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!


Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 18 September 2019

10 Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Warham on a glorious Autumn day!

As we turned off Red Barn Lane and headed towards West Beckham we weren’t sure what Kevin had planned for us but as always it turned out to be a great route.

After crossing the A148 at Bodham we eventually reached Weybourne and then prepared ourselves for the climb up Holgate Hill to the Kelling Road. Then came Holt, Hunworth, Briston, Thurning, Guestwick, Bates Moor, Wood Norton, Stibbard, Fulmodeston, across the A148 again to The Snorings, The Walsinghams, Wighton and finally Warham after some 36 or so miles! A few miles from the pub Alban punctured (courtesy of two thorns) and 3 remained to help while the others carried on.

There was a good selection of pies and other delights (including beers for some) on the menu to give plenty of energy for the return leg and we enjoyed a pleasant hour in the sunshine before setting off.

After some 10 minutes or so of pedalling Malcolm realised that he had left his gloves at the pub and returned to retrieve them while the remainder of the group continued on to Binham. Malcolm made his own way back home via Binham, Bale, Sharrington, Brinton, Stody, Edgefield, Saxthorpe, Itteringham and Erpingham.

Meanwhile – after Binham the group followed a path via Binham to Field Dalling, Saxlingham, the lanes to Wiveton, then High Kelling and cross country to Geoff’s Corner with just 2 of the original group of 10 completing the circuit back to PC having lost riders along the way as they peeled off homewards.

Many thanks to Kevin and to the other Wheelers for the good company.

55 miles PC to PC (80 miles max)

Alban, Alexa, Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark, Robert, Stephen

Club Run to Kerri’s Café at The Old Railway Station, Reepham 11 September 2019

Even if blustery showers weren’t forecast they certainly happened and one of them in particular nearly sent the 4 Wheelers back to PC as they pedalled down Gibbet Lane at the start of Malcolm’s run to Reepham. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to an injured Alan who was due to be leader for today.

A straight path to Itteringham and then the climb to the Blickling Road by which time the group was feeling pretty wet and windswept. With the prospect of side and headwinds as far as Foulsham but at least drier and sunnier conditions later on Malcolm checked that everyone was okay to follow his planned route. So onwards we went via Oulton, Heydon Park, Crabgate, Thurning, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Themelthorpe and to the B1145 to take us into Reepham.

By the time we sat down for lunch we had dried out and enjoyed the usual great service from the staff at Kerri’s. As we were about to leave another pesky shower arrived but this proved to be short lived as we made our way towards Briston. Kevin punctured before Wood Dalling but we were soon on our way and continued via Thurning (deja vu) to Briston, Edgefield and Barningham Green. At the junction of Plum Lane and Barningham Road there was a two way split as one half headed for Gresham and homewards while the other half returned to PC in far sunnier conditions and far drier roads than earlier in the day.

Many thanks for the company – a good ride out.

Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Stephen

45 miles PC to PC (66 miles max)

Club Run to The Corner Café at Mundesley 4 September 2019

7 met at PC eager for Malcolm to lead them astray on this Wednesday’s ride out to the coast to a venue that has been up for sale for some time. The owners want to retire but thankfully the café is still open and continues to serve up great value refreshments!

After just a few miles Robert left us feeling a bit below par after giving blood the day before!! I’m sure that Robert needed a bit longer before a 50 miler but glad to report that he is feeling fine today (Thurs).

Anyway the route followed a direct path to Matlaske, Erpingham and Ingworth before the heavens opened as we travelled along Drabblegate causing the bunch to seek shelter. After some time the rain abated and we continued via the old Banningham Road, across the A140 and on to Banningham, Colby, Suffield, Antingham, Lower Street and up to the “top road” to take us swiftly to Mundesley.

Soon after our arrival CJ appeared and the magnificent 7 enjoyed a great lunch. As we went to collect our bikes Alan realised he had punctured. We were soon on our way sans CJ and pedalled by way of Paston, Edingthorpe and Bacton Wood to Crostwight where we said goodbye to John and continued on to Bengate and Worstead. The puncture gremlins struck again for Alan as we crossed the B1150 and he used his last tube to get him on his way.

The headwind was a bit of a pain so after Swanton Abbott and Skeyton Malcolm took the sheltered lanes to Tuttington and then the straight run up to Banningham where we carelessly lost Alan as we turned for Ingworth and he went straight on to Colby. Once a signal was obtained a phone call eventually sorted things out and we reunited at Aldborough. At Thurgarton Malcolm turned right for Alby, Suffield and home leaving the others to find their own way back to PC via Bessingham and Gresham.

Along with the freshening breeze the sun did shine in the afternoon so the earlier heavy rain, which caused a soggy bottom or two, didn’t seem so bad after all! Thanks to all for the company.

Alan, Alban, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Stephen. CJ at the café and Robert in search of his lost red cells!

50 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)

Club Run to The Red Lion at Coltishall 28 August 2019

Run 28 Aug 20198 Wheelers met at PC on a (surprisingly) wet and (not so surprisingly) warm morning for John’s ride to Coltishall. Two riders, including the leader, were equipped with mudguards – a wise decision as it turned out!

The first part of John’s ride followed the small lanes via East Beckham, Gresham, and Bessingham, by-passing Thurgarton and Aldborough to Alby Hill, Alby, Suffield, Corvette Kingdom and Felmingham. After the first visit to our crossover point at Swanton Abbott we headed towards Worstead but a sharp right turn took us to Sloley and past the extensive soft fruit farm. On the way a front wheel puncture delayed us briefly but was swiftly dealt with by nimble fingered Kevin!

We then crossed the main train line (cue for Alban’s air horn impression ha ha!!) and on to Crowgate Street and Ashmanagh, across the Bure Valley Railway line to the Tunstead Road and then Belaugh Green and our lunchtime destination. It looked like we were going to have completely dry weather for the afternoon but too late for the mudguardless roadbikes!

After an excellent lunch Peter left us for a direct route home while the remainder began the return leg via St James, Tunstead, Market Street, Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Banningham and Colby where Malcolm peeled off for a second visit to Suffield and home.

The bunch of 6 continued on to Erpingham, Wickmere and Plumstead and then the long haul up the Barningham Road and Red Barn Lane back to PC.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s ride which included one or two new lanes!

Alban, Andrew B, Graham, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Peter, Stephen

48.5 miles PC to PC

Club Run to The Barns Café at Great Walsingham 21 August 2019

In a change to the advertised programme 10 left PC, soon to be joined by one other, for Peter’s ride out to the best pie café in town.

Warm weather and a gentle breeze is always guaranteed to generate a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the group so it was unfortunate that yet another idiot of a motorist saw fit to take out his frustrations with the world on us as he sped round a bend shouting obscenities as he did so!

After Plumstead and Edgefield our route took in Thurning, Hindolveston, Fulmodeston, Croxton, Little Snoring, Great Snoring, Little Walsingham and finally our lunch time destination. Peter shortened the outward leg slightly as 2 mechanicals had delayed us, a rear wheel puncture for one and a broken quick link for another! Andrew C and Alexa having cycled on after the first mechanical had taken a different route to the café, pedalling 5 miles further than the main group and arriving shortly after us.

After a very enjoyable refuel a group of 9 began the return journey, Mark and Stephen having left us, and benefitted from a tailwind as we passed through Hindringham, Bale and Field Dalling. After Saxlingham Peter confirmed that we were pointed in the right direction and turned for home while the remainder took a deep breath for the ascent from Wiveton of Bridgefoot Road and Bridge Road to High Kelling (nothing like the 7 mile Cat and Fiddle so this must have been a breeze for Don!)

While one or two had peeled off on the way a group of 6 completed the gradual climb up to Geoff’s Corner where 2 went straight to Sheringham while 4 carried on to Mill Road for a final split where 2 returned to PC and 2 descended to Gresham then Bessingham and their own ways home.

Many thanks to Peter for leading us on a great route and thanks to the guests for joining us!

Alan, Alexa (local guest), Andrew C, Don (Buxton Cycling Club), Hamish (from Liverpool), John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark, Peter, Stephen

46 miles PC to PC (67 miles max)

Cub Run 17/08/19

7 Wheelers plus 2 guests met at the bridge over the Bure at Itteringham for today’s run to the ever popular Tabnabs at Mattishall.

The route out was Saxthorpe, Wood Dalling, Guestwick, Themelthorpe, Foxley, Bawdeswell, Elsing, North Tuddenham and Clippings Green arriving at our lunchtime destination just as the wedding party was pouring out of All Saints Church no doubt looking forward to their own festivities!

The route back followed a similar pattern except at Bawdeswell where there was a split with 3 heading off to Reepham and Heydon (needing to get back quickly and thinking it was a more direct route) while the remainder of the group returned via Themelthorpe and Guestwick. However both groups completed the circuit back to Itteringham, just at different times!!

47 miles Bridge to Bridge

Ben, Ben (from Bedford), Brian, Geoff, Graham A, Harvey, Malcolm, Robin, Ian (lapsed)


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