Tempestuous Peregrination to Mundesley

It was another windy Saturday for the ride out to the east coast and back. Three North Norfolk Wheelers followed a figure-of eight route by way of Erpingham, Banningham, Colby school, Rugg’s Hall, Antingham, Bradfield, Trunch Brewery Lane, Stump Cross, the Old Nurses’ Home, Mundesley Corner House, Paston, Edingthorpe, Dead Man’s Grave, Pigney’s Wood, Swafield, Bradfield, Tops Hill, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Sustead and Gresham church for the parting of the ways. One rider was blown to a standstill by a big gust along the Gunton station to Thorpe Market stretch.

The main body of the ride started and ended fixing punctures against the wall of Gresham church at 10.00 and 15.20 – (both hawthorns). As the only puncture-free rider, it was payback time for the 2019 Highest Number of Punctures award ‘winner’.

Geoff; Brian; Harvey – GBH, which is what the mid-morning squall felt like.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 51 miles.

Club Run to The Crown at Banningham 19 February 2020

Five Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Banningham.

Route out; Lower Gresham, Metton, Felbrigg, Crossdale Street, Northrepps, Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton, Paston Green, Edingthorpe Street, Bacton Woods, Briggate, Lyngate, Worstead, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington, Banningham. The last 10 miles was a mixed bag as we battled against a fairly strong headwind until we turned for Tuttington and then benefitted from a cross/tailwind to our lunchtime destination.

The Crown was busy but we found ourselves a table not far from the bar and we didn’t have to wait too long for our food. Conversation was mostly about the pros and cons of e-cars and the environment in general. We came to the conclusion that we (society) all had to decide what we were going to give up to try and slow down the almost inevitable destruction of the planet as we know it and on that note paid up and set off for the return leg.

There was a split at Colby and just 4 returned to PC by way of Alby Hill, Thurgarton, Bessingham and Gresham.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride.

Roads were mainly dry; the morning sunshine gave way to a cloudy and cooler afternoon but at least we missed the showers later on.

40 miles PC to PC

Andrew B, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

Rearranged run to Reepham

It was mild and blustery for the ride down to Reepham station. Three Wheelers left Pretty Corner to follow a very devious route, tacking in, out and across the rising wind by way of West Beckham, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Mannington, Itteringham, Moorgate, Silvergate, Abel Heath, Cawston, Brandiston, The Grove and Booton. A more westerly loop was followed on the way home, following the back roads past Whitwell Hall, Jordan Green, Themelthorpe, Foulsham, Wood Norton, a short, fast tailwind stretch of the B1110, Hindolveston, Thurning, Briston, Baconsthorpe, from where one continued to Sheringham and two rode on to Barningham Winter and Matlaske for a final parting of the ways.

Group: Mark; Brian; Harvey.

Sheringham to Sheringham 55 miles – (Brian, you will have 66).

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 12 February 2020

As Ciara fades away and Dennis has yet to arrive there was respite from the very strong winds, not to mention the rain and snow, as 5 Wheelers met at PC in bright but still very blustery conditions for Andrew’s ride to Langham. Due to an unfortunate incident last week, when Andrew’s winter bike suffered damage after it fell from a car mounted bike rack, he was on his summer bike. Conditions were also dry so all was well.

We followed a familiar path through Baconsthorpe and Hempstead to the outskirts of Holt before turning south westwards and the Hunworth Road to The Green and Stody. Thereafter Briningham, Melton Constable and Hindolveston. Then came a fairly tough stretch as we turned to follow the Fulmodeston Road to Croxton. After crossing the busy A148 we passed the Little Snoring Airfield and on to Thursford, Bale, Field Dalling and Langham. Andrew had maintained a good pace and after 28 miles from PC we were all looking forward to a rest, especially Malcolm who was suffering a lower back problem!

The Blue Bell was busy but the service excellent and we enjoyed a good refuel before stepping out into that cold wind to begin the return leg – at least it would be a tailwind! We made our way to Letheringsett and then the A-road to take us up to Holt. Using the old Cromer Road we soon left Holt before joining a cycle path alongside the A148 to High Kelling. At this point we said goodbye to the two Andrews and Malcolm led the trio up to Geoff’s Corner where the final split left 2 heading towards West Beckham and Sheringham and one lone rider continuing on to the junction of Red Barn Lane and Mill Road and thus almost completing the circuit back to PC.

Benefitting from a tailwind for most of his journey home, Malcolm didn’t feel too bad on arrival and still managed a bit of bike preening before a welcome hot shower!

Many thanks to Andrew for leading us on a great route and thanks to all for the company.

40 miles PC to PC (63 miles max)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark

Run down to Coltishall

Seven riders rode what one Wheeler described as a “circuitous route” to the Coltishall Red Lion and back. The more westerly outward route went by way of Banningham, Burgh Hall, Brampton, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, a detour round the back of Langmere Lakes, Frettenham and Heggatt Hall. Between Banningham and Brampton much attention focused on attempting to locate the source of the billowing black smoke to the west (which turned out to be the extensive derelict chicken huts at Marsham Fengate). The easterly leg back was via Belaugh Green, Crowgate Street, the International Farm Camp at Tunstead, Dilham, Honing, Bacton Wood, Edingthorpe, Knapton, Trunch, Gunton Station, Thorpe Market, Hanworth (split), Sustead and Gresham church (split).

Bunch: Barry; Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Ian S; Mark.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 62 miles.

Drive and Ride to The Staithe and Willow at Horning 5 February 2020

ride 5 Feb

Words by John S

There are some winter days when the weather conditions are perfect for cycling and this was one of them – and a Drive and Ride to boot! Marvellous!

8 met at the old Honing Station to follow John S on a ride that would take in lanes not normally travelled on Wednesdays.

Off we set on little lanes to Spa Common, up the hill past Bacton Woods and on to Walcott before dropping down to Ingham and Hickling. The A149 was crossed between Potter Heigham and Catfield but we had a bit of bother after this. One of the lanes on the route as we approached Horning was nothing more than a track with a gate barring passage. After a bit of deliberation, John opted to take it and so was launched the cyclocross section of the club! Still, it was a short stretch and mud can easily be removed from cleats!

The Staithe and Willow is situated in a most pleasant spot and the sunny conditions with little wind made it a really nice place to be; which is good, because after refuelling well, Alan noticed that his rear tyre was too flat at the bottom. It was speedily sorted, though, and off we set to return using a southern loop that passed just to the north of Wroxham and Coltishall before turning east at Skeyton. Here, Kevin left us and headed off back to Sheringham – yes, he had cycled over and easily claimed the “most miles” prize*.

Thereafter, it was Swanton Abbott and Worstead before getting back to Honing

42 miles Station to Station

Alan, Andrew C, Barry, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

8 Wheelers, 4 vehicles and 1 e-bike

Good company + (mostly) unfamiliar territory + a day when the weather gods are smiling = a super day out.

* After narrowly missing out on a few occasions in the past, this week’s gold star is awarded to Kevin after recording a creditable 75 miles.

Walsingham Barns with Geoff

Seven riders made an early start for the run out to the posh pie shop. On a marvellously mild and bright day with a strong south westerly, Geoff led the group by way of North Barningham, Baconsthorpe, Briston, Hindolveston and the Snorings. The pies weren’t worth the bother (if Scott is reading this). It was plain sailing for the tailwind return route via Hindringham, Brinton, Stody, Edgefield Cross Street, Bodham Hill, West Beckham and Upper Sheringham. Brian, in puritanical mood, then led the rump of the bunch up the steep banks of Cranfield Road, down Common Lane, along the coast road to West Runton and up Beacon Hill, before finishing off down the Lion’s Mouth, Sustead, Thurgarton and Aldborough.

Ben; Brian; Geoff; Graham A; Harvey; Kevin; Malcolm.

One puncture – (front tyre deflating slowly between Walsingham and Sharrington).

Thanks Geoff.

Wheelers Drive and Ride 5th February 2020 

We will meet at the Weavers Way Car Park at the old Honing Station (which is closer to Briggate).  We will ride off at 10:30 am as normal.

Route

You will most likely be approaching from North Walsham on the A149.  Take the left turn into Station Road towards Honing.  The turn is signposted Honing and Briggate.  To the right is Worstead.  This is a junction most of you will recognise.  Pass through Briggate and over the small bridge over the North Walsham and Dilham canal.  The car park is about 200m on the left after you have gone over the canal.  It’s easy to spot.  Putting NR28 9QX into your sat. nav. will get you close.

Here’s a Street View image of the entrance.

See you there!

Entrance

 

 

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 29 January 2020

On a day that was cold, but not too cold, and windy, but not too windy, and certainly bright and sunny, 6 Wheelers met at PC for a ride to a firm favourite that never disappoints!

Unfortunately David didn’t feel up to joining us so Malcolm stepped up at the last minute to lead the group. A few suggestions for the route came flying in and gave Malcolm enough ideas for a 20 – 25 mile outward leg.

East Beckham, Bessingham, Thurgarton, Alby Hill, Alby, across the A140 and the shortcut to White Post Road, Suffield, Colby, Banningham, Tuttington, Oxnead, Mill Road to the A140, Allison Street to High Street and to the Buxton Road, Eastgate and Cawston.

It’s fair to say that the whole group had worked up a good sweat pedalling directly into a stiff headwind along the Buxton Road. Apart from the odd stretch or two the roads had been clear of both water and mud and we parked our almost sparkling bikes before enjoying a great lunch at the café.

We had to keep a firm grip on the bars for the first part of the return leg through Crabgate, Thurning and up to Briston due to the crosswind but turning towards Edgefield the wind was very much on our backs. The tailwind was very welcome as we made our way to Plumstead and afterwards the Barningham Road, which Malcolm continued to follow to Gresham and homewards, while the remainder of the group carried on up to Plum Lane and then Red Barn Lane back to PC.

Alan, Andrew B, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen.

40 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Just one technical today – a headset that needed tightening as a temporary measure before a probable bearing replacement. Good luck with that one John!

Hopefully no one will mind Malcolm awarding himself this week’s Gold Star for both highest recorded mileage and for being the substitute leader for the day.