Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 9th June 2021

This was the first ride without pre-booking following the relaxation of Covid restrictions, so it was good to see seven riders at the start, including Kevin joining us again after a long break. 

The route took us west in light wind and sunny conditions via Gresham, through Barningham, Matlaske and onto Edgefield were we nearly lost Graham who had stopped for a comfort break! Then onto Briston and through Melton Constable onto a rather busy B Road towards Thursford. It was therefore decided to divert from the route and navigate the lanes to Hindringham via Sharington and Bale (with help from Graham). From Hindringham the route took us to Binham during which there was an impromptu sprint (Boys will be Boys) and then onwards to Warham.

On arrival at the pub, we were joined by Andrew C looking in good health following his recent hip replacement. Thankfully we were able to sit under a marque in the shade for a very good meal and refreshments.

After lunch the route took us back to Langham via a diversion to Cockthorpe, and then along Route 30 towards Wiveton, with Jane leaving us for home at the Langham Road junction. In honour of Andrew C who had joined us we diverted to Cley past his house, and then up the hill to re-join the route along Long Lane to Kelling. Graham left us for home at this point and the reminder of us proceeded to High Kelling were Andrew B left the remainder to proceed back to PC.

Estimated distance PC to PC was 46 miles.

Duncan, Kevin, Stephen, Graham, Mark and Jane, led by Andrew B.

Club Run to The Station Cafe, Reepham 2 June 2021

A shame that only 3 Wheelers could make it for Malcolm’s ride as this was one very sunny and very warm day.

A fairly conventional clockwise route, Gresham, Aldborough, Erpingham, Ingworth, Aylsham, Oulton Street, a brief foray on the B1149 before taking a left and following the Heydon Road as far as the Cawston turn. A multitude of cyclists came towards us as we made our way to Cawston – difficult to tell if they were all in the same group – well doesn’t really matter if they were – outside groups of up to 30 are now allowed!

Tempting as it was to stop at All Things Nice we turned off before the Village Centre to follow the Booton Road, which is more of a lane, which Mark reminded Malcolm is normally a bit on the gravelly and sandy side; it was, but as the road surface was bone dry it just needed a bit of extra care as we made our way to the T-junction. After Booton we soon arrived at Reepham and we wound our way through the centre of the busy Market Town to our lunchtime destination.

We were joined by John D and Robert and Janet and we wisely sat in the shade on the platform side of the cafe and enjoyed a great lunch with the usual great service.

The original 3 set off for the straight run up to Briston via Salle, Wood Dalling and Thurning. As we headed for Edgefield we spotted Geoff at the roadside fixing a puncture. The four of us pedalled the long drag up to Geoff’s Corner where he left us and we continued to Plumstead and Plumstead Green and then followed the Barningham Road to its junction with Plum Lane. Malcolm descended to Gresham and then Hanworth and home leaving two to complete the circuit to PC.

Andrew B, Malcolm, Mark

40 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Please note that from 9th June onwards Wednesday Runs will be advertised in the normal way on the website and will be open to all who can make it on the day

To the Lighthouse on 29 May 2021

This was the 5th/6th Bruce McEwen Memorial Ride, picking up the threads after last year’s hiatus. Bruce loved his cycling club runs and we know that he would be very pleased to be remembered on an NNW ride.

Eight Wheelers turned out today, including John H, an old club runs pal of Bruce. The bunch rode by way of Gresham, Sustead, Aldborough school, Alby Common and Suffield to Felmingham, where we chatted to Heather in warm late spring sunshine before pushing on via Swanton Abbott, Scottow, Sloley, Dilham, Honing, Crostwight Common and Ridlington to the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott, where the vanguard of the group were already into their Spanish and Belgian beers before the remainder arrived. The homeward leg picked up a lot of little lanes inland from Bacton before dropping into Mundesley, up the drag to Trunch, the back lane to Southrepps, through Northrepps, past Sally Bean’s House, skirting Roughton, descending to Metton, through Felbrigg Wood and onward to Gresham for the final split.

Conditions: glorious long-awaited late spring weather with a refreshing north easterly breeze coming in off the sea.

Group: Neil S; Malcolm; John H; Harvey; Graham J; Geoff; Brian; Ben.

Distances: 54 miles to 102 miles (Ben, who is trying to get some solid miles into his legs in prep for the summer).

Two punctures in the same rear Michelin Speedium 2. There is a rumour that the victim inserted his first unpatched inner tube since 1998.

North Norfolk Wheelers are still looking for someone to organise their club runs.

Club Run to The Victorious Cafe at Little Walsingham 26 May 2021

Words by Duncan who was leader for today’s ride

4 riders met at PC on a windy morning, with a promise of a little rain late morning.

We set off south with a moderate westerly cross wind, crossed the Holt/Norwich road at Saxthorpe, through Corpusty towards Thurning and Hindolveston, the cross wind now a headwind. Graham J then punctured a rear tyre at the end of Sandy Lane. Tube quickly and efficiently fixed with the aid of some elbow grease on the pump from Mark, we got about 100m  further and a few drops of rain began to fall. It didn’t look much, but we decided to stop again to don rain jackets.

This proved to be a wise decision because by the time we reached Hindolveston the rain had become steady and with a strengthening head wind the cycling became interesting. On to Fulmodeston, across the A148 to Little Snoring and then Great Snoring, the rain showing no signs of letting up. The original plan to head towards the Barshams and loop around via Waterden to enter Little Walsingham from the west was abandoned in favour of a short run direct to Little Walsingham and lunch.

Arriving at Victorious Cafe, they fortunately had a table inside although we had to chain our bikes to the railings on the green opposite as the rear of the cafe was closed due a swarm of bees! Thanks to Graham A for the use of a natty telescopic wire lock round all 4 bikes. The intrepid four sat gently steaming in the warm, refuelling with an excellent lunch, before setting off for the return leg. Fortunately all the bikes and wheels were still there although it was still raining and felt very cold at first. Although we now had a tailwind, it was much less strong than the earlier headwind (typical!). On to Binham, Langham and Wiveton, by which time the rain had finally stopped. Then at the top of Bridgefoot Lane/Holt Road, Graham J punctured again, this time the front tyre.

Puncture fixed and after a passing car driver stopped to ask us about the Wheelers (we may soon have a new member!), we set off across Salthouse Heath and down to Kelling, where the two Grahams peeled off to head for home on the coast road. Duncan and Mark climbed the hill from Kelling to High Kelling, across the A148 to Lower Bodham, then West Beckham and back to PC.

Duncan S (inaugural ride as leader), Graham A, Graham J, Mark.

PC to PC 42 miles.

Waxham Great Barn on 22/5/2021

Only six riders were tempted out in still cold May weather with some early light rain driven by a strong north westerly which diminished slowly as the day progressed. Four from Pretty Corner collected one at Gresham and another one at Erpingham before riding by way of Banningham, Swanton Hill, Worstead, Honing, Brumstead Common, Ingham and Calthorpe Fen to the very busy cafe at Waxham*. The return section of this anti-clockwise loop was via Lessingham, Happisburgh Common, Ridlington, Edingthorpe Green, Knapton, Trunch, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Sustead, Gresham and West Beckham.

Group: Ben; Brian; Duncan; Graham A; Harvey and Mark. // Distances: 60 miles to 93 miles (Ben, who is training for the King of the Wheatsheaf title).

*The coastal cafes have become noticeably busier at weekends over the past few years and this trend has been accelerated by the recent return to a semblance of normality.

More observant Wheelers will have noticed that since the April restart we seem to be spending a lot of time in the vicinity of the east coast. This has been due to a combination of no strategic planning and a range of circumstances. Fortunately the phenomenal number of varied roads in that area has allowed us to avoid any significant repetition.

What the North Norfolk Wheelers need now is is a dedicated Strava ride as well as a steadier club run. There must be at least 8-10 keen Strava fans in the club who could make up Saturday groups of six or more, riding on some rather faster roads than the traditional club run contingent.

Club Run to Dollies Bakery at Coltishall 19 May 2021

Five Wheelers met at PC for Robert’s ride on a bright and not too breezy Wednesday morning!

We set off for Metton and after a longish drag with a head/cross wind up to Felbrigg eventually reached Southrepps via Crossdale Street and Northrepps. At Trunch we crossed to Knapton followed by Old Hall Street and Edingthorpe Green. Heading towards North Walsham on the North Walsham Road we took a left into Mill Road to follow the narrow lanes to Spa Common, White Horse Common, Meeting House Hill and (crossing the A149) Bengate.

After Worstead we wound our way along more lanes to Market Street at Tunstead. Now there is more than one Tunstead Road in Tunstead but we chose the one that crosses the railway line and then descends to The White Lion Road at St James. There had clearly been a recent heavy shower at Coltishall and we were lucky to miss it!

The sun came out as we arrived at Dollies and we enjoyed some real late spring warmth as we sat outside refuelling with coffee and baps.

On the return leg it was a straight run to Badersfield and then Skeyton, Tuttington and Banningham. At the B1145 there was the first split as Malcolm turned for North Walsham and home. The remainder of the group continued on to The Crown where Graham peeled off to head due north towards Cromer. The trio pedalled on to Ingworth and Wickmere but as they approached Sustead decided to split 3 ways and follow their particular routes home.

Many thanks to Robert for leading the ride and best wishes to those who were unable to join us today but I know would like to have done.

Duncan S, Graham A, Malcolm, Mark, Robert

PC to PC 46 miles

To Mattishall Tabnabs on 15/5/2021

Six Wheelers made it for the club run on a drizzly day in north Norfolk with rather more substantial light rain in mid-Norfolk. A stiff south easterly kept it a bit cool for the time of year. The longer outward leg went by way of Itteringham, Cawston, Felthorpe, Attlebridge, Weston Longville, Greensgate, East Tuddenham, Welborne church, Brandon Parva and Runhall to the courtyard at Tabnabs, where the bunch enjoyed some good food despite an increasing chill factor as the rain became a bit heavier and the wind a bit stronger. Homeward bound was via North Tuddenham, Elsing, Bawdeswell, Foxley, Themelthorpe, Guestwick, Wood Dalling, Corpusty, Plumstead, Baconsthorpe and West Beckham. Unfortunately a split in the bunch was enforced at Foxley when one of the group started to feel unwell. Nonetheless, the slower contingent still managed a fairly comfortable ride home at a steady pace.

Brian; Duncan; Graham J; Harvey; Mark and Scott made up the group for the day.

Distances: 67 miles to 100 miles (Duncan, who is training for the 150 miles version of the Tour de Broads).

With any luck we will complete the postponed ride to Waxham next week. Quite a number of Wheelers will already be in possession of the route file for the run.

Club Run to The Lighthouse Inn at Walcott 12 May 2021

With a growing injury list and otherwise unavailable the Wednesday Wheelers were able to field a team of only 4 for Malcolm’s ride to the Coast. It was great to see Stephen who had cycled over from Wells to see us off – he then headed back to the North Coast.

Best wishes to all those confined to the sidelines and we look forward to seeing you back in the saddle soon!

The outward leg followed a clockwise route taking in Metton, Crossdale Street, Northrepps, Southrepps, Lower Street, Bradfield and on to Swafield (not as cross country as it sounds but more of that later!)

We took a right off the B1145 Mundesley Road to follow quiet lanes towards Edingthorpe but before reaching there turned left to eventually join the Coast Road at Paston Green quickly passing the Gas Terminal and swooping down to the coast itself at Bacton.

The group seemed slightly puzzled as Malcolm paused for a sea view from the “promenade” at Walcott but it was also an opportunity to check with them that an early lunch was a better idea than an extra loop. After unaminous agreement we arrived at The Lighthouse 5 minutes later as the first lunchtime customers. We had ridden 22 miles since the start so enough to work up a reasonable thirst and appetite.

After a good lunch and equally good service we set off for Ridlington with the intention of following the North Walsham Road as far as the turn for Crostwight and on to Honing. Recent surface dressing with still wet bitumen scuppered that so we continued on to Ebridge Mill and then via Meeting House Hill to Bengate, Lyngate, Worstead, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington, Dunkirk (after a bit of cross country), Drabblegate and then the main cross country event of the day as we trudged along at the field’s edge to avoid the larger than ever flood. Perhaps Ingworth would have been a better choice or perhaps it’s about time the drainage problem on this stretch of road was sorted out.

After Erpingham and Calthorpe we pedalled on to Thurgarton, via Aldborough Saint Mary’s Church, where there was a 3 way split with one going straight to Cromer, two going left to Bessingham and PC and the other taking his chances with the wandering cattle at Hanworth.

Andrew B, Graham A, Graham J, Malcolm

PC to PC 45 miles (62 miles max)