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Our Autumn Ride to the Seaside – Report By Tony Fuller

On a dull Thursday morning seven group members met up at Bungay Golf Club Car Park for our ride to Southwold.

George led us out of Bungay via a network of quiet lanes eastwards towards our destination. This area known as ‘The Sandlings’ is largely agricultural and particularly noted for growing onions, carrots, potatoes & other root vegetables that thrive in the sandy soil. Hence large Tractors (taking up most of the road) were the most imposing vehicles that we met along the way.

It was noted how much better maintained the byroads were in this part of Suffolk.

With flat roads & a light wind we arrived in good time at Southwold and parked our bikes adjacent to our Coffee Stop, The Boardwalk Café, on Southwold Pier. It was quite pleasant to look out onto the sea and beach and to watch other visitors viewing the ‘quirky’ exhibits on the Pier. We were joined for Coffee by two of Janice’s friends visiting from Dubai.

 

Taking Refreshments in The Board walk Café

 

With our coffee stop over there was just time for a Group Photo of everyone in front of the famous ‘Water Clock’ on the pier before heading northwards towards our lunch stop at Gillingham.

 

Under The Famous Water Clock on Southwold Pier

 

We rode out on the B1127 via Wrentham to the outskirts of Beccles. George thought this would be a quiet ‘B’ road, but during the week it proved to be quite busy with local traffic and large ‘agricultural bulkers’ heading for the big Grain Store at Ellough, so it was single file for much of the way.

We passed the large industrial area now built on the old Wartime Airfield and skirted Beccles to arrive at our Lunch Stop, ‘The Swan’ at Gillingham. The pub was not very busy and they quickly served up our ‘sandwiches & beer’.

We were soon on our way again heading on quiet roads across the marshes of this part of the Waveney valley. This was of course very flat with big Norfolk Skies, drainage ditches and grazing cattle, which typify this part of the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

George found us a ‘cycle path’ along a disused railway line for a couple of miles, which avoided having to ride along the busy main A143. This led us back into Bungay and our car park at the golf course.

Thanks must go to George for planning a varied and interesting ride, which everyone attending thoroughly enjoyed.

Ride Report – 19th October 2017 Felixstowe Peninsular

We didn’t have the best of starts to today’s “away” ride from Nacton. Having been held up on the A14 due to an accident (again!) on The Orwell Bridge, I arrived at Bridge Wood car park at 09:15 and was the first one there. I had phoned our leader, Ray, to learn that he was a mile or so behind me on the road but 20 minutes in time. A few minutes later, Viv rode in fresh from her C2C (Morecambe to Bridlington) charity ride, which she completed on Tuesday. Having had  a rest day yesterday on the drive back, she was raring to go again.

Ray delayed the start to allow others caught up in the chaos on the A14, time to arrive. Disappointingly, only five of us set off at 10:00, on what turned out to be a pleasant day weather wise. Despite our late start, we arrived at our coffee stop at Felixstowe Ferry only a couple of minutes after 11:00. Then suitably rejuvenated (well almost!), we decided to have a photo shoot by the waterside before setting off on the next leg of the journey.

George waits for the the photo shoot that doesn’t materialize

It was then that Viv discovered she had locked her bike but had not got the key with her. Mike spent several minutes asking around for a pair of bolt croppers and eventually came up with a hacksaw.

 

Mike hacks away at the lock, whilst Viv, in the background, phones for counselling!

Luckily it wasn’t the strongest of locks and Mike made short work of it so we were soon on our way again. The formal photo shoot would have to wait for another day.

 

Viv has a smile on her face as Mike demonstrates his skill as a bike thief!

Ray’s rides are rarely long, but they offer plenty of leg and lung exercise through their undulations. By now the weather had brightened up a bit and the temperature was extremely mild for this time of year and the ride to lunch through the quiet lanes was most enjoyable.

Viv peeled off before we reached The Maybush at Waldringfield but we were joined for a very pleasant lunch by Paul F. Suitably refreshed, we got underway again just after 14:00 and had an uneventful run back to the start, having completed some 40 miles.

Many thanks to Ray for a well organized ride. It’s just a shame he didn’t bring a spare key for Viv’s lock!

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.

 

 

 

 

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