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

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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.

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 12 June 2019

The forecast for today was constantly changing in terms of when the heavy rain would come, all that could be certain was that it would come at some point from late morning onwards! So as 5 met at PC for David’s ride to Aylsham it was decided to limit the outward leg to 15 miles or so and then see what happened!

Our route followed a familiar path through Baconsthorpe, Little Barningham and Itteringham. As we pedalled the steady climb up from The River Bure we thought that the Blickling Road beckoned but no we doubled back to The Common and followed the course of the aforementioned river to Ingworth. Then the (old) Cromer Road into Aylsham and an earlier than usual refuel. We received a friendly welcome and good service and just as we prepared to leave the rain started albeit light at this stage.

It looked like we were heading to Burgh but no, another about turn as we headed for Millgate and then Drabblegate to take us out of Aylsham and eventually to Banningham. At Colby Malcolm left the group for home and 4 continued to Alby, Aldborough and PC. At this point it seemed that the rain was set in for the day – although the heavier rain didn’t come until later in the afternoon so we could have had a longer outward leg after all!

Good company and many thanks to David for leading today’s ride

Alan, David C, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert

33 miles PC to PC

 

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 5 June 2019

In a change to the original advertised programme, Malcolm lead the ride to the ever popular ATN on a bright and not too breezy early summer’s day.

10 Wheelers set off from PC after one rider had replaced a rear tube – in double quick time as he came prepared with a CO2 cartridge. No disrespect to the rider concerned but I do wonder if the used cartridges often end up in landfill – I’m not sure if they can be recycled! Mind you what happens to all the used tyres, innertubes, chains and cassettes!

Anyway our outward route was as follows: Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Banningham, Tuttington, Oxnead, Buxton, Stratton Strawless, Haveringland, Cawston. 25 miles, lots of straight stretches of open road and a steady cadence.

At the Café CJ was already tucking into his lunch and it was great to see him. All Things Nice was indeed very nice and we enjoyed our break before setting off minus John D and Peter.

The return leg took us to Heydon, Crabgate, Thurning and Briston where the group was reduced to 5 as Andrew C, Jane and Trevor left us. The main group continued across to Edgefield, Barningham Green and Little Barningham and up as far as the Barningham Road (to Gresham) where there was a final 2 way split with 3 returning to PC and 2 homewards via Sustead, Hanworth, Thorpe Market and Lower Street.

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Gilly, Jane, John D, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Trevor E. CJ at the Café.

45 miles PC to PC (65 – 70 miles max)

 

Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 29 May 2019

Rain, sunshine, showers, cloud – but through it all reasonably warm temperatures for the 9 Wheelers who enjoyed Kevin’s ride to the “pie pub” at Warham.

The outward leg took us through Saxthorpe, Thurning, Fulmodeston, Kettlestone, Little Snoring, Great Snoring, East and West Barsham, along a fairly busy B1105 (but fast paced with a following SSW) to Egmere, then turning right towards Wighton. Here we experienced the second deflation of the day but this was realised only after most of the group had reached Wighton. Having regrouped we passed the Iron Age Fort and arrived at our lunchtime destination definitely in need of sustenance with one or two of the group having covered 40+ miles since their bowl of porridge!

We chose to sit outside even though the skies were threatening rain. In the event we were lucky and enjoyed a great lunch before setting off towards Westgate and Binham, the group reduced to 7, Stephen and Trevor having left us. As we approached Field Dalling and Bale the group had become just 5 and then 4 as Peter peeled off towards home.

The gang of four (no political reference intended) rode through Sharrington, Brinton and Stody before reaching Edgefield where there was a two way split with one pair returning to PC via Baconsthorpe and West Beckham while the other continued on to Little Barningham, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s run and to the weather gods for sparing us a soaking or something very very frightening!

Andrew B, Andrew C, Gilly, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen, Trevor E

52 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)

Club Run to Kerri’s Café at The Old Railway Station Reepham 22 May 2019

Some felt it was warm enough for short sleeves while others were taking no chances with the unpredictable UK weather. In the event it was a perfect cycling day for the 13 Wheelers who left PC for Peter’s ride to Reepham.

After following a familiar path to High Kelling a broken spoke in Andrew C’s rear wheel necessitated a change of bike and a slight change of route (for the swap) but no one minded and we picked up Andrew again at Wiveton and pedalled on to Saxlingham and Field Dalling. Across the A148 and on to Sharrington, Briningham, Melton Constable and Hindolveston. 22 miles and about another 7 before lunch but the run through Thurning and Wood Dalling was fairly swift until a puncture held up Andrew B briefly, while the remainder of the bunch (except for Malcolm who kept Andrew company) carried on to the Café.

There to meet us were CJ, Geoff and Trevor N so the biggest lunchtime gathering for some time! The staff at Kerri’s were super efficient and after a welcome refuel the original 13 set off for Salle. There was a split in the group just before Salle which meant that Robin and Gilly headed off towards Aylsham while Malcolm went in pursuit of the group unsure about the route they were taking. A post-run quote from the run leader “Took a little dog leg around Salle Common to avoid any cycling on the main Holt/Norwich road then left the group at Little Barningham.”

Malcolm took a slightly different route initially but couldn’t have been far behind the main group through Oulton, Itteringham, and Little Barningham before finally catching them just before PC.

Many thanks to Peter for leading today’s run.

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Gill, Graham, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Robin, Stephen, Trevor E.

CJ, Geoff and Trevor N at the Café.

56 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)

Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 15 May 2019

No weather problems today as 10 Wheelers met at PC for the Wednesday Bunch’s inaugural visit to The H&G lead by John S!

Although there were extensive overhead power works going on in East Beckham we were still able to get through and thereafter followed a familiar path to Gresham, Sustead, Hanworth, Thorpe Market, Gunton Station, Lower Street and Bradfield. We followed the small lanes to the A149 Cromer Road, then Greens Road, past Rossi’s and over the Weavers Way.

Just after Westwick Wood we paused for a group photo and then continued on to Swanton Abbott and then across the B1150 in the direction of Worstead. Even in drought-like conditions lanes in and around Sloley always deliver and so it was as we negotiated a muddy flood on taking a right turn to take us through Sloley and eventually to Market Street and our lunchtime destination at Tunstead.

Shortly after our arrival CJ appeared and we sat in lovely warm sunshine. While it doesn’t have the cycling specific feel of The Olive Branch, The Horse and Groom was welcoming and provided us with good quality refreshments so it will certainly be a permanent fixture on the Wheeler’s list!

CJ and Robin made their own ways back and the remainder returned via Scottow, Swanton Abbott (from where Peter headed off homewards), Skeyton, Felmingham, and Corvette Kingdom. We passed St Margaret of Antioch Church and followed a long straight stretch up to the Suffield Road where Malcolm and Graham headed off towards Antingham and home leaving just 6 to return to PC.

Many thanks to John S for leading today’s ride.

Alban (yes he’s back!), Andrew B, Andrew C, Graham A, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Robin, Stephen. CJ for lunch.

41 miles PC to PC

 

Club Run 8 May 2019

Due to the less than ideal weather conditions yesterday it was decided to cancel the run. Whilst a ring round was made to the core group of Wednesday Wheelers, apologies to anyone who may have turned up at Pretty Corner yesterday or even have cycled to Wells to meet us. We intend to reschedule the run to The Globe in the not too distant!