“The diverse landscape of the county was very apparent” - Norfolk County Council chairman Hilary Cox completes epic three day trek for Big C charity
PUBLISHED: 11:20 27 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:20 27 April 2014
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Incredible, magical and stunning were just some of the words used by Norfolk County Council chairman Hilary Cox to describe her epic three-day trek across the county.
Mrs Cox, from Cromer, a North Norfolk District Council and Cromer Town Council member, biked and walked 110 miles from King’s Lynn Minster to Great Yarmouth Minster for the Norfolk-based Big C charity.
She completed the challenge, which took in five Norfolk trails, with her civil servant son Adam Hutchinson, 32, from Cromer. The pair finished at 5.30pm on Friday.
Mrs Cox, who will stop being council chairman on May 27, said: “We saw some wonderful things along the way. The mornings were quite magical. We had good weather.
“There is such an amazing amount of wonderful things between Yarmouth and King’s Lynn. Walking and biking is a good way to experience it because you can see and smell things you would not if you were in a car. It makes you appreciate what you have got and it gives you a feel good factor.”
She walked and biked through a variety of landscapes, including woodland and reedbeds.
“The diverse landscape of the county was very apparent,” Mrs Cox added.
During the walk the pair went along the Nar Valley Way, Wensum Way, Boudica Way, Wherryman’s Way and Weavers’ Way.
The 110 cross Norfolk challenge took in the 12-mile Wensum Way stretch between Gressenhall and Lenwade, which Mrs Cox opened last year.
“It is stunning. I love the greenness and peacefulness of it. There is something unique about an area you haven’t experienced before.”
The chairman also opened a new short path called the Horseshoe Way at Tasburgh.
Other highlights included Polkeys Mill, Pentney Abbey, Narborough fishing lakes and Castle Acre Priory.
She was also “touched” to meet Reedham Primary School children who gave her a guard of honour.
Despite being active, Mrs Cox said walking 30 miles a day was demanding.
She will be holding a fashion show, featuring pieces from Norwich University of the Arts students, for the Big C at the Assembly House, Norwich, on Friday May 23.
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