mmcnay wrote:The part from Norwich to Reepham is called the Marriott's Way. It can get messy in parts when the weather's wet. It is bumpy too. Don't think you'll be too comfy on 25mm tyres.
Norwich to the city boundary (just west of Hellesdon Hall Road) is fine. Then it's a packed stone road to Drayton. Through Drayton is a mix of chunky gravel, dirt and tarmac, then it's dirt or sand (often deep) to beyond Lenwade and then dirt to Reepham, where Route 1 strikes out west towards Fakenham on back roads which are fine.
I regard Hellesdon Hall Road to Reepham as not worth riding even on steel with 28mm but I know others have ridden it and accuse me of complaining unreasonably. I might use its bridge over the NDR A1270 now but use the minor roads just north of it otherwise.
As far as I can recall, Fakenham all the way to the edge of Wisbech is usually fine except for stretches between Wighton and Holkham on both branches. The track west of Wighton is sandy and slow going even in summer to the point that the local easy-riding club refused to ride it when I suggested it last month. The part through Wells-next-the-Sea on the northern branch is OK, but the part from the beach cafe to Holkham north gate is deep sand and difficult. I would suggest following the railway from Wighton to Wells, then using the east gate into Holkham from the sharp bend near the hospital - it's a mix of packed dirt and estate road to rejoin route 1's northern branch near the house, then exit past the obelisk. In winter, the estate is sometimes closed but B1105 Two Furlong Hill and Fakenham Road then is usually quiet enough to ride to the back of the estate to join the southern branch where it emerges from the sand track.
The entry into Wisbech from the Waltons is confused and wiggles through a housing estate for no obvious benefit, including bumping over high kerbs. A minimal detour would be to ignore the right turn as you enter Wisbech, follow that road to its end at a set of traffic lights, turn right onto Lynn Road and then turn left onto Route 1 where it goes up a small lane just after the next pelican crossing (the sign is missing more often than not). Then it's small roads and some cycle-only junction bypasses and pretty much OK all the way to Boston, then a mix of small roads and tarmac track to Lincoln which I'm told is OK now.