When: 10:00am on Thursday 29th December
How long: 13 mile ride, (+1 mile approx. walk), approximately 2.5 hours
Suitability: Moderate fitness required
Start: In front of the Tourist Information Centre, Station Road, Hoveton, NR12 8UR
Finish: In front of the Tourist Information Centre, Station Road, Hoveton, NR12 8UR
By bike: There will be a led group cycling from Norwich which anyone can join with prior booking, picking up directly at Catton Park, Spixworth and Coltishall on route. Please see information incl. meeting point and time on booking for this part of the event.
By bus: The First Bus Pink Line Service 12 leaves Castle Meadow at 9:03 and gets to Roy’s of Wroxham at 9:32. Buses go back from Roy’s on the hour at 20 past and at 40 minutes past. There is a car park in Hoveton. There is also one in Horning if people wanted to join half-way. The site itself has a car park with limited capacity (10 spaces which cannot be reserved).
Cost: FREE Booking required
The cycle ride starts at Hoveton at 10am. Participants cycle along the Three Rivers Way from Hoveton to Horning and on to St Benet’s Abbey, arriving at about 10:45am. Cycles will be available for hire from outside Hoveton Tourist Information Centre if requested in advance.
A guide from The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey will lead a guided walk around the site (which is owned and managed by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust). It will be a chance to learn about the rise and fall of this iconic Broads landmark, and to hear about the daily life of the Benedictine monks and the story of the Ludham Dragon. On leaving the site at 11:45am, participants will cycle back via St Benedict’s Church, Horning where there will be a comfort stop, a chance to have a look around the church and warm up with hot drinks and cakes in a welcoming festive atmosphere. The group will leave Horning Church at 13:00 and get back to Hoveton at about 13:30.
Any other information: All children must be competent at riding on roads and accompanied by a responsible adult. Local services are available at the start/finish.
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