Last of the Winter Runs, 14/3.

Seven North Norfolk Wheelers set themselves up nicely for approaching spring with a solid ride down to the Smallsticks Cafe at Cart Gap. The outward leg pushed a cold and rising south easterly and some drizzly showers, by way of Erpingham, Colby, Suffield, Brick Kiln Lane, Antingham, Bradfield, Trunch, Knapton, Dead Man’s Grave, Bacton Woods, Crostwight Heath, Ridlington Street and Hill 60. The afternoon was softer as the wind backed round more southerly for a return route via Lessingham, Brumstead Common, East Ruston, the golden mile down past Honing Hall, White Horse Common, Meeting Hill, Briggate, Worstead, Swanton Hill, Felmingham Hall, Tuttington, Banningham, Ingworth, Erpingham, Aldborough, Thurgarton Hall, Bessingham, Gresham and West Beckham.

Sheringham to Sheringham: 66 miles.

Bunch: Ben; Brian; Geoff; Harvey; Kevin; Malcolm; Mark – all riding non-ferrous frames today.

 

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 11 March 2020

Words by Robert

5 started at PC and headed south west directly into the wind, before turning east at Foulsham.

With the wind behind us we flew towards Reepham and Cawston.

At All Things Nice we met John and Kay for lunch.

After lunch 4 of us headed back to PC.

Alan, Andrew B, John S, Mark, Robert

38.5 miles PC to PC

Many thanks to Robert for leading the ride and for his succinct report!

Better Weather to Yaxham Waters, 7/3.

Six met at Pretty Corner and two more joined at Itteringham for a substantial clockwise loop by way of the cafe at Yaxham Waters. Three consecutive Saturdays of blustery gales were succeeded by an increasingly mild day freshened by a brisk south westerly. The route down to the refuelling break was a fairly straight line south until after Weston Longville, from where the bunch meandered about a bit on quiet roads via Greengate, East Tuddenham, Welborne Common, Candlestick Lane and Brakefield Green. After a longer than usual break, the homeward leg went along Cutthroat Lane, up the Stone Road to Dereham Town FC, picking up a comfortable tailwind through Etling Green, Elsing, Sparham, Hackford, Kerdiston, Guestwick, Craymere and Briston to a two-way split at Edgefield Cross Street, four continuing north over Bodham Hill to Sheringham and the others heading east to Barningham, Wickmere and Thurgarton for a a final parting of the ways.

Group: Mark; Malcolm; Kevin; Harvey; Graham J; Graham A; Geoff; Brian.

After acquiring three more steel bikes and starting to stack in more hard miles, there is some concern that Brian is turning into the legendary half-man, half-bicycle!

‘The gross and net result of it is that people who spend most of their time riding on iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of the bicycle as a result of the interchanging of atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people who are nearly half people and half bicycle … when a man lets things go so far that he is more than half bicycle, you will not see him so much because he spends a lot of his time with one elbow leaning on walls or standing propped by one foot at kerbstones’. – (Flann O. Brien, The Third Policeman, Flamingo, 1993).

Sheringham to Sheringham: 63 miles. (Brian, you will have 73 miles).

Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 4 March 2020

With light winds, dry conditions and sunshine 5 Wheelers were looking forward to Malcolm’s ride even after he had told them it would be 28 miles before lunch (plus the extra miles that one or two had put in to get to PC)!

The outward route was Lower Gresham to Metton followed by the long and straight Topshill Road to Thorpe Market. We then took the lanes to Lower Street, Trunch, Knapton, Paston Green and Edingthorpe Street, crossing the North Walsham Road to make our way to Bacton Woods. As we descended, a lone figure appeared from the shadows coming towards us – John S!

So a group of 6 rode on to Crostwight (the slight detour suggested by John in order to avoid a particularly muddy stretch of road). Sadly we were a bit early for the mile of daffodils so Honing Long Lane was slightly underwhelming with only a few in bloom. However the weather was great so spirits remained high as we pedalled on to Dilham, Smallburgh, Neatishead, Ashmanhaugh and to our lunchtime destination.

The supposed hit in sales of Corona beer was the hot topic of conversation but it was decided that this is very likely to be false news. Apparently though there has been a huge increase in web searches for the “corona beer virus” (sic) particularly in America. We enjoyed a tasty lunch and great service before setting off for the return leg, minus John who had to return home to hosting duties.

A direct route back was promised and that was what was delivered as we passed through Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Skeyton Corner and Felmingham. Turning off the Trans Norfolk Highway we followed Bridge Road to Colby Road to High Noon Road to Erpingham. At Calthorpe Andrew C favoured the Wolterton, Matlaske, Baconsthorpe route home while 4 continued on to Thurgarton, Bessingham, Gresham and PC.

Again a great day to be out on the bikes and thanks to all for the company.

45 miles PC to PC (Max 60+ Andrew C wins this week’s gold star by a short head)

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

 

Rough Ride to Reepham on 29/2.

And another windy Saturday, but this time accompanied by a band of rain. Only the primrose yellow, 69 inch fixed, aluminium Geoff Paice and the Van Nicholas titanium with new Tiagra compact and a new Sputnik front wheel could make it out today for a particularly devious route to and from Reepham. The rain just about died out by 11.00, but a cold wet squall held itself in reserve for the last 15 minutes to the cafe, ensuring that the riders arrived wet.

Route: West Beckham, Bodham Hill, Baconsthorpe, Plumstead, Edgefield, Stody, Brinton, Briningham, Burgh Parva, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Themelthorpe, Kerdiston, Reepham station, Eade’s Mill, Sparham, Mill Street, Bawdeswell, Foxley, Themelthorpe, Guestwick Green, Nethergate, Thurning, Briston, Growle Abbey, Roper’s Farm, Little London, Saxthorpe, Mannington, Wolterton North Lodge (split, after planning next week’s run down to Yaxham Waters).

Sheringham to Sheringham: 62 miles – (Brian, you will have a touch over 70 miles).

Q. What are the mathematical odds against five Saturday club runs in February?

Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 26 February 2020

A cool north westerly brought dry, bright and breezy conditions for the 4 Wheelers who met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to Warham. Best wishes to Mark who couldn’t join us and lead the ride today due to a family commitment.

The route there and back allowed for few deviations or loops which meant that any extra miles would have to be tagged on to the end!

So the outward leg was Geoff’s Corner to High Kelling, Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe and Stiffkey (with the inevitable traffic problems to which we were slightly amused observers) followed by a brief foray on the Coast Road before taking the Stiffkey Road to our lunchtime destination.

An open fire and a friendly welcome followed by hearty food prepared us well for the return leg. Following a familiar path we passed Binham, Bale, Sharrington, All Saints Church, St Andrew’s Church, St Mary’s Church and the Stody Estate. Now feeling spiritually fit we pedalled on aided by a welcome tailwind to Edgefield and Plumstead and then to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane. Alan, nursing a chesty cough, decided on the West Beckham route back to PC. Kevin accompanied Malcolm to Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby and Suffield before he turned into the wind for home.

Although breezy (again) it was a good day to be out on the bikes. The roads were more about fallen debris than mud so not too much bike cleaning.

38 miles PC to PC (45 miles PC to Suffield)

Alan, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm

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