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Author:  sam_white [ Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:11 pm ]
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I'm considering doing the following route on the weekend of 20/21 of November, day is undecided but it will be this weekend as I'm pretty busy either side, or it'll be postponed until either Dec/Jan.

Route details are at:
http://www.countrysideaccess.norfolk.go ... aspx?id=11
Direct link for a PDF is:
http://www.countrysideaccess.norfolk.go ... alk-11.pdf

I've never riden this before but it is part of my attempt to get out more around Norfolk on my mountain bike to explore what decent riding I might be missing. A lot of the riding is on 'tracks' and bridleways.
My general plan is to ride out to the start from central Norwich to Poringland (most northerly point on the PDF map) and pick up the route from there. If people want to come from afield, Poringland has pub, shops and car parking etc.
Times etc are undecided. The PDF map is poor but I have an O/S map sheet #237 which covers the area at a better scale.

Riding will be retro for me, but I'm not a stickler. Who is interested?

Author:  marin man [ Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:46 pm ]
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I would like to do this if the weather is not inclement,last time at the blickling area ride something cropped up (I think rain :oops: ) and I could not make it,how far out from yarmouth to the start line :?: roughly,looks about 20 miles to me :?

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:59 pm ]
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Marin man, Google maps reckons it is 21.8 miles via the most direct route.

Author:  marin man [ Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:02 pm ]
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:shock: not a bad guess then :D

If its not pissing down then I will pop along,I will see if any others are up for it a bit closer to the time as well 8)

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:06 pm ]
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It is going to be a slow ride, as I don't know the route so will be navigating via OS maps the whole way around ...

Author:  marin man [ Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:31 am ]
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Thats good considering how "fit" (other middle letters available) I am :D

Author:  Awkward Kid [ Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:10 pm ]
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Nice route. I use to do something similar when I lived in Norwich. There's a nice section that links poringland and Brooke from memory. Will look it up for you. Enjoy boys

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:48 pm ]
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Hi.

I would be interested in this. Do we know which day and time yet please.

Chris

Author:  marin man [ Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:52 pm ]
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Chris from yarmouth :shock: Hello I live in that "loverly" town as well :lol: 8)

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:02 pm ]
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marin man wrote:
Chris from yarmouth :shock: Hello I live in that "loverly" town as well :lol: 8)


Hi Marin Man.

Lovely. Are we talking about the same place.......... :)

If this is on do you wish too car share?

Chris

Author:  marin man [ Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:03 pm ]
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:lol: I was being ironic :lol:

Yes maybe we could car share,depends on your car size etc.but could be ok :?

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:14 pm ]
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Marin Man.

Two bikes is no problem in my car.

Chris

Author:  marin man [ Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:40 pm ]
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Sounds good then Chris :D The landrover is a bit of a squeeze for two bikes,now we need to know what day :D

Author:  Chris D [ Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:43 am ]
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Sam

Is this going to happen please?

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:06 am ]
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Yes, I'm still up for it. I was thinking Saturday, so I can party Saturday night and sleep Sunday ... but I'm happy to go with the majority if Sunday suits! Sorry for the delay, hadn't checked the thread for a while.

Author:  Chris D [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:53 am ]
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Hi.

Saturday is good for me. How about you Marin Man?

What time and place please Sam?

Author:  marin man [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:30 am ]
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I have to work saturday......bloody part timers :lol: :lol:

Never mind guys I will catch you next time :wink:

Author:  Chris D [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:45 am ]
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marin man wrote:
I have to work saturday......bloody part timers :lol: :lol:

Never mind guys I will catch you next time :wink:


Oh. Nevermind.............. :(

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:53 pm ]
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marin man wrote:
I have to work saturday......bloody part timers :lol: :lol:

Never mind guys I will catch you next time :wink:


How about Sunday? Like I said, I'm easy!

Author:  marin man [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:59 pm ]
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I dont think i can do it,I have to go and do the valuing at a big antiques fair satyrday and if I dont get it all done I will have to go sunday am as well :x

Sorry guys,you go ahead and have fun,and post some pics up as well 8)

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:07 pm ]
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Ok, no camera though ...

Ride on Saturday then, I've got a friend who may come too. Meet at Poringland 11am, I think a good place to start is the Church (square tower) and phone at grid ref 270017, that's the Poringland side of the B1332. There are a couple of shops and parking there.
Google maps link:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&sourc ... 5&t=h&z=19

Author:  Chris D [ Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:22 am ]
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sam_white wrote:
Ok, no camera though ...

Ride on Saturday then, I've got a friend who may come too. Meet at Poringland 11am, I think a good place to start is the Church (square tower) and phone at grid ref 270017, that's the Poringland side of the B1332. There are a couple of shops and parking there.
Google maps link:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&sourc ... 5&t=h&z=19


Ok. See you there.

Author:  Chris D [ Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:22 pm ]
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Only the two of us but a great, if a little muddy, ride.

A couple of things we discussed. The Z1 are definately only have one set of disc brake fixings. And yes you can fit a rear mech.

Author:  marin man [ Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:25 pm ]
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any updates you guys.....

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:18 pm ]
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marin man wrote:
any updates you guys.....


Just me and Sam.

He is a bit younger than me, fitter than me and a lot quicker.

But it was good fun. A route of about twenty five miles. Took just inder three hours. The odd short climb made very dificult (for me) by the mud! And the fact the only bike I had going was my '94 Cindercone shod with 1.25 road slicks!

Oh........and he must have thought I was totally mad as I hurtled down the first peace of track to stack it on the 90 degree turn at the bottom (which I was not aware of).

Author:  marin man [ Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:50 pm ]
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You went with slicks......wish I was there :lol: :lol:

mayhap next time then guys 8)

Author:  sam_white [ Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:20 pm ]
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Had a great ride on Sunday, thanks Chris for coming along as otherwise I'd have stayed in bed. Wasn't feeling too well at the start but it was well worth it. My condition didn't really improve all day.
The weather was ok, damp, cold and foggy but we didn't have any rain, unlike Sunday. Chris came off early into the ride, his tyres didn't cope well with the enthusiastic riding! My chunky Onza Rip and Rail worked really well, much better than the Marin Quake tyres I used for the last wet ride. Chris too another tumble later on and emerged from a bush with some war wounds.
The route took in hard tracks, covered in puddles, tracks slippery and thick with mud and some woodland tracks that were reasonably dry, hard and covered in leaves that made for good riding. A little bit of road was needed to get between some of the bridleways which were free of horse traffic and mostly smooth. Only one section close to Saxlingham Nethergate was cut up, but that was very close to some stables.
We saw very few people on the route, well under 10 in 3 hours of riding. I covered some additional easy miles to and from Norwich, which added an extra hour of cycling and about 10-12 miles. The pace was nice and relaxed so no need to worry if you come to a future ride about getting left behind.
Its a good route and easy to follow, we only had 2 moments where we took a wrong turn and had to double back once, along the wettest part obviously. The riding is pretty flat but there is a good climb towards the end (treaded tyres are advised ...(!)) and some nice short downhill bits. There are even a couple of fords, one of which had water in.
If anyone on the forum is interested in doing it, I'd be happy to act as a guide. My poor OS map is now a muddy soggy mess as it didn't take kindly to the conditions. I'm sure the route would be hard packed and fast in the summer.
I ended up with cold, wet numb feet and almost as numb hands by the time I got home. Waterproof socks, or winter cycling boots would be a good purchase, as would some waterproof gloves.
Cheers Chris, maybe we'll meet up over your local area for a ride when you're free.

Author:  Chris D [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:11 am ]
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Thanks for the 'review' Sam. Much more detailed than mine.
Sadly lots of riding between tracks over here. But we could try it sometime or we could try somewhere else. Hopefully next time we can get a few more of us together.

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:17 am ]
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Hey guys. I'm considering a rerun of this route over the weekend. The map links are dead, should have saved the PDF! I still have the route on a map, is anyone else interested in coming?

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:22 am ]
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Weather looks ok, am thinking of Sunday.

Author:  Chris D [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:20 am ]
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Hi Sam

By coincidence I have a rare day off on Sunday. But I am even slower than five years ago.

I am interested but would have to let you know Saturday lunchtime for definite.

Oh......mountain bike tyres this time I think.

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:28 pm ]
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The links are dead now, but thanks to the wayback machine, the PDF is still available!

https://web.archive.org/web/20040512232 ... alk-11.pdf

Author:  sam_white [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:02 pm ]
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Weather looks ok, Sun from 12-00, max 6 deg. I've got a route mapped out and another rider interested so there will be at least 2 of us.

Author:  Chris D [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:25 pm ]
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I am ok and up for it. What time? And at the church?

Author:  sam_white [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:04 pm ]
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Meet at 12?

Author:  sam_white [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:04 pm ]
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Yes Poringland Church!

Author:  Chris D [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:25 pm ]
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Ok. See you then.

Author:  sam_white [ Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:08 pm ]
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Morning!

According to my map wheel, the Poringland loop is 17 miles - that's not including the section where we took a wrong turn!

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:23 pm ]
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Morning.

Thanks again for yesterday. It was fun. But with the 'diversion' that makes it 18 miles.....in nearly 3 hours.

What was the link to the on-line route please Sam. I want to see if I can extend it a bit.

Author:  sam_white [ Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:46 pm ]
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This - https://web.archive.org/web/20040512232 ... alk-11.pdf

Still active! Bit hard to see on the PDF which is why I transferred it rather than printing. Doesn't look like there is much opportunity to extend it without doing extra road miles though, it already covers most bridleways around there. Still if you've got any suggestions, my map doesn't cover the area out to the East, sheet OL40 would do.

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:56 pm ]
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Thanks Sam. Will have a look.

Author:  Chris D [ Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:39 pm ]
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No way I could transcribe that. Not even with my specs on!

Author:  AllertOne [ Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:52 am ]
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Hi Sam, another couple of years on and different season is it time for another ride of this route? I will be up for it. Located Lakenham area. Thanks. Brian

Author:  Gerard [ Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:19 am ]
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I'd be up for it. I'm just South of Diss.

Author:  sam_white [ Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:09 pm ]
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Yeah I'd be up for it. Not doing enough cycling recently so some motivation needed. Bike still ok though.

Author:  Chris D [ Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:54 am ]
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And this old man would not mind completing the hat trick.

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