Just prior to the 6 Wheelers setting off from PC Stephen, today’s leader for the outward leg, announced casually “35 miles to lunch that’s about right isn’t it?” We looked at each other wondering if this was a rhetorical question so said nothing.
In the event it was a fabulous route taking in some less than familiar lanes on the way.
The start was familiar enough, down to Mill Road then Osier Lane and Rectory Road past Bodham Church and to High Kelling. Then came Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe, Binham, Wighton, a very exposed and hard 2 miles up to the B1105 (Wells Road) and across to New Holkham. Then the new lanes (for the Wednesday Wheelers at least) as we looped round via North Creake and Burnham Thorpe back to New Holkham – our leader almost being taken out by a reckless lorry driver on the way!
At the crest of the Holkham Estate we paused to take in the views and our leader took a couple of photos (see Website Club Runs Photo Gallery), traversed the Park to emerge on to the A149 and then to The Globe for excellent service, excellent food and one or two slightly bemused patrons!
Stephen left us at Wells so 5, now benefitting from a welcome tailwind, headed for Warham, where Mark left us, and on to Binham, Field Dalling and Saxlingham. The skies looked threatening and just after Malcolm stopped to put on his rain jacket a very heavy shower came (good timing). Jane made her way towards the coast and home while the remainder of the group continued to Wiveton, where Andrew peeled off, and then the climb, in further heavy showers, to Bridge Road and High Kelling. The sun came out again and John and Malcolm kept each other company until Mill Road where the former completed the circuit back to PC while the latter headed for Gresham, Hanworth, Suffield and home.
Many thanks to Stephen for his leadership and hospitality and a shame that others were unable to make it on a good ride out.
Andrew C, Jane, John S, Malcolm, Mark, Stephen
54 miles PC to PC (70 – 80 miles for some)