Mar
30

Easter on the Norfolk Coast (38171)

Event Overview

OutdoorLads is back in Norfolk for an extra special long Easter weekend where you can enjoy the stunning Norfolk coast on fantastic walks, explore the area's attractions, and relax with friends old and new!  And as it's Easter, there will be seasonal treats to gorge on too! 

Hunstanton  is within Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with incredible cliffs, stunning sunsets and miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches. Hunstanton faces west across the Wash, making it one of the few places on the East coast where you can watch the sunset over the sea. We'll be staying at the Hunstanton YHA, which has been greatl...

OutdoorLads is back in Norfolk for an extra special long Easter weekend where you can enjoy the stunning Norfolk coast on fantastic walks, explore the area's attractions, and relax with friends old and new!  And as it's Easter, there will be seasonal treats to gorge on too! 

Hunstanton  is within Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with incredible cliffs, stunning sunsets and miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches. Hunstanton faces west across the Wash, making it one of the few places on the East coast where you can watch the sunset over the sea. We'll be staying at the Hunstanton YHA, which has been greatly improved recently with the addition of en-suites to some rooms, and is Visit England 3-star approved. There is a large lounge and conservatory for dining and relaxing, and the garden has seating with glorious sea views! Hunstanton is a traditional seaside town and so there are also all the usual facilities at hand - and no doubt a trip to a fine local public house will be on the cards should people wish! 

After arriving on Friday and the traditional OutdoorLads buffet and weekend briefing, there will be time to catch up with friends and meet new ones. On Saturday, there will be a day walk (or maybe two, depending upon leader availability) or you can choose to exlore the area independently. A further option may be a road cycle ride, taking advatange of the relatively flat area for some fun and not-too-challenging riding. A further day walk will be planned for Sunday, but with an earlier finish to allow time for a traditional Easter Sunday dinner as a focus for the weekend. We'll also have a visit from the Easter Bunny at some point as well, no doubt..! On Sunday, after cleaning and leaving the hostel, people are free to head home or for those who wish, a further optional local activity will be arranged. 

So come with us to explore Norfolk's coast this Easter and #GetOutMore!

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What to bring

For the hostel:

You will need a towel, wash kit and clothes to wear about the hostel. If you are unsure about anything please message the Event Leader.

For the walk:

Don't forget, this is a Spring event; and the weather may be unpredictable. Make sure you have plenty of layers, including spares in your rucksack.  

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.  Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.

Gators:  Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.  They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet.  Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall.  Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt.  The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.

Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.  This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential.  The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading.  Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry your lunch and additional clothing.  In the event of wet weather a dry bag is recommended, with equipment being placed in the water proof bag inside the rucksack.

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.

Food & Drink

Friday Night: Welcome buffet. Please bring at least one or two items for the buffet. No need to go over the top. Enough to feed 2-3 people. 

Saturday Breakfast: Included in the event cost

Saturday Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch

Saturday Dinner: A three course meal is provided in the event cost. *

Sunday Breakfast: Included in the event cost

Sunday Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch

Sunday Dinner: A three course Easter Sunday meal is provided in the event cost.

Monday Breakfast: Included in the event cost

 

Tea, coffee & squash: Included throughout the weekend

Other drinks: Please bring your own

* Please ensure your allergy information is up to date, this is so the event leader can plan accordingly. 

Meeting & Times

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Directions

By Car:

Follow the coast road (A149) to Hunstanton, then signs for South Beach (Southend Rd) Turn right into Park Road, then first left, hostel is 20mtr on the left.

By Public Transport:

The nearest train stations are Kings Lynn and Sherringham, both of which have frequent services. From there either get a bus (coasthopper bus from Sherringham) or organise to meet with fellow ODLers and share a taxi.


Event Reference No:
38171