The Norfolk Coast in Spring
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OutdoorLads is once again returning to the stunning location of Wells-Next-the-Sea on the Norfolk Coastline. Set in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wells has a beautiful coastline with some fantastic walking to offer over this early Spring weekend!
The YHA in Wells is a small, but modern and comfortable hostel, converted from a old church. With well kept rooms and a number of small lounges to relax in, it's a great hostel, positioned in the town so that we can make use of the amenities there, but with walks available from the doorstep.
On the Saturday we'll be taking a long (but relatively flat) day walk along coast-line, taking in some of the amazing landscape and unique marshlands. This is the Norfolk coast, so expect some breeze, but this is a great route with a cafe part-way along for a tea or coffee top-up and usually some great cakes!
On the Sunday, after clearing the hostel, those who have time have a choice of a range of activities-from biking around Holkham nature reserve and Holkham Hall, or a visit England's largest seal colony on a boat trip out at Blakey Point - which is fantastic, and a Norfolk must-do!. As Norfolk is well known for being flat, it's the perfect location for some road biking if anyone would like to bring their bike along.
Breakfast will be provided on both days, with a cooked dinner on Saturday evening, and of course, the traditional OutdoorLads buffet on Friday evening. On Saturday evening, we'll have a those who want to may fancy a drink in a nearby local establishment, or relax and chat to others in the hostel.
Dogs: Up to two very well behaved dogs can attend this event, but only by prior arrangement with the event leader (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ) and at a cost of £30 per dog (this is a YHA charge.) Those with dogs will be allocated a specific bedroom, and remain responsible for the dog at all times, which must be kept out of the food preparation and dining areas. One place has now been taken, so just one dog space remaining.
What to bring
For the hostel, bedding is provided, but you'll need to bring your own towel, clothes, toiletries and any drinks you want for yourself. You'll need a contribution to the Friday night buffet, and to be adequately prepared for Saturday's activities - see the kit list below:
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Breakfast and Saturday night's evening meal is provided in the cost of the weekend, as is tea and coffee all weekend. If you have any dietary requirements, please make sure it's noted in your profile so we can cater accordingly. You'll need to make sure you bring a item for the buffet on Friday evening, and any additional drink for yourself over the weekend.
Food included for the weekend:
Saturday morning-Cold Breakfast provided
Saturday evening-Cooked Dinner
Sunday morning-Cooked Breakfast
You'll need to provide your own packed lunch for Saturday.