Advertised as a Club Run to The Staithe and Willow Tea Rooms it turned out that contrary to the winter opening times on its website it was not open this particular Wednesday. The 4 that met at PC on an overcast, foggy, damp and somewhat milder than of late morning for Malcolm’s ride to Horning were not to know this however. Reminder to self, don’t believe all you read on the www!
The first part of today’s route took the group through Matlaske, Erpingham, Ingworth, Banningham and Tuttington. A left turn down Beck Lane and thereafter a steady climb up New Road to pause by All Saints Church, Skeyton for quiet reflection and a quick call to John S who, having made a fantastic recovery from his recent shoulder surgery, was out on the road intent on joining us. As it happened we met up with both John and Trevor at Swanton Abbott and the 6 made their way to Scottow and Tunstead.
St Peter’s Lane then across the busy A1151 to Long Lane and eventually to Horning. All that greeted us at the S & W Tea Rooms was a barking dog and a “Closed” sign so we made our way down river to The Swan Inn who made us very welcome.
The return leg was via Cangate, Neatishead, across the A1151 again, a brief foray on the A149 before a right turn to Dilham and then Honing. We said goodbye to John and Robin at this point and the remainder continued on to Ebridge Mill, then to North Walsham.
One rider had some shopping to do (a rose for his rose) but the other 3 avoided the busy centre of NW by taking the Marshgate, Bluebell Road, Bacton Road, Mundesley Road diversion to find Lyngate Road and eventually Bradfield. Onwards to Lower Street where Malcolm decided it was time to peel off home and left just the two to return to PC via Thorpe Market, Hanworth and Gresham.
Alan, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin and Trevor.
North Norfolk lanes not being the smoothest – hope the vibrations were not too much for the shoulder John – welcome back!
50 miles PC to PC
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Just another reminder that the club AGM is on 10th January 7pm at Sheringham Community Centre on Holway Road, NR26 8NP. We look forward to seeing as many 1st, 2nd claim members and potential new members there. Have your say in the future of the club, see old friends and meet new ones, pay for your membership, relunctantly return any hard fought trophies and buy some lovely new club kit!
**Annual meal/social/awards evening**
Save the date! Our annual meal/social/awards event will be on Saturday 27th January at Upper Sheringham Village Hall, NR26 8UB (next to the church) starting at 7pm. It should be a great informal get together with over 25 confirmed so far with a club trophy presentation and buffet. There may also be a quiz of some kind.
All club members 1st and 2nd claim, other clubs, family and friends welcome. £15 a head. Any dietary requirements other than meat/vege please email me. Can you let me or David Carrier know if you/any others are attending so we can get rough numbers. We can sort out payment nearer the time.
Various other commitments severely depleted numbers today and only 2 Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Rackheath. However more would turn up at the café for the Wednesday group impromptu Christmas lunch.
The route that Alan and Kevin followed was PC to Itteringham to Cawston to Haveringland towards Stratton Strawless. Then Hainford to Spixworth and finally Rackheath.
The 2 were joined by three more at the cafe and all but one enjoyed a full roast dinner although the scrambled egg on toast looked good too!
The expected rain was nowhere to be seen as we looked out to reasonably clear skies and sunshine but we felt that it couldn’t be too far away. So back on the bikes, 4 turning left on the busy Wroxham Road to head via Swash Lane and Dobbs Lane to Crostwick and JohnD turning right to follow a route via Beeston and then home.
The rain soon came as we passed through Frettenham and Buxton. Then on to Oxnead and Tuttington. On reaching the B1145 the rain stopped and the 4 split into two pairs, Alan and Kevin returning to PC via Banningham, Ingworth, Calthorpe, Wickmere, Thurgarton, Bessingham and Gresham. Malcolm and Trevor followed the Aylsham Road towards Felmingham then divided once more to head to their respective destinations.
Considering the hazardous conditions on Tuesday it was great that we were able to enjoy a ride out today and thank you to Kevin.
Alan, JohnD, Kevin, Malcolm, Trevor
PC to PC 50 miles
As I watch this morning’s horizontal rain I am pleased to be inside reporting yesterday’s run when Andrew led us in dry albeit occasionally blustery conditions to Langham. The pub was originally built in the mid 17th century but has thankfully been updated a few times since then, the latest refurbishment being just under a year ago!
Five met at the start point and followed a route via West Beckham and Bodham Church continuing to and crossing the main Holt – Cromer Road. As we descended towards Kelling Andrew announced that there would be a few zig zags in today’s route and so it was as we passed through Wiveton, Glandford, Saxlingham, Field Dalling, Binham and Cockthorpe.
After Cockthorpe it was a straight run past the former Langham Airfield and Langham Dome and then into Langham itself to find some extensive roadworks. A sign advised cyclists to dismount but it was possible to either walk or ride past so all was well.
As we were about to park the bikes at the back of the pub Geoff cycled up so now we were 6!
A warm welcome and equally warm wood burners greeted us on entering The Blue Bell and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before leaving into a headwind towards Sharrington,
It was a lot more sheltered as Brinton, Stody and Briston came and went before a parting of the ways at Edgefield St where Andrew headed directly for the coast and home while 4 went via Plumstead, Barningham Road and Red Barn Lane back to PC and Malcolm followed a pretty much direct route through Little Barningham, Erpingham, Banningham, Felmingham and home.
An enjoyable ride with plenty of variety – thanks very much Andrew!
Alan, Andrew, Geoff, Kevin, Malcolm and Robin
42 miles PC to PC
As the three Wheelers prepared to leave Kevin reassured us that “It’s only showers!” so cheered by his optimism we set off on today’s run to Coltishall.
After skilfully avoiding the mini lake at the junction with East Beckham Road we continued on a straight path towards Itteringham with a slight tailwind which was welcomed in the wet conditions.
Malcolm had already decided that today’s route would not include many (if any) lanes and byways and also that he would try to maintain a good pace.
After Itteringham we went straight up New Road and after turning off the Blickling Road headed for Cawston. Tempting as it was to have a quick cuppa in the café we carried on towards Buxton and received our first heavy shower of the ride but nothing too bad.
In better conditions a quieter route would have been chosen from Buxton but instead we stayed on the B1354 all the way to Coltishall and arrived at our destination just after midday. As it happened there was not a lot of traffic!
The pub was fairly quiet and as we had a choice of tables we chose one nearest the woodburner. Trevor had arrived to join us for lunch and we enjoyed a pleasant and warming half an hour or so before heading back into the centre of Coltishall and then the direct route through Hautbois, Badersfield and Skeyton.
En route we said goodbye to Trevor and shortly after crossing Church Road Malcolm asked to be excused and left just the two to cycle against a fairly stiff headwind back to PC via Tuttington, Banningham, Colby, Thwaite Common, Aldborough, Little Barningham and Gresham.
Alan, Kevin, Malcolm and Trevor had a decent run out today.
43 miles PC to PC
Still had to clean bike even though we managed to avoid the worst of the lanes!