Club Run to The Garden Terrace on 3/1/2022.

Five Wheelers showed up for the New Year leg stretcher club run on a mild, but windy, day featuring more sunshine than forecast. The proximity of the cafe to Pretty Corner offered an opportunity to tour some of the less used local lanes, which also enabled the small bunch to manoeuvre in and out of the testing wind. Outward bound was Bessingham, Aldborough Hall, Wickmere church, Squallham, Little Barningham, Plumstead Green, Hempstead, Holt Market Place, Cley Road, Kelling village and Croft Hill. The staff at the caff were excellent and the food first class.

The conversation ranged from how zebras repel flies to mending a vacuum cleaner to women’s cage-fighting to a bloody encounter with an angle grinder. All fairly normal then.

After another unhurried seasonal refuelling break, the route back went by way of High Kelling, Selbrigg Pond, Baconsthorpe, Barningham Winter, Mannington, Wolterton, Erpingham, Thwaite church, Aldborough school, Hanworth, the gated road* and Metton, before turning back into the wind to the final split at Gresham church. As a special New Year bonus the riders were rewarded with a 1.6 miles headwind detour to take in Mannington Hall.

*The gated road has now deteriorated to the level of dangerous. As a Cromer resident, Graham has been delegated to call in at the District Council offices to give them what for!

One puncture, which was fixed in the front courtyard of Holt Methodist Chapel.

Group: Brian; Graham A; Harvey; Mark; Neil Mc.

Distances: 48 miles to 64 miles.