Club Run dated 16 September 2017 to Walsingham Barns

Club Run 16 September 2017 to Walsingham Barns

Waiting at Pretty Corner was a new potential club member called Geoff, who lived in Potters Bar and had ridden (like the old club members Geoff), both with Hertfordshire Wheelers and the North Road Cycling Club.

Also, waiting was our latest recruit Alban, not put off by the soaking of the previous week.

The weather forecast for the day was however heavy rain and potential thunderstorms. Neither of these predictions concerned our intrepid trio and they set off to the pick-up point at Itteringham where we met Brian who was back from his epic journey to Spain.

We rode to Mannington Hall and then back ways to the outskirts of Briston where we rode down to Hindoveston and then Kettlestone to past the “oldest church in England” and finally, to the pie café.

After excellent lunch we rode back the standard route going via Hindringham to Sharington to Hempstead and home.

Rain ? what rain ? 

A good days cycling despite the predictions made better because of the two new potential Saturday recruits

Miles 50 for most

Brian, Geoff, Alban, Geoff





Club Run to the Barn Café at Waxham 9 September 2017

As 9 Wheelers were about to depart from the Banningham pick up point there was a rather loud pop as Harvey’s rear tyre instantly deflated to absolutely zero. This was not a regular flat and would need some close attention so Harvey waved us through and wished us well on today’s run to Waxham.

Malcolm was happy to step up and off we went via Tuttington, Oxnead, Badersfield, Scottow and Tunstead to the still mud free (well mostly) back lanes to Smallburgh. A brief foray on the A149 as a necessary connection for the road to Dilham and then Honing. The conditions were bright and quite warm – could it be that we would be lucky and miss the forecast showers?

After East Ruston we crossed the B1159 to continue on to Brumstead. As we approached the Star Inn at Lessingham it may have suited one or two in the bunch to stop here for lunch particularly as we were running slightly late after a puncture a few miles earlier. However the leader for the day pressed on knowing that once we joined the Palling Road there would be enough tailwind to make up at least a few of the lost minutes.

We arrived at Waxham before the bride and groom – there was a wedding reception in the Great Barn – but as none of us had brought a tie there was little chance we could mingle and sneak a glass of champagne! So we settled down to a pleasant lunch instead.

The skies were certainly darkening but what to do except set off on the coast road to Sea Palling where it was suggested we take the aptly named Beach Road (those that were there will know what I mean) into Heath Road, through Hempstead and full circle back to Lessingham. Only light rain so far! Whimpwell Green, Happisburgh and Ridlington came and went and even Witton Bridge and Edingthorpe Street were quite dry but Knapton was another story as the heavens opened and we sought refuge first under trees and then in the bus shelter.

After a few minutes Trevor decided he would head off and take his chances and soon after the remainder pedalled to Trunch where there was a parting of the ways but all getting a soaking on their various paths home. After Bradfield just three riders were left to follow the traditional route via Hanworth back to PC. However Geoff and Barry later reported that our latest Wheeler recruit was there one moment and gone the next so hopefully he found his way home without too much difficulty.

By the by Harvey expertly rescued his split tyre by judicious placing of plastic wrapper and was able to nurse his bike home but sadly missed out on the weekend run.

Alban, Barry, David C, Geoff, Harvey, Ian, Malcolm, Robin and Trevor

60 miles PC to PC

Club Run to Hilltop Café at Rackheath 6 September 2017

Ten met at PC for Alan’s ride to Hilltop Café on a bright and breezy morning.

Fortunately the breeze was at our backs as we headed towards Lower Gresham. Malcolm didn’t even get that far as he punctured courtesy of a North Norfolk flint! He was at the back of the group and alas his shouts were not heard. After a quick repair he chose the correct route to Hanworth and after a call to the leader they met at the A140 before the two rejoined the group at Suffield.

Onwards via Felmingham and Swanton Abbott and then along School Road onto the B1150, left into Westwick Road (towards Worstead) before turning right in the direction of Sloley. Just as well it was dry as this stretch of tarmac is not great in the wet! Finally onto the Tunstead Road and straight (pretty much dead straight) to Hoveton. Here we paused briefly before weaving our way through the centre of Wroxham and then relief from the traffic as we flowed down The Avenue. The B1140 took us to Salhouse and from there just a short distance via Muck Lane back to the Wroxham Road and the café at Rackheath.

The café was as busy as usual but this didn’t prevent prompt service and after a good value refuel we were back on our bikes. Leaving the main road we entered Swash Lane and carried on pretty much due north via Granny Bard’s Lane to Horstead. Here we bade farewell to John D and Peter as we continued through Coltishall, Little Hautbois and Badersfield. Robin left us en route and Trevor also peeled off as we reached The Goat at Skeyton.

Exposed to the stiffening breeze it was a bit of a slog up to the crossroads but up and over we went before Malcolm turned off towards Felmingham and home while the remaining five, under threatening skies, did a direct route back to PC via Banningham, Alby, Thwaite Common, Aldborough, Little Barningham and Gresham.

Everyone managed to avoid the showers!

Thank you to Alan for leading the ride.

Alan, Alban, Andrew, John D, Malcolm, Peter, Robert, Robin, Stephen, Trevor made it an enjoyable run out.

52 miles PC to PC

Club Run, 2/9

In the continuing absence of four of the mainstays, the weekend Wheelers were happy to welcome new member, Alban and Kevin, on a visit from Skipton C.C. – (150 members).

The morning route went by way of Itteringham, Corpusty, Odessa, Themelthorpe, Billingford and Worthing to the refreshment stop at the Daisy Tea Room, which in four previous manifestations was Corner’s; Thyme for Tea; the Kingfisher; Inspirations >>> next year, who knows? No matter what the name, this venue always has helpful and friendly staff serving good, inexpensive food in an attractive environment.

The way home took in a lot of roads that were unfamiliar to most North Norfolk Wheelers, zig-zagging – (or is that zag-zigging, Alban?) – north to Old Beetley and East Bilney, before heading back north eastwards via Brisley, Gately, Ryburgh, Wood Norton and the lanes to Corpusty for a two-way split, with three for Aylsham and beyond and the rest heading towards the north coast.

Conditions: a clear, fresh, bright late summer day, but with a fairly heavy ten minute shower around 13.30.

Alban, Harvey, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin and Trevor made up today’s slightly depleted bunch.

PC to PC: 63 miles/ Max: 79 miles.

Club Run, 26/8

With two of the stalwarts on holiday, an Aylsham start to the club run gave some of the Wheelers the chance for a maiden trip to the ‘King Billy’ at Shipdham, which is usually a bit out of normal range.

This journey to the heart of Norfolk was via Cawston, Swannington, Weston Longville, crossing the A47 at Rotten Row, to Welborne and then a lot of deserted lanes through Runhall, Southburgh, Cranworth and Blackmoor Row to the stylish King’s Cafe, formerly the King William pub, known locally as the ‘King Billy’. The food combined high quality with low price, but even Trevor couldn’t handle the mega breakfast, which includes three sausages and three eggs – (the runs leader is having no success in persuading the punters back to the tea and cake habit).

On a glorious afternoon, the return ride cut through the back roads to Daffy Green, Bird’s Corner, Clint Green, North Tuddenham, Elsing, Sparham, Eade’s Mill, Booton and back to Cawston and Aylsham for the parting of the ways.

Robin, Malcolm, Graham, Trevor and Harvey enjoyed getting a bit further south westwards for a change.

Conditions: surprisingly persistent light rain until about 11.30, when the sun broke through to a warm, bright afternoon with a refreshing north westerly breeze.

Minimum: (Aylsham to Aylsham) 54 miles/ Maximum: 79 miles.


Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 23 August 2017

Words by John D

3 Wheelers met up at Pretty Corner for John D’s ride to the White Horse at Crostwick.

News had obviously got out of the prospects for a good day’s riding because 11 more riders appeared before the off at 10:30. Two of our number were holidaying in the area, another a “local” trying us for the first time, and the rest the usual suspects!

Heading down the dip and left into Sheringham Road we met the first of the day’s obstacles. Once this large agricultural one was safely negotiated we headed through to Gresham, where we picked up the 15th rider of the day, and on through Sustead and Hanworth to the A140. Now, crossing a major road is always a challenge and with a larger group, more so. A thank you here then to the guys who helped at this and subsequent crossings.

From the A140 we headed along Topshill Road to cross another main road and on past the old Suffield Arms (now a house) to Antingham. Again another obstacle, this time the Sheringham express, which held us (à la TdF) for a few minutes.

The next obstacle was of our own making – Corvette Kingdom, just north of the Trans Norfolk Highway (aka B1145), with its doors open to reveal some stunning automobiles detained the men momentarily, until they realized that whilst a new bike can often be smuggled in the back door, one of these could not.

With the scent of lunch in the wind, we drove south into an increasingly strong breeze, pausing only briefly to ponder how far the pub in Skeyton was!. At one point, near Hautbois, the NNW lead out train was seen to be faster than the Aylsham – Wroxham express!

We approached the lunch stop by heading out of Coltishall via Heggat Road, Granny Bards Lane and Dow Lane. The White Horse is used to large parties and coped well with the men’s demands.

Leaving the pub in increasingly warm and humid conditions, we rode the back lanes through to Buxton and via Oxnead, Banningham and Aldborough to home, losing some riders as they turned off to make their way to their original starting points.

47 miles PC to PC and no punctures (very good considering that there would have been around 750 miles of road covered by all the bikes). 60+ miles for some. No incidents of note.

Roll Call: John D, John S, Malcolm, Kevin, Robert, Trevor, Andrew, Peter, Alan, Geoff, Stephen, Alban, Robin, Tim, David

(15 out is something of a recent record for a Wednesday ride)

Note from Wednesday Club Run Captain

Many thanks to John D for leading the ride – a great route!

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