I want to walk around the coast in a clockwise direction, although my first few walks aren’t in this sequence. I spent a lot of childhood weekends and holidays in or near boats on the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and want to revisit the coast a few decades later as a walker, at a leisurely pace. My first recent walk was at Hunstanton, where my father used to sail a Mirror dinghy he glued together inside our house, and where I used to walk my collie on the sandy beach.When I was a child my father had a bilge keel boat, Layon, at Wells-next-the Sea. The two keels allowed it to stand upright in the sand or mud at low tide, and we’d float out to sea at high tide. I was always embarassed by the name of the boat, but it was named after a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “Layon Macduff”. The boat was traded in for a slightly larger and wider boat, with a single keel which was moored in deeper water, between Cleopatra’s Disco and the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club in Lowestoft. This was called Grouch, which most people called “grouch”, and was allegedly the first name of Lady Macbeth.
I missed the mudflats and pine forest of Wells-next-the-sea and it was difficult to sleep with the noise of the disco next to the boat! In my late teens I started to complain about having to spend yet another weekend sailing at the seaside, but years later miss sailing, being at the coast and my father. I have made friends with some amazing walkers, three beautiful, strong and very kind women and several men who scramble up rocks like mountain goats. Although I will mainly be walking around the coast on my own, I hope they will join me on some of my walks.