Ride report – Sunday 30th June

PhilJ went on this ride and writes:
A change to the usual weekend ride found CTC Northampton on tour in Norfolk. A circular ride from Wisbech to Hunstanton through vast expanses of flatlands was the reward for anyone who joined us on this annual ride. Six riders were led out of Wisbech by Philip Gray including two riders who had cycled over the night before.
A total of around 77 miles would get us back to Wisbech having sampled fish and chips on Hunstanton beach first. Three refreshment stops, a visit to the Sandringham estate and photo opportunities galore all part of this seaside spin on a much cooler day than the one before.
The Walton and Walpole highways got us on our way but very soon we were in lovely villages like Tilney All Saints and heading for Kings Lynn. The Unique Tea Room & Gardens at Castle Rising was a perfect location for our first refreshment stop. Tea and cakes in the front garden of the farmhouse was followed by a short diversion to the medieval ruins of the 1138 castle for a brief look at the grounds.
Further along the Sandringham estate was busy with day-trippers. Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and we were privileged to be allowed through.
Snettisham followed and we dropped down to the coast where Ian T. took several photos of the caravan park at Heacham where his parents had owned a caravan and often stayed. A nostalgic trip for him no doubt. This brought us up to the sea wall where more photo opportunities beckoned with a sea view backdrop.
Hunstanton was now in view and before long we were all eating those fish and chips on the grass at the top of the hill overlooking The Wash.
Regrettably after a while we had to move on and continue with much of the ride still to do. Another stretch through the Sandringham estate left us with a good third of the ride still to do and the wind was now noticeably stronger than on the way out, aided by the open terrain. A third stop was a good idea and we pulled in at a pub that Philip had used before and relaxed for a while.
The final leg was possibly the hardest of a very flat route. The wind continuing to slow us down and take our energy through lots of exposed countryside. But finally we made it back to Wisbech.
This is probably an easier ride than most of our weekend rides around Northamptonshire. There’s no real hills to speak of and plenty of easy riding over the flatlands of Norfolk. The average speed was a little short of 13.5mph. What’s not to like!
Thanks to Philip for organising the ride and the riders who took part.

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