We had our full complement of 6 on a bright and breezy day for Malcolm’s ride to the coast. We were hoping for no mechanicals today as we planned to arrive earlyish on what would probably be a busy lunchtime during half term week for this popular cafe!
The route followed a well worn path to Little Barningham where we turned left to reach Calthorpe and then Erpingham. At the top of Eagle Lane one Wheeler was keen to go straight on and take a risk with the (inevitably) deeply flooded lane. Our leader was less keen and took the Ingworth route to Banningham. From there it was the lanes to Colby School and then the Trans Norfolk Highway (aka B1145) all the way to North Walsham.
As the B1145 remains closed due to bridge repairs we followed the Lyngate Road to Bradfield and then onwards and upwards to Trunch before reaching our destination after some 24 miles! The Cafe was very organised and was thankfully able to accomodate all 5 of us (Andrew B not joining us due to an afternoon appointment).
The return leg was initially along the Coast Road but then cutting inland to Gimingham and Southrepps. The first split was at Northrepps with two heading off to Cromer while the remaining 3 pedalled via Crossdale Street and Metton to Sustead where Malcolm peeled off towards Hanworth and home leaving 2 to complete the circuit back to PC.
A great day out and great company plus decent weather. Lets continue to make the most of it while we still can!
Alan, Andrew B, Graham A, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen.
PC to PC circa 40 miles (55 – 75 miles max)
Due to Yellow Weather Warnings on Wednesday Stephen’s ride to Wells was rearranged for Thursday. The Met Office didn’t get it quite right as it was raining as the group gathered at PC but we were confident that the keen south westerly would blow it away before too long.
Just 4 Wheelers headed off down Gibbet Lane and on reaching the crossroads at Mill Road it became three as Malcolm realised he had dropped something so he went back to PC for a quick search.
The group of 3 continued on to Kelling, Cley, Binham and Warham. After his fruitless trip back to PC Malcolm wasn’t sure which route the group would follow to Binham and took a different path choosing to go via Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Hunworth, Brinton, Sharrington and Field Dalling. Despite Andrew Cs best efforts the last of several messages did not succeed in reuniting the group on the road but all was well in Wells as he was waiting for Malcolm to arrive and guided him to Stephen’s house for lunch.
After enjoying great food prepared by Stephen’s wife we bade farewell and began our return leg. Andrew C had set off solo and shortly after Malcolm and Andrew B also left to follow the Warham Road. We met Andrew on the roadside at Binham fixing a puncture but he was happy for us to continue. Our route back to High Kelling was Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton and then the familiar long haul to Bridge Road and eventually the junction with the A148. Here was the final split of the day with Malcolm almost completing the circuit back to PC but at the junction of Red Barn Lane and Mill Road he carried straight on to Gresham, Bessingham, Alborough, Erpingham and home.
Many thanks to Stephen for the ride and hospitality – plus this week’s gold star for the quality of the salmon and broccoli quiche!
Andrew B, Andrew C, Malcolm, Stephen.
44 miles PC to PC (70 miles max inc the extra there and back to PC)
A “full” complement of 6 Wheelers gathered at PC looking forward to Andrew C’s ride to a lunchtime venue not visited for some time.
As we made our way towards Briston via Baconsthorpe, Plumstead and Edgefield we were pushed along by a tailwind blowing from the north-east. Craymere Beck was a mere trickle, even after the recent rain, and thereafter the roads were surprisingly dry and mud free (mostly).
The group began to feel the sidewind as we pedalled the long straight stretch to Fulmodeston (with Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve to our right hand side). Then we turned into the wind, first to Barney and then Hindringham and onwards to Bale, Field Dalling and Saxlingham. We bumped into Peter en route who was off to pick up his camper van.
After some 28 miles and as it started to rain we arrived at the café, just as Nigel W, out on a training run, passed by saying a brief hallo.
We enjoyed great service and equally great coffee and food before deciding it was time to leave. Stephen headed west while 5 were led by Andrew to Wiveton and then up the hill of Bridgefoot Lane to the junction at the Holt Road where he left us to our own devices. Graham and then Andrew B left the main group shortly after to leave just 2 to make their way back towards PC. A short and not too heavy shower didn’t dampen the spirits and a familiar route was followed to the junction at Mill Road where the final split of the day took place with one going towards West Beckham and the other towards Bessingham.
Alan wins today’s gold star for being the only rider to complete the circuit back to PC.
Many thanks to Andrew for leading the ride.
Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Graham J, Malcolm, Stephen
40 miles PC to PC (62 miles max)
We had originally planned this ride with 6 but unfortunately 2 couldn’t make it so just 4 Wheelers set off from PC on a cool, blustery, but thankfully dry day. Malcolm took the group in a clockwise direction for the outward leg hoping (at least initially) to take advantage of a tailwind.
We reached Lower Gresham and then pedalled on to Metton and Roughton. Malcolm took a chance that the road through Roughton to Thorpe Market wouldn’t be too busy at this time of day and indeed it wasn’t bad at all. Although this can sometimes seem a long drag up to the crossroads at the A149, the tailwind was definitely still helping.
On to Southrepps and the outskirts of Mundesley where Stow Mill on Stow Hill was looking splendid. Just after Paston Street we took a right to Paston Green and followed the narrow lanes to the North Walsham Road.
After the “suburbs” of North Walsham we headed for Worstead, our route taking us out along the (old) Yarmouth Road with Meeting House Hill away to our left. Then across the A149 again at Bengate to Lyngate, Worstead, Worstead Station and the lanes to the B1150.
On reaching Badersfield it was a freewheel to our lunchtime destination where we received a friendly greeting, good service and a welcome refuel.
After lunch the group of 4 ascended the short climb to All Saints Church and followed the lanes to Tuttington. Alan headed directly for Aylsham whilst the others had a quick sprint up the A140 before turning left towards Drabblegate and Ingworth. Here there was a 3-way split with 2 following their own routes (mainly into the wind) to the coast and home and the leader via Colby, Corvette Kingdom and Felmingham to home.
So nobody completed the circuit back to PC this week but these are not normal times!
Alan, Andrew C, Malcolm and Robert
PC to Ingworth 34 miles (mid 50s max)
Words by Alan, our leader for the day
On a pleasant dry day after a very wet Tuesday 5 riders met at PC for a leisurely ride to Reepham.
Heading downhill then left (ignoring Malcolm’s “You’ll be sorry!”) along a mucky lane to Gresham, then on to Bessingham, Aldborough and up to the A140. Then to Suffield, Colby, Banningham, Tuttington, Oxnead and Brampton. Where did that headwind come from?
Zigzagging across to the A140 then bypassing Hevingham to the Holt Rd crossing towards Swannington then on to Reepham for a well earned lunch.
Having put the world to right over tasty snacks we headed north to Heydon (Malcolm heading east here), Saxthorpe, Little Barningham, round Barningham Park (Duncan heading west here), up towards Gresham (Robert leaving here) then left towards West Beckham (Andrew heading to Geoff’s Corner) leaving Alan to head to PC via A148.
Great to have a tailwind on the way back.
Great day shame about the wind!
Alan, Andrew B, Duncan, Malcolm, Robert
42 miles PC to PC.
Note from Editor
The Station Cafe Reepham seems to be doing well after reopening under a new name and new management. With all COVID-19 measures in place the staff are friendly and efficient and the food as tasty as ever – even though on this occasion the Rocket in the salad was not quite up to one Wheeler’s expectations – can’t please everyone!