Posted by Alan on December 12, 2010
The bright lights of London - Euston Tap
It’s been another busy week as the inevitable party chaos of Christmas descends – thus time for a pythonesque list of things done.
Monday was Ruth’s birthday but she was working a long day in the hospital so I prepared instead by hitting Oxford St, bringing back a surprise (nowhere to hide presents in our flat!) and having a proper beef & ale stew waiting on the table for when she got home.
On Tuesday Dan popped up in London – fancy a beer? The Gunmakers and Euston Tap provided plenty of entertainment in the form of quality beer.
By Wednesday it was time to take Ruth out for a proper birthday dinner. Queue Queens steakhouse. It was very good though sadly not very full. Could be a symptom of limited promotion – their own website simply states ‘coming soon’ and you’ve no idea about what treats lie in store until you arrive.
Thursday saw a work xmas do where after some great food at Kym’s of Pimlico we decamped to the excellent Cask.
On Friday, Ruth was back at work. This left me free to go check out Mason & Taylor in Shoreditch and then write about it. And then leg it to the Euston Tap / Bree Louise to catch up with another work party.
And thus that left the weekend for R&R. Well, best get onto the Sunday chores…
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Posted by Alan on September 22, 2010
Breakfast in the B&B at a very leisurely 10 to 9. Mmm full breakfast. At 1030 we boarded the steam train to Holt around 5 miles around the coast from Sheringham. Apparently there was a lot of space in the 1950s for things like bikes!
Bike space on the steam train
The current Holt station is on the edge of town – about 1.25 miles (2km) so only a short hop by bike. We found ourselves a lovely brew in a cafe called Byfords
. Pretty damn good and with an excellent deli on the site – here I picked up the local “Yetman’s stout” to try sometime. Brew supped, we headed back out on the main road past Holt station and picked up the sustran’s regional route 30
. This took us through the countryside – mostly fields – along quiet single track roads all the way to Cromer.
Ruth, cycling through Gresham
The Norfolk countryside around here is actually rather undulating – not quite the flat plain we had imagined! Still, I’d be very surprised if we topped 200″ (60m) above sea level all day.
Cromer is a busy little town. On our visit it was hosting some steam cars – a little bit strange – chuffing slowly along the promenade and with the occasional loud bang. Picking up some provisions in the Morrisons (complete with bike stands) we grabbed some chips on the sea front (as one must) before going for a half in the Dolphin. Woodforde’s wherry was very tasty!
Cromer from the pier
The final leg of our cycling adventure took us out of Cromer onto the A149 – the coastal road – over the steep cliffs above towards the north west. But after a further 2.14 miles (3.4km) spotting a sign for West Runton station we decided to give up and take the train back to Sherringham (just 1 stop and £1.25 each!). Back in Sheringham and it was time for tea. Tonight, The Lobster
was the venue. Sadly, disappointing. In 5 words: overcooked food and flat beer. Shame, it was a promising pub from the outside. So, back to the Windham arms for a good beer!
Wolf: howling' good beer
And with that off to bed!
|Holt Station – Holt
|Holt – Holt Station
|Holt Station – Cromer via sustrans RCN 30
|Cromer – West Runton via coast road (A149)
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Posted by Alan on September 21, 2010
There’s a proper blog post on the way tomorrow, but for now, here’s another Cromer shot with Ruth enjoying a breather and a time to put her feet up having cycled the 12½ miles from Holt…
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Posted by Alan on September 20, 2010
Having a play with the camera from time to time, though I still have rather a lot to learn.
This is inside ‘the Dolphin’ at Cromer, with the Cromer Pier behind Ruth. It was rather a grey day so I went with the monochrome to totally blank off the sky and really extol the bland weather.
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Posted by Alan on August 22, 2010
First off we moved the few hundred metres through Wheelock to fill up the boat. Having not reached Hassall Green, the last day would be longer than planned. From here we were rushed through locks 66 and 65 buy a really unhelpful boat called ‘Stonewall’ who seemed to think everything was far to slow! So we moored up an ate the sausages bought in Middlewich the day before as brunch and let them steam by. The rest of the Wheelock flight plus the two locks at Hassall Green were finished in time to have a pint at the Romping Donkey.
Happy Ruth locking up
And then the sun came out! And after a quick pint we carried on up the final locks to Kidsgrove finding the Red Bull next to Lock 43. Excellent food and rather good beer. By now the light was starting to fall as we hit the last stretch back to the boatyard. Given our tendency not to rise early, it seemed wise to be as close to the marina as possible. The last lock, the Hall Green stop lock with just at 6″ rise put us back on the Macclesfield canal and within 15 mins we were moored inside the marina.
Mum working the boat
And so that was it – Sunday morning we had to hand back the boat at 9AM, so after some tidying we slept with alarms on for the first time in a week. It was my first boating trip in around 9 years – very enjoyable and Ruth is now hooked. Apparently if I get rich, I have to buy a narrowboat! 🙂
And so I sign off this series of posts with a very helpful sign on one of the locks: Keep boat forward of cill marker.
Keep boat forward...
Weather: fair with sunny outbursts
Destination: Heritage boatyard, Scholar Green
Locks: 25 (I think)
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