Last of the Winter Runs, 14/3.

Seven North Norfolk Wheelers set themselves up nicely for approaching spring with a solid ride down to the Smallsticks Cafe at Cart Gap. The outward leg pushed a cold and rising south easterly and some drizzly showers, by way of Erpingham, Colby, Suffield, Brick Kiln Lane, Antingham, Bradfield, Trunch, Knapton, Dead Man’s Grave, Bacton Woods, Crostwight Heath, Ridlington Street and Hill 60. The afternoon was softer as the wind backed round more southerly for a return route via Lessingham, Brumstead Common, East Ruston, the golden mile down past Honing Hall, White Horse Common, Meeting Hill, Briggate, Worstead, Swanton Hill, Felmingham Hall, Tuttington, Banningham, Ingworth, Erpingham, Aldborough, Thurgarton Hall, Bessingham, Gresham and West Beckham.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 66 miles.

Bunch: Ben; Brian; Geoff; Harvey; Kevin; Malcolm; Mark – all riding non-ferrous frames today.


Better Weather to Yaxham Waters, 7/3.

Six met at Pretty Corner and two more joined at Itteringham for a substantial clockwise loop by way of the cafe at Yaxham Waters. Three consecutive Saturdays of blustery gales were succeeded by an increasingly mild day freshened by a brisk south westerly. The route down to the refuelling break was a fairly straight line south until after Weston Longville, from where the bunch meandered about a bit on quiet roads via Greengate, East Tuddenham, Welborne Common, Candlestick Lane and Brakefield Green. After a longer than usual break, the homeward leg went along Cutthroat Lane, up the Stone Road to Dereham Town FC, picking up a comfortable tailwind through Etling Green, Elsing, Sparham, Hackford, Kerdiston, Guestwick, Craymere and Briston to a two-way split at Edgefield Cross Street, four continuing north over Bodham Hill to Sheringham and the others heading east to Barningham, Wickmere and Thurgarton for a a final parting of the ways.

Group: Mark; Malcolm; Kevin; Harvey; Graham J; Graham A; Geoff; Brian.

After acquiring three more steel bikes and starting to stack in more hard miles, there is some concern that Brian is turning into the legendary half-man, half-bicycle!

‘The gross and net result of it is that people who spend most of their time riding on iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of the bicycle as a result of the interchanging of atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people who are nearly half people and half bicycle … when a man lets things go so far that he is more than half bicycle, you will not see him so much because he spends a lot of his time with one elbow leaning on walls or standing propped by one foot at kerbstones’. – (Flann O. Brien, The Third Policeman, Flamingo, 1993).

Sheringham to Sheringham: 63 miles. (Brian, you will have 73 miles).

Rough Ride to Reepham on 29/2.

And another windy Saturday, but this time accompanied by a band of rain. Only the primrose yellow, 69 inch fixed, aluminium Geoff Paice and the Van Nicholas titanium with new Tiagra compact and a new Sputnik front wheel could make it out today for a particularly devious route to and from Reepham. The rain just about died out by 11.00, but a cold wet squall held itself in reserve for the last 15 minutes to the cafe, ensuring that the riders arrived wet.

Route: West Beckham, Bodham Hill, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Edgefield, Stody, Brinton, Briningham, Burgh Parva, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Themelthorpe, Kerdiston, Reepham station, Eade’s Mill, Sparham, Mill Street, Bawdeswell, Foxley, Themelthorpe, Guestwick Green, Nethergate, Thurning, Briston, Growle Abbey, Roper’s Farm, Little London, Saxthorpe, Mannington, Wolterton North Lodge (split, after planning next week’s run down to Yaxham Waters).

Sheringham to Sheringham: 62 miles – (Brian, you will have a touch over 70 miles).

Q. What are the mathematical odds against five Saturday club runs in February?

Tempestuous Peregrination to Mundesley

It was another windy Saturday for the ride out to the east coast and back. Three North Norfolk Wheelers followed a figure-of eight route by way of Erpingham, Banningham, Colby school, Rugg’s Hall, Antingham, Bradfield, Trunch Brewery Lane, Stump Cross, the Old Nurses’ Home, Mundesley Corner House, Paston, Edingthorpe, Dead Man’s Grave, Pigney’s Wood, Swafield, Bradfield, Tops Hill, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Sustead and Gresham church for the parting of the ways. One rider was blown to a standstill by a big gust along the Gunton station to Thorpe Market stretch.

The main body of the ride started and ended fixing punctures against the wall of Gresham church at 10.00 and 15.20 – (both hawthorns). As the only puncture-free rider, it was payback time for the 2019 Highest Number of Punctures award ‘winner’.

Geoff; Brian; Harvey – GBH, which is what the mid-morning squall felt like.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 51 miles.

Rearranged run to Reepham

It was mild and blustery for the ride down to Reepham station. Three Wheelers left Pretty Corner to follow a very devious route, tacking in, out and across the rising wind by way of West Beckham, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Mannington, Itteringham, Moorgate, Silvergate, Abel Heath, Cawston, Brandiston, The Grove and Booton. A more westerly loop was followed on the way home, following the back roads past Whitwell Hall, Jordan Green, Themelthorpe, Foulsham, Wood Norton, a short, fast tailwind stretch of the B1110, Hindolveston, Thurning, Briston, Baconsthorpe, from where one continued to Sheringham and two rode on to Barningham Winter and Matlaske for a final parting of the ways.

Group: Mark; Brian; Harvey.

Sheringham to Sheringham 55 miles – (Brian, you will have 66).

Run down to Coltishall

Seven riders rode what one Wheeler described as a “circuitous route” to the Coltishall Red Lion and back. The more westerly outward route went by way of Banningham, Burgh Hall, Brampton, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, a detour round the back of Langmere Lakes, Frettenham and Heggatt Hall. Between Banningham and Brampton much attention focused on attempting to locate the source of the billowing black smoke to the west (which turned out to be the extensive derelict chicken huts at Marsham Fengate). The easterly leg back was via Belaugh Green, Crowgate Street, the International Farm Camp at Tunstead, Dilham, Honing, Bacton Wood, Edingthorpe, Knapton, Trunch, Gunton Station, Thorpe Market, Hanworth (split), Sustead and Gresham church (split).

Bunch: Barry; Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Ian S; Mark.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 62 miles.

Walsingham Barns with Geoff

Seven riders made an early start for the run out to the posh pie shop. On a marvellously mild and bright day with a strong south westerly, Geoff led the group by way of North Barningham, Baconsthorpe, Briston, Hindolveston and the Snorings. The pies weren’t worth the bother (if Scott is reading this). It was plain sailing for the tailwind return route via Hindringham, Brinton, Stody, Edgefield Cross Street, Bodham Hill, West Beckham and Upper Sheringham. Brian, in puritanical mood, then led the rump of the bunch up the steep banks of Cranfield Road, down Common Lane, along the coast road to West Runton and up Beacon Hill, before finishing off down the Lion’s Mouth, Sustead, Thurgarton and Aldborough.

Ben; Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Kevin; Malcolm.

One puncture – (front tyre deflating slowly between Walsingham and Sharrington).

Thanks Geoff.