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

 

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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!

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 1 May 2019

8 Wheelers met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to the coast on a day that promised (and gave us) a mix of cloud and sun!

Matlaske, Erpingham, Drabblegate to Aylsham, Burgh and up to the Tuttington/Oxnead crossroads where a slow rear deflation meant a stop for a change of tube for Alan. Phil (Greg’s Dad to his friends!) had tips and tricks to help things along and we were soon back on the road to Swanton Abbott.

We completed the outward leg by way of Worstead, Lyngate, Briggate. Corner Common Road to Old Hall Road, along and across the two North Walsham Roads to reach Sandy Lane, then Bacton Village, around the back of The Gas Terminal and finally on to The Coast Road through Paston Street and into Mundesley. Just over 28 miles.

There to meet us at the Café were CJ and David C. We arrived slightly later than planned but the Café staff did not mind and served up great value lunches in their normal friendly and efficient way.

Robin and CJ decided to make their own ways back but David C joined us for the return leg via Trunch (where we said goodbye to Gill and Phil). We caught up again with CJ who cycled with us as far as Lower Street while the remainder of the group were lead by Malcolm to Antingham, Suffield, Alby with Thwaite, Alby, Aldborough and Thurgarton. At this point Malcolm retraced his steps to Aldborough, Erpingham and home while 5 returned to PC via Bessingham and Gresham.

Thanks to all for the company.

Alan, Andrew B, Gill, Kevin, Malcolm, Phil, Robin, Stephen. CJ and David C at the Café.

46 miles PC to PC (max 62 miles)

 

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 24 April 2019

Words by Robert

8 Started at Pretty Corner with the sun shining for Robert’s ride to Aylsham.

Down to Gresham, then left to Northrepps and then on one of the Quiet Lanes down to Southrepps and across to Trunch. This is when the first incident of the day happened; a puncture, a hiss and we all stopped. 10 minutes later we were back on the road. We went through Kapton and at Paston Green we found we were only 7. Kevin went back to look for Graham (who had punctured) but he could not be found. So (with apologies to Graham) we continued, going south of North Walsham, crossing the A149 and on to a dirt track (as planned) and over the railway line. Then down to Westwick via the B1150 which included a white van overtaking the leader, who was clearly indicating right, on double white lines!

With lunch in sight we sailed across to Aylsham via Tuttington and received a warm welcome at The Conservatory, with Maureen and Chris waiting for us.

This is when the leader found that his back wheel was wobbling on its axle (which had been adjusted that morning for the same problem). Nothing could be done so he just decided to ride as it was.

After lunch the group was down to 5 and we continued due north up to Ingworth, past a field of cowslips and back to Pretty Corner.

8 out, (one lost), 9 for lunch

40 miles PC to PC

Update on Robert’s back wheel

“When I got home a found that the replacement ball bearings that had been used in my back wheel were different sizes and one had completely disintegrated.”

Editor’s note

Many thanks to Robert for leading the ride and his report. Hope that the rear hub has not been completely trashed!!

Club Run to The Norton Café at Little Walsingham 17 April 2019

8 Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to a destination that’s a spiritual favourite for some but we would be there mostly (entirely?) for the homecooked food and especially the cakes at one of our favourite cafes!

A straight run, with a twist at Barningham taking in Matlaske and Wolterton, down to Itteringham. After the climb up to the Blickling Road a breather was called for due to the somewhat fast pace (albeit slightly assisted by the fresh easterly!). Still, it gave us an opportunity to regroup before continuing on through Oulton Street to the B1149 Holt Road. Always a busy road but we weren’t on it for too long as we took the left turn to take us past Heydon then Crabgate, Wood Dalling, Guestwick, Wood Norton, Fulmodeston, Little Snoring, Great Snoring and finally Little Walsingham. A tad over 31 miles and only a tad slower over the full distance out than the first few miles. A great route and good to see Trevor E again (after an auto-immune malfunction kept him off his bike for a while) who left us as we arrived at our lunchtime destination.

Lots of activity at the Norton Café (Easter being the start of the Pilgrimage Season) but the staff were very welcoming as always and lunch was served pretty quickly.

After a very pleasant rest in the sunshine we made our way to Great Walsingham, crossing over rather than ploughing through the River Stiffkey. Now facing a headwind we pedalled across to Binham and Langham losing 2 on the way as Peter and then Stephen peeled off homewards. Andrew C left us at Wiveton before the longish haul up to Bridge Road and High Kelling where Andrew B said goodbye. That left just 3 to tackle the next longish haul up to Geoff’s Corner where there was a final parting of the ways as 2 returned to PC via West Beckham while the lone North Norfolk rider continued into the headwind to Gresham and then Bessingham, Hanworth and home.

A good day out and a game of two halves with the easterly helping us on the longer way out but doing its best to make it harder on the shorter way back!

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen, Trevor E

50 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)