With the prospect of a fine dry day nine met at PC for Trevor’s ride to the always popular pub on the Broads at Coltishall.
We started with the familiar route down as far as Barningham Park but then rather than continuing along Church Road we took the Wickmere and Wollerton Roads to Itteringham. Then round the back of Blickling Park to follow the course of The Bure to Ingworth. At this point we parted company with the mighty Bure and indeed with the mighty Robin who had things to do and people to see!
Onwards to Banningham then along Bridge Road and past Colby School on to the B1145 – not for long however before turning right and continuing due south to pass over The Weaver’s Way. The Swanton Abbott Road led us to Scottow Road and then a great route through the lanes to Frankfort, Ashmanhaugh, Belaugh Green and eventually Coltishall. On the way there was a lot of field activity with the potato harvest but with no recent rain the roads were pretty good – a fair bit of hard dried mud and other debris however so we had to take care!
David C met us at the pub having reserved a couple of outside tables. Unfortunately the sun disappeared for a while – but despite that we had a pleasant enough lunch before leaving via St James up to Sco Ruston and the B1150. We missed the left turn into The Hill which would have avoided cycling along the often busy B1150 but with a tailwind and on the whole considerate drivers it wasn’t too bad. Along to Scottow where we turned left to follow the relatively quiet roads to Swanton Abbott and a loop round to Skeyton (well just up the hill from Skeyton). Trevor bade us farewell and Malcolm then lead the group via Back Lane to Tuttington. With the wind behind us the drag up to Banningham was barely noticeable! Malcolm left the group at High Noon Road heading off in the direction of Suffield and home while the remaining 7 Wheelers pedalled the familiar route via Erpingham back to PC.
Thank you to Trevor for leading the ride today.
Alban, Alan, David C, Graham, John S, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Stephen, Trevor
49 miles PC to PC