Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 27 February 2019

Although Robert had cycled to PC to meet the other 8 Wheelers he was unable to join us on today’s run so John D volunteered to lead. Two Wheelers were donning shorts on this lovely post-winter pre-spring day, which also saw the appearance of one or two summer road bikes!

The first part of the route was straight down to Itteringham, over the bridge and left at The Walpole Arms and round the back of Blickling to Ingworth. A puncture interrupted our progress but the slight delay in the bright warm sunshine was no hardship! This was followed by Drabblegate, Aylsham and Burgh next Aylsham. As we turned right to Oxnead we were uncertain how much further the Road Ahead (was) Closed. But as it turned out the closed road was not on our route so on we pressed!

Mill Road to the Buxton Road and a short foray on the A140 before Buxton Heath, Eastgate and Cawston. There to meet us at ATN were CJ, Trevor and David C. The Café was busy but the service and quality of food was, as always, excellent.

After lunch CJ and Trevor went their own ways but David decided to join us for the return leg. Having thanked John D for his fine leadership on the outward leg he headed off home while the main group pedalled by way of Heydon to Corpusty where we said farewell to Andrew and Jane. Then the long, gradual climb to the Barninghams where David peeled off to Erpingham and home leaving just 5 to reach Mill Road where there was a final 3 way split with John S and Alan completing the circuit back to PC.

Alan, Andrew B, Andrew C, John D, John S, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm. David C on the return leg and CJ and Trevor at the Café.

38 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Have you seen the forecast temperatures for next week? Don’t put your winter gear away just yet!

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Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 20 February 2019

As four gathered at PC the relative merits of aluminium, steel and carbon were briefly discussed plus thoughts as to whether summer bikes could have made an appearance today! We waited 10 minutes and having decided that no one else was likely to arrive (especially as illness and family duties were keeping some of the regulars away) we set off in a reasonably stiff breeze on Malcolm’s run to The Goat.

Lower Gresham, Metton, Felbrigg, Northrepps, Southrepps, Lower Street and then a breather and a quick drink at Trunch before moving forward to Knapton, Old Hall Street and Edingthorpe Green. We had covered the first 17 miles in about an hour and ten so were maintaining a reasonable pace but as we were soon to face into the wind it was likely that the last leg of the outward trip via Bacton Wood, Old Hall Road, Briggate, Lyngate, Worstead and Swanton Abbott would be both slower and a bit more of an effort.

As we approached our destination we ambushed CJ who had cycled out to join us and we arrived at The Goat in good time to meet Trevor who was sat patiently at our reserved table. Although one or two had to wait a little while we were all eventually fed and watered and ready for the return leg.

CJ, John S and Trevor made their own ways home leaving just the 3 to tackle a side wind but then benefit from a tailwind as we returned to PC via All Saints Church, Burgh, Aylsham, Oulton Street, Itteringham and Little Barningham.

A good day out – very mild again for February but the winter bikes and winter clothes are going to be around for a few more weeks yet!

Andrew B, John S. Kevin, Malcolm with CJ and Trevor at the pub.

43 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

 

Club Run to Barns Café at Great Walsingham 13 February 2019

Or should that be Walsingham Café at Great Walsingham Barns? Notwithstanding all that 4 Wheelers set off from PC on a brightening and breezy morning lead by Kevin.

By his own admission Kevin is not always sure where he is even when he is leading the ride but you wouldn’t know it as he carved out an excellent route taking us the 30 miles to our lunch stop. The route was; Little Barningham, Saxthorpe, Corpusty, Guestwick, Foulsham, Bintry (Bintree) Mill, Broom Green, The Ryburghs, Pensthorpe, The Snorings, Little Walsingham and then finally its Greater sibling and the Barns.

On the previous day Kevin had reccied the route only to find that the Barns doesn’t open on a Tuesday – so no pie for his lunch! Whether this is the best café in North Norfolk (see website) is hard to judge but the pies are excellent and the lunch stop was made even more enjoyable by the presence of CJ and Geoff P who had cycled out to join us.

CJ and Geoff made their own way back home and the 4 of us (aided by a tailwind most of the time and very pleasant sunshine) returned via Copy’s Green, Binham, Cockthorpe, Langham, Wiveton (where there was a split as Andrew headed home), High Kelling and Geoff’s Corner where there was a final split as 2 headed to West Beckham and PC while the Lone Rider continued on to Mill Road, Gresham, Bessingham, Hanworth and home.

Many thanks to Kevin for leading today’s ride in what can only be described as Spring-like conditions.

Alan, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm with CJ and Geoff P at the Café.

50 miles PC to PC (72 miles max)

Club Run to The White Horse at Crostwick 6 February 2019

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Words and picture by John D

6 riders met at PC for JD’s ride to The White Horse. The route out was firstly to Gresham where a left and a right took us through Sustead and into Hanworth (I’m sure there’s an anti-cycling activist there who keeps pushing the bars of the cattle grids further apart!). Then after a small navigational anomaly it was along Parrow Lane to cross the A140 for the road to Thorpe Market. A straight road this, but one with a deceptive incline – fortunately I’d moved my bidon to my jersey pocket to make the bike lighter and my task easier.

Now into the Parishes of Antingham and Southrepps, we passed Gunton Station and the building once housing The Suffield Arms (now undergoing further re-construction). Then it was mostly due south towards Felmingham and into the light breeze, almost pleasant to ride into as it did not have that icy bite that seems to have been with us since early December – and warmish sunshine too!

Leaving Corvette Kingdom behind we took the (obligatory) Trans-Norfolk Highway for a few hundred yards before heading south again, crossing the (soon to be upgraded?) Weavers Way towards Coltishall and Horstead

Having gained several brownie points from Malcolm for explaining that I had avoided a couple of muddy roads, these were immediately forfeited when he twigged that we would be covering the final couple of miles of the outward journey via Heggatt Hill and Granny Bard’s Lane (Hee-Hee).

Thus muddied but unbowed we arrived at The White Horse. Despite being fairly busy and there being several tables “reserved”, we were found suitable space and dined in comfort on in my opinion, good quality and well-priced food. A wide range of topics were covered over lunch; Christmas in Australia, February holidays in Morocco, Gin, Beer Festivals, Carpets and, inevitably, Mud.

Taking to the road again seemed harder work than it should have been, so after Frettenham, Buxton and Brampton, the men were left to their own devices to return to the coast/home

6 out (Alan, Graham, JD, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert), no incidents and 26 miles in just under two hours to lunch.

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Kevin reported

“No incidents on the way home, Alan, Graham and myself covered 47 miles PC to PC”

Malcolm reported

“No incidents on the way home, I covered a total of 53 miles today”

Many thanks to John D for leading today’s ride and hopefully Robert arrived home with no incidents!

 

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundseley 30 January 2019

The yellow warnings were out, indeed Aylsham and North Walsham received a decent covering of snow, but at the coast no snow and no frost! What this meant was that the coastal contingent was keen to ride whereas the inland contingent was understandably underwhelmed at the prospect. In the event two Wheelers left PC to pick up one more at Banningham and the trio set off for today’s run lead by David C.

The Trans Norfolk Highway took us to North Walsham, then the Bacton Road to Edingthorpe Green, Broomholm, the Coast Road past the Gas Terminal, then Paston, Paston Street and finally Mundesley. The CHC owners looked tanned and refreshed after their winter break and just as they were taking our order in walked Geoff P. Despite a valiant attempt by David C to start a Brexit debate, conversation soon turned to more parochial, but no less important, matters. Thank you to the CHC for its usual good service and good value food.

We remounted our bikes in bright sunshine and decided to stick to the Coast Road; all the way to Cromer in fact where there was a 3 way split, 2 of the group heading to their homes in Cromer and Sheringham, while the remaining 2 Wheelers did the decent thing and returned to PC via Felbrigg, Metton and Lower Gresham.

In the end a good day out on the bikes, the thaw happened very quickly as the temperature rose a bit and the roads were ice free and only occasionally a bit mucky (due to the fact that we were mostly on B roads rather than the lanes).

Thank you to David C for leading the ride.

David C, Geoff P, Kevin, Malcolm

40 miles PC to PC

Club Run to the Kings Arms at Blakeney 23 January 2019

After encountering sheet ice on the way to the meeting point at PC an H & S Executive meeting was hastily convened to decide on the safest route for today’s run lead by Andrew. We decided to leave it in Andrew’s very capable hands especially as he has such good knowledge of this part of North Norfolk.

The four of us set off on the A148 towards Bodham and High Kelling interrupted only by roadworks which had the bonus of slowing the traffic down on this busy, but ice free, road. Our route then took in Kelling, Salthouse, Cley, Wiveton, Langham, Cockthorpe, Binham, Warham, Stiffkey, Morston and Langham where we discovered that the Blue Bell was not serving food until Friday 25th. Note to self remember that this is the time of year when publicans and proprietors have holidays and carry out maintenance!!

After only a couple of extra miles we arrived at The Kings Arms at Blakeney and enjoyed a welcome break, some warmth and nourishment, before we left, in the rain, via the quayside for Wiveton. Andrew, still suffering the after effects of a chest infection, made his own way home and the 3 of us climbed the climb to High Kelling and then took the customary short breather after crossing the Holt Road. By now the morning’s ice had all but gone and thankfully the rain had stopped. We had an incident free trek further inland to Geoff’s Corner at which point Malcolm headed off to Gresham and home via Hanworth, the A140 and Banningham while the remaining happy couple returned to PC.

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In the end today’s run was not as treacherous as was first feared and many thanks to Andrew for leading us safely round.

Alan, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm

40 miles PC to PC (63 miles max)

Club Run to The Conservatory at Aylsham 16 January 2019

As David C was otherwise engaged Malcolm offered to lead today’s run and met with 4 other Wheelers at PC. The forecast promised wind and showers with possible sunny bits and that’s what we got although the latter only really broke through in the final stretch!

The route: Gresham, Lower Gresham, Metton, Thorpe Market, Bradfield, Swafield, North Walsham, Tungate, Skeyton, Burgh, Aylsham. Robin had things to do etc so left the four of us to it.

The Conservatory served up good food in their usual friendly way and after forgoing the tempting cakes on offer we set off for Oulton Street hoping that the (forecast) heavy showers would arrive once we were all back home enjoying a cuppa!

The route from Oulton Street was a straightforward Itteringham to Little Barningham (let the sunshine in!). Just after The Church of St Peter there was a split with Malcolm and Robert heading off towards Gresham and their respective ways home while the remaining pair completed the circuit back to PC.

Thanks to all for the company. Just after M arrived home there were a series of showers that probably helped with the bike cleaning!

Alan, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin

36 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

Club Run to The Red Lion at Coltishall 9 January 2019

Six Wheelers met at PC for Alan’s ride to Coltishall.

A helpful tailwind took us swiftly to Itteringham and carried us up the hill to The Blickling Road where we bade farewell to Robin.

Although dampness was in the air we were optimistic that conditions would remain favourable as we passed through Oulton Street, Southgate and on to Cawston. Our route continued through Brandiston, Haveringland, over the busy B1149 and on via Shorthorn Road and over the A140 Cromer Road to Stratton Strawless. Just before Buxton a not so Sandy Lane, in fact more like Straw Lane, led us to the Coltishall Road and Horstead before arriving at our destination after some 27 miles.

Just after settling down at our table the threatened rain shower arrived which made our excellent lunch at this great venue even more pleasurable. Particularly so as the rain had cleared away by the time we were ready to leave!

John S left us to head eastwards while the remaining 4 went back through Coltishall up to Great and Little Haubois and on to Badersfield and Skeyton. After negotiating a tractor and a section of muddy road the group split again with one heading off towards North Walsham and just 3 taking the following route; Tuttington, Dunkirk, Erpingham , Calthorpe, Aldborough and Gresham where Andrew and Kevin headed west and Alan back to PC.

Many thanks to Alan for leading today’s ride.

Alan, Andrew, John S, Kevin, Malcolm, Robin

PC to PC 44 miles

 

Club Run to The Old Railway Station Café at Reepham 2 January 2019

Words by John S

Seven riders met at PC for the first Club Ride of the year.  These included Andrew on his first ride with the club and Sue on her first Wednesday run.  And they had chosen an ok day to join us.  Wintery–ish yes; chilly, yes; damp, yes, with a hint of moisture in the air, but not too bad at all for a day out on the bikes.

John S had planned a modest ride to Reepham to allow any post-festivity sluggishness to be gently dealt with.  He had also not cleaned his bike from his last outing knowing that things were going to be a bit on the mucky side!

A more westerly outward leg saw us take in Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Guestwick and Kerdiston before settling into the Old Railway Station at Reepham for lunch where Geoff joined us.

The track back to PC was more easterly so as not to repeat any of the lanes used on the outward leg.  There was the usual phased break-up of the group.  Andrew C left us just after Wood Dalling, Geoff just before Saxthorpe, Robin around Irmingland and Sue and Graham just after Thurgarton.  New rider Andrew turned for home in Gresham, which left just John S and Alan to return to PC.   A finish by riding up Gibbet Lane seemed just the way to start the New Year!

At 36.2 miles, it was a shortish route, but a pleasing one.

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8 out (nice to see some new faces).

Alan, Andrew, Andrew C, Geoff, Graham, John S, Robin, Sue

Here’s to 2019 and many convivial and pleasing days out on the bikes (with not too much post-ride cleaning required!).

 

Club Run to The Corner House Café at Mundesley 26 December 2018

No not a misprint this was another visit to The Corner Café on the last Wednesday Run of the year. Boxing Day can be a tricksey time for opening and since the CC would definitely be open 11 – 1 for coffee and cakes this seemed the safest bet.

As it was only one other Wheeler (Graham J from Leicestershire) joined Malcolm at The Erpingham Arms at 10.30. We followed a familiar route taking in Ingworth, Aylsham, Burgh, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, Worstead, Honing, Crostwight, Edingthorpe and Paston. We arrived at the Café just before midday – carrot cake and black coffee for one and just a pot of tea for the other – readers decide which was which!

On the return leg there was a parting of the ways at Southrepps with Graham heading for the coast and Malcolm inland to Thorpe Market, Lower Street, Antingham and home.

Erpingham to Mundesley 20 miles

Each rider’s round trip was something over 40 miles.