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