I – Ingham

By webchoiceadmin On April 10, 2014 · Add Comment · I – Ingham

Bit of a pin the tail on the donkey this one; Well I used Google as the pin but you know what I mean?

Not a bad little trip from the Beach House at Walcott a ten mile round cycle trip following our old friend ‘Route 30′ you can buy the

map here it follows mostly the Quiet Lanes Network Quiet Lane logo these lanes are a real pleasure to cycle. So off to Ingham with an open mind and of course ‘The Bike’

Cycling Norfolk, Holidays
The Bike

It is really quite pleasant today a gentle coastal breeze may be about 12 Celsius

and very little in the way of traffic or people on network,

although one rather large horse had to be gently negotiated..

 

 

 

Winding along the lanes  passing by two working farms before reaching  Happisburgh on its southern edge,by the beautifully tended allotments, it looks like they have hired the local farm equipment so neat are the furrows!

On through Whimpwell Green and Lessingham you soon come to a sharp

Happisburgh, Lighthouse, CNorfolk Church
Happisburgh Church and Lighthouse in the distance

left hand bend where there is a right turn onto Ingham Road, this is easy cycling,

it allows you to enjoy the vistas and rolling countryside.

You are aware you are always near to the Norfolk Coast but can’t quite see it at any point on this jaunt.

Arriving at Ingham Corner; destination reached there are two buildings of note that make the feature of the tour. The church of the Holy Trinity and The Ingham Swan sit proudly side by side, the junction is a bit tricky and caution is needed as you come out of Ingham Road…

Once the junction is negotiated the tranquility of the church yard lined with blossom trees and its doors ways guarded by huge flowering Rosemary bushes is a joy and a nice place to sit awhile, snack and have a well earned drink, whilst reading the war memorial to the fallen 1914 – 1919 (one hundred years since). Part of the church is under extensive renovation probably for the first time since it re-opened in 1876 to the acclaimed John Pollard Seddon (apparently responsible for the first ever bungalow too, in Birchingham Kent), good pub quiz question?

The pub of course is next door which must have been a nice meeting spot for the choir, it still sports a lead window that proclaims ‘Smoke Room’. Inside is low ceiling, beams, flagged floor and a real old pub charm, just the place you could imagine lingering on a cold dark winters night listening to the local raconteur by the fire.

Ingham Swan, Pubs, Cycling,
Ingham Swan

Except and this is a big except, it doesn’t really look like you would be terribly welcome to stand at the bar sculling ale….the lady behind the counter cheerfully announced “we are more a restaurant with rooms” and the table settings are the proof. Great menu and very cheerful staff, chefs and all, one even came out to say mention the bats in the belfry next door “exceedingly rare Natter Bats” I take his word I haven’t Googled them, yet.

Had it been open I would’ve been able to tell you of Sarah Scott Art which adjoins the pub, alas.

All in all a jolly nice bike ride, villages, views, churches, lighthouses, and Ye Olde Pub with its very friendly staff, Norfolk has many surprises

Also worth noting that the 36 & 34 bus routes stop here which means armed with a timetable this little excursion is available on public transport too.

 

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