Normally on my Sunday morning bike rides I tend to leave Norwich behind and explore the little villages in the countryside. Because of that strong easterly wind and because I was coming down with a cold and didn't want to venture too far, I decided to head into Norwich itself last Sunday. I don't know the city that well at all. B. and I've been to restaurants (Shiki is one of our favourites) and we've been to the cinema and bowling, but they're not in the prettiest parts. I had noticed before the city seems to have a large number of churches but didn't realise quite how old it was. I thought I'd try and follow the river Wensum towards the west, specially as there was a riverwalk most of the way which I should be able to cycle early on Sunday morning as many people are still in bed at that time! Be warned, this is quite a photo heavy post. I only did 9 miles but spent 2.5 hours on the bike, stopping frequently to take photos.
One of the things I liked about this bike ride were the many bridges over the river, most of them with a pub at one end. This is Bishop Bridge.
There was a little information plaque about it:
I took a wrong turn here and lost the river for a bit, but found a sweet little part of Norwich along the way:
A little further along and I come across a pumping station
A little further upriver marked my return point, as by now I was close to leaving Norwich and it was time to head back to the ski club anyway (besides, by now I was actually getting quite cold!)
I did make a little detour to visit the cathedral grounds though - after having seen it from a distance, I couldn't not visit. I'd only ever seen it in the dark after we'd had a meal nearby last year, and didn't realise quite how stunning it was.
There are some cloisters by the side of the cathedral which provide a wonderful frame for endless photos...
One last look at the river
I have since discovered that Norwich County Council have set up specific bike trails in and around Norwich and publish a Norwich Cycle Map which you can request. It arrived in the post earlier this week and it is full of things I have yet to discover. I predict many more happy hours of exploring the city on bike - I am hoping with some sunshine at some point too :-)