Club Run to The Old Railway Station at Reepham, 11 October 2017

Seven Wheelers met at PC for the run to Reepham.  It was quite windy with a stiff south-westerly blowing – we were headed south-west!  We welcomed visitor Chris from Lincolnshire who last rode with us three years ago.  Shorts were still in evidence, but most plumped for long tights.

Off we set for Bodham and Holt before turning southish for Briston – the wind was now a bit troublesome.  Some delightful lanes then followed for the second half of the outward leg.  Robert punctured under half a mile from the café – he suggested we press on but we stayed to enjoy the show.  However, Robert was actually quite speedy and we were on our way in no time.

The café was really quiet on our arrival so service was swift.  Conversation turned to the as yet unfulfilled aspiration to tackle the Marriot’s Way (not on road bikes!) – next summer perhaps. Trevor joined us at the venue, taking the total of Wheelers out to eight.  With three regulars away, this was a good turn-out.

With the sun breaking through, we set of for PC – the wind now generally behind us.  The average speed shot up.  There were again nice lanes to savour, with the highlight being the section through Heydon Estate.  It was to the north for the return home.  A loop around Baconsthorpe was planned to get the miles close to 40, but this involved turning back into the wind a bit, so it was dropped.

You really can really revel in the Norfolk countryside on a day like this – it looks fantastic in the autumnal sunshine; we do cycle in a fabulous part of the country!

Alban, Chris (from Lincolnshire), David C, John S, Kevin, Robert, Stephen and Trevor.

35 miles PC to PC.

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Club Run to the Erpingham Arms. 24th May 2017. Leader, Robert Nixon.

With a beautiful, warm day forecast, it was a fairly safe bet that we would have more riders out for Robert’s run to Erpingham than we had last week!  And so it was, with 8 meeting at PC.  These included returner, Trevor.

Erpingham is an interesting venue in that you have to “weave” your way there to create a meaningful run– and Robert had planned some “weaves” for us.  The route took us to Gresham, Sustead, Roughton and on to Southrepps, Trunch and Swafield.  We then cut back to Antingham to head for Felmingham and Aylsham before turning north for Erpingham.

On the approach to Erpingham, Malcolm warned of a spot in the lane that is nearly always flooded.  Surely not in these dry conditions?   But flooded it was.  The group split roughly 50/50 on how to deal with this.  Those wishing to keep their bikes clean opted for a walk along the verge and braved the nettles.  Those planning to clean their bikes later (maybe) rode on through, successfully avoiding the potholes that lurk beneath the surface.

After just a tad over 30 miles we arrived at the pub to find that Trevor had ridden out to meet us.  Alfresco dining was the choice.

Robert had offered us a choice of routes home, but given the hot conditions, we opted for a directish run to PC, parting with folk along the way.

A very pretty route with some seldom-ridden lanes – made all the better by the delightful, summery conditions.  Many thanks, Robert.

9 out. 39 miles PC to PC.

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Club Run to The Bull Inn, Walsingham. 17th May 2017. Leader, Kevin Hornshaw.

Words by Kevin.

Two determined Wheelers set off from Pretty Corner under gloomy skies, heading towards Itteringham, passing through Saxthorpe with light winds and at this stage and a  hint of blue sky!. Both riders were happily peddling, along chatting away, setting the world to rights.
On passing Hindolveston, the weatherman’s warnings of increasing rain unfortunately came true with light rain starting and any hope of the earlier blue sky gone.
We arrived at Lt Walsingham, slightly damp, but spirits still intact.
 
After consuming refreshment and, just as we were setting off, the heavens opened with gusto, we decided on a direct route home through Binham, Langham, Wiveton, skirting Holt and back to PC.
 
46 miles at just over 14mph.
 
Thanks Alan for keeping me company.

Club Run to The Staithe & Willow Tea Rooms, Horning. 10th May 2017. Leader, Trevor Neild.

Words by Andrew.

5 met at pretty corner for the ride to Horning.  Blue skies, a balmy 11deg C and lightish SE winds were the conditions. Amongst the starters was our old friend Graham from Nottingham. 4 of us were in bib shorts, so, summer is officially here.

Off we set collecting Malcolm at the top of Gibbet Lane, then out to Matlask and over to Itteringham.  It was left at the Walpole Arms and north of Blickling to Ingworth and then on to Banningham, Tuttington, and Buxton Lammas. Thence on to Coltishall via St. James where we lost Robin and Malcolm, only to catch them up on the roads north of Wroxham.  They obviously knew a short cut!   Finally, down to sunny Horning after 29 miles at 14.5 mph.

4 went for the steak and kidney pie with mash, all eaten outside in glorious sunshine.

The return was towards Tunstead, Worstead and on to Skeyton, Banningham and home – clocking up 54 miles on dry quiet lanes at 15.3 mph.

Great route, thanks to Trevor.

 

Club Run to Hamptons @ The Barn, Bawdeswell. 3rd May 2017. Leader, John Sharples.

Just two Wheelers met at PC for the ride to Bawdeswell.; the rest either on holiday or not fancying the conditions.  But, Rule 1 (Always Go) rules and we were glad we did.  A stiff tail wind blew us to lunch quickly.  It was sort of straight there, but with a loop out towards Cawston.

Hamptons is nice to visit, significantly improved since its Park Café days.  Trevor met us there – whoopee! Three out!  We need more.

The return was again straightish, but now with a loop out towards Edgefield and Trevor left us as we turned for Edgefield.  The wind, though, was not now in our favour.  A mixture of strong gusts and calmer conditions punctuated the route home but this did not really matter – the route was nice and we should repeat it.

The beauty of Rule 1 is that it really works, almost regardless of the outcome –  and this time, the outcome was good.

43 miles PC to PC.  3 out.  0 mudguards, but not quite summer yet.

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Club run to The Dun Cow, Salthouse. 26th April 2017. Leader, John Dimascio.

Words by John D.

Not raining yet!

And surprisingly it didn’t until about 400 yards from Pretty Corner on the return leg – and had our leader had some more in the tank we would have been home five minutes earlier and in the dry.

Four hours before, a trio of riders met at the usual place – viewed the threatening weather and wondered where they’d rather be. Undaunted however, they set off down Gibbet Lane to start a loop of the coastal fringe that took in Gresham, Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Hunworth and Stody before turning into a biting breeze. Our leader cunningly kept heading for the blue bits of sky – there was plenty of black about and  Kevin remarked at one point that it looked like Sheringham was getting it today.

Crossing the A148 at Sharrngton we kept on northward until turning down to ford the mighty Glaven at Glandford and continue into Cley. It was then a breeze (ha ha) along the coastal road to our lunch at the Dun Cow. And in my view one of the places where the food, although expensive, is definitely worth it.

Barred (or it would be if I had my way) Hill was next, followed by the long haul up through Kelling and the usual way home.

So, 3 out – Alan, JohnD and Kevin, no incidents and 34 hard miles.

 

Wheelers to Salthouse - 26th April 2017

Drive and Ride – Burnham Market to The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham. 19th April 2017. Leader, Andrew Chapman.

6 met at Burnham Market for Andrew’s ride to Great Massingahm.  It was sunny but coolish, with a generally easterly wind that was set to build throughout the day.  Andrew said it would be undulating – he is a man of his word!  There were some biggish undulations on the route out to Ringstead – and he was in no mood to hang about, undulations or not! We then turned south to Sedgeford and Roydon.  Thereafter, it was east for a swift 7-mile run into Great Massingahm.  It was a smidgen under 27 miles to lunch, which was done at a smidgen under 15 mph average.

The Dabbling Duck is lovely to visit, and particularly so on a nice day like this.  The food and setting were great – as ever they are.

The return took in East Rudham and Stanhoe before the swoop back down into Burnham.

We were away from our regular stomping ground and Andrew served up one of the prettiest rides ever on great lanes – it was wonderful.  Many thanks, Andrew.  You probably merit the, “King if the Undulations” jersey – we just have to design one and get it made!

And it was good to see Mark and Peter P back with us.

6 out.  43.4 miles on new and little-pedalled lanes.  Big smiles all round!

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Club Run to Woodgate Nursery, Aylsham. 12th April 2017. Leader, Robert Nixon.

With winter trying to still hang on, the weather was forecast to be showery and windy.  Never-the-less, six met at PC to follow Robert to Alysham. Robert had promised us a “long loop” to lunch – he is a man of his word!

With a force 5 westerly wind blowing, the first part was an effort.  And it rained as we got to Melton.  On we pressed, still into the wind and still not towards Alysham.  We were ready for the turn to the east.  The new direction was a delight and the speed built accordingly.  The average was just on 15 mph for the 30 miles to lunch.

Purdy’s Tea Room was busy, so we squeezed ourselves in and Peter joined us again for lunch.

The return to PC was direct and dispatched without incident.

A nice ride in some testing conditions at times, and new lanes were on the menu again.  Many thanks, Robert.

7 out.  40 miles PC to PC.

The route as recored by Robert – note he started and ended in West Runton.

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Club Run to The Crown, Banningham. 5th April 2017. Leader, John Sharples.

Six met at PC for the ride to The Crown and three summer bikes were out to boot!  Quite rightly so, as the sun shone and the roads were dry.  Not a single puddle was seen all day.  Off we set towards Baconsthorpe, then past Little Barningham before turning east towards Antingham.  It was then south to nearly touch Swanton Abbot before turning for Tuttington and Banningham.  The wind was on our backs – and it was strongish, so we were there early.  Never mind, The Crown is a pleasant place to sit and Peter joined us for lunch.

The conversation was varied – it’s amazing how many topics you can cover in an hour!  It was suggested that we are gentlemen who lunch, but pedal to get there.  This might be true, but there is effort involved and the wind that had helped us on the outward journey was now about to “up” the effort stakes.

The return was not direct as you can see from the map.  An excursion to Antingham and Southrepps added the miles but did not remove the need to head generally north-west into the stiff, north-westerly wind.

Folk left at various stages on the return, with only two returning to PC.  A very pleasant ride in good company, with the most-visited venue refuelling us well.

7 out.  40 miles PC to PC. No bike cleaning required.

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