Club Run to Little Walsingham 14 April 2021

Words by Andrew B

Five Wheelers, Duncan, Robert, Graham, Stephen and leader for the day Andrew B met at PC for a ride to Walsingham.

The route zig-zagged towards Binham, taking in Plumstead, Edgefield, Stody, Brinton and Sharrington. The weather was colder than expected with some clouds and a headwind.

Stephen had a puncture just after Sharrington, however the delay proved to be fortunate as there was evidence of rain having fallen when we resumed through Field Dalling. After Binham the route took us through Wighton and finally to Little Walsingham for lunch at The Victorious where we met up with Geoff. This is a new venue for the Wheelers which has a good sized garden and the food/drinks were excellent. Luckily the weather by then was improving and we were sheltered from the wind.

After lunch Stephen headed back home and the remainder of us carried on to Binham via Hindringham. Strangely the wind was against us again having swung round!

After some discussion at Binham it was decided not to return to PC and we headed towards Stiffkey and then looped back to Langham. As the weather was by then a lot warmer and the wind had eased, it was decided to head towards Cley via Wiveton and then along the Coast Road towards Weybourne. At Weybourne Andrew and Duncan pedalled towards Holt, leaving the others to continue towards home on the Coast Road.

There was no return to PC but the distance was estimated at 47 miles.

Note from Malcolm

Many thanks to Andrew B for leading today’s ride. Sorry I couldn’t join you and I hope to be out again next week.

Club Run to Coltishall 7 April 2021

3 Wheelers met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to Coltishall,

The route followed a clockwise direction taking in Metton, Thorpe Market, Lower Street, Swafield, Edingthorpe, Honing, Dilham, Smallburgh, Anchor Street, Tunstead and more quiet lanes to our lunctime destination – the peace and tranquility only briefly disturbed by the horn of an approaching goods train as we waited to cross!

Our original plan for refreshments at Dollies Bakery was changed as it was closed due to illness so we carried on to A Piece of Cake where the friendly staff served up welcome coffee and baps – shame it was a bit on the chilly side for al freso snacking!

The return leg was slightly heavier going than the outward as we now had to battle against the north-westerly but it wasn’t too bad. After Buxton we headed towards Cawston and Malcolm left the group at Eastgate to join the Trans-Norfolk Highway. With the wind gradually turning he enjoyed a tailwind home while the remaining duo had no choice but to continue north-westerly towards Holt.

This week the circuit was not completed as no one returned to PC. The individual mileages for the day including the journeys to PC were:

Andrew B 57 miles; Duncan 61 miles; Malcolm 59 miles

So Duncan wins this week’s gold star!

Club Run to The Station Cafe, Reepham 31 March 2021

5 Wheelers met at PC for the first ride of the season in glorious sunshine and it would remain like that for most of the ride – just a few clouds in the afternoon attempting to spoil the fun.

Malcolm set out at a reasonably strong pace perhaps testing his own as much as anybody else’s legs!

The route was through the lanes and minor roads to Gresham, Thurgarton, Erpingham, Ingworth and Aylsham before joining the A140 for a short sprint to Marsham. Much to everyone’s relief we left the main road to follow High Street through Marsham and to the Buxton Road. It was then a straight run to Booton before the final mile or so to our refreshment stop.

Although still retricted to offering a takeaway service the friendly staff at The Station Cafe served up some welcome coffee, cake and baps. It was busy and in amongst the crowd we spotted Andrew C and Geoff who came over to say a socially distanced hallo.

Andrew C (on his rather smart e-bike) joined us for the return leg which was a familiar path to Salle, Wood Dalling, Thurning and Briston. En route Andrew couldn’t resist a smile as he demonstrated the advantage of turbo power on the uphill sections! At Briston there was a two way split, one half heading towards the coast and the other to Edgefield.

At Edgefield Malcolm opted for a direct cross country (not off-road btw) route home via Barningham Green, Erpingham, Colby and Suffield leaving just two to complete the circuit back to PC.

Great to be out with the group again and reassuring that we have not lost our social skills or sense of humour!

Andrew B, Duncan, John S, Malcolm, Stephen and Andrew C

37 miles PC to PC (56 miles max)

Just to say again that the group number for Wednesdays will be limited to 6 members for the time being even though the latest British Cycling guidelines state that up to 15 members can meet for rides organised by affiliated Clubs under the “organised sports exemption” rule.

Club Run to Coltishall 16 December 2020

Would the “Rule of Six” be sufficient to accommodate all those that wanted to join Malcolm’s ride on this pleasantly mild and dry but slightly blustery Wednesday? Easily as it happens because only two (including the leader) managed to meet at PC.

Our route was determined partly by the occasionally muddy roads and the wind direction so to take advantage of the latter on the return leg we made our way to Erpingham, followed by Ingworth, Aylsham, Burgh, Oxnead and Buxton. We stopped for refreshments at Dollies Bakery located in the Red Lion at Coltishall. As we parked our bikes Geoff P waved at us from a window so, suitably socially distanced and at different tables, we were able to enjoy good value food and drink inside the cafe before setting off on the return leg.

Geoff took the lead (just for old times sake) as we followed the lanes to St James and then the Great and Little Hautbois Roads along to Badersfield. Turning right at The Goat at Skeyton we made our way up the Blackhorse Road and at Skeyton Corner there was a parting of the ways as Malcolm headed off to North Walsham while the remaining duo pedalled towards Tuttington and thereafter Banningham and eventually PC.

Great to be out on a Wednesday Club Run again and hopefully there will be a couple more before we say farewell to 2020.

Andrew B, Geoff P, Malcolm

Distances 40 – 50 miles

Wednesday Runs back on track

We have returned to the “rule of six” and for those missing the social side of things the Wednesday Pool of riders is active once more.

Same rules apply – no just turning up at PC, you must have opted into the Pool and therefore have received your weekly invite to join a ride. There will be a cafe stop for a takeaway if it can be planned in but otherwise bring your own refreshments. Details will be given in advance.

A polite reminder to prepare your bike for the winter (including lights just in case) and don’t forget your masks!

Club Run to The Corner Cafe at Mundesley 28 October 2020

We had our full complement of 6 on a bright and breezy day for Malcolm’s ride to the coast. We were hoping for no mechanicals today as we planned to arrive earlyish on what would probably be a busy lunchtime during half term week for this popular cafe!

The route followed a well worn path to Little Barningham where we turned left to reach Calthorpe and then Erpingham. At the top of Eagle Lane one Wheeler was keen to go straight on and take a risk with the (inevitably) deeply flooded lane. Our leader was less keen and took the Ingworth route to Banningham. From there it was the lanes to Colby School and then the Trans Norfolk Highway (aka B1145) all the way to North Walsham.

As the B1145 remains closed due to bridge repairs we followed the Lyngate Road to Bradfield and then onwards and upwards to Trunch before reaching our destination after some 24 miles! The Cafe was very organised and was thankfully able to accomodate all 5 of us (Andrew B not joining us due to an afternoon appointment).

The return leg was initially along the Coast Road but then cutting inland to Gimingham and Southrepps. The first split was at Northrepps with two heading off to Cromer while the remaining 3 pedalled via Crossdale Street and Metton to Sustead where Malcolm peeled off towards Hanworth and home leaving 2 to complete the circuit back to PC.

A great day out and great company plus decent weather. Lets continue to make the most of it while we still can!

Alan, Andrew B, Graham A, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen.

PC to PC circa 40 miles (55 – 75 miles max)

Club Run to Wells 22 October 2020

Due to Yellow Weather Warnings on Wednesday Stephen’s ride to Wells was rearranged for Thursday. The Met Office didn’t get it quite right as it was raining as the group gathered at PC but we were confident that the keen south westerly would blow it away before too long.

Just 4 Wheelers headed off down Gibbet Lane and on reaching the crossroads at Mill Road it became three as Malcolm realised he had dropped something so he went back to PC for a quick search.

The group of 3 continued on to Kelling, Cley, Binham and Warham. After his fruitless trip back to PC Malcolm wasn’t sure which route the group would follow to Binham and took a different path choosing to go via Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Hunworth, Brinton, Sharrington and Field Dalling. Despite Andrew Cs best efforts the last of several messages did not succeed in reuniting the group on the road but all was well in Wells as he was waiting for Malcolm to arrive and guided him to Stephen’s house for lunch.

After enjoying great food prepared by Stephen’s wife we bade farewell and began our return leg. Andrew C had set off solo and shortly after Malcolm and Andrew B also left to follow the Warham Road. We met Andrew on the roadside at Binham fixing a puncture but he was happy for us to continue. Our route back to High Kelling was Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton and then the familiar long haul to Bridge Road and eventually the junction with the A148. Here was the final split of the day with Malcolm almost completing the circuit back to PC but at the junction of Red Barn Lane and Mill Road he carried straight on to Gresham, Bessingham, Alborough, Erpingham and home.

Many thanks to Stephen for the ride and hospitality – plus this week’s gold star for the quality of the salmon and broccoli quiche!

Andrew B, Andrew C, Malcolm, Stephen.

44 miles PC to PC (70 miles max inc the extra there and back to PC)