Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 14 August 2019

11 Wheelers met at PC on a warm but damp morning for John D’s ride out to Crostwick. Just how wet and how hard might the ride become as the day progressed?

The first part of the route down to Itteringham should have been straight forward enough but an incident with a driver who clearly wanted all the road to himself nearly spoilt the fun. In the end only expletives were exchanged as each party continued on their separate ways.

We continued on to Oulton, Oulton Street, Aylsham, Burgh, Oxnead, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, Newton St Faith, Horsham St Faith (where there was a split in the group as 2 waited with a puncture victim while the remainder of the group were told to pedal on), Frettenham and to the pub. Our leader punctured just a quarter of a mile short of our destination and decided to walk it from there and fix things after lunch!

The weather was turning and plans for an al fresco lunch were abandoned so we settled down inside. Peter, hoping to get home before the heavier rain, had not joined us and by the time we were ready to leave it was raining steadily.

John D had already decided to head straight home after replacing a tube so Malcolm took up the reins and lead the group on a direct path to Banningham via Frettenham, Buxton, Oxnead and Tuttington. The pace was quite high mainly in an attempt to keep warm in the worsening conditions! Malcolm followed the Trans-Norfolk Highway to Felmingham and home while the remaining 8 riders pedalled hard in the wet back to PC on familiar roads.

Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride, particularly in view of the fact that he had lead the NVL group the previous day.

47 miles PC to PC

(Unsure of today’s max but Stephen could well be the gold star winner for the second week running!)

Alan, Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Ben (from Bedford), John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

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Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 7 August 2019

9 Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride to Tunstead on a bright and breezy but cloudy summer’s day.

Just to be different Robert lead us back across the A148 and then down, down to the Coast Road at Beeston Regis to mix it with the holiday traffic! Not for long however as we were soon ascending Sandy Lane to the A148 and then into the Lion’s Mouth descending as far as the back entrance to the Felbrigg Hall Estate. Walkers seemed slightly taken aback as we approached them but they were friendly enough and the only real causes for concern were random sheep leaping across the road in front of us!

Safely through the Estate and Felbrigg Village our route then followed a familiar path to Crossdale Street encountering an idiot of a driver on the way who seemed to want the road to himself and unsuccessfully tried to push (or was that punch) John D off his bike! After Northrepps came Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton, Paston, Bacton Village, Witton, Honing, Dilham, Smallburgh, then the small lanes to Crowgate Street and the pub at Market Street in Tunstead.

It can only be assumed that the kitchen was short staffed as the food was a while coming and the quality variable but nevertheless it was a welcome break and we enjoyed a pleasant 45 minutes or so.

John S left us for home, so 8 pedalled their way back towards PC by way of Scottow, Swanton Abbott, All Saints Skeyton (where John D parted company with the group), Tuttington, Banningham (where Malcolm peeled off for home), Ingworth, Wickmere, Thurgarton, Bessingham, Lower Gresham and East Beckham.

Many thanks to Robert for leading today’s ride.

48 miles PC to PC (85 miles max – Stephen is awarded this week’s gold star!)

Alan, Andrew C, John D, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Robert, Stephen

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 31 July 2019

Five Wheelers met at PC on a morning that was neither hot nor cold, neither wet nor dry but was certainly a bit breezy and in fact it stayed like that most of the day!

Kevin lead us on a great outward route taking in Lower Gresham, Bessingham, Barningham, Matlaske, Wolterton, Mannington Hall, Saxthorpe, Guestwick, Guestwick Green, Bates Moor, Hindolveston, Melton Constable, Brinton, Sharrington, Field Dalling and to our lunchtime destination at Langham. 30 miles out with Kevin maintaining a decent pace giving us all a good workout – in fact at one point swapping bikes with Barry seemed like a good idea!

The Blue Bell treated us to a great lunch and refuelled we set off for the return leg minus Andrew who had people to meet and things to get sorted.

The skies were decidedly dark and menacing as we headed towards Glandford but the rain held off and we enjoyed another great route via Letheringsett, Hunworth, Stody and almost into Briston before turning towards Edgefield at which point Kevin had his third puncture and was happy for two to carry on while Graham waited while the innertube store was raided once more. Barry and Malcolm continued to Edgefield where they split – the former heading off to Holt and the latter to Little Barningham, Erpingham, Suffield and home.

Back in the saddle Kevin and Graham returned via Baconsthorpe, West Beckham and Upper Sheringham.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride – good luck with the patching!

50 miles PC to PC (68 miles max)

Andrew C, Barry, Graham J, Kevin, Malcolm

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 24 July 2019

After a short delay due to a puncture, courtesy of a fine example of a Norfolk flint, 11 Wheelers set off from PC for Alan’s ride to Cawston. Due to some cloud the morning temperatures were set to be pleasant – a different story in the afternoon.

The route out was Lower Gresham, Sustead, Hanworth, Thorpe Market, Lower Street, Antingham Ponds, Felmingham, Skeyton Corner, Skeyton, Badersfield, Little Hautbois, Waterloo, Stratton Strawless, Felthorpe, Haveringland and Eastgate.

One or two in the bunch were running on empty as we arrived at the Café having pedalled a distance from their homes to PC and then a tad over 30 miles on the outward leg. The Café was its usual excellent self and we were all soon rehydrated and refuelled ready for the return.

Peter left us at this point and the remaining 10 followed a familiar path to Itteringham where Malcolm peeled off for Erpingham and home leaving the others to complete the circuit back to PC via Little Barningham.

Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s run.

44 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

On returning to his car at PC Alan reported his temp gauge showing 41c so yes it was a very hot afternoon!

Alan, Andrew B. Andrew C, Barry, Geoff, Ian W, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

Club Run to The Globe Inn at Wells-next-the-Sea 17 July 2019

Words by leader on the day Andrew C

In near perfect conditions 11 Wheelers meet at PC.

Route out via Baconsthorpe to Edgefield where one member punctured. Then on to Hunworth, Thornage, Sharrington, Bale and Hindringham. At this point we had been passed by no cars.

On to Wighton and up to the south entrance of Holkham Estate, the roads being unexpectedly busy. The usual blast through the three miles of the Holkham Estate past the preparations for the Holkham Game Fare.

A warm welcome at the Globe with excellent sandwiches. Thank you to Stephen for his generous discount and we missed his presence.

The return journey was standard, via Warham, Binham, Field Dalling, Wiveton and back via High Kelling. We shed riders along the way but 5 returned to PC

48 mile round trip.

Alan, Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Paula, Peter, Robert, Trevor.

Club Run to Kerri’s Café at The Old Railway Station, Reepham

The magnificent (artistic licence!) 7 rendezvoused at PC and first headed south and then south-east under Malcolm’s leadership before pointing west to reach our mid-ride destination.

The route took in Little Barningham (puncture stop), Itteringham, Ingworth, Aylsham, Burgh and Oxnead. We then followed the very pleasant Mill Road, crossed the A140 to Allison Street and eventually joined the Buxton Road to Eastgate and thereafter Booton and Reepham.

At the Café to meet us was Geoff P. Firstly we tried al fresco dining but a sudden downpour drove us indoors. By the time we had finished lunch the rain had stopped and Malcolm decided on a fairly conventional route back via Salle, Wood Dalling, Thurning, Briston, Edgefield and Baconsthorpe. At Geoff’s Corner (aka Kevin’s Corner) there was a split as some returned to PC and others to Sheringham and beyond.

Alan, Andrew B, Geoff P, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

42 miles PC to PC (62 miles max)

“The sultry summer weather had brought swarms of insects” – little black ones and while they didn’t bite they did get everywhere.

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 3 July 2019

As we tried to count, we eventually ran out of fingers as more and more Wheelers arrived at PC for David’s ride to the coast. A quick call was made to the Café to warn of the invasion, but typically the response was “No problem – look forward to seeing you”

Stephen could not join us on the ride and headed off to work and Graham A punctured soon after Lower Gresham and told us to carry on and leave him to it. But that still left a sizeable group to head south via Sustead to Aldborough and then north-east through Hanworth to Felbrigg, Crossdale Street and a loop to Northrepps. After Southrepps we followed Whitegates Road and then an interesting trundle along the aptly named (and officially closed) Wellspring Road. We negotiated a series of barriers and holes to reach the Gimingham Road and while one or two went cyclocross along a track to the lower road the majority took the more conservative route. Eventually all arrived safely at Trunch and then Knapton, Paston Green, Paston Street and Mundesley; which is more than can be said for one unfortunate motorist who had ran out of/been run off the road and had ended up in a ditch with some damage to his car but not to himself!

At the Café to meet us, looking slightly lonely on a large reserved table, was CJ. The Café’s service was excellent as usual and after welcome refreshments a group of 11 (3 having left for solo rides home) took a direct route back to Trunch and then Lower Street, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Thurgarton and Matlaske. The group had become smaller by the time it reached Matlaske, several riders having peeled off at different points to take them homewards.

Then in the leader’s own words “Through Matlaske, turning first right at the top of the hill, then second left and a long slog up to West Beckham. Peter and Paula left us just after Matlaske heading towards Plumstead. Jane and Alban took a left on the way up to West Beckham. Kevin, Graham and myself split at the Sheringham Park junction where I turned off towards PC.”

Many thanks to David for leading today’s ride.

Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, CJ, David C, Graham A, Graham, Jane, John H, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Paula, Peter, Phil, Stephen

42 miles PC to PC (100km/62 miles or thereabouts for some)

Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 26 June 2019

8 Wheelers were joined by guest rider Julian at PC for Robert’s ride to the ever popular Goat Inn on what was an unseasonably cool day.

Robert took full advantage of the tailwind to lead us down to Itteringham and on to Oulton Street and Cawston. After Haveringland we passed through Stratton Strawless, Buxton and Badersfield before arriving at our mid-ride destination to be met by CJ and David C.

The atmosphere at lunch was positively jovial helped along by good service and good food. Knowing how the legs can stiffen up if you linger too long we were soon back on the bikes for the return leg.

CJ and David made their own ways and the bunch was reduced to 8 at Church Road when John D headed off towards Aylsham. After reaching Tuttington it was onwards and upwards against a stiffening breeze to Banningham. Then Ingworth and Wickmere where there was a two way split with half the bunch heading towards Matlaske and various destinations thereafter and the other half continuing on to Thurgarton. At this point Malcolm left the group for Hanworth, Thorpe Market and home and the remaining 3 returned to PC via Bessingham and Gresham.

Many thanks to Robert for leading today’s ride.

We hope that Julian enjoyed the ride and the company and will decide to join us permanently.

Alan, Andrew B, Jane, John D, Julian, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Robert. CJ and David C at the Pub.

38 miles PC to PC

Club Run 22/06/19

With some stretching their legs in different ways, one or two under the weather and others doing extra shifts the group was reduced almost to a pair saved by a welcome visit from Chris of the A5 Rangers Cycling Club.

Two pedalled down from PC to meet up with one more and the threesome left Itteringham by way of The Common and then followed a route taking in Aylsham, Oxnead, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Hainford, Frettenham, Horsham St Faith, Horsford, Haveringland and Booton to our lunch stop at Kerri’s Café at The Old Railway Station in Reepham. Just over 35 miles for all 3 so we felt in need of refreshment!

There to meet us was Robin who couldn’t meet us at “The Bridge” so rode solo and timed his arrival perfectly! We dined al fresco in the lovely sunshine.

We followed a direct path back to PC; Salle, Wood Dalling, Heydon Park, Oulton (where there was a split as Robin headed for Aylsham), Itteringham and Little Barningham. At Mill Road we pointed Chris’s front wheel towards Sheringham and the remaining pair headed south via Bessingham and Aldborough to Alby Hill with the lone rider continuing on to Colby and home.

A great day of summer cycling!

Brian, Chris, Malcolm

50 miles PC to PC (62 miles max)

Sorry Harvey didn’t manage the 3 score and 10!!

Club Run to The Norton Café at Walsingham 19 June 2019

Words by Alan

Five riders met at PC on a day with dubious weather forecasts.

We all set off towards West Beckham and Bodham, crossing the main road and then down to Weybourne and up the Holt Road to Kelling Heath. Across to Wiveton, up to Langham, Cockthorpe, down to Stiffkey, up to Wighton then headed towards Holkham before looping round back to Little Walsingham for a hearty lunch.

After lunch Andrew C departed on a direct route home leaving the remaining group heading to Thursford, Gunthorpe, Britton, Stody, Briston, Edgefield, Baconsthorpe and West Beckham to PC.

A rather “undulating“ route but the rain held off. Thanks for the company.

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Stephen

PC to PC 47 miles approx.

Editor’s note

Many thanks to Alan for leading the ride and sorry I couldn’t join you. Just got back to Norfolk which explains the late posting of Alan’s report.