Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 27 November 2019

Just 3 Wheelers braved the elements and met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to the ever popular ATN – a change to the programme as The Conservatory at Aylsham now closes on a Wednesday! Having spoken to JD about Tuesday’s NVL ride Malcolm was keen to avoid the mud that they encountered but the frequency of flooded roads to and from Cawston did mean that impromptu bike cleaning was always possible!

The route followed a familiar path through Bessingham, Thurgarton and Aldborough and then up to the A140. Crossing the main road we took a short cut via the track passing Hanworth Timber Co. to White Post Road and on to Suffield, Colby and Banningham by which point Malcolm had just about managed to force his gloves back on – don’t ask!

Tempting as The Crown was we continued to Tuttington and Oxnead before joining the Cawston Road, slightly heavy going due to the headwind, and to our lunchtime destination. The Café served up its usual delicious fare and we were able to enjoy it in reasonably dry clothes as the rain had stopped en route!

After lunch Mark headed west and homewards while the dynamic duo decided on the B1145 Trans-Norfolk to take them to Aylsham. A reckless, impatient or stupid (or combination of all three) driver who did his best to collide with an oncoming car and take out 2 Wheelers in the process didn’t delay their progress and aided by a tailwind they soon reached the Blickling Road and thereafter Ingworth. At Eagle Lane there was a parting of the ways as one turned for Erpingham, Gresham, PC and home while the other reconnected with Colby and Suffield before heading south-east for home!

A good ride and good company and surprisingly clean bikes (mud free anyway!)

Kevin, Malcolm, Mark

39 miles PC to PC (50 – 60 miles max)

Club Run to the Norton Café at Little Walsingham 20 November 2019

7 Wheelers met at PC on a cool (becoming colder as the day went on) and cloudy (becoming sunnier as the day went on) morning.

Kevin lead us through Little Barningham to Itteringham and the lanes to the B1149 and then Corpusty. We passed Wood Dalling, Guestwick, Wood Norton, Stibbard, Fulmodeston, Barney and Thursford en route to our lunchtime destination at Little Walsingham. Just under 30 miles for the outward leg!

The Norton was its usual excellent self, good food and friendly and efficient staff, and we prepared for the return leg minus Mark and Andrew C who made their own ways home!

Kevin promised a more direct route back and so it was as we took in Binham, Field Dalling, Saxlingham, Wiveton, High Kelling and, after the brief dip, the continued gentle climb up to Geoff’s Corner.

All but one of the group peeled off at different points leaving just John to do the decent thing and complete the circuit to PC.

Many thanks to Kevin for his usual sterling leadership and apparently he introduced some new lanes into the Wednesday itinerary (John, our resident statistician, keeps a log of such things!)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Mark, Malcolm

49 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)

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 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)