Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 7 November 2018

As Malcolm met John S at the PC Car Park the latter remarked “I’m not sure that this is altogether a good idea!” to which Malcolm replied “Well it’s certainly breezy and not very bright!” 3 others joined M & J and the group set off into the “breeze” on Malcolm’s run to this popular watering hole.

With John almost back to full fitness and given the small size of the group plus the prospect of a tailwind on the return leg Malcolm set off at a decent pace despite the headwind! The first part of the route took us through Lower Gresham, Metton, Hanworth and the longish drag up to Thorpe Market. After a brief foray on the A149 we turned right on to the Thorpe Road to Southrepps. Shortly after we followed a back lane to the junction with the Gimingham Road at Trunch. We stopped briefly for a drink and a polite request was made to slow things up a tad, one rider feeling slightly off the pace today.

The Knapton Road took us to……..Knapton from where we descended via Old Hall Street to the North Walsham and Dilham Canal (now partly used) and then an ascent (sorry Andrew!) to Edingthorpe Green. Turning right to descend through Bacton Woods we were again into the headwind so we looped round to Ebridge Mill and White Horse Common and eventually to North Walsham. Leader’s error – Malcolm didn’t double check behind him and managed to lose two riders but a quick call on the mobile soon got the group back together and we negotiated the joys of the NW one way system to join the Aylsham Road and thereafter Tungate Road and Skeyton Road to our lunch stop. There waiting for us was CJ.

After a welcome refuel Andrew and CJ set off together en route for Felbrigg and beyond while the group of 4 headed off in a slightly different direction to Burgh, Aylsham, Ingworth, Erpingham, Aldborough and Thurgarton. At the crossroads adjacent to All Saints Church Malcolm said farewell and headed off on the Bessingham Road to Hanworth and home while the remaining 3 took the same road but in the opposite direction towards Bessingham and back to PC.

Many thanks to all for the company on a good ride out.

Andrew, Graham, John S, Kevin, Malcolm and CJ at the pub

41 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)


Club Run to The Dun Cow at Salthouse 31 October 2018

On a sparkling Autumn morning 6 Wheelers met for Kevin’s ride to the North Coast. An OS Map was spotted in Kevin’s back pocket. Did he have a few surprises up his sleeve – some cheeky off-piste sections perhaps?

We turned east after Lower Gresham but the bunch soon regained its composure as we continued on through Sustead, Thurgarton, Wickmere, Calthorpe and Ingworth. Considering the amount of rain on Tuesday the roads were not bad at all – just as well as one of the group was on his best bike without mudguards!

At the junction with the Blickling Road the OS Map made its first appearance and after a brief meeting it was agreed that we should pass through Silvergate and on to Oulton Street and then in the direction of Cawston. At Southgate we turned right to make our way to Guestwick, but not before another quick check of the OS Map followed by a number of nodding heads. Andrew offered a hand of guidance suggesting Briston, Stody, Hunworth, Thornage and Letheringsett. Our leader confirmed this was indeed the route he had planned but was grateful to Andrew for taking the lead briefly and using his knowledge of the lanes to good effect.

After Glandford and Cley we joined the Coast Road for the last few miles to our lunch stop. The pub was extremely busy and we were told there would be a half hour wait for a table but the group of 5 (Stephen having left us at Glandford) happily propped up the bar and reflected on what had been a very enjoyable if slightly long (37 miles from PC) morning’s run.

After lunch Andrew had a fairly short and very flat journey home while the rest of us climbed Market Lane and Bloomstile Lane to eventually join Bridge Road. After crossing the Holt-Cromer Road at High Kelling we followed a direct and very familiar route to Mill Road where Malcolm headed off to Gresham and beyond while the remaining 3 took a left into Red Barn Lane and back up to PC.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Andrew, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen; and Jane who had waited for us at the pub to say hallo but sadly had to head off so couldn’t join us.

47 miles PC to PC (66 miles max)

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 24 October 2018

Tour de Cromer – words by David C, our leader for the day.

On a breezy but reasonably mild Wednesday morning, ten Wheelers descended into the back lanes of East Beckham. The peloton slowed allowing the leader to search unsuccessfully for his long lost Poundland spectacles. Picking up a spare wheel at Gresham Church, the group made use of the strong Westerly to descend through the village and up and out again towards the Aylmerton Cross.

An encounter with a friendly bottled gas delivery driver slowed our progress, but we were soon up and on the move again through Aylmerton and the rear end of the Felbrigg estate. Negotiating the cattle grids we hit the Felbrigg main gate and enjoyed the long descent towards Cromer.

Taking a right at Amazonia Zoo onto the recently completed cycle path, the group climbed up towards Roughton Road, Cromer. “Bollards!” someone called out. And yes, they were a tight squeeze, calling for some beginner’s bike handling skills.

A brief sojourn of no more than twenty metres on the A148, followed by three mini roundabouts in quick succession, had us on Mill Road, Suffield Park with Cromer Hospital on our left and the newly opened Surgery on our right.

At this point the leader became a tad nostalgic for childhood haunts and led the group past Great Aunt Dot’s old house on Connaught Road followed by a slow meander through the mean streets to Suffield Park playing field, the scene of former sporting glories when us Cromer lads handed out a footballing lesson to the Suffield locals on numerous occasions circa 1968-9.

It was time to hit the open country once more. A right turn onto Northrepps Road had us at the foot of the rather unexpected (for some!) steep ascent of the Forest Park climb. After a brief pause at the summit to gather our thoughts, the group enjoyed the rather pleasing Nut Lane descent into Northrepps Village.

The Run continued – words by the Editor

After such an eloquent intro I shall keep it brief.

After Northrepps we followed Craft Lane on to the delightfully named Clipped Hedge Lane at Southrepps and then the back lanes to Gimingham. After Trunch we passed through Bradfield and were lucky not to be held up at the railway crossing. Then came Antingham, Felmingham, Skeyton Corner, the steady climb up to All Saints Church and eventually reached Burgh followed by Aylsham. En route we were treated to the nostalgic sound of the air whistle of a locomotive on the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway.

The Conservatory had not been forewarned of our arrival but despite it being a busy time and no seats available inside they were quite happy for us to dine al fresco. By now however the sun had disappeared completely and it was a bit on the cool side but this did nothing to dampen spirits and the banter flowed. “When are we receiving our Certificates?” Alban asked. We were puzzled. “Well all those hand signals through Cromer felt like we were doing our Cycling Proficiency!”

After lunch we headed off towards Blickling but then cut across to join the (old) Cromer Road and followed the course of The River Bure for a short distance to Ingworth. At this point Malcolm turned eastwards for Banningham and home leaving the group to make their way to Erpingham and follow familiar roads back to PC.

Thanks very much to David – the tour of his former stomping grounds in Cromer not to mention the look of surprise on some visitors’ faces as we wound our way through the grounds of the Felbrigg Estate provided an unusual and welcome start to the ride.

Alan, Alban, David, Ian W, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin, Stephen

41 miles PC to PC

Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 17 October 2018

Shorts were still the order of the day for most of the 7 who turned out for Andrew’s ride to a venue that is fast becoming a favourite for the Wednesday crew! Traditional surroundings, an open fire and great value warming food – what more could you ask for now that Autumn is very much upon us? A great route and that is what we got as Andrew lead us via Baconsthorpe, Plumstead and Edgefield to Briston.

Drizzly rain would not go away and it seemed as though this might be the first ride for some while when some serious bike cleaning would be needed later on, particularly for those on their road bikes without mudguards. With spirits high in spite of the road conditions the small bunch of riders passed through Stody, Brinton, Sharrington, Bale and Hindringham.

Just after joining the Hindringham Road in the direction of Great Walsingham we were brought to an abrupt halt as tarmac disappeared into a sea of thick mud – like impassable! Apropos the recent Facebook posting on the NNWCC group page, the reporting of an incident between a person on his bike and a local farmer (nothing to do with the Wheelers or the previous day’s Club Run incidentally), yes of course farmers have every right to be on the road but not to leave a good portion of a field’s contents behind them. Let’s hope it was cleared up later. Respect for all road users and all that!

Sensibly we backtracked slightly and took an alternative route along the Wells Road as far as Wighton where we turned off right to pass the Warham Camp Iron Age Fort and eventually our mid ride destination. Stephen had to skip lunch and carried on to Wells.

Apart from two other customers, who seemed either slightly put out or maybe just curious of the bonhomie exuding from our lycra clad group, and a man and his dog we were the only ones in for lunch. Food is freshly prepared here but the wait was worth it and all thoughts of the cool damp weather outside soon disappeared.

The return leg took us through Binham, Field Dalling and Saxlingham shortly after which Jane and Alban left us. Just 4 continued on to Wiveton and then the seemingly endless (for Norfolk) climb to Bridge Road and High Kelling. Our leader for the day bade us farewell leaving 3 to make their way to Geoff’s Corner where there was a final split as 2 headed towards the Holt Road and Sheringham Park while the lone rider descended to Lower Gresham and Bessingham and then south-eastwards and homewards.

Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride and good to see Alban back in the saddle!

Alan, Alban, Andrew, Graham A, Jane, Malcolm and Stephen

PC to PC 42 miles (max 65 miles)

Club Run to The Crown at Banningham 10 October 2018

Holidays and other pursuits kept the number low today as 5 Wheelers met in the sunshine for Robert’s ride to Banningham. Robert promised us lots of twists and turns on his route which was worked out in the early hours due to a temporary bout of insomnia!!

We passed by East and through West Beckham before heading towards Bodham but took a sharp left before we reached the A148. This pleasant lane did however take us to Bodham Church and on to Baconsthorpe. Then came Hempstead, Edgefield and Briston.

A shout came from the back, “Are we going to Banningham then?”

Obligingly Robert turned to head south easterly to Corpusty and then followed the Irmingland Road and Spa Lane to Oulton. On reaching Itteringham Robert had decided not to go the more direct route following the course of The River Bure to Ingworth but to head up towards Wolterton then Erpingham, Colby and our lunchtime destination after some 27 miles. A great route with the promised twists and turns!

CJ was already tucking into his baguette as we arrived but The Crown is pretty quick at getting the orders out so we were soon enjoying ours.

Although we left as a group of 6 there was soon a split as two headed off towards Suffield and home while the remainder of the group were lead by Robert towards Alby and Aldborough and back to PC.

Many thanks to Robert for leading today’s ride.

David, Jane, Malcolm, Phil, Robert and CJ

38 miles PC to PC

Club Run to Felbrigg Hall 3 October 2018

Those who knew Paul Bailey planned to attend the Service at Cromer Crematorium in the early afternoon; so after a short discussion on alternative routes and lunchtime destinations 12 Wheelers were lead by Malcolm firstly to Matlaske.

Our route took us through Erpingham, Colby, Suffield, Antingham, Lower Street, Southrepps, Northrepps, Felbrigg Village and finally the tearooms at Felbrigg Hall.

After an al fresco lunch during which the temperature fell somewhat a small group continued on to pay their last respects to and celebrate the life of a fine club member.

Alan, Andrew, David, Geoff, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin, Scott, Stephen and Trevor E enjoyed the ride of 22 miles to Felbrigg

Club Run to The Old Railway Station Café at Reepham 26 September 2018

With the weather continuing to be pretty much ideal for cycling and the sugar beet harvest not yet upon us 8 Wheelers met for Malcolm’s ride to Reepham.

The route was Aldborough, Erpingham, over the (old) Cromer Road, along a floodless (but for how long) stretch to Drabblegate and into Aylsham. Then Burgh next Aylsham and Oxnead before leaving The River Bure behind and joining the Cawston Road. The long straight road to Cawston is a bit exposed but the crosswinds were not too much of a problem as we continued on to Booton and finally our lunch stop at Reepham where we found CJ relaxing in the sunshine.

Refreshments were served with (more than) the usual efficiency and after discussing our exact route back to PC we all left together to follow the B1145 a short distance and then Salle where Robin left us. We then passed through Oulton and Itteringham before the steady climb up to Little Barningham. Trevor E had peeled off en route to head towards the Walsinghams, Robert and Malcolm turned towards Gresham and home leaving the remainder of the bunch to make their way back to PC.

Alan, Geoff, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Trevor E and CJ at the café.

PC to PC 40 miles

Club Run to The Rising Sun at Coltishall 19 September 2018

Prepared for a mild battering from the gusty wind, 5 Wheelers met at “The Reservoir” for Alan’s ride to the banks of the River Bure.

The headwind didn’t seem too much of a problem as we followed a straight course via Little Barningham, Itteringham, Oulton Street and Cawston. Then came Brandiston, Swannington and Upgate before heading east through Felthorpe and up to the A140. At Stratton Strawless Robin left us (for a busy afternoon no doubt) so just 4 turned right on to the Hainford Road then left at the T-junction for a fast paced last leg before lunch to Horstead and our mid-ride destination at Coltishall.

Now could this be the last time the sun rises for the Wheelers at Colishall? Even in a gusty wind it is still a most pleasant location but the recent takeover by Colchester Inns has increased the food prices and we all felt it wasn’t great value. As The Rising Sun is really a summer pub, for the next few months it was agreed that it will be The Red Lion (Cyclist friendly) when we visit Coltishall.

We parted company with John S after lunch and the remaining trio went first to Great and then Little Hautbois enjoying the big skies that this route provides, then Lamas, over The Bure at the Mill before joining the Aylsham Road at Buxton. We turned off to Oxnead, crossing The Bure once again and then up to Church Road and straight on to Tuttington, Banningham and Colby. Here Malcolm headed off towards Suffield, Antingham and home while 2 pedalled on to Erpingham, Aldborough, Gresham and finally PC.

Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s run which was at times challenging in the wind and it was quite understandable why several Wheelers chose not to venture out.

Alan, Geoff (not Mr P), John S, Malcolm, Robin

PC to PC 46.5 miles

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 12 September 2018


The way out by John D

So, 10 riders arrived at Pretty Corner for JD’s ride to Cawston on a day which was typical of the season of unreliable weather forecasts. There were several shorts on show, a few warm layers, JD prepared for rain and Robert dressed for the beach! In the event the weather proved kind, although the moderate and somewhat chilly north-westerly made its presence felt.

Having been pre-warned that we would be meeting Malcolm and Dave C later en-route we left captain-less and headed through Gresham and Sustead to Hanworth. Here the widely spaced cattle-grid on the northern approach rattled several of the men’s teeth and dislodged Stephen’s rear light. There must be a case for re-orienting these grids by 90 degrees so the cyclist can pick a single bar to ride over – well perhaps not!

It was then briefly on to the A140 before taking White Post Road to skirt south of Gunton Park to Suzie’s vegetable stall where we found David and Malcolm browsing the produce. We missed the 11am meeting time by 10 minutes but even so had covered the 10 miles from PC in just under 40 minutes.

It was then a southerly direction on Long Lane until turning off to Colby and the now obligatory couple of hundred yards on the Trans-Norfolk Highway (aka B1145). It was then the lane towards Tuttington, and shortly after crossing the now-dismantled Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway line (Aylsham to North Walsham) the first puncture of the day – a pesky flint taking out Alan. Soon on our way we headed for Oxnead Mill and across the A140 again.

It was here that the second mechanical of the day occurred when Dave C’s chain parted. Luckily he was carrying the appropriate amount of used fivers to pay for a spare fixed link and the appropriate tool that Trevor E was carrying. Judging that fixing this problem was quite technical and could be unpleasant to watch, the main bunch headed onwards leaving Kevin ‘he’s a practical bloke – good with a truncheon’ and Alan to effect repairs and make their way to a late lunch.

The bunch made Cawston via Buxton Heath and Haveringland for lunch by 12:50 after 26.5 miles from PC. Space was limited at All Things Nice due to the presence of another bunch of riders, but service and food was of the usual high standard. An hour later there was a three way split, with JD heading east for an early bath and the Sheringham and Cley/Wells/Lt Walsingham contingents heading into the breeze and for the coast.

Thanks guys for being easily led!

The way back by Malcolm

Well, just 8 Wheelers began the journey “home” along well worn tracks towards Oulton Street and then the junction with the Blickling Road. Kevin now became the second rider of the day to suffer the fate of the Norfolk flint but the tube was replaced in a flash and we were on our way again (or so we thought!) only for Kevin to puncture a second time. Unaware of this, four riders had cycled on to the right turn to Itteringham and down to the bridge expecting the other group of four to follow. We waited but there was no sign, so Malcolm volunteered to cycle back up the hill leaving 3 to continue on to PC. By the time he reached the group they were back on the road and all 5 pedalled incident free up to the Little Barningham junction where Malcolm headed off to Erpingham and home and the others the few miles back to PC,

Alan, Andrew, David, Geoff, Graham, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen, Trevor E and CJ (who met us at All Things Nice)

40 miles PC to PC

Many thanks to John D for leading us along the excellent route from PC to our lunch stop.

Club Run to The Kings Arms at Blakeney 5 September 2018

Words by Kevin

5 met at PC for Kevin’s foray to the Kings Arms at Blakeney, on a gloomy but dry and not too windy day.

The ride started with a small apology stating we were to go through Fakenham, one rider commenting he had only been there on a drive and ride?

The route was PC to Saxthorpe and on to Guestwick where we came across a couple of cyclists. One of them had unfortunately come off his bike banging his head on the tarmac resulting in quite a lot of blood. Fortunately he said he was okay, stating he would be buying and wearing a helmet from now on.

After wishing them well and saying goodbye we pressed on to Hindolveston, Stibbard, Great Ryburgh and then down the B1146 to Fakenham past the famous Gas Museum!

On leaving Fakenham we pedalled to Great Snoring, Hindringham, Binham, and finally to everyone’s relief Blakeney. Just over 39 miles to lunch, another first I believe for a Wednesday ride.

After lunch Jane went home and Peter and Paula headed for Bale, leaving Alan and Kevin to make their way back to PC the usual way past Holt Rugby club.

Apologies for missing Andrew at the pub.

Runners and riders: Alan, Jane, Kevin, Paula, Peter

50 miles PC to PC with no incidents.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading the ride.