Barningham Lunch stop
Twelve set off on a tortuous route to Stanton Garden Centre for coffee. At one point we were heading toward Newmarket, however our leader soon had us pointing east not west and the twelve made good time over the twenty miles to our mid morning break. Arriving at intervals to break up the queue for food we met Christine Bass and then got separated as they didn’t have a table big enough for the bakers dozen!
The hop from Stanton to Barningham would be less than two miles by B road, but George had other ideas. We headed toward Hepworth, got lost, then headed toward Hinderclay, ended up in Wattisfield and got lost again and finally ended up in Thelnetham. From there we followed the road to Hopton and on toward Coney Weston before turning to Barningham and a rather good lunch at the Royal George.
12 riders on 25 wheels (one tricycle), no punctures and a great day out in the late winter sun.
The daffodils are already out.
Dates have been set for our rides in the early months of 2018 and follow the usual pattern of fortnightly rides on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The dates are set out in the calendar with details of Ride Leaders and coffee and lunch stops to come when the Rides List is published.
Please note that there are no rides planned for 24th December, 28th December and 2nd January.
New for 2017, the first of the Thursday ‘Away Day’ rides began from the sunny seaside of Dunwich beach. A ‘just in time arrival’ by the chairman meant a slightly late start. Then a broken gear cable before we had left Dunwich effectively left our leader with three gears, however he ably rode on. Once we got going eight riders headed down the Suffolk Heritage coast to Snape malting for a coffee. We met Terry, who had ridden over from Felixstowe. A coffee and cake later, the group headed out try and fix Martin G’s gear cable, just in time to meet Mick Pepper who had ridden over from Ipswich.
With a bit of a wind blowing, riders enjoyed the protection of the hedgerows which were showing the first buds of spring. A typical March day, bright, daffodils, breezy. We headed North now, Sweffling, Bruisyard and Badingham, to lunch at Laxfield.
The Royal Oak is at the end of the broad main street in Laxfield. The Gin as described on the slate outside may not be surpassed but the pub its self and the service from wasn’t bad either. The staff were welcoming and happy to see us and we had a large round table in the back room to ourselves. Sandwiches and baguettes, chips and salad.
The afternoon sun has some power now we are nearing the end of March and after lunch the group assembled outside the church next to the pub for a picture. Images committed to SD card we headed toward Walpole and Wenhaston for the 16 mile ride back to the beach at Dunwich .
Totals for the day:
- 46 miles ridden
- 1 broken cable
- 0 punctures