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Cycling along a section of Sustrans route 1: Marriots way

 
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: Cycling along a section of Sustrans route 1: Marriots way Reply with quote

Yesterday, Lois and I decided to cycle along a section of Marriots way; A disused section of railway from Norwich city centre to Aylsham. A full distance of about 22 miles but due to a mechanical failure we only managed about 9 & 1/2. With the 2 miles cycle to the start and then the return home, we are going to claim a total of a 20 mile ride....... PDG as Lois has not been on a bike in many years, and I haven't cycled 20 miles in one day for almost 2 years.

Marriots way was one of the smaller local railway routes that fell under the axe of Dr Beaching in the 1960's, and was adopted and modernised by Sustrans; The National sustainable transport charity which in association with many councils and the dept of transport provides National, regional and local cycling routes throughout the United Kingdom.

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/

Marriots way is also Sustrans National Network Route 1, and has been modernised and adapted for cyclists. walkers and horse riders in a natural way sympathetic to the surrounding Norfolk countryside and local communities.

Marriots way begins at what was an old railway station in Norwich (now an industrial estate) and more or less follows the river Wensum; crossing the river many times. Ironically I have driven past the begining of the route many hundreds of times, and have even fished a section of the river that runs along the first mile or so. Almost every day I have driven, walked and even cycled past a piece of steel sculpture without knowing what it was.

The begining of Marriots Way:

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A close up of the model train on top of the steel sculpture:

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Our steeds for the day:

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Mile Marker 1, a steel sculpture representing a zipper. I have no idea why? and will do a little research into the subject:

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Mile marker 2. A section of I beam and a twisted length of Railway track;

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A view of the river Wensum from Mile marker 2:

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And a view looking down upon the twisted piece of railway track:

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Being and old railway track, a lot of the route is cover with tree canopy. which makes for a nice shaded ride;

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Mile Marker 3:

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and a close up of the twists in Mile Marker 3, I like the way that the angle cut section gives the impression of an anchor as we are also in the Norfolk broads:

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Two of the many wooden benches along the route:

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Mile marker 4:

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A brief rest and coffee stop to view the river Wensum from one of the bridges:

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A village information marker for the village of Drayton:

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and the side profile of that same marker:

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Mile marker 5, I think it is a question mark:It provoked thoughts and questions about the history of the area and the many people who had worked on this railway many years ago:

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Mile marker 6:

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Mile Marker 7:

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Lois standing on the steel sculpture and viewing the surrounding open countryside for a shot with her new camera:

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Mile Marker 8:

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About 1/2 a mile further on, I glanced an open area with some large trees in it, so we clambered over the railway embankment to get a few photos. I didn't know that we had such large trees in Norfolk

Lois is standing in the foreground;

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A bench sculptured from a log:

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And a concrete sculpture only a few yards from that bench:

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Mile Marker 9:

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We only managed to proceed for about another 1/2 mile or so. As one of the pedals on Lois' bike was damaged and fell off. Being the Knight in shining armour that I am, I decided that we should turn around and head back. With me holding onto the handle bars of Lois' bike with my left hand and towing her all the way back to the beginning ...... me doing all the pedalling for the two us on my bike.

Lois took many other photos, and we missed many more due to the pedal problem. But we have both agreed that when the bike is fixed we will have another ride along Marriots way.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fantastic, i think I might have to have a go at getting Jo on a bike and nce done fit a carrier to the car for a trip up to yours, not cycled 20 miles in about 20 years but I can always start practicing again.
thanks for the post, looks great
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see the bike being put to it's proper use - I wish we had some decent cycle paths in Basildon - Lyn and I would probably have used 'em more if we didn't have to run the traffic gauntlet every time we went out.

Sorry about the problem with the pedal - never had any problem before, but then, the bike probably only did about 50 miles in total.........

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BarryK wrote:
Nice to see the bike being put to it's proper use - I wish we had some decent cycle paths in Basildon - Lyn and I would probably have used 'em more if we didn't have to run the traffic gauntlet every time we went out.

Sorry about the problem with the pedal - never had any problem before, but then, the bike probably only did about 50 miles in total.........



No worries mate; it just added a little adventure to our day out

It was really my fault, as I should have checked the bike over before we left and put a spanner across the pedals and other various other nuts & bolts, etc. but I didn't.    

As Lois was pedalling away merrily, the pedal unscrewed from the crank arm and when it was almost out it canted over and stripped a couple of threads. Sods law dictated that it was the Left hand threaded one. This morning I borrowed a LH 1/2" - 20 tpi tap from the local bike shop, re-tapped the crank and added a drop of loctite screw-lock to the threads: everything is "good as new" now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was that tree near Swannington?? several huge stands of redwoods are planted there. We used to cycle the marriots way from Foxley where we rented a house to Reepham where there is a lovely old station building turned into a super cafe. Go the other way next time!!! Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya Lizzie.

Yes, the trees were at the Swannington road junction.

Our plan was to cycle along Marriots way as far as either the Bridge pub at Lenwade or the cafe at Reepham .... ..... we'll manage it next time
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya Lizzie.

Yes, the trees were at the Swannington road junction.

Our plan was to cycle along Marriots way as far as either the Bridge pub at Lenwade or the cafe at Reepham .... ..... we'll manage it next time
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya Lizzie.

Yes, the trees were at the Swannington road junction.

Our plan was to cycle along Marriots way as far as either the Bridge pub at Lenwade or the cafe at Reepham .... ..... we'll manage it next time
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it just me or does mile marker 6 remind anyone else of a bottle cork opener????

   
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

place for a picnic maybe......
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    fantastic share Gareth  
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The repair that I have made to Lois' bike is sound: we went out and cycled for a short 8-9 miles jaunt this eveing.

From the one mile marker (Giant zip) and along the river into the city, following both the riverside cycle path and the city wall.

Lois has taken some photos and will post them later.

Now her bike is fixed, hopefully I can convince Lois to ride the 14 &1/2 miles or so up to the cafe in the old station at Reepham.

Look forward to further additions to this post.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BarryK wrote:
Nice to see the bike being put to it's proper use -  the bike probably only did about 50 miles in total.........



The Bike is fantastic mate Lois Loves it, and by my reckoning, today Lois has just clocked up over 100 miles on it.

Currently we are touring the Heaths, Commons and Parks in Norwich.

Yesterday we did; Mousehold common, and Race course heath, and a trip along the Wensum path. Today we did; Waterloo Park, Heath Park, Chapelfield Park, Eaton Park, and the University of East Anglia grounds, and some of the Yare valley path. In the last week we have also done Wittlingham Country Park, Sloughbottom park, Wensum Park, and Constitution Park. Next Saturday we will probably cycle the full length of Marriots way (22 miles), catch the Steam train from Aylsham to Wroxham, and then cycle back home from there (8 miles).

I can not thank you and Lynda enough for letting us have the bicycle.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Great stuff - glad she likes it, (the bike, Gareth) .....  

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two weeks ago, Lois and I cycled along Marriotts Way, as far as the Bridge Inn at the village of Lenwade: only Eleven miles each way along Marriots way, but with our 2+ miles ride down to the beginning and back again I am going to claim a 25 mile + day out. I am also very proud of Lois because she had never cycled 25 miles in one day before, and has now totted up a toatal in excess of 300 miles on the bike since BarryK & Lynda were kind enogh to give Lois the Bicycle (thank you again).

When we reached the Bridge Inn, I found that it was under new management and that the Sunday lunch menu had been much reduced from the last time I was there 2 years ago. I can confirm that the quality of the food has very much improved, and we will most definitely be lunching there again. This time we only had the Deep fried Whitebait in breadcrumbs starter and a side salad each. This was a large enough lunch for even me, and at £3.95 a head our pockets were not really bashed at all.

I have taken photos from mile marker 8, as these had been modified since we were last that far along marriots way.

Mile marker 8:

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Mile Marker 9:

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The additional bronze plate added to Mile Marker 9: I will do some research into the bronze plates, and take some rubbings of the plates next time we cycle along Marriotts Way:

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About 1/2 a mile further on, we found this beautifully sculptured timber bench:

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And to give you some idea of the scale of the thing, here is Lois gracefully reclining upon it:

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Mile Marker 10:

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Mile Marker 11; behind the Scrap yards, Steel mill and fabrication workshops at Lenwade.:

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This as far as we have cycled along Marriots way so far, and I will add to this post as we progress our way along the whole of the route to the Broadland Steam restoration trust Railway and Station at Aylsham
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