Bluebell the motorhome is parked up back at home having whisked us away for a sneaky mini break this weekend, up to the other side of Norwich. We stayed on the fantastic Breck Farm Caravan Club Certified Site – a real gem, situated right next to the Marriott’s Way, our adventure for the weekend. The Marriott’s Way is a disused railway line that has been converted into a 26 mile off road path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It runs from our home city of Norwich to Aylsham.
After a quick set up we dismantled the bikes and were on our way. Saturday’s plan was to cycle from our site (1 mile Norwich side of Attlebridge) to Aylsham and back, a return trip of 30 miles. That’s the longest we’ve done before in one sitting, but it was enjoyable, despite us feeling shattered on our return to Bluebell!!!
We passed Attlebridge Station, a wonderfully converted old station house which is now a very popular CC certified site (we tried to get on there but it was full- definately one to return to)
A few miles further along we found a perfect refreshment stop, Whitwell Sation- another converted station, this one turned into a bar/cafe/museum housing loads of interesting vehicles and locomotions.
A lot of the route was under a fabulous green canopy of trees and shrubs, and we passed through loads of old railway bridges – some had “sound boxes” which you could wind up and hear sounds from the past.
After 5 hours of cycling we returned back to Bluebell, albeit a bit saddlesore!
The weather was still being kind, so we wasted no time in getting the ol Barbie out and luckily found a couple of declious rump steaks on our fridge along with corn of the cob, some sausages and lamb kebabs!
We enjoyed a lovely chill, watching the sun go down and turned the Bbq into a fire pit so we could keep warm, and get the marshmallows toasting in time to see the last rays shine.
We slept like logs, certainly helped by the massive bike ride, but before we knew it the sun was up again and it was time to get up and complete the trail. This morning we wanted to cycle to Norwich and back, which would complete the Marriott’s Way. It was a round trip of 12 miles, and had some stunning sections through the forest.
It took us 1hr 15 mins to cycle the 11 miles into Norwich and complete the trail, and only 45 minutes back- I think the driving rain possibly contributed to the fast speed back!!
It’s fair to say cycling that amount of miles over 2 days is NOT for us!! We are exhausted and can barely walk!! Haha. Really enjoyed it though, and will definitely return and cycle a tad more leisurely sometime soon! Still, a great test of our new wheels – Jazz enjoyed his new riding position up the back rather than on the handlebars as before.
On our way home, we managed to find a spot to park Bluebell near to Norwich airport, just in time to see the Vulcan Bomber pass over as part of its final farewell tour. What an INCRREDIBLE sight- it was mere luck, but we managed to stand directly on the flight path, therefore it went right over our heads…. Marvellous.
It was a great atmosphere and lovely to see so many people turn out to see it.
Fantastic weekend, can’t wait til our next trip in a couple of weeks.
Until then x