet" having admitted to trying quite a few versions courtesy of an Aunt who enjoyed baking them. We parted company with the two setting off in the direction of The Rose & Crown at Snettisham (where they had been promised lunch) and ultimately Sandringham for their overnight accommodation. I look forward to hearing more about their experiences as they see what else Norfolk can show them.
At the time of writing, Nomadic Lion had exceeded their fundraising target of £1,000 by £50 within one week and they hope to do even better by the end of their journey.
If you would like to help David and Jordan to bring joy to disabled and less-abled people across Norfolk you can help support them on their journey in various ways and you can donate direct to their Just Giving page: http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/nomadiclionIf you would like to know more about Musical Keys visit their website:
Since writing this article I have heard they enjoyed their visit to the Rose and Crown in Snettisham and were very appreciative of the kindness of Father Adrian Ling in Kings Lynn. Then the duo visited The Stag Inn at West Acre, followed by the Cafe, Castle Priory and the village hall at Castle Acre. They then took a rest day on 28 October 2016 at Red Lodge Country House, Narford, where they were looked after by owner (Peter). The lads were impressed that Peter makes all his own smoked and cured meat and cite these as some of the nicest breads in Norfolk. They then spent time exploring the woodland on the Nar Valley Way footpath before continuing on to Thetford and the start of their final week of walking.
Photo credit: David Atthowe of Nomadic Lion - Jordan Eva on Hunstanton Cliffs