Club Run to The Staithe n Willow Restaurant Horning 13 November 2019

4 Wheelers met at PC on a gloriously sunny day for Malcolm’s ride to a venue with new owners, a new name and a new menu!

As this was quite a long run south eastwards Malcolm tried to keep both the outward and return legs as direct as possible and by and large was fairly successful!

So Bessingham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Banningham, Tuttington, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Tunstead and then the long straight St Peter’s Lane and even longer Long Lane took us (almost) to our lunchtime destination (Ropes Hill and Lower Street completing the outward route).

We hadn’t reserved but space wasn’t a problem even though the tables did start to fill up after we had ordered. When asked the owner did say that the customer base was good and growing so best of luck to them for the future.

After an enjoyable lunch we returned via Neatishead, Smallburgh, Dilham, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe Street, Paston Green, Knapton, Trunch, Southrepps, Northrepps and then Crossdale Street to Felbrigg. At this point we regrouped, took a deep breath and continued on through Metton to Lower Gresham where Malcolm made an about turn for Sustead, Hanworth, Suffield and home while the others completed the circuit back to PC and then home.

Good company and a good ride on a great day to be on your bike – a shame that a few more weren’t able to join us!

Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm

50 miles PC to PC

Andrew wins this week’s gold star having covered the best part of 70 miles.

On his way back Malcolm caught up with CJ at Hanworth – he was also out on his bike enjoying the last of the afternoon’s sunshine!


Club Run,9/11/19

On a gloriously sharp autumn day, MattyM joined Ben, Mark Mc and Harvey for the ride down to the pick up point, where there were no takers. This was a fairly brisk ride out on an undulating route to Nelson’s Cafe by way of Plumstead, Edgefield, Briston, Stody, Brinton, Sharrington, Field Dalling, Binham, Wighton, Crabbe’s Castle and Holkham Park. Malcolm and Geoff rode straight to the cafe. The shorter way back was through Warham, Binham, Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton and High Kelling to the split on Bodham Hill, from where two continued eastwards to Erpingham before going their own separate ways.

Over Cockthorpe Common a young ‘lady’ shouted from a car window a word that she obviously needs to check the meaning of.

One puncture: very large flint, picked up by a rider on the shorter route.

The distances varied considerably up to a maximum of 73 miles.

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 6 November 2019

So much for weather forecasts – the promised dry day with perhaps an odd shower was anything but – well for the outward leg at least!

Thankfully there was no wind to speak of as Malcolm lead the group of 4 to Matlaske followed by Erpingham, at which point he surprised everyone by turning north towards Aldborough and Sustead. The rain was steady if not particularly heavy but it was all a bit much for Andrew, nursing a chest infection, and he left us at Felbrigg to pedal a lonely furrow home!

We ploughed on through rain and mud to Northrepps, Southrepps and eventually to our seaside destination where we received the usual friendly welcome.

Well fed and watered we set off for Knapton and followed a long straight path via Old Hall Street and Pigneys Wood to the North Walsham Road and took a left taking us up and past Edingthorpe Green before a right and the drop down through Bacton Woods to the lower North Walsham Road.

After Ebridge Mill, White Horse Common and North Walsham the route was Tungate, Skeyton, Burgh and Aylsham. Then possibly the longest muddy stretch of road I have ever cycled on at the rear of the Blickling Estate to take us to Itteringham where there was a 2 way split as the leader turned off for Erpingham (no not for a second circuit) and home while the remaining 2 riders ascended Church Road towards Little Barningham after which there was a final split as one headed for the North Coast and the other back to Pretty Corner.

Good company and a good ride out in less than sparkling  conditions. Best wishes to Andrew for a speedy recovery and we hope the ride home on his own wasn’t too gruelling.

Andrew C, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm

46 miles PC to Itteringham (to PC 54 miles)

(Jane wins this week’s gold star having covered the best part of 70 miles or maybe even just over)

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 30th October 2019

On a cool but dry day with a moderate easterly 8 Wheelers plus one guest rider gathered at PC for Andrew’s run to a lunchtime venue that’s up there on our favourites’ list.

Andrew lead us on a familiar path to Briston but on the way John S suddenly became disengaged – a problem with his freehub probably caused by worn or sticking pawls! Fortunately John was able to freewheel (mostly) to a relative’s house who gave him a lift home.

After Briston came the flowing Craymere Beck, on to Hindolveston and along the Fulmodeston Road as far as the B1110. “Road Closed” signs meant that we took a right and then after a short distance a left to Swanton Novers and more very pleasant lanes past Gunthorpe and then through Hindringham, Binham, Field Dalling and to Langham.

John S had driven out and CJ had pedalled out to join us for lunch. Service was friendly and efficient and the food good quality so replete and relaxed we began the return leg.

Members of the group peeled off at different points along the way to High Kelling via Wiveton leaving just 2 to complete the long haul up to Geoff’s Corner with a final split as one headed for Sheringham and the other Mill Road, Gresham and home.

So this week not one rider completed the circuit back to PC but with the aid of modern technology I am still able to calculate the mileage!!

Alban, Andrew B, Andrew C, Ian W (guest), Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark and CJ for lunch

39 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

NB Just like all my other Wednesday Run Reports this was written with the help of my Garmin Edge 200 (other GPS Cycling Computers are available) as sadly I don’t have the detailed knowledge and memory to write them without it. However it was flattering that one of my Wednesday cycling buddies thought that I did!

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 23 October 2019

After a chill start to the day the sun came out and greeted 8 Wheelers plus one guest at PC. There was the welcome return of David after a temporary layoff for other pedalling pursuits and local guest Stephen P on his winter ready Trek.

Malcolm did wonder if David had the Weavers’ Way and Marriott’s Way on his route plan for the day as he had turned up on his hybrid. Fortunately this was not the case and David lead us via Bessingham and Thurgarton to Erpingham and thereafter Colby, Banningham, Ingworth, Blickling, Silvergate and Oulton Street.

After a short pause and friendly debate (as we had had covered only 15 miles at this point) we decided on the direct route to our lunchtime destination so arrived a little early. Just as well really as ATN was very busy; but even so the table was already reserved and we were served with the usual excellent food and drink by the friendly and efficient staff.

The group was reduced to 8 as we began the return leg, lead initially by Malcolm, to Heydon. On the outward leg David  had described his hybrid as the bike he uses to “pootle about” on. While David meant nothing by this it must have been on Malcolm’s mind (and he remembers that some who don’t come on Club Runs feel that they are just for old blokes on a bit of a pootle round) as he moved to the big ring and upped the pace to the crossroads at Wood Dalling.

At this point there was a split as 2 headed for Guestwick and beyond as David resumed his leadership, still at a decent pace in spite of the heavier bike and Marathon Plus tyres, to take us to Briston, Edgefield and Baconsthorpe. where there was another split as one half pedalled towards Sheringham Park and the other the more familiar route back to PC.

For once Malcolm did the full circuit and as today’s run was shorter than usual carried on to Sheringham and Cromer and then to Northrepps, Southrepps, Bradfield and home. On that basis he awards himself this week’s gold star for miles covered, although Mark couldn’t have been far behind so let’s make that a share!

Many thanks to David for leading us today and we miss your company so see you again next time!

Andrew B, David, Graham J, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark, Stephen P

36 miles PC to PC (63 miles max)

Club Run to Lily’s Tearoom at the Hadfield Nursery, North Walsham 16 October 2019

Firstly apologies to anyone who may have pedalled out to Walcott to meet us at lunch but, as you can see, the venue was changed for today’s run.

Run 16 Oct 19

Just 3 stalwarts met at PC on a misty and soggy autumn day and indeed all 3 were not feeling at their best but nevertheless enjoyed a shorter than planned route to a little gem of a café just off the (old) Yarmouth Road.

Rather than describe the route in detail I’ll let you study the map. John lead us on mainly familiar lanes and roads (with one or two cunning twists and turns on the way). One particular point of interest was the decision to take a left into Vicarage Road at Worstead passing through Withergate and upon reaching the A149 we crossed the road to take a path up to Sandy Lane and then down to our lunchtime destination – definitely one to remember for the future!

After a series of quiet lanes through White Horse Common, Spa Common and Edingthorpe Street we eventually reached Knapton and thereafter Trunch where Malcolm left the group to head off to North Walsham.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s ride.

Andrew C, John S, Malcolm

39 miles PC to PC (Andrew wins today’s gold star for pedalling the most miles – 57)

Club Run to The Globe Inn at Wells 9 October 2019

Just prior to the 6 Wheelers setting off from PC Stephen, today’s leader for the outward leg, announced casually “35 miles to lunch that’s about right isn’t it?” We looked at each other wondering if this was a rhetorical question so said nothing.

In the event it was a fabulous route taking in some less than familiar lanes on the way.

The start was familiar enough, down to Mill Road then Osier Lane and Rectory Road past Bodham Church and to High Kelling. Then came Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe, Binham, Wighton, a very exposed and hard 2 miles up to the B1105 (Wells Road) and across to New Holkham. Then the new lanes (for the Wednesday Wheelers at least) as we looped round via North Creake and Burnham Thorpe back to New Holkham – our leader almost being taken out by a reckless lorry driver on the way!

At the crest of the Holkham Estate we paused to take in the views and our leader took a couple of photos (see Website Club Runs Photo Gallery), traversed the Park to emerge on to the A149 and then to The Globe for excellent service, excellent food and one or two slightly bemused patrons!

Stephen left us at Wells so 5, now benefitting from a welcome tailwind, headed for Warham, where Mark left us, and on to Binham, Field Dalling and Saxlingham. The skies looked threatening and just after Malcolm stopped to put on his rain jacket a very heavy shower came (good timing). Jane made her way towards the coast and home while the remainder of the group  continued to Wiveton, where Andrew peeled off, and then the climb, in further heavy showers, to Bridge Road and High Kelling. The sun came out again and John and Malcolm kept each other company until Mill Road where the former completed the circuit back to PC while the latter headed for Gresham, Hanworth, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Stephen for his leadership and hospitality and a shame that others were unable to make it on a good ride out.

Andrew C, Jane, John S, Malcolm, Mark, Stephen

54 miles PC to PC (70 – 80 miles for some)

Club Run to The Rising Sun at Coltishall 2 October 2019

Now who would have thought that The Red Lion Café would revert to Winter Opening Hours – well clearly Malcolm didn’t so had to switch to Plan B (on arrival at the Café) and so lead the Wheelers to a riverside lunchtime destination!

7 Wheelers were joined by a guest rider today, Stephen on his Summer road bike – Malcolm duly took note and hoped that his planned route wouldn’t be too mucky – after all we do want to see Stephen again! Wisely Stephen came dressed for the cold north westerly unlike 2 of the Wheelers who clearly had decided to tough it out in shorts!

The route out took us via Itteringham, Oulton Street and Oulton to the Heydon Park Estate after which it was the back lanes to Cawston, where Jane left us, and on to Eastgate and Buxton taking advantage of the tailwind. “Police Slow” signs as we entered Buxton were welcome as there was a hefty fire hose across the road helping to deal with a refuse lorry fire.

Further assisted by the tailwind we sped (!?) into Coltishall and found a very sunny and sheltered spot right next to The River Bure and enjoyed a great lunch before setting off for Great and Little Hautbois not yet experiencing the inevitable headwind. After Badersfield, Skeyton and Tuttington we pedalled the long haul up to Banningham where Malcolm split from the group and headed off to Colby and home. The remaining half dozen went into the headwind towards Ingworth and then Thurgarton, Bessingham, Gresham and back to PC, the group shedding members on the way as they went their own routes homewards.

Not bad at all conditions just a bit on the breezy side. Bikes not too mucky. Many thanks to all for the company and we are looking forward to Stephen joining us again soon.

45 miles PC to PC

Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen, Stephen (Guest)

Club Run 28/09/19

Words by Geoff (our leader for the day)

Saturday’s weather of a hard head wind greeted 3 riders at PC. With heads bowed we rode down to the second pick up at Plumstead church where 2 more riders were waiting to join the fray.

From Plumstead we rode down to go past Mannington Hall and then left to ride to Corpusty. Here, we rode right round Horseshoe Lane and then up a hard hill to go towards Briston. Turning left we went down an aptly named Sandy Lane and then onwards to Hindolveston.

After receiving a battering riding to Fulmodesdon, in the ever strengthening head wind things just got harder. We turned left to Stibbard and then across the busy A1067 to go down the hill to Great Ryburgh. At the bottom of the hill we turned right to climb up Burrow Hill which is in fact two hills for the price of one.

Regrouping at the top we then made our way to the Pensthorpe Courtyard Café. Concerns that the Café would be overrun due to the arrival of baby red squirrels and baby Flamingo were dispelled and we were able to consume our food in peace.

Homeward bound was via Fakenham, Hindringham, Sharrington and Hempstead. Rain, forecast for early in the afternoon, caught GP a couple of miles from home.

Many thanks to all the participants for turning up on such a difficult riding day and welcome back to Mark who is riding well and who we hope to see again soon.

PC to PC 50 miles with some posting 60-70.

Robin, Mark, Malcolm, Geoff, Brian.

Editor’s Note

Geoff was the only one to complete the circuit back to PC, Mark having left us at Fakenham and there being a 3 way split at Edgefield with Robin heading towards Aylsham and Brian and Malcolm to Suffield.

Many thanks to Geoff for a good ride out.

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 25 September 2019

From Robert 

6 Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride to Aylsham.

Gresham, Hanworth, Thorpe Market and on to Gunton. One rider punctured soon after and decided to return to PC with the guest rider. So just 4 continued towards Bacton but turned south a mile before, then down to Honing and after that straight across to Aylsham via Worstead and Swanton Abbott.

Return was straight up to PC.

Light rain from about half an hour in and showers all day.

PC to PC 41 Miles

Graham J, John S, Kevin, Robert, Stephen + a guest rider

Alan called in to the Cafe to say hallo and is recovering slowly from his injury!