Club Run, 15/12/18

Brian and Harvey rode from Pretty Corner to Itteringham to pick up Malcolm and David for the club run to Pensthorpe, from where David was collected by car to endure the equivalent of forty lashes –> a visit to a Garden Centre followed by shopping in King’s Lynn. The complement was made up to four again when Geoff arrived direct from home to join the homeward leg. One rider lost contact after Thurning and had to be retrieved by way of the age old, trusted technique of riding round in circles until he was spotted flying along in the wrong direction: he swears that he could see the three riders ahead of him, but he looked down to see the time and when he looked up again they had “vanished”!

It was a truly starving wind today, but the threatened afternoon sleet and rain didn’t materialise until 5.00 p.m. Milder next week.

PC to PC 50 miles/ Max: 62 miles.


Club Run to The Three Horseshoes at Warham 12 December 2018

Four Wheelers met at PC for Andrew’s ride to this increasingly popular (especially for pie lovers) venue located a short distance from Wells and just down the road from Warham Camp. Conditions were dry and surprisingly mild with only a gentle breeze – perfect!

We followed a tried and tested route through Baconsthorpe and Edgefield and on to Briston. Craymere Beck was in full flow but the first through were quick to alert following riders of ice on the other side – yes it had been pretty cold the night before and the thaw hadn’t reached the shaded spots!

We continued on to Thurning, Hindolveston and Fulmodeston at which point we turned right to take us to Croxton and Barney and up to the A148. Safely across we reached Thursford, then Hindringham, Wighton and our mid ride destination at Warham but not before an invitation from our leader to explore the Camp – which we decided to leave for another time.

The Three Horseshoes was very welcoming with its open fire, tasty menu and selection of real ales (which 3 of the 4 just couldn’t resist). After such a hearty lunch a lack of calories was not going to be an issue and we set off in the direction of Binham. On reaching this pleasant village Andrew announced that we would approach Langham via Cockthorpe thus avoiding the reasonably steep and certainly long drag up the Langham Road. However in doing so we did experience our first taste of headwind but not strong enough to slow the pace substantially.

After Langham it was a straight route to Wiveton where we said goodbye to Andrew and began the long haul up Bridgefoot Lane on to the Holt Road and then Bridge Road all the way up to High Kelling and the Cromer Road. Having crossed to the other side of this busy road there was a final split as 2 of the remaining 3 decided to take the high road (the main road) back to Pretty Corner leaving Malcolm to wend his lonesome, solitary but not lonely, way via Geoff’s Corner to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane where he pondered completing today’s route back to PC but instead descended to Gresham and thereafter Bessingham, Thurgarton, Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield and home.

Many thanks to Andrew for leading today’s ride – a good day out and good company.

No punctures, no incidents, no (wet) mud, lights definitely needed as even on a good day it’s dark enough after 3.30ish and maybe even a bit before that.

Alan, Andrew, Malcolm, Robert

43 miles PC to PC (65 miles max)

Club Run to The Banningham Crown 5 December 2018

This run was billed as The Horse and Groom at Tunstead but such were the conditions as 4 hardy souls met at PC that it was universally agreed that The Crown (with the prospect of an open fire) was the preferred venue. If any other Wheeler did venture out and went to Tunstead to meet us please accept our apologies!

As we approached Mill Road the weather was worsening but Malcolm had offered the others a reasonably mud free route to our revised venue and John S (the original leader for the day) was happy to let him get on with it.

After Aldborough we climbed Thwaite Hill and passed through Alby. On reaching the A140 it’s fair to say that we were all well and truly soaked but thankfully not soaked through except perhaps for hands and feet. The appalling resurfacing along White Post Road continuing in fact all the way to Suffield just added to the test as we then reached Colby and our lunch time destination at Banningham.

Except that we were too early for lunch and settled instead for hot chocolates all round plus of course that roaring log fire which would probably have dried out our various bits of cycling gear had we stayed longer. However we were soon back on the road. The rain had stopped but Malcolm decided a swift pedal along the Trans Norfolk Highway in the direction of North Walsham was a good idea while the remaining 3 headed back to PC and beyond.

Last week there was special praise to 2 Wheelers for “just going” so it’s only fair to give the same accolade to today’s intrepid group.

Alan, Andrew, John S, Malcolm

Various distances covered today by each of the riders with Andrew doing the most so he gets the gold star!

24 miles PC to PC

Club Run to The Red Lion at Coltishall 28 November 2018


Leader JD. Words by JD

One rider gathered at PC on a wet and blustery morning and as the little hand reached 29, thoughts of a quick dash back to the car; hot coffee and a day on the sofa were on JD’s mind. As the little hand reached 30, Kevin appeared, and after the traditional game of “shall we, shan’t we”, two set off into a stiff breeze – with rain added to the mix – which was to accompany us for the 20 miles to Coltishall.

The route was through Bessingham and around the back of Aldborough to cross the A140 and head through Colby. A stretch of the Trans Norfolk Highway (no JD ride is complete without this) took us via Hylton Crossways to Skeyton Church where I’m sure was heard the ghost of a question hanging in the air “How far’s The Old Goat Inn?”

It was then past the aforementioned pub and a straight forward couple of miles going through Badersfield and Little Hautbois to a welcome lunch break.

The Red Lion provided its usual tasty fare, and after some cheerful banter with the landlord / owner, who is also a keen cyclist, it was off with a helpful tail wind.

Whilst the roads were very wet and strewn with debris, the rain kept away as we rode back through Little Hautbois and took the direct way back to PC, through Buxton, Banningham, Ingworth, Wickmere, Bessingham and Gresham.

No incidents despite the poor weather for the first half of the ride. Well worth the effort. “If in doubt – Go!”

Two out John D and Kevin

40 miles PC to PC

Editor’s Note

In the less than perfect conditions special praise has to go to John and Kevin for “just going” and keeping the flag flying for the Wednesday Wheelers. No excuse really but MS did have to go to Norwich today and therefore missed the fun – didn’t miss cleaning his bike however!

Club Run to The Kings Arms at Blakeney 21 November 2018

21 nov 18The 4 Wheelers who met at PC quite understood if others chose to stay inside and keep warm but we nevertheless looked forward to Kevin’s ride to the North Coast. The forecast had promised 6 – 9 degrees but with the wind chill it was nowhere near this.

The first part of today’s route took us south through East Beckham, Gresham, Bessingham, Matlaske and Itteringham, at which point we turned right to follow twisting and narrow lanes to Corpusty, Thurning and Hindolveston.

It was then due north to Melton Constable, Briningham, Brinton and Sharrington. An unfortunate (doubly so as it was a rear) puncture, in a Gatorskin no less, did not delay us for very long and in some ways the stop was useful allowing for natural breaks and a walk around to get the circulation going. Not sure if John felt the same way!

The last leg of the outward journey was Field Dalling, Langham and a cheeky curve (rather than the direct Langham Road) to Blakeney. Unsurprisingly we decided against al fresco dining and grabbed a table inside. Alan had driven out to join us – unfortunately not able to come on the run due to feeling rough after a flu jab! Just as we were leaving Francis arrived but sadly we couldn’t stay and share news; so after a brief hallo we were on our way, firstly making the customary parade alongside the harbour.

Andrew left us to head towards The Three Swallows and home while the remaining three climbed up to Bridge Road and High Kelling. We took a breather just after crossing the Cromer Road before following the familiar route to Geoff’s Corner and on to the junction of Mill Road and Red Barn Lane where Malcolm headed off to Gresham, Hanworth and home leaving just the two to return to PC.

Thanks very much to Kevin for devising a great route out and the shorter more direct route back meant that there would be enough time and light for the necessary bike wash after getting home.

Andrew, John S, Kevin, Malcolm – Alan and Francis at the pub.

65 kms or 40 miles PC to PC (max 60 miles ish)


Club Run to The Old Railway Station Café at Reepham 14 November 2018

Just 5 met at PC on yet another bright and blustery day. A south westerly wind gusting in the mid to high 20s so hard on the way out but surely not so hard on the way back!

Alan lead us first to West Beckham and then directly into the wind to Baconsthorpe. Robert told us that he hadn’t had a decent ride out for 3 or 4 weeks but he seemed to be doing fine as we pressed on to Edgefield, Hunworth, Stody and Briningham to reach Melton Constable. No respite from the headwind as we pedalled directly to Foulsham. There was a good mood in the bunch as we paused briefly before leaving Foulsham for our lunch time destination at The Old Railway Station Café at Reepham.

CJ had cycled out to meet us and, like us, hoped that the wind would be favourable on the return leg. The service and food at the Café was good quality as always and we were able to eat outside which for mid November is a definite bonus.

CJ left before us and Andrew peeled off soon after leaving and headed towards Briston which left just 4 Wheelers to make the journey back to PC.

After Salle Park we joined the Heydon Road which took us all the way into Station Road and the village of Corpusty. After crossing the B1149 there is a long steady drag up and at this point Robert’s legs felt the lack of recent miles but he battled on and we soon reached Little Barningham and then the junction with Barningham Road just after the Church of St Peter. Here there was a two way split as Malcolm and Robert headed off towards Gresham and beyond leaving Alan and Kevin to complete the circle/cycle!

Thanks very much to Alan for a well planned and executed (as always) ride out. Road conditions pretty good but potholes getting pretty bad here and there. No major bike washing today – how much longer can this good fortune last?

Alan, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert and CJ at the Cafe

40 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)

**Annual Club Social / Awards Evening**

Our annual club social and awards evening will be on Saturday 26th January at Upper Sheringham Village Hall, NR26 8UB (next to the church) starting at 7pm. It should be a great informal get together with lots of people confirmed so far. There will be a club trophy presentation and buffet (locally homemade food and no plastic plates!). There may also be a prize quiz of some kind.

All current/former club members 1st and 2nd claim, partners, family and friends welcome. We are keeping it at a bargain £15 a head (£7.50 for any under 16).  Any dietary requirements other than meat/vege please email me. Can you let me know if you/any others are attending so we can get rough numbers. We can sort out payment at the AGM or you can pay by BACs nearer the time.


Mike Padfield


Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 7 November 2018

As Malcolm met John S at the PC Car Park the latter remarked “I’m not sure that this is altogether a good idea!” to which Malcolm replied “Well it’s certainly breezy and not very bright!” 3 others joined M & J and the group set off into the “breeze” on Malcolm’s run to this popular watering hole.

With John almost back to full fitness and given the small size of the group plus the prospect of a tailwind on the return leg Malcolm set off at a decent pace despite the headwind! The first part of the route took us through Lower Gresham, Metton, Hanworth and the longish drag up to Thorpe Market. After a brief foray on the A149 we turned right on to the Thorpe Road to Southrepps. Shortly after we followed a back lane to the junction with the Gimingham Road at Trunch. We stopped briefly for a drink and a polite request was made to slow things up a tad, one rider feeling slightly off the pace today.

The Knapton Road took us to……..Knapton from where we descended via Old Hall Street to the North Walsham and Dilham Canal (now partly used) and then an ascent (sorry Andrew!) to Edingthorpe Green. Turning right to descend through Bacton Woods we were again into the headwind so we looped round to Ebridge Mill and White Horse Common and eventually to North Walsham. Leader’s error – Malcolm didn’t double check behind him and managed to lose two riders but a quick call on the mobile soon got the group back together and we negotiated the joys of the NW one way system to join the Aylsham Road and thereafter Tungate Road and Skeyton Road to our lunch stop. There waiting for us was CJ.

After a welcome refuel Andrew and CJ set off together en route for Felbrigg and beyond while the group of 4 headed off in a slightly different direction to Burgh, Aylsham, Ingworth, Erpingham, Aldborough and Thurgarton. At the crossroads adjacent to All Saints Church Malcolm said farewell and headed off on the Bessingham Road to Hanworth and home while the remaining 3 took the same road but in the opposite direction towards Bessingham and back to PC.

Many thanks to all for the company on a good ride out.

Andrew, Graham, John S, Kevin, Malcolm and CJ at the pub

41 miles PC to PC (60 miles max)