Club Run to The Horse and Groom at Tunstead 18 December 2019

5 Wheelers met at PC for the last Wednesday Club Run of the year! John S promised us an intriguing (or was that an interesting) route to the village with a railway line but no station but happily with a decent pub. While most roads were fairly dry, some lanes were at their wettest worst which we were about to discover.

Descending gradually from the Cromer Ridge we eventually reached Barningham and then pedalled south-eastwards taking in (the outskirts of) Aldborough and Alby; then across the A140 and the shortcut to White Post Road. As we were passing Gunton Park Geoff became totally disengaged (no not a senior moment!) as his bike’s freehub packed up! He resigned himself to a walk home* and told us to carry on.

Turning right off White Post Road we hit the first of the seriously wet lanes but it wasn’t long before we reached Colby, although Malcolm held things up a bit being his normal cautious self through the mud and floods! After a brief foray on the B1145 we continued the theme by following a route through to Beck Lane and thereafter drier land at All Saints Church, Skeyton. Swanton Abbott, Sloley and more back (Beck!!) lanes took us to our lunchtime destination.

The menu is quite varied at the Horse and Groom and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before setting off on the return leg. This was a more familiar route as we passed through Scottow, Swanton Abbott, Skeyton, Tuttington and up to Banningham where Malcolm left the group to head to Felmingham and home while the trio returned to PC via Ingworth, Wickmere and Matlaske.

Many thanks to John for leading today’s run. Bike cleaning duties for all today!

41 miles PC to PC (with Andrew C winning gold stars for mileage covered and muddy clothes!)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Geoff, John S, Malcolm

* Geoff had been walking for 20 minutes or so when a passing motorist stopped and offered him (and his bike) a lift home. It turned out that the good Samaritan lives only a couple of doors away from fellow Wheeler Kevin and is himself a keen off-roader!

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

8 Wheelers met at PC on a sunny early winter’s day for Mark’s ride to Reepham, our leader hoping that mince pies would be on offer at our lunchtime destination!

Against an easing south-westerly we travelled a virtually (almost exactly!!!) straight path to Little Barningham, Itteringham, Oulton Street, Cawston, Brandiston and Swannington before taking a right on to the Reepham Road. We passed Alderford Common and followed Hall Road to its junction with Porter’s Lane at which point we pedalled along some lovely lanes up to the Reepham Road via Whitwell Street and then the final mile to Kerri’s.

There to meet us was Geoff and soon after our arrival John and Kay D joined us and we all enjoyed great service and food (but alas no mince pies!) before 9 Wheelers left to head for Wood Dalling and J&K wound their own way homewards. At Thurning we were momentarily leaderless as Mark turned towards Hindolveston and thereafter Fakenham. Malcolm lead the group to Briston where there was the first split as 2 riders followed the Holt Road towards the coast leaving 6 to go in the direction of Edgefield. Just before Edgefield there was another split as 4 headed back to PC via Baconsthorpe and West Beckham while 2 went cross-country to Barningham Green, Thurgarton, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Mark for leading the ride and making it a great day out on the bikes!

38 miles PC to PC (Andrew C, Jane and Mark will have to share the gold star for most miles covered today)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Brian, Geoff, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Mark. John and Kay D at the café.

Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 4 December 2019

When the sun is shining you just have to be on your bike! Clearly that’s what 7 Wheelers thought as they met at PC for David’s ride to The Goat! One or two introductions were in order before we set off as Brian (Saturday Club Run and TT stalwart) had joined us!

Wishing to avoid the worst of the mud and debris from hedge trimming David took the group on a familiar path to Erpingham before tracking back to Aldborough followed by Alby and Suffield (by way of the Hanworth Timber Co shortcut). Corvette Kingdom looked closed for the day so having not feasted our eyes on the sleek machines we reached Felmingham and then a direct route to our lunchtime destination.

The service and food at The Goat was to their normal high standards and fuelled for the return leg we left via Long Road minus one Wheeler who followed his own path home! After Tuttington we turned west towards the A140 and used a very short section of this busy road to link with The Banningham Road and then Drabblegate.

Just after Ingworth there was a split as 4 Wheelers turned into Eagle Lane to return to PC via Erpingham and Matlaske while 2 carried on up to the A140 and then Colby, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to David for leading today’s ride – let’s hope we have a few more sunny days like this!

36 miles PC to PC

Andrew C, Brian, David, Jane, John S, Kevin, Malcolm

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 27 November 2019

Just 3 Wheelers braved the elements and met at PC for Malcolm’s ride to the ever popular ATN – a change to the programme as The Conservatory at Aylsham now closes on a Wednesday! Having spoken to JD about Tuesday’s NVL ride Malcolm was keen to avoid the mud that they encountered but the frequency of flooded roads to and from Cawston did mean that impromptu bike cleaning was always possible!

The route followed a familiar path through Bessingham, Thurgarton and Aldborough and then up to the A140. Crossing the main road we took a short cut via the track passing Hanworth Timber Co. to White Post Road and on to Suffield, Colby and Banningham by which point Malcolm had just about managed to force his gloves back on – don’t ask!

Tempting as The Crown was we continued to Tuttington and Oxnead before joining the Cawston Road, slightly heavy going due to the headwind, and to our lunchtime destination. The Café served up its usual delicious fare and we were able to enjoy it in reasonably dry clothes as the rain had stopped en route!

After lunch Mark headed west and homewards while the dynamic duo decided on the B1145 Trans-Norfolk to take them to Aylsham. A reckless, impatient or stupid (or combination of all three) driver who did his best to collide with an oncoming car and take out 2 Wheelers in the process didn’t delay their progress and aided by a tailwind they soon reached the Blickling Road and thereafter Ingworth. At Eagle Lane there was a parting of the ways as one turned for Erpingham, Gresham, PC and home while the other reconnected with Colby and Suffield before heading south-east for home!

A good ride and good company and surprisingly clean bikes (mud free anyway!)

Kevin, Malcolm, Mark

39 miles PC to PC (50 – 60 miles max)

Club Run to the Norton Café at Little Walsingham 20 November 2019

7 Wheelers met at PC on a cool (becoming colder as the day went on) and cloudy (becoming sunnier as the day went on) morning.

Kevin lead us through Little Barningham to Itteringham and the lanes to the B1149 and then Corpusty. We passed Wood Dalling, Guestwick, Wood Norton, Stibbard, Fulmodeston, Barney and Thursford en route to our lunchtime destination at Little Walsingham. Just under 30 miles for the outward leg!

The Norton was its usual excellent self, good food and friendly and efficient staff, and we prepared for the return leg minus Mark and Andrew C who made their own ways home!

Kevin promised a more direct route back and so it was as we took in Binham, Field Dalling, Saxlingham, Wiveton, High Kelling and, after the brief dip, the continued gentle climb up to Geoff’s Corner.

All but one of the group peeled off at different points leaving just John to do the decent thing and complete the circuit to PC.

Many thanks to Kevin for his usual sterling leadership and apparently he introduced some new lanes into the Wednesday itinerary (John, our resident statistician, keeps a log of such things!)

Andrew B, Andrew C, Jane, John S, Kevin, Mark, Malcolm

49 miles PC to PC (70 miles max)

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 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)