On one of the wettest mornings of the year the Norfolk and Suffolk Long Distance Walkers began to stream into the village (no pun intended). 200 walkers registered for this years' event, with a choice of two walks - 18 or 26 miles. The walk starts in Walberswick once a year on the first Sunday of October, so it's a weather lottery, but this had not deterred the hardy members of the Association. By 8am the village hall was packed with walkers, wrapped against the rain and wind, ready to register and there was a palpable sense that they all relished the challenge. The hall was festooned with waterproof fabric and even the floor had been covered in plastic to protect it from the wet and muddy feet that will be finding their way back this afternoon.
The LDWA is an association of people with the common interest of walking long distances and some member participate in lots of challenges, whilst others stick to their local patch, and by becoming a member you are kept informed about walks all over the country. The local group organisers run an efficient shop, with maps, written instructions and pit stops along the way providing refreshments. On a day like today they will be very welcome! Some walkers enjoy undertaking the whole event in a group, chatting their way around whilst others take up a half jog, half walk pace and plug in their earphones, taking them out every now and then to listen to instructions from locals who have noticed them taking the wrong turn.
Anyone interested in joining the association can find information by following this link they are a very friendly bunch!