Hidden, Neglected, Decaying

Good morning!

Tuesday 17th.  Another lockdown hike planned.  Very windy and mostly overcast but reasonably mild for the time of year.  On this one we even had the pleasure of the irate “Get orf my land!” farmer, always make me smile, bless ’em.

So join myself, Mrs H and our good friends Rose & Mick on what ended up an 8 mile (13km) 5 hour wander around the local countryside.

Woodland path
Ripe for renovation?

Deep in Lord Anson’s Wood, miles from any road, lay this derelict building with the grand name of ‘Strawberry Hall’.  It was, in times past, a Gamekeepers cottage.

I see the light!

It was here by the abandoned irrigation pipes we encountered the tractor driving gentleman who informed us the path we were on was private, as if I really cared!

‘One careful owner, low miles’

The ‘proper’ footpath took us through another farmyard where we saw this sad sight.  To be fair the barns had several beautifully restored tractors in them so maybe this was waiting it’s turn.

The 5.35 from Paddington will not be arriving any time soon.

Closed in 1959 this is Felmingham station on the ‘Midland & Great Northern Railway’ line (known at the time as muddle and get nowhere).  The track bed now forms part of the Weavers Way long distance footpath.

Autumn fruits

Have a great weekend!

34 thoughts on “Hidden, Neglected, Decaying

  1. My mate and I once got off the official path in what used to be known as ‘bandit country’ on the border in northern Ireland. In earlier times, the farmer would probably have brandished a gun in our direction, but he very kindly showed us onto the correct path through a side gate. You can never tell with farmers.

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    1. I’ve encountered gun totting farmers in the past. This one informed us the path was a narrow muddy track across the crop fields not the roadway we were on. As our friends are in their seventies I hardly think we posed a threat to his ‘property’.
      Going off track in Northern Ireland was a bit iffy a few years ago I should think but then the Irish people are known to be friendlier than us in Norfolk!

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      1. I would have done the same to avoid the boggy bits! We went to Northern Ireland in May 2014. We were originally hoping to walk the Antrim Coast but all the accommodation was booked due to the North West 200 bike race. So instead we did the southern ‘edge’, along the Lecale Way, the Mourne Wall challenge walk, the Mourne Way and the Gullion Way. I think it was the Gullion Way which drifted imperceptibly into the south and back to the north. The trip will long be remembered for Hull nearly beating Arsenal in the FA Cup. Sigh!

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      2. My wife and I were travelling across Ireland, from Dublin to Kenmare, in 2008, when Hull beat Bristol City in the play-offs (with that wonder goal by Dean Windass). I didn’t find out the score until later as Munster were playing Toulouse in the Heineken Cup Final. It was the first time in their history that they’d reached the top flight. I was in tears. No cigar, but a few beers helped me pull through! 😊

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  2. A very nice series of photos. I especially like the photos of the ruins and the tractor.
    Have a relaxing weekend dear Brian, take good care of yourself and stay healthy.
    Greetings Werner

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  3. I’ve enjoyed many similar hikes near home here in rural SW Virginia, so your photos made me smile. Age has slowed me down in this regard but fond memories remain clear. That’s what photography is all about. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure! I really enjoy walking in the countryside and am always on the lookout for odd things to photograph especially old neglected machinery, always makes me think back to when they were in daily use.


  4. I’m with Donna, I stared at that first shot for some time soaking up all the beauty in that one frame – by the way, do any of your trees actually grow straight? Thanks for taking us on your virtual walk – as you know we went into lockdown at 12am this morning… so in celebration (chuckle) my friends and I are going for a long ass run tomorrow on the trails. Note, they are also trying to tell us how many people can gather in our homes – that crap may work in the city, but certainly doesn’t fly out in the country especially when we are heading into Thanksgiving holiday. Keep up the walks B! I truly enjoy experiencing the sights across the pond.

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    1. We have similar lockdown conditions here in England. For instance you can only meet one other person not from your family you live with outside, so I meet Mick and Mrs H meets Rose and off we wander. We are not allowed to meet anyone in our homes or gardens. This sounds harsh and it is but it’s people flouting the guidelines that are causing cases and deaths to keep on rocketing. Some people think it’s ok to throw big parties, as happened in a town in our county, that town now has one of the highest rates of infection in the Country!!
      Anyway one day it will be just a bad memory but not just yet. Take care of yourself and Mrs D, enjoy your retirement.

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  5. Thank you for letting us tag along on a wonderful, refreshing and beautiful trek!

    The path is gorgeous, the “odd” discoveries are fascinating and the farmer spiced up the day. Finishing up with ‘shrooms is a great bonus!

    Happy you were able to get out and about, Brian. Happier that you are thoughtful enough to share it with all of us!

    A new week is around the bend! Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

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