Walk in some big footsteps

A fundraising walk with a mammoth twist is happening along the north Norfolk coast this summer, to help raise essential funds for East Anglian charity Break.

The Mammoth Hike and Beach Clean, which takes place on Sunday, July 3, is a 13-mile route starting at 8am outside Barclays Bank on Holt High Street and finishing at approximately 12.30pm at Cromer Pier.

The route takes in countryside and heathland around Weybourne before picking up the Norfolk Coastal Path and presenting walkers with a clifftop meander through Sheringham, West Runton and the infamous Beeston Bump.

As walkers approach Cromer they will drop down to sea level to complete a 1.5-mile litter-pick and beach-clean along the final stretch, before being rewarded with a stroll along Cromer Pier.

The hike will also include the opportunity to visit three steppe mammoth sculptures forming part of the GoGoDiscover trail, which sees a prehistoric posse of 79 sculptures hit the streets of Norwich and Norfolk between June 27 and September 10.

The walk’s stretch near West Runton is especially pertinent since the oldest and largest fossilised mammoth skeleton ever found in the UK was discovered there, along north Norfolk’s Deep History Coast.

Sarah Bunn, fundraising manager for Break, comments: “With north Norfolk being home to the Deep History Coast and steppe mammoth sculptures featuring on the trail for the first time this year, we felt that a coastal fundraising walk could be a really community-spirited, fun event for people to take part in.

“Not only will the walk present an opportunity to spot three of our trail mammoths but it will end with a beach clean to help protect our valuable coastline – all while walkers can raise essential funds for Break, which supports young adults leaving care.”

The cost to join the Mammoth Hike and Beach Clean is £20 per adult and Break asks that you aim to raise £100 alongside your entry fee. Under-18s pay £10 and under-10s are free. Places include a medal and basic refreshments. Adults will also receive a T-shirt.

t To sign up or for more information visit https://donate.givetap.co.uk/f/break/mammothhikeandbeachclean

t For more information about Break visit break-charity.org

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