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)