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Walkers explore Norwich’s hidden past - and raise cash for life-saving charity

PUBLISHED: 11:27 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:59 13 February 2013

Walkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Organiser Michael Bidle, front pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve Adams

Walkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Organiser Michael Bidle, front pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve Adams

The hidden history within Norwich’s walls has been explored by a group of enterprising walkers – with a life-saving charity also benefiting from their travels.

Walkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve AdamsWalkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve Adams

And what began as an idea for five or six people from Lakenham Surgery, in Ninham Street, Norwich, to gather for a stroll soon gained momentum, with a total of 31 people and several pet dogs taking in the tour.

Organiser Michael Bidle started researching the route before Christmas and said it included the Carrow area, the ruins of the Barrack Street tower and the ruined tower of St Benedicts Church. The 33-year-old, who works on the surgery’s reception, said his main aim was to ensure everyone learnt something from the trip.

Mr Bidle, of the Lakenham area, added that he did not take any of his six dogs on the walk so he could concentrate on looking after the group and brief them at each location.

He said: “There’s so much history in the city that’s staring everyone in the face.

Walkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve AdamsWalkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve Adams

“You go about your daily life and you kind of forget everything that’s involved.” People were also offered the opportunity to make a donation to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Mr Bidle said one patient at the surgery, aged 101, had donated £50 while a fellow staff member passed on an envelope containing £100.

But Mr Bidle said donations at last weekend’s event were voluntary and anyone who wanted to attend the second walk could take part regardless of whether they contributed or not.

A date has yet to be finalised for the next walk.

Walkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve AdamsWalkers at the start of the historic tour of Norwich's forgotten heritage. Pictured next to the city wall near Carrow Hill.Photo: Steve Adams

To get involved, email mbidle@hotmail.com

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