Taking on the Lowestoft scores

Trip Start Oct 01, 2009
Trip End Oct 27, 2009

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Friday, October 9, 2009

As part of the Peru training Dee and I decided that we would use the Lowestoft scores to build our strength for the mammoth climbing challenge that faced us.

For anyone that doesn't know Lowestoft has a unique series of steps (scores) that lead from the high street down to the beach, these steps are steep and take a lot of energy.  All in all there are 12 scores to take on and if you do what we did that means going up or down 24 times.

As with most of our training we have had to fit it in around our daily lives so on a Friday evening, when everyone else has finished work we headed out on our scores walk.

We left our work offices at around 4:30pm, hiking boots on, back packs loaded and energy low, but hey a bit of red bull and a lot of determination and we were off

We started off by walking from Kirkley Cliffs (part of the Lowestoft seafront) northward to the town centre, this part of the route follows the golden sand towards the massive rig structures visible along the seafront.  Its a fairly easy walk, mostly sloping gently down hill and levelling out for about a mile.  As this is a tourist area we did come across several walkers taking in the afternoon air and enjoying the sea views.

We reached the town centre after 15 minutes or so, nothing spectacular here, the normal high street shops and a Tesco Metro, the ideal place for a quick stop for chocolate and fruit juice, it makes the walking a little more fun if you think you're doing something naughty.

We made our way quickly to the first of the scores (Herring Fishery Score), this one was our least favourite but none the less provide us with a little exercise.  The score lead down from the main street, alongside the police station and towards the industrial area, not very scenic, we wondered at this point if the walk was going to be pretty boring.

We continued on and much to our delight we came across some amazing little gems that were completely unexpected.  Whilst walking up and down the scores we found that a number of pieces of artwork either running up them or at the top or bottom of them.  I have included some pictures of these in this blog, one of my favourites was the herrings attached to the walls, they looked great as you came down the steps.

The scores were a real treat, they were unusual in shape and at times I felt like I had stepped back a hundred years or so.  

The final part of the scores took us to the sparrows nest gardens...  Probably the most attractive part of the scores walk, by this time our legs were aching from ascending and descending but we were greeted by a lovely little cafe, where I couldn't resist a latte.  The scores here turn in cliff paths, taking us through woodland and landscaped gardens.  The view was fantastic across the north sea and the industrial area at the start of our walk was left behind.

After we had wondered up and down the sparrows nests gardens for a while we turned around and did the whole lot in reverse, although this time I went in front...  Not complaining but after 1 1/2 hours of looking at Dee's backside I needed a bit of a change.

The scores walk is a very challenging one, it takes a lot of energy to get up and down but well worth it.

I wont say too much more as the pictures sum up the experience. 
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