Leave Thirsk on A168 to Northallerton. Watch this stretch as it's close to Kirby Wiske where the Police headquarters are.....abundance of Hedge Twitchers in Volvo's..etc, etc. Go straight thru Northallerton high street over level crossing and turn left at the mini roundabout onto the B6271. Enjoy sweeping bends as you pass thru Yafforth, Great Langton and Ellerton on way to Richmond. Go thru Richmond on the A6108 towards Leyburn. Some sharp bends here, but good scenery again. Thru Leyburn and stay on the A6108 thru Middleham, East Witton, Masham and into Ripon. Exercise some caution on this Leyburn/Ripon stretch as they regularly dowse the road in that bloody awful and downright dangerous gravel covering on tar....Loose chippings on some corners. Upon reaching Ripon, turn left on A61 to Thirsk for a quick blat home.
From the A59 go into Clitheroe and pick up signs for Waddington, immediately after leaving Clitheroe you have a couple of miles of goooood surface, nod nod, go through Waddington very steady along side of stream out the other side following signs for Trough of Bowland, good roads plenty of twisties although you need to be good on some of them. Occasional cow shit on road. Good cafe (van) at the mid way point. continue same way following Lancaster signs untill you see a sign for Caton, if you miss it carry on to Lancaster, if you see it follow it through to the A6 where if you go right you go towards Lancaster if you go left, after 2 miles you are at junc 33 of the M6.
If you're ever on the way up to Kirby Lonsdale on the A65, take a right at Ingleton. The road is a cracking 18 mile stretch which ends in the little village of Hawes where many bikers stop on a Sunday. Some superb twisty bits. Watch out for the dip in the road. You'll be flying through the air before you see it if you're giving it some!! Need to slow down for the picnic area though, about half way up, as people park their cars either side of the road and then wander across the track. How inconsiderate!!
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