Norfolk Road Cycling 1/3 - Sea, Brick, Steam and Wind
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The first of three road rides around Norfolk over the Easter bank holiday weekend. There will be rides on the Friday, Sunday and a short one on the Monday. The plan is to chill on the Saturday (11th April), it's a holiday after all. Depending on the weather, we might go to the beach, go cruising on the broads or even a cycle.
The Friday ride is a 110km circular road cycle, taking in many of Norfolk's tourist sights. You can view the route here (don't pay any subscriptions, if you need a GPX file contact the leader). We past the following locations;
- Cromer Pier - Grade II listed pier where we will hopefully find a cup of tea and either some candy floss or cinder toffee (who am I kidding, I'm having both!).
- Blickling Estate - National Trust Jacobean mansion in the beautiful Bure meadows. Those not wanting to visit can sit in the pub opposite.
- Bure Valley Railway - Bure Valley Path runs for 9 miles along the side of the heritage railway. If we fancy a break we will jump on a train. Expect Will being very excited and making choo choo noises.
- Horsey Windpump - an iconic Norfolk Broads landmark owned by the National Trust.
I was under the impression Norfolk is flat, though we still manage to climb ~680m during the day, which I suppose compared to most of my rides, isn't that bad. If you aren't too sure if this ride is suitable for you, send the leader a message. Please note leaders aren't alerted to messages at the bottom of this event page, best to send them a direct message if you have any queries.
Bring your National Trust membership card if you have one and your budgie smugglers if you fancy a dip in the North Sea.
Will, your leader will be staying at Manor Farm Caravan & Camping Site just outside Cromer. If staying here, please don't mention you are part of a group, single-sex groups get mistaken for stag parties. Plenty of alternative accommodation available in the surrounding area if you fancy a little luxury.
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - as we may be finishing late please have a front and back light.
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
GPS: if you have one, useful for plotting the route if you are a speedy rider
Budgie smugglers: if you fancy a swim in the North Sea.
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of snacks, the plan is to go to a cafe/pub but I cannot guarantee a convenient pub will show itself at lunchtime, they have a nasty habit of closing down.