Four Wheelers met at PC on a surprisingly good day, considering the previous day’s unrelenting rain and the North Westerly wind was warm and had dried the roads completely. The first leg of this longer than normal ride was into the wind, through High Kelling and onto Wiveton, but then we turned South West to Langham, Binham, the Walsinghams to North Barsham. From North Barsham, Waterden to South Creake, uphill to Syderstone across the B1454 Docking road and down to East Rudham and Jane’s Café at exactly 30 miles. Here we found that the tables on the green had been removed for the winter but one was available outside the café and with an umbrella to shade us from the sun! The food and service was up to the usual high standard and once refreshed we set off for home. We initially stayed south of the A148, on the lanes through Broomsthorpe and Shereford to Sculthorpe Mill where we crossed the Wensum and then across the A148 to West and East Barsham and up the hill to Great Snoring. At Thursford, Jane headed North to Blakeney, with the rest heading East to Gunthorpe, Brinton, Stody and Hunworth, where Andrew headed home for an appointment with the dentist. That left just two to enjoy the climb up to Edgefield, then the run to Baconsthorpe, West Beckham and back to PC for a total of 60 miles.
Some route stats – We climbed 2785 ft/850m, descended 2785 ft/850m, 40% of the route was uphill, 40% was downhill and 20% flat. If the uphill and downhill cancel themselves out, then 100% of the route was flat, see Norfolk is flat! Our ride time from PC to Jane’s was 2hrs 4mins with an average speed of 14.5mph, the return leg was 2hrs 12min with an average of 13.6mph, so cake does slow you down.
PC to PC was 60 miles
Graham A, Andrew B and Jane, led by Mark