Fancy a nice meal or two, enhanced with a spot of foraging along the North Norfolk coast?
From June 15-17 and September 14-16, glamping company Margins has teamed up with chef and forager Simon Hunter Marsh (a local Norfolk Food Hero) and his partner Kate Anderson, to offer an opportunity for people to learn about and cook from nature’s bountiful pantry.
Gin Wilson-North, from Margins, said: “Everything will be set up ready to welcome you when you arrive in our fully-equipped safari style tents plus all meals are included, although you do have to find and forage most of the ingredients.”
Guests will walk from their camp at Stiffkey, foraging along the coastline and countryside in that area, learning what they can and can’t eat, what the health benefits are, how to prepare and cook foraged finds and ultimately sit down together to enjoy meals of local produce enhanced by foraged culinary delights, which will undoubtedly include samphire.
People in Norfolk are being asked to pick up the pace against Parkinson’s this year at Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate on Saturday, May 13.
It is one of a series of walk events to be held across the UK for Parkinson’s UK during 2017.
Walk for Parkinson’s offers the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in a fun and active day out, while helping the charity step ever closer to a cure.
There are a range of distances around the grounds of the estate on offer to suit everyone, including a 2.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from.
Last year, 114 people took part in the walk at Blickling Estate to raise an impressive £11,000 between them, and the charity hopes to boost the fundraising total even more this year.
Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with the condition himself in 2011. Dave is encouraging as many people as possible to step up at the event.
He says: “In 2016 I completed my own 200-mile coast to coast walk for Parkinson’s UK. It was tough but the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line was fantastic.
“I know not everyone can walk that far, which is why our Walk for Parkinson’s at Blickling Estate with a choice of distances, is perfect for everyone.
“This year is going to be our most ambitious yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. With every pound that we raise we get closer to a cure. So please join us at Blickling Estate and help us step closer to our goal of improving the lives of every person affected by Parkinson’s.”
The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK T-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finishers medal.
The charity is hoping to raise over £400,000 from the 32 events, so suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50.
All money raised from Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate will help Parkinson’s UK’s work to provide support and information for people affected by the condition and to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure.
As well as walkers, the charity is on the lookout for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.
To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkblicklingestate, call 0207 963 9367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ginny Wilson-North couldn’t wish for a better office or commute to work.
And it’s all down to a new business she has started with husband Mark based on walking the Norfolk coast path.
The couple, from Colby, launched MarGins in December, a selection of walking and glamping holidays appealing to both dedicated trekkers and casual tourists looking for something a bit different.
Starting point for the holidays is Hunstanton, and the drive from their home village is just part of the job Ginny loves.
“There’s such a diversity in our coastline from the cliffs at Sheringham and Cromer to dunes and marshes,” she said.
Ginny has been walking various sections of the 84-miles of Norfolk coastline to add to the pack they give the walkers, making notes of signage, places of interest and places to eat.
Guests can choose from three holiday options – a three day, 38 mile walk from Cromer to Hopton-on-Sea; a four day, 46-miler from Hunstanton to Cromer; and the full 84 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to the Suffolk border, taking six days.
The glamping accommodation is set up each day on established campsites on the Norfolk Coast Path, with luggage transferred to the next destination each day.
The sturdy tents have comfy chairs and padded camp beds with soft, cosy duvets, plus, MarGins supplies a hamper of local Norfolk produce each day for breakfast.
Ginny said: “We’ve designed the routes to appeal to all levels of walker.“Ramblers and experienced trekkers can stick to the route or go further by checking out some of the many ‘off-piste’ paths. The less experienced can do as much or as little walking as they like – and even pop on the Coasthopper bus if they want a rest.
“The Norfolk coast is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in Britain. For anyone interested in wildlife there are world-renowned reserves all along the coast. It’s the perfect place for walking and glamping – especially when it’s relaxed and hassle-free.”
Add to that the fact that the trips are dog friendly and MarGins will supply everything you need – “except the dog”, said Ginny.
The couple decided to launch their holiday business after Ginny was made redundant from her job with the Red Cross. “I went from one kind of tent to another,” she said. “I was walking Hadrian’s Wall and had time to think about my future and what I wanted to do was something that I really enjoyed, and this is it.”
Their season runs from May to September, but their first guests took a B&B option so they could come this winter. They already have guests booked for the summer.
And the couple is hoping to branch out to offer family options and specialist breaks, including those for bird watchers.
Ginny added: “We have had some great feedback including from local people who want to walk the coast path but are not sure how to organise themselves. We do all that for them.”
For more information visit www.walkandglamp.co.uk. MarGins can be contacted direct by email, email@example.com or call 07787 534809. You can also find them on Twitter (@MarGinsholidays) and Facebook (marginswalkingandglampingholidays).