Update: Norfolk County Council chairman completes second day of epic walk across Norfolk

Norfolk County Council chairman Hilary Cox is walking from Lynn Minster to Yarmouth Minster. Picture: Matthew Usher Norfolk County Council chairman Hilary Cox is walking from Lynn Minster to Yarmouth Minster. Picture: Matthew Usher

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
8:05 PM

Hilary Cox has finished the second leg of her minster-to-minster walk along Norfolk’s trails.

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Day three - journey’s end

Tomorrow Mrs Cox will set off from Whitlingham Broad for Great Yarmouth, along Wherryman’s Way, visiting Reedham Primary School and Polkey’s Mill.

She will arrive at the Vauxhall Bridge, which marks an end to the trails route, continuing to Yarmouth Minster, where she will meet the Mayor of Great Yarmouth and open an Easter Fair.

During the evening, she will host a reception at the Time and Tide Museum, celebrating Yarmouth as the gateway to the Broads.

But far from putting her feet up after making the 39-mile journey from Gressenhall to Tasburgh Mrs Cox, clad in her walking gear, headed off to chair a meeting for parish councils wishing to find out more about Norfolk’s trails and how they can improve footpaths.

Her son Adam Hutchinson, who is accompanying her on the walk, said: “She finished the walk and headed straight out to business. She’s doing really well.”

Mrs Cox, who reached Tasburgh with her son at about 6.20pm today, left Gressenhall at 7am, before walking and cycling to Tasburgh.

After walking to Lenwade, they hired bikes from Whitwell Station Cycle Hire, and rode it to Norwich along Marriott’s Way.

She then visited Bicycle Links, on Duke Street, which sells refurbished bikes, before riding to Trowse for lunch.

from Trowse, she cycled and walked along the Bouducca Way to Tasburgh, via West Poringland.

In Tasburgh, she officially opened a new footpath linking Lower and Upper Tasburgh, via the heritage Field, before refreshments at the village hall.

After a quick blessing from the Bishop of King’s Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, Mrs Cox set off from Lynn Minster yesterday morning.

Mrs Coxis walking and cycling the 110 miles from Lynn Minster to Great Yarmouth Minster to raise money for the Norfolk-based Big C charity.

Pausing for a breather en route, she said the morning had passed without any blisters.

“It’s a shame about the rain at the start,” she said. “But the rest of the day’s been warm.

“It’s been really, really good so far. It’s been a bit of a hard slog, I’ve never walked this far in my life.

“There have been some uneven bits we’ve had to walk on, but we’ve heard cuckoos, we’ve heard woodpeckers, we’ve heard pheasants and we’ve seen pairs of swans.”

Mrs Cox said she hoped to make people aware of the wonderful trails across the county the county council helps look after.

During the journey, Mrs Cox will be tweeting using the hashtag #chairmanschallenge.

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