The bike rides this summer were regular with 10 people turning up at various times. There were never that number all at once but each week a small group explored the lanes and roads around the area often stopping for the obligatory cup of tea.
The longest ride was to New Buckenham (16 miles) but as usual there was a stop for tea and cakes so it was not too tiring. Villages visited included Hethel, Mulbarton, Carlton Rode, Wymondham, Spooner Row, Bunwell, Flordon etc so knowledge of local geography by the group has improved no end.
There were some good sunny days but rides still happened in the wet which was excellent.
Two of the riders (Liz and Julie) even got together to ride Peddar’s Way over a couple of days so congratulations to them.
Sadly, Laurette who first asked for the rides has moved away from the Village to be closer to her son but thanks to her for being the catalyst to start organised rides.
Now that the clocks have gone back the rides have stopped for the winter.
11th July 2009
As only 3 of did this route last time we decided to repeat it but sadly there were only 4 of us and we set off from the Village Hall anyway out of the village towards Blacksmith’s corner, where we turned right onto the B1113 to ride past Rattee’s corner to the turning into Hurn’s Lane opposite Tacolneston Church. The road was a bit difficult with all the gravel and sand that had been washed onto it by recent rain. At the top of the next hill we stopped to take in the view over the valley back to Tacolneston.
Carrying on we turned down to Forncett St Mary to join the road to Long Stratton as far as the turning to Bustard’s Green. We travelled down this quiet road until dropping downhill we passed Wacton Church, and then over the road to Wacton Common where we stopped for refreshments. This is a lovely quiet green area and ideal for a rest.
Restarting we turned left to cycle through the village, past the new Wacton Village Hall as far as Wash Lane. This passes under the main Norwich-London railway and is another quiet country lane. Crossing the ford (thankfully dry) at the other end we turned right to Forncett St Peter Church and left to go up the hill (Mill Lane) and as far as the turning which took us as far as Cheney’s Lane where we turned left. This took us back to Tacolneston for a right turn along the B113 again as far as the turning by the social club. Turning left here we cut through to New Rd and then to home.
Luckily we had no problems until entering the village we needed to replace a chain, and as we arrived home the light rain started.
Well on the day only three of us braved the forecast of heavy rain and luckily enjoyed a warm, sunny dry ride after a heavy downpour at about 9am which had us very worried. We did receive apologies from people that they would be on holiday or did not fancy getting wet. Anyway, the three of us had a leisurely ride to Wacton (see route on the Route : Cycle page) where we stopped on the common to have refreshments before making our way home. Please see the Photo Album for pictures. (on there by next week)We will organise another ride if there is the demand. As stated earlier some people were on holiday and others quite rightly did not fancy the rain. However, was the route too long and do you want rides. Please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org