Hoe Common, with Ollie and the camera

The blue skies and sunshine this afternoon indicated the chance of some decent photographic opportunities. I decided to take Ollie in the car to Hoe Common. We would normally walk there, but the access, via Hoe Rough, is very muddy at the moment, and also has a large herd of cows and calves grazing on it. They are not that fond of dogs, so I have been keeping out of their way. After a short drive along quiet country lanes, we parked near the disused railway.

As usual, all the photos are large files, and can be clicked on for more detail.

Arriving at the common from the west, it is apparent that it is a a little higher than the surrounding area. This photo was taken looking across in the direction of Beetley. Other than the farm in the distance, there is nothing to interrupt the view.


The common was once known for large areas of lavender growing there. Over the decades, these have been swamped by bracken, and woodland has grown around the edges too.


The conservation trust volunteers are doing their best to reintroduce lavender to the common. They are stripping back large areas of bracken to encourage this, and to help the birds and other wildlife too.


A circular path provides a nice walk around the whole area. The camera did its best with the very difficult lighting conditions inside this woodland section, but this photo is unfortunately not very sharp. Either I moved, or the shutter speed was too slow for the lens stabilisation.


Back at the car, I walked onto the old railway bridge for this next photo. The railway from Dereham to Sheringham has not been used since the 1960s, and the local Mid-Norfolk Railway, a group of enthusiasts and volunteers, are working hard to restore the sleepers and track, in the hope of reopening the stretch for pleasure trips to the coast. This is looking North, towards Holt.


I then drove up to the hamlet of Worthing, close to North Elmham, to visit the round tower church. That will feature in another post.

27 thoughts on “Hoe Common, with Ollie and the camera

    1. Thanks, Arlene. It was the better shot that day. The ones of the church posted this morning were more satisfying, but the somewhat dull photos on this post serve just to provide a picture of what I often write about.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Frank. This is a modern digital, and is considered ‘cheap’ by today’s camera prices, at $425 US. Use your old one though, and you could show us photos of alligators, and Floridian oddities! (More photos posted today, and better quality too)
      Regards, Pete.


  1. Train travel has been making a comeback lately it seems.
    Ollie must love to run free in all that open range area, or do you have to keep him on the leash because of the cows?


    1. I let him off the lead, and avoid the cows, GP. He trots around quite happily, and never strays too far.The trains are just for special events, and enthusiasts, but they are almost always full.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Nice afternoon Pete. Bracken is a very invasive plant. They are trying to eradicate it on some of the nature reserves in Shropshire to encourage the heather back. If they can’t introduce a railway along that track, maybe they could consider turning it into a cycle/walking trail.


    1. Thanks, Jude. The railway work is well under way. They have done Dereham to Hoe in the last four years, and hope to be in Sheringham by 2025. (I doubt that though) They already run trains on pleasure trips from Dereham to Wymondham, some 18 miles, and they are very popular.
      At least bracken gives some nice shades of brown and green to explore, even as it invades! x

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