Eight riders turned out at Ixworth Village Hall for todays ride into Norfolk which took in some fantastic Autumn scenery, a distillery, and plenty of muddy roads.
Heading north through Bardwell there was an early pause in proceedings when our Ride Leader managed to force a flint into his tyre with predictable consequences. Once his steed was repaired, he led us north towards Norfolk and through some spectacular Autumn scenes on Knettishall Heath. The sun was shining at this point showing the scenery at its best.
Onwards then to our elevenses stop at The Kitchen at the English Whisky Company at East Harling. This was a very pleasant place to visit but sadly we didn’t have time to take in a tour or linger in the shop…
Once refuelled we continued up towards Snetterton Race Circuit for a loop north of the A11 before heading south again towards our lunch stop at The Royal George at Barningham. A very nice lunch prepared us for the last leg of the ride which would take us through a brief rain shower towards Walsham le Willows, Stowlangtoft and Pakenham before arriving back at Ixworth.
Our thanks go to Steve C for leading todays ride.
The Abbey Gates in Bury St Edmunds was the starting point of todays ride. Conditions were ideal for winter cycling with a temperature of 6 degrees and no wind. By 0930, 5 riders had assembled for the off and after a ceremonial fly past in front of the Abbey Gates for a photo, the route led us into Eastgate where Chairman Paul B was intercepted during his dash to make the start.
Ride Leader Mike B led us through the cycle paths of the Moreton Hall estate and out to Rougham where Dick B managed to pick up a rear wheel puncture. Once repaired we were a little behind schedule so re-routed to Bradfield St George, Sicklesmere and Great Welneatham as we made our way to the coffee stop at The Maglia Rosso cafe.
There was a constant stream of comings and goings at The MagRoss but we were turned around efficiently and were joined for coffee by curfew buster Gerald L.
Riding to Lunch
With everyone refreshed, the route now took us east again to Bradfield St Clare and Felsham before turning southwest and passing through Cockfield Green to The Horseshoes at Cockfield. Nethergate Brewery’s “Hair of the Dog” was the tipple preferred by the majority and it appeared to slip down a treat.
After lunch, the majority made their way back to Bury St Edmunds whilst John M and Paul B headed northeast for home.
Many thanks to Mike B for leading; the next outing is on 17th January starting at Nowton Park.
A group of 11 eager riders left the Nowton Park starting point, with Ride Leader Dick Myhill in charge. The weather was fine ‘but a bit chilly ‘ but with only a light wind.
The route left town via Moreton Hall & Shakers Lane & then via the Cycle Path to Gt Barton, Livermere, & Troston to our Coffee Stop at Ixworth.
Here we were joined by Barry (from Wattisfield) & Paul & Christine Bass who had struggled bravely 500yds downhill from their house in Ixworth. (Paul having arranged a rare ‘Tuesday Off’). We all crammed into the small café & were well looked after by the ladies in charge.
(we got cakes & coffee as well!!!)
Thus 14 brave souls (surely a record for a December Ride) headed North via Bardwell, Hopton, Hinderclay & Wattisfield to our Lunch Stop at ‘The Blue Boar’ at Walsham le Willows.
We had the Garden Room all to ourselves as we all tucked into mushroom soup or sandwiches, all washed down by a choice of ales & other liquid refreshment.
Soon it was time to head back to Bury & as various riders ‘peeled off’ to head for their home, as cries of ‘Merry Christmas’ were shouted after the departing riders.
Returning via Pakenham & Thurston the remaining riders headed for Nowton Park & home.
Special thanks must go to Dick, our Ride Leader who planned an interesting ride for us all, good refreshment stops, & most of all a safe, & trouble free ride.