Club Run to Barns Café at Great Walsingham 13 February 2019

Or should that be Walsingham Café at Great Walsingham Barns? Notwithstanding all that 4 Wheelers set off from PC on a brightening and breezy morning lead by Kevin.

By his own admission Kevin is not always sure where he is even when he is leading the ride but you wouldn’t know it as he carved out an excellent route taking us the 30 miles to our lunch stop. The route was; Little Barningham, Saxthorpe, Corpusty, Guestwick, Foulsham, Bintry (Bintree) Mill, Broom Green, The Ryburghs, Pensthorpe, The Snorings, Little Walsingham and then finally its Greater sibling and the Barns.

On the previous day Kevin had reccied the route only to find that the Barns doesn’t open on a Tuesday – so no pie for his lunch! Whether this is the best café in North Norfolk (see website) is hard to judge but the pies are excellent and the lunch stop was made even more enjoyable by the presence of CJ and Geoff P who had cycled out to join us.

CJ and Geoff made their own way back home and the 4 of us (aided by a tailwind most of the time and very pleasant sunshine) returned via Copy’s Green, Binham, Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton (where there was a split as Andrew headed home), High Kelling and Geoff’s Corner where there was a final split as 2 headed to West Beckham and PC while the Lone Rider continued on to Mill Road, Gresham, Bessingham, Hanworth and home.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride in what can only be described as Spring-like conditions.

Alan, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm with CJ and Geoff P at the Café.

50 miles PC to PC (72 miles max)

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Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 6 February 2019

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Words and picture by John D

6 riders met at PC for JD’s ride to The White Horse. The route out was firstly to Gresham where a left and a right took us through Sustead and into Hanworth (I’m sure there’s an anti-cycling activist there who keeps pushing the bars of the cattle grids further apart!). Then after a small navigational anomaly it was along Parrow Lane to cross the A140 for the road to Thorpe Market. A straight road this, but one with a deceptive incline – fortunately I’d moved my bidon to my jersey pocket to make the bike lighter and my task easier.

Now into the Parishes of Antingham and Southrepps, we passed Gunton Station and the building once housing The Suffield Arms (now undergoing further re-construction). Then it was mostly due south towards Felmingham and into the light breeze, almost pleasant to ride into as it did not have that icy bite that seems to have been with us since early December – and warmish sunshine too!

Leaving Corvette Kingdom behind we took the (obligatory) Trans-Norfolk Highway for a few hundred yards before heading south again, crossing the (soon to be upgraded?) Weavers Way towards Coltishall and Horstead

Having gained several brownie points from Malcolm for explaining that I had avoided a couple of muddy roads, these were immediately forfeited when he twigged that we would be covering the final couple of miles of the outward journey via Heggatt Hill and Granny Bard’s Lane (Hee-Hee).

Thus muddied but unbowed we arrived at The White Horse. Despite being fairly busy and there being several tables “reserved”, we were found suitable space and dined in comfort on in my opinion, good quality and well-priced food. A wide range of topics were covered over lunch; Christmas in Australia, February holidays in Morocco, Gin, Beer Festivals, Carpets and, inevitably, Mud.

Taking to the road again seemed harder work than it should have been, so after Frettenham, Buxton and Brampton, the men were left to their own devices to return to the coast/home

6 out (Alan, Graham, JD, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert), no incidents and 26 miles in just under two hours to lunch.

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Kevin reported

“No incidents on the way home, Alan, Graham and myself covered 47 miles PC to PC”

Malcolm reported

“No incidents on the way home, I covered a total of 53 miles today”

Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride and hopefully Robert arrived home with no incidents!

 

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundseley 30 January 2019

The yellow warnings were out, indeed Aylsham and North Walsham received a decent covering of snow, but at the coast no snow and no frost! What this meant was that the coastal contingent was keen to ride whereas the inland contingent was understandably underwhelmed at the prospect. In the event two Wheelers left PC to pick up one more at Banningham and the trio set off for today’s run lead by David C.

The Trans Norfolk Highway took us to North Walsham, then the Bacton Road to Edingthorpe Green, Broomholm, the Coast Road past the Gas Terminal, then Paston, Paston Street and finally Mundesley. The CHC owners looked tanned and refreshed after their winter break and just as they were taking our order in walked Geoff P. Despite a valiant attempt by David C to start a Brexit debate, conversation soon turned to more parochial, but no less important, matters. Thank you to the CHC for its usual good service and good value food.

We remounted our bikes in bright sunshine and decided to stick to the Coast Road; all the way to Cromer in fact where there was a 3 way split, 2 of the group heading to their homes in Cromer and Sheringham, while the remaining 2 Wheelers did the decent thing and returned to PC via Felbrigg, Metton and Lower Gresham.

In the end a good day out on the bikes, the thaw happened very quickly as the temperature rose a bit and the roads were ice free and only occasionally a bit mucky (due to the fact that we were mostly on B roads rather than the lanes).

Thank you to David C for leading the ride.

David C, Geoff P, Kevin, Malcolm

40 miles PC to PC

Club Run to the Kings Arms at Blakeney 23 January 2019

After encountering sheet ice on the way to the meeting point at PC an H & S Executive meeting was hastily convened to decide on the safest route for today’s run lead by Andrew. We decided to leave it in Andrew’s very capable hands especially as he has such good knowledge of this part of North Norfolk.

The four of us set off on the A148 towards Bodham and High Kelling interrupted only by roadworks which had the bonus of slowing the traffic down on this busy, but ice free, road. Our route then took in Kelling, Salthouse, Cley, Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe, Binham, Warham, Stiffkey, Morston and Langham where we discovered that the Blue Bell was not serving food until Friday 25th. Note to self remember that this is the time of year when publicans and proprietors have holidays and carry out maintenance!!

After only a couple of extra miles we arrived at The Kings Arms at Blakeney and enjoyed a welcome break, some warmth and nourishment, before we left, in the rain, via the quayside for Wiveton. Andrew, still suffering the after effects of a chest infection, made his own way home and the 3 of us climbed the climb to High Kelling and then took the customary short breather after crossing the Holt Road. By now the morning’s ice had all but gone and thankfully the rain had stopped. We had an incident free trek further inland to Geoff’s Corner at which point Malcolm headed off to Gresham and home via Hanworth, the A140 and Banningham while the remaining happy couple returned to PC.

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In the end today’s run was not as treacherous as was first feared and many thanks to Andrew for leading us safely round.

Alan, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm

40 miles PC to PC (63 miles max)

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 16 January 2019

As David C was otherwise engaged Malcolm offered to lead today’s run and met with 4 other Wheelers at PC. The forecast promised wind and showers with possible sunny bits and that’s what we got although the latter only really broke through in the final stretch!

The route: Gresham, Lower Gresham, Metton, Thorpe Market, Bradfield, Swafield, North Walsham, Tungate, Skeyton, Burgh, Aylsham. Robin had things to do etc so left the four of us to it.

The Conservatory served up good food in their usual friendly way and after forgoing the tempting cakes on offer we set off for Oulton Street hoping that the (forecast) heavy showers would arrive once we were all back home enjoying a cuppa!

The route from Oulton Street was a straightforward Itteringham to Little Barningham (let the sunshine in!). Just after The Church of St Peter there was a split with Malcolm and Robert heading off towards Gresham and their respective ways home while the remaining pair completed the circuit back to PC.

Thanks to all for the company. Just after M arrived home there were a series of showers that probably helped with the bike cleaning!

Alan, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin

36 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Club Run to The Red Lion at Coltishall 9 January 2019

Six Wheelers met at PC for Alan’s ride to Coltishall.

A helpful tailwind took us swiftly to Itteringham and carried us up the hill to The Blickling Road where we bade farewell to Robin.

Although dampness was in the air we were optimistic that conditions would remain favourable as we passed through Oulton Street, Southgate and on to Cawston. Our route continued through Brandiston, Haveringland, over the busy B1149 and on via Shorthorn Road and over the A140 Cromer Road to Stratton Strawless. Just before Buxton a not so Sandy Lane, in fact more like Straw Lane, led us to the Coltishall Road and Horstead before arriving at our destination after some 27 miles.

Just after settling down at our table the threatened rain shower arrived which made our excellent lunch at this great venue even more pleasurable. Particularly so as the rain had cleared away by the time we were ready to leave!

John S left us to head eastwards while the remaining 4 went back through Coltishall up to Great and Little Haubois and on to Badersfield and Skeyton. After negotiating a tractor and a section of muddy road the group split again with one heading off towards North Walsham and just 3 taking the following route; Tuttington, Dunkirk, Erpingham , Calthorpe, Aldborough and Gresham where Andrew and Kevin headed west and Alan back to PC.

Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Andrew, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin

PC to PC 44 miles

 

Club Run to The Old Railway Station Café at Reepham 2 January 2019

Words by John S

Seven riders met at PC for the first Club Ride of the year.  These included Andrew on his first ride with the club and Sue on her first Wednesday run.  And they had chosen an ok day to join us.  Wintery–ish yes; chilly, yes; damp, yes, with a hint of moisture in the air, but not too bad at all for a day out on the bikes.

John S had planned a modest ride to Reepham to allow any post-festivity sluggishness to be gently dealt with.  He had also not cleaned his bike from his last outing knowing that things were going to be a bit on the mucky side!

A more westerly outward leg saw us take in Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Guestwick and Kerdiston before settling into the Old Railway Station at Reepham for lunch where Geoff joined us.

The track back to PC was more easterly so as not to repeat any of the lanes used on the outward leg.  There was the usual phased break-up of the group.  Andrew C left us just after Wood Dalling, Geoff just before Saxthorpe, Robin around Irmingland and Sue and Graham just after Thurgarton.  New rider Andrew turned for home in Gresham, which left just John S and Alan to return to PC.   A finish by riding up Gibbet Lane seemed just the way to start the New Year!

At 36.2 miles, it was a shortish route, but a pleasing one.

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8 out (nice to see some new faces).

Alan, Andrew, Andrew C, Geoff, Graham, John S, Robin, Sue

Here’s to 2019 and many convivial and pleasing days out on the bikes (with not too much post-ride cleaning required!).

 

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 26 December 2018

No not a misprint this was another visit to The Corner Café on the last Wednesday Run of the year. Boxing Day can be a tricksey time for opening and since the CC would definitely be open 11 – 1 for coffee and cakes this seemed the safest bet.

As it was only one other Wheeler (Graham J from Leicestershire) joined Malcolm at The Erpingham Arms at 10.30. We followed a familiar route taking in Ingworth, Aylsham, Burgh, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Worstead, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe and Paston. We arrived at the Café just before midday – carrot cake and black coffee for one and just a pot of tea for the other – readers decide which was which!

On the return leg there was a parting of the ways at Southrepps with Graham heading for the coast and Malcolm inland to Thorpe Market, Lower Street, Antingham and home.

Erpingham to Mundesley 20 miles

Each rider’s round trip was something over 40 miles.

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 19 December 2018

Four Wheelers met at PC in wet conditions for the penultimate Wednesday Club Run of the year to a favourite coastal café. As David C had family commitments Malcolm stepped up to lead today’s ride.

Matlaske, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield, Felmingham, North Walsham, Swafield, Mundesley, Southrepps, Thorpe Market.

On the return leg there was a split at the junction of the A149 and the Roughton Road with 3 Wheelers deciding to return to PC and beyond via the latter. Malcolm returned home via Lower Street and a muddy and partially blocked (due to roadworks) Bradfield.

One of the advantages of leading a ride in the wet (and sometimes mud) and staying in front is that you don’t get mucky from what is thrown up by the rear wheel of the rider in front of you (particularly if the rear mudguard is not a fully fitting one!). The disadvantage is that if you don’t regularly check to see what’s going on behind, and if you have good legs on the day, you can easily forget about others keeping up – over enthusiasm perhaps!

Alan, Andrew, Malcolm, Robert

36 miles PC to PC

Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 12 December 2018

Four Wheelers met at PC for Andrew’s ride to this increasingly popular (especially for pie lovers) venue located a short distance from Wells and just down the road from Warham Camp. Conditions were dry and surprisingly mild with only a gentle breeze – perfect!

We followed a tried and tested route through Baconsthorpe and Edgefield and on to Briston. Craymere Beck was in full flow but the first through were quick to alert following riders of ice on the other side – yes it had been pretty cold the night before and the thaw hadn’t reached the shaded spots!

We continued on to Thurning, Hindolveston and Fulmodeston at which point we turned right to take us to Croxton and Barney and up to the A148. Safely across we reached Thursford, then Hindringham, Wighton and our mid ride destination at Warham but not before an invitation from our leader to explore the Camp – which we decided to leave for another time.

The Three Horseshoes was very welcoming with its open fire, tasty menu and selection of real ales (which 3 of the 4 just couldn’t resist). After such a hearty lunch a lack of calories was not going to be an issue and we set off in the direction of Binham. On reaching this pleasant village Andrew announced that we would approach Langham via Cockthorpe thus avoiding the reasonably steep and certainly long drag up the Langham Road. However in doing so we did experience our first taste of headwind but not strong enough to slow the pace substantially.

After Langham it was a straight route to Wiveton where we said goodbye to Andrew and began the long haul up Bridgefoot Lane on to the Holt Road and then Bridge Road all the way up to High Kelling and the Cromer Road. Having crossed to the other side of this busy road there was a final split as 2 of the remaining 3 decided to take the high road (the main road) back to Pretty Corner leaving Malcolm to wend his lonesome, solitary but not lonely, way via Geoff’s Corner to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane where he pondered completing today’s route back to PC but instead descended to Gresham and thereafter Bessingham, Thurgarton, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride – a good day out and good company.

No punctures, no incidents, no (wet) mud, lights definitely needed as even on a good day it’s dark enough after 3.30ish and maybe even a bit before that.

Alan, Andrew, Malcolm, Robert

43 miles PC to PC (65 miles max)