THE BROADS RIDE, led by Martin Gibson on 24th August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT BY TONY FULLER

A total of 10 riders assembled in the car park in ACLE for a tour of the Norfolk Broads.

Quickly leaving the busy town roads we headed north on quiet lanes, with a glimpse of the sea at one point, to our Coffee Stop at Waxham Barn.

This 16th Century Barn, thought to be one of the largest barns in England ( with the roof beams from old ships timbers), was blown down in the 1987 gales & abandoned.

It was purchased by Norfolk County Council & has been restored by ‘The Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust’

The vertical slots in the walls were not for use by defending ‘Archers’ but for allowing ventilation & light.

The outbuildings have been converted to a pleasant café & outdoor activities centre.

Leaving Waxham we headed West via the Norfolk Lanes to our Lunch Stop at ‘Charlottes Cafe’ in Stalham. We were warmly welcomed by the proprietor & seated in an outside Courtyard area.

We all tucked in to a variety of baguettes & light snacks which were of high quality & reasonably priced.

It was soon time to head back South, but being ‘The Broads’ a large river blocked our path.

Martin has foreseen this problem & had laid on a small ferry crossing. So, five at a time our, bikes & riders were hauled on-board for the short crossing, the ferryman expertly avoiding the large hire boats that were speeding past.

We continued south & after a pleasant tea stop at South Walsham, we returned to our vehicles in Acle for the journey home.

I think we all enjoyed the ‘relatively flat’ ride through the Norfolk Lanes & many thanks are due to Martin & Janice for organising such a pleasant ride.

 

 

 

 

A Sunny Thursday in Essex

The second of our Thursday rides saw a full spectrum of riders heading out of Mistley on a tour of North Essex, ably lead by Ray. We passed Grayson Perrys ‘A House For Essex’ and we ended up in The Village Maid P.H. Bradfield

The group now rides Sunday, Thursday and Tuesday, see the rides list for details.

The next Thursday ride is on Thursday 20th, when we shall start in Diss and follow the Waveney to Harleston.

 

Start at the Chip shop, ride to the Pub!

Dunwich Beach

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

 

 

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