Club Run to The Norton Café at Little Walsingham 15 January 2020

After last week’s first Wednesday Run of the year, this week Andrew B led us on his first run in the “leader’s jersey” to what is becoming a firm favourite for a lunch stop. A couple of days before, Andrew was concerned that the forecast rain could create some serious flooding on his chosen route – and he was about right!

After just a few miles as 8 Wheelers headed southwards from PC a concerned motorist warned of floods ahead but we had already been through two so we nonchalantly rode on.

We passed through Plumstead, Edgefield and Stody and then in fairly quick succession 2 riders punctured. Neither held us up for long and we continued on bypassing Brinton, Sharrington and Bale to Binham. By the way did I mention the floods?

After Binham it was a straightforward route via Copys Green and Great Walsingham to welcome refreshments at the Norton Café.

Mark left us as he had some wiring to inspect so 7 retraced their steps to Great Walsingham and followed the long Walsingham Road to Binham and thereafter Langham. The group was together at this point but split after Malcolm punctured courtesy of two thorns, one of which was refusing to budge and caused a longer stop than he had hoped for. Thanks to Alan for staying back to help out.

Coincidentally our leader had also punctured a bit further up the road. As a result of all this 3 rode on towards home while a group of 4 eventually pedalled on to Wiveton and up to High Kelling. Here came split number 3 with just 3 continuing the gradual climb up to Geoff’s Corner. They went together as far as the junction with Red Barn Lane and the final split as 2 completed the circuit to PC and the other descended to Gresham and homewards.

Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride and we look forward to the next time.

I did mention the floods didn’t I?

This week’s gold star award goes to Alan who, after a considerable lay-off with an ankle injury, has returned to the group and is pedalling like he’s never been away!

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark

40 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Club Run, 11/1/20

4 Wheelers met at PC to pick up one more at Erpingham for a bright and breezy run to the ever popular Cart Gap Café.

While some roads were drying out there was still plenty of standing water to be found as we made our way via Banningham, Tuttington, Beck Lane, Skeyton, Scottow, Sloley and the lanes to Mill Road, Chapel Road and Smallburgh. Then came Dilham, Honing and East Ruston. After crossing the B1159 we followed more lanes passing by Brumstead and Lessingham reaching the café after some 30 miles from PC.

There to meet us was Geoff. The café was busy but the service efficient and friendly and after a good refuel we left for the return leg,

The route back was Whimpwell Green, Walcott Green, Ridlington Street, Edingthorpe Street, Paston Green, Knapton, Trunch, Lower Street and Thorpe Market. At Hanworth the group split with 2 heading for Aldborough and completing the Erpingham to Erpingham circuit with the remainder pedalling back to PC.

Brian, Geoff, Harvey, Kevin, Malcolm, Scott

45.5 miles Erpingham to Erpingham

55 miles PC to PC

Club Run to The Kingfisher Café at Walcott 8 January 2020

The inaugural Wednesday Run of 2020, on familiar roads to a familiar location, led by Malcolm, what could possibly go wrong?

Perhaps the weather for a start which was wetter than forecast but not to worry we thought as 7 set off from PC. However it wasn’t long (less than 1/4 mile) before the group was brought to a halt after one rider experienced an alarming shimmy from the front end of his bike. Unfortunately he had to return to PC but fortunately his car was parked there.

So 6 followed a straight path to Itteringham and thereafter Ingworth, Aylsham, and Tuttington. We soon joined the Skeyton Road and expected a smooth run up to North Walsham but the puncture gremlins struck twice and delayed us by 20 minutes or more. A quick courtesy call to the café was required but back on the road we passed through North Walsham and on to White Horse Common and Ebridge Mill. Shortly after, with Malcolm pressing on, a call went out that Stephen and Andrew were well off the back – another mechanical!  The foursome was told to carry on and they arrived at the café to be met by Alan who was on another bike and wondering where we had got to! No sign of Andrew or Stephen during lunch so they must have headed back home after all.

The weather had cleared up quite well and the group of 5 followed a direct route back towards PC via Bacton, Edingthorpe, Paston Green, Knapton, Trunch, Bradfield, Lower Street, Thorpe Market and Hanworth, where there was a two way split as one half returned to PC and the other towards Thurgarton and thereafter the coast for one and North Walsham the other.

Run 8 Jan 20

In spite of the incidents it was a good ride out and a quick update on Andrew and Stephen who did indeed head back but both arrived home safely sharing out their meagre rations on the way!

We’ve yet to hear the final outcome of Alan’s earlier mechanical but the favourite (if not at all desirable) is that the fork steerer had started to detach itself from the blades – just as well that the failure occurred at low speed!

Alan, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen

45.5 miles PC to PC

Several riders exceeded 60 miles today but the gold star award goes to Jane.

Wednesday Runs 2019

Malcolm’s Annual Report

Total of 49 Runs (3 runs cancelled, 2 due to unsafe conditions, 1 due to Christmas Day)

Total of 360 appearances (including guest riders)

Largest group 14

Smallest group 3

Total mileage PC to PC 2145

Average mileage per run approximately 44 miles

19 different venues (11 pubs and 8 cafes – must find some new cafes!)

The mileage covered by individuals both on particular runs and in total over the year did of course vary.

Some of the Wednesday group also rode with the Saturday group which in one case at least increased his NNWCC mileage over the year substantially!

While not an exact science the above gives a good picture of the last year but what can’t be measured is the enjoyment of being out on your bike and of being with a great bunch of people; hopefully this was conveyed to some extent in the weekly reports.

Many thanks again to all who helped to make the Wednesday Club Runs a success and in particular to those who lead rides and guided us around the lanes and byways of North Norfolk. Here’s to another great year in 2020!

Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 18 December 2019

5 Wheelers met at PC for the last Wednesday Club Run of the year! John S promised us an intriguing (or was that an interesting) route to the village with a railway line but no station but happily with a decent pub. While most roads were fairly dry, some lanes were at their wettest worst which we were about to discover.

Descending gradually from the Cromer Ridge we eventually reached Barningham and then pedalled south-eastwards taking in (the outskirts of) Aldborough and Alby; then across the A140 and the shortcut to White Post Road. As we were passing Gunton Park Geoff became totally disengaged (no not a senior moment!) as his bike’s freehub packed up! He resigned himself to a walk home* and told us to carry on.

Turning right off White Post Road we hit the first of the seriously wet lanes but it wasn’t long before we reached Colby, although Malcolm held things up a bit being his normal cautious self through the mud and floods! After a brief foray on the B1145 we continued the theme by following a route through to Beck Lane and thereafter drier land at All Saints Church, Skeyton. Swanton Abbott, Sloley and more back (Beck!!) lanes took us to our lunchtime destination.

The menu is quite varied at the Horse and Groom and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before setting off on the return leg. This was a more familiar route as we passed through Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington and up to Banningham where Malcolm left the group to head to Felmingham and home while the trio returned to PC via Ingworth, Wickmere and Matlaske.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s run. Bike cleaning duties for all today!

41 miles PC to PC (with Andrew C winning gold stars for mileage covered and muddy clothes!)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Geoff, John S, Malcolm

* Geoff had been walking for 20 minutes or so when a passing motorist stopped and offered him (and his bike) a lift home. It turned out that the good Samaritan lives only a couple of doors away from fellow Wheeler Kevin and is himself a keen off-roader!

Club Run to Kerri’s at The Old Railway Station Reepham, 11 December 2019

8 Wheelers met at PC on a sunny early winter’s day for Mark’s ride to Reepham, our leader hoping that mince pies would be on offer at our lunchtime destination!

Against an easing south-westerly we travelled a virtually (almost exactly!!!) straight path to Little Barningham, Itteringham, Oulton Street, Cawston, Brandiston and Swannington before taking a right on to the Reepham Road. We passed Alderford Common and followed Hall Road to its junction with Porter’s Lane at which point we pedalled along some lovely lanes up to the Reepham Road via Whitwell Street and then the final mile to Kerri’s.

There to meet us was Geoff and soon after our arrival John and Kay D joined us and we all enjoyed great service and food (but alas no mince pies!) before 9 Wheelers left to head for Wood Dalling and J&K wound their own way homewards. At Thurning we were momentarily leaderless as Mark turned towards Hindolveston and thereafter Fakenham. Malcolm lead the group to Briston where there was the first split as 2 riders followed the Holt Road towards the coast leaving 6 to go in the direction of Edgefield. Just before Edgefield there was another split as 4 headed back to PC via Baconsthorpe and West Beckham while 2 went cross-country to Barningham Green, Thurgarton, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Mark for leading the ride and making it a great day out on the bikes!

38 miles PC to PC (Andrew C, Jane and Mark will have to share the gold star for most miles covered today)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Brian, Geoff, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark. John and Kay D at the café.

Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 4 December 2019

When the sun is shining you just have to be on your bike! Clearly that’s what 7 Wheelers thought as they met at PC for David’s ride to The Goat! One or two introductions were in order before we set off as Brian (Saturday Club Run and TT stalwart) had joined us!

Wishing to avoid the worst of the mud and debris from hedge trimming David took the group on a familiar path to Erpingham before tracking back to Aldborough followed by Alby and Suffield (by way of the Hanworth Timber Co shortcut). Corvette Kingdom looked closed for the day so having not feasted our eyes on the sleek machines we reached Felmingham and then a direct route to our lunchtime destination.

The service and food at The Goat was to their normal high standards and fuelled for the return leg we left via Long Road minus one Wheeler who followed his own path home! After Tuttington we turned west towards the A140 and used a very short section of this busy road to link with The Banningham Road and then Drabblegate.

Just after Ingworth there was a split as 4 Wheelers turned into Eagle Lane to return to PC via Erpingham and Matlaske while 2 carried on up to the A140 and then Colby, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to David for leading today’s ride – let’s hope we have a few more sunny days like this!

36 miles PC to PC

Andrew C, Brian, David, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 27 November 2019

Just 3 Wheelers braved the elements and met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to the ever popular ATN – a change to the programme as The Conservatory at Aylsham now closes on a Wednesday! Having spoken to JD about Tuesday’s NVL ride Malcolm was keen to avoid the mud that they encountered but the frequency of flooded roads to and from Cawston did mean that impromptu bike cleaning was always possible!

The route followed a familiar path through Bessingham, Thurgarton and Aldborough and then up to the A140. Crossing the main road we took a short cut via the track passing Hanworth Timber Co. to White Post Road and on to Suffield, Colby and Banningham by which point Malcolm had just about managed to force his gloves back on – don’t ask!

Tempting as The Crown was we continued to Tuttington and Oxnead before joining the Cawston Road, slightly heavy going due to the headwind, and to our lunchtime destination. The Café served up its usual delicious fare and we were able to enjoy it in reasonably dry clothes as the rain had stopped en route!

After lunch Mark headed west and homewards while the dynamic duo decided on the B1145 Trans-Norfolk to take them to Aylsham. A reckless, impatient or stupid (or combination of all three) driver who did his best to collide with an oncoming car and take out 2 Wheelers in the process didn’t delay their progress and aided by a tailwind they soon reached the Blickling Road and thereafter Ingworth. At Eagle Lane there was a parting of the ways as one turned for Erpingham, Gresham, PC and home while the other reconnected with Colby and Suffield before heading south-east for home!

A good ride and good company and surprisingly clean bikes (mud free anyway!)

Kevin, Malcolm, Mark

39 miles PC to PC (50 – 60 miles max)

Club Run to the Norton Café at Little Walsingham 20 November 2019

7 Wheelers met at PC on a cool (becoming colder as the day went on) and cloudy (becoming sunnier as the day went on) morning.

Kevin lead us through Little Barningham to Itteringham and the lanes to the B1149 and then Corpusty. We passed Wood Dalling, Guestwick, Wood Norton, Stibbard, Fulmodeston, Barney and Thursford en route to our lunchtime destination at Little Walsingham. Just under 30 miles for the outward leg!

The Norton was its usual excellent self, good food and friendly and efficient staff, and we prepared for the return leg minus Mark and Andrew C who made their own ways home!

Kevin promised a more direct route back and so it was as we took in Binham, Field Dalling, Saxlingham, Wiveton, High Kelling and, after the brief dip, the continued gentle climb up to Geoff’s Corner.

All but one of the group peeled off at different points leaving just John to do the decent thing and complete the circuit to PC.

Many thanks to Kevin for his usual sterling leadership and apparently he introduced some new lanes into the Wednesday itinerary (John, our resident statistician, keeps a log of such things!)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Mark, Malcolm

49 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)

Club Run to The Staithe n Willow Restaurant Horning 13 November 2019

4 Wheelers met at PC on a gloriously sunny day for Malcolm’s ride to a venue with new owners, a new name and a new menu!

As this was quite a long run south eastwards Malcolm tried to keep both the outward and return legs as direct as possible and by and large was fairly successful!

So Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Banningham, Tuttington, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Tunstead and then the long straight St Peter’s Lane and even longer Long Lane took us (almost) to our lunchtime destination (Ropes Hill and Lower Street completing the outward route).

We hadn’t reserved but space wasn’t a problem even though the tables did start to fill up after we had ordered. When asked the owner did say that the customer base was good and growing so best of luck to them for the future.

After an enjoyable lunch we returned via Neatishead, Smallburgh, Dilham, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe Street, Paston Green, Knapton, Trunch, Southrepps, Northrepps and then Crossdale Street to Felbrigg. At this point we regrouped, took a deep breath and continued on through Metton to Lower Gresham where Malcolm made an about turn for Sustead, Hanworth, Suffield and home while the others completed the circuit back to PC and then home.

Good company and a good ride on a great day to be on your bike – a shame that a few more weren’t able to join us!

Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm

50 miles PC to PC

Andrew wins this week’s gold star having covered the best part of 70 miles.

On his way back Malcolm caught up with CJ at Hanworth – he was also out on his bike enjoying the last of the afternoon’s sunshine!