Club Run to Hill Top Café at Rackheath 13 December 2017

Various other commitments severely depleted numbers today and only 2 Wheelers met at PC for Kevin’s ride to Rackheath. However more would turn up at the café for the Wednesday group impromptu Christmas lunch.

The route that Alan and Kevin followed was PC to Itteringham to Cawston to Haveringland towards Stratton Strawless. Then Hainford to Spixworth and finally Rackheath.

The 2 were joined by three more at the cafe and all but one enjoyed a full roast dinner although the scrambled egg on toast looked good too!

The expected rain was nowhere to be seen as we looked out to reasonably clear skies and sunshine but we felt that it couldn’t be too far away. So back on the bikes, 4 turning left on the busy Wroxham Road to head via Swash Lane and Dobbs Lane to Crostwick and JohnD turning right to follow a route via Beeston and then home.

The rain soon came as we passed through Frettenham and Buxton. Then on to Oxnead and Tuttington. On reaching the B1145 the rain stopped and the 4 split into two pairs, Alan and Kevin returning to PC via Banningham, Ingworth, Calthorpe, Wickmere, Thurgarton, Bessingham and Gresham. Malcolm and Trevor followed the Aylsham Road towards Felmingham then divided once more to head to their respective destinations.

Considering the hazardous conditions on Tuesday it was great that we were able to enjoy a ride out today and thank you to Kevin.

Alan, JohnD, Kevin, Malcolm, Trevor

PC to PC 50 miles


Club Run, 9/12

A ‘Real Feel’ temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit at 9.00 reduced the number of both riders and miles for the club run to the Post Office Cafe at Guist. Five Wheelers left the pick up at Itteringham to follow a northerly loop via Barningham Green, Edgefield, Brrrrrriston, Craymere ford (negotiating sheet ice), Hindolveston, Foulsham and Upper Guist to the welcoming warmth of the cafe, where at least a gallon of tea was consumed. Homeward bound was the back way to Wood Norton, then on to Guestwick, Kerdiston, Reepham Moor, Booton, Cawston, a 3:2 split at Oulton Street and then directly back towards Pretty Corner.

One rider clearly regretted cursing the golden orb low in the sky for blinding him on the way to Itteringham. Unsurprisingly the golden orb got the hump and vanished behind steely grey clouds, which combined with a rising wind to ensure that the ‘Real Feel’ remained malevolent.

Malcolm, Trevor, Geoff, Harvey and Brian had a bracing run out on quiet roads.

Conditions: a bright frosty start with increasing steely grey cloud and a freshening westerly.

Maximum temperature: 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Maximum ‘Real Feel’: 22 degrees Fahrenheit

Normal max for 9/12: 46 degrees Fahrenheit

Max on 9/12/2016: 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

Distance: – PC to PC: 53 miles/ Max 60 miles.

Club Run to The Blue Bell at Langham 6 December 2017

As I watch this morning’s horizontal rain I am pleased to be inside reporting yesterday’s run when Andrew led us in dry albeit occasionally blustery conditions to Langham. The pub was originally built in the mid 17th century but has thankfully been updated a few times since then, the latest refurbishment being just under a year ago!

Five met at the start point and followed a route via West Beckham and Bodham Church continuing to and crossing the main Holt – Cromer Road. As we descended towards Kelling Andrew announced that there would be a few zig zags in today’s route and so it was as we passed through Wiveton, Glandford, Saxlingham, Field Dalling, Binham and Cockthorpe.

After Cockthorpe it was a straight run past the former Langham Airfield and Langham Dome and then into Langham itself to find some extensive roadworks. A sign advised cyclists to dismount but it was possible to either walk or ride past so all was well.

As we were about to park the bikes at the back of the pub Geoff cycled up so now we were 6!

A warm welcome and equally warm wood burners greeted us on entering The Blue Bell and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch before leaving into a headwind towards Sharrington,

It was a lot more sheltered as Brinton, Stody and Briston came and went before a parting of the ways at Edgefield St where Andrew headed directly for the coast and home while 4 went via Plumstead, Barningham Road and Red Barn Lane back to PC and Malcolm followed a pretty much direct route through Little Barningham, Erpingham, Banningham, Felmingham and home.

An enjoyable ride with plenty of variety – thanks very much Andrew!

Alan, Andrew, Geoff, Kevin, Malcolm and Robin

42 miles PC to PC

Club Run, 2/12

Seven North Norfolk Wheelers made it to Mundesley and back on a relatively short club run in cold but calm dry conditions, while demonstrating that you never need to go the same way twice.

The route was by way of Banningham, Colby school, Brick Kiln Lane, Antingham, Bradfield, Brewery Lane, Stump Cross, The Grove, Mundesley, Paston Green, Edingthorpe, Witton Heath, Meeting House Hill, Bengate, Worstead, Swanton Abbott, Aylsham, Drabblegate, Ingworth, Erpingham, Thurgarton and Bessingham.

There was an unauthorised deflation in the Gimingham area, which was fixed in record time.

Trevor, Robin, Ian S, Harvey, Geoff, Dave C and Brian were blessed by a better day than of late.

PC to PC was 55 miles. Maximum covered was 67 miles.


Club Run to The Rising Sun at Coltishall 29 November 2017

As the three Wheelers prepared to leave Kevin reassured us that “It’s only showers!” so cheered by his optimism we set off on today’s run to Coltishall.

After skilfully avoiding the mini lake at the junction with East Beckham Road we continued on a straight path towards Itteringham with a slight tailwind which was welcomed in the wet conditions.

Malcolm had already decided that today’s route would not include many (if any) lanes and byways and also that he would try to maintain a good pace.

After Itteringham we went straight up New Road and after turning off the Blickling Road headed for Cawston. Tempting as it was to have a quick cuppa in the café we carried on towards Buxton and received our first heavy shower of the ride but nothing too bad.

In better conditions a quieter route would have been chosen from Buxton but instead we stayed on the B1354 all the way to Coltishall and arrived at our destination just after midday. As it happened there was not a lot of traffic!

The pub was fairly quiet and as we had a choice of tables we chose one nearest the woodburner. Trevor had arrived to join us for lunch and we enjoyed a pleasant and warming half an hour or so before heading back into the centre of Coltishall and then the direct route through Hautbois, Badersfield and Skeyton.

En route we said goodbye to Trevor and shortly after crossing Church Road Malcolm asked to be excused and left just the two to cycle against a fairly stiff headwind back to PC via Tuttington, Banningham, Colby, Thwaite Common, Aldborough, Little Barningham and Gresham.

Alan, Kevin, Malcolm and Trevor had a decent run out today.

43 miles PC to PC

Still had to clean bike even though we managed to avoid the worst of the lanes!

Club Run, 25/11

Following the recent pattern of mild midweeks and cold weekends, it was a chilly day for the club run to Walsingham, especially when it clouded over and a fresh westerly got up. The route out was through Corpusty and over Crow Hill to Thurning before the familiar direct route by way of the Snorings. On arrival at the scheduled refreshment stop at Great Walsingham Barns, one rider decided that their pies are rubbish and that he would rather have a bowl of hot soup, so the bunch lowped over the river to the Norton Centre, which was quiet and comfortable.

The sun appeared again in the afternoon for the ride back over the ford and on to Hindringham, Bale and the familiar villages to Cross Street at the top of Edgefield, where the north coast riders headed straight on and the other four climbed over the heath and on to Erpingham for the final split.

Some of the Wheelers were obviously affected by the cold as they were unable to distinguish between oil seed rape (Brassica napus) and turnips (Brassica rapa) – this confusion possibly stemmed from the apparent ambiguity in the Latin binomial nomenclature!

Brian, Geoff, Graham, Harvey, Malcolm and Robin put in distances between 50 miles and 67 miles on a sharp dry day.

Club Run to Jules Country Kitchen at Alby 22 November 2017

Words by today’s ride leader John Dimascio.

6 riders assembled at PC and were off on the stroke of 10:29 – only to be joined a hundred yards down the road by a seventh. This was a day when the actual and predicted weather conditions would dictate the route and distance. All agreed that with 40+ mph winds promised for early afternoon, lunch should be taken earlier rather than later to give the riders a chance of getting back to PC before the worst of the weather.

An astute analysis of the wind direction that was forecast the evening before led our leader to choose a route that used some of the more sheltered lanes – all downhill as well of course.

So we set off to Gresham church and then through Sustead to Hanworth where a particularly impatient driver tried giving Alan a mudbath. It was then on to cross the A140 and the A149 to the site of the old Suffield Arms and a right turn to Antingham.

The next 4 miles were almost due South – the direction from which the “Fresh Breeze” was coming. Francis Beaufort thus names a wind speed of 19 – 24 mph and describes it as “small trees in leaf begin to sway; crested wavelets form on inland waters”. We didn’t notice!

At last we turned out of the headwind and after a few hundred yards on the Trans-Norfolk Highway we headed past Colby school to Church Lane and Long Lane and took a delightfully muddy lane (sorry Malcolm!) back to the A140 and Jules Country Cafe.

Lunch was ordered – with two of us ordering – and finishing “The Big Un” which is how Jules describes her large sized breakfast. The food here is ample and well-priced; some say too ample. Chris joined us here and after a conversation on topics ranging from Tug of War to Power of Attorney (maybe related!) the riders departed in several directions – some to be blown towards Sheringham, others to battle a few more miles in the Aylsham direction.

Thanks everyone for a good ride – the upside of the windy conditions was that there was at least some welcome sunshine.

PC to Jules Cafe = 19 miles; 1 impatient MPV driver; 1 unpredictable white van man; No punctures on the outward route.

Roll Call – Alan, Chris, JohnD, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Trevor

“Runners run because they like running, cyclists cycle because they like cake!

Wheelers Club Ride - 22nd November

Club Run, 18/11

Six North Norfolk Wheelers left Itteringham on the club run to the Daisy Cafe at Hoe. A fairly stiff westerly meant a lot of hard work on the outward leg to Cawston, Booton, Eade’s Mill, Sparham, Bylaugh, Robertson Barracks and Gorgate. Some substantial tailwind was much appreciated on the way home via Worthing, the Waterfall bridge, over the climbs to Billingford, a fast couple of miles on the trans-Norfolk Highway and then the back roads through Foxley, Kerdiston, Odessa, Heydon Park and Oulton, before the split at Oulton Street.

Brian, Dave C, Harvey, Malcolm, Robin and Trevor made the most of another cold, bright and breezy day. Interestingly, it was discovered that one rider operates a diametrically different system of logic to the other members of today’s s**tet. It isn’t yet known whether this will have an adverse effect on navigation.

Distances ranged from about 48 miles to 70 miles.

Next Saturday, by request, picking up at Itteringham for Great Walsingham Barns, returning via Erpingham.

Club Run to All Things Nice at Cawston 15 November 2017

It may seem strange to begin at lunchtime! Malcolm, who was not able to make the start from PC, waited for the group to arrive but as they had not appeared by 12.45 decided that he should order some food. Having enjoyed both a mud free ride to the café and a good lunch he didn’t mind the prospect of a lone run in the afternoon but then just as he was about to collect his bike the bunch arrived, mud splattered and hungry!!

Alan’s well planned runs often involve a longish pre lunch leg followed by a shorter route back to PC; and so it was today, 31 miles to the café.

Five met at PC and headed to Briston by way of Baconsthorpe and Edgefield. Southwards and then westwards to Hindolveston and Fulmodeston. A left turn at the crossroads took the group in the direction of Stibbard, John S suffering 2 rear punctures (one thorn one very sharp stone) en route which accounted for the later than planned arrival at the café. Undaunted by this experience (a lesser man would have crumpled under the pressure) John and his fellow Wheelers continued via Wood Norton, Foulsham, Themelthorpe and Reepham to follow the road past Booton Hall and then a left turn just after the Booton Clay Pits (now used and looked after by the Cawston Fishing Club) up into Cawston.

Around the table conversation was as lively as ever and ranged from who was going to the Wheelers social in January to Robin’s adventures, not to mention grunts and groans, with the much feared Cawston Tug of War team – not sure which era – we didn’t ask!

We left together as a group of 6 and followed the straight route to Oulton Street at which point Malcolm, Robin and Trevor headed off towards Aylsham and home (eventually) while the remainder continued on a similarly straight course via Itteringham and Little Barningham back to PC.

Thank you to Alan for leading today’s ride.

Alan, John S, Kevin, Robin, Trevor and Malcolm (clean bike) at the café.

43 miles PC to PC

A Message from Robin Rush MBE

I would like to thank members of the North Norfolk Wheelers for sponsoring me doing a 300k cycle ride over 2 days.

Raising funds for WHEELPOWER for children playing sport, who are confined to wheel chairs.

This will give an introduction to over 70 Norfolk young adults to lead healthier, active and more fulfilling lives.

Thank you again, I shall shortly be presenting a cheque to WHEELPOWER for over £8000.