Club Run to The Staithe n Willow Restaurant Horning 13 November 2019

4 Wheelers met at PC on a gloriously sunny day for Malcolm’s ride to a venue with new owners, a new name and a new menu!

As this was quite a long run south eastwards Malcolm tried to keep both the outward and return legs as direct as possible and by and large was fairly successful!

So Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Banningham, Tuttington, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Tunstead and then the long straight St Peter’s Lane and even longer Long Lane took us (almost) to our lunchtime destination (Ropes Hill and Lower Street completing the outward route).

We hadn’t reserved but space wasn’t a problem even though the tables did start to fill up after we had ordered. When asked the owner did say that the customer base was good and growing so best of luck to them for the future.

After an enjoyable lunch we returned via Neatishead, Smallburgh, Dilham, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe Street, Paston Green, Knapton, Trunch, Southrepps, Northrepps and then Crossdale Street to Felbrigg. At this point we regrouped, took a deep breath and continued on through Metton to Lower Gresham where Malcolm made an about turn for Sustead, Hanworth, Suffield and home while the others completed the circuit back to PC and then home.

Good company and a good ride on a great day to be on your bike – a shame that a few more weren’t able to join us!

Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm

50 miles PC to PC

Andrew wins this week’s gold star having covered the best part of 70 miles.

On his way back Malcolm caught up with CJ at Hanworth – he was also out on his bike enjoying the last of the afternoon’s sunshine!

 

Club Run,9/11/19

On a gloriously sharp autumn day, MattyM joined Ben, Mark Mc and Harvey for the ride down to the pick up point, where there were no takers. This was a fairly brisk ride out on an undulating route to Nelson’s Cafe by way of Plumstead, Edgefield, Briston, Stody, Brinton, Sharrington, Field Dalling, Binham, Wighton, Crabbe’s Castle and Holkham Park. Malcolm and Geoff rode straight to the cafe. The shorter way back was through Warham, Binham, Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton and High Kelling to the split on Bodham Hill, from where two continued eastwards to Erpingham before going their own separate ways.

Over Cockthorpe Common a young ‘lady’ shouted from a car window a word that she obviously needs to check the meaning of.

One puncture: very large flint, picked up by a rider on the shorter route.

The distances varied considerably up to a maximum of 73 miles.

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 6 November 2019

So much for weather forecasts – the promised dry day with perhaps an odd shower was anything but – well for the outward leg at least!

Thankfully there was no wind to speak of as Malcolm lead the group of 4 to Matlaske followed by Erpingham, at which point he surprised everyone by turning north towards Aldborough and Sustead. The rain was steady if not particularly heavy but it was all a bit much for Andrew, nursing a chest infection, and he left us at Felbrigg to pedal a lonely furrow home!

We ploughed on through rain and mud to Northrepps, Southrepps and eventually to our seaside destination where we received the usual friendly welcome.

Well fed and watered we set off for Knapton and followed a long straight path via Old Hall Street and Pigneys Wood to the North Walsham Road and took a left taking us up and past Edingthorpe Green before a right and the drop down through Bacton Woods to the lower North Walsham Road.

After Ebridge Mill, White Horse Common and North Walsham the route was Tungate, Skeyton, Burgh and Aylsham. Then possibly the longest muddy stretch of road I have ever cycled on at the rear of the Blickling Estate to take us to Itteringham where there was a 2 way split as the leader turned off for Erpingham (no not for a second circuit) and home while the remaining 2 riders ascended Church Road towards Little Barningham after which there was a final split as one headed for the North Coast and the other back to Pretty Corner.

Good company and a good ride out in less than sparkling  conditions. Best wishes to Andrew for a speedy recovery and we hope the ride home on his own wasn’t too gruelling.

Andrew C, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm

46 miles PC to Itteringham (to PC 54 miles)

(Jane wins this week’s gold star having covered the best part of 70 miles or maybe even just over)