Morpeth to: Coldtsream
Everything you could ask for, from fast sweepers, a few tight twisty`s, and long undulating (read:wheel up)straight`s. Quite a lot of villages that have speed traps so 30mph essential, also on open road in places so a couple of sighting laps are advisable. Not as bad as it sounds though, I`ve only seen plod once or twice and never with the old hairdryer pointing at you, so learn the route and give it a go.
Morpeth to: Lowick
I was heading up from London, on a break in Northumberland, heard it was a lovely place and I had been recommended an Inn, in a place called Lowick nr Berwick upon Tweed. Just North of Newcastle upon Tyne, I took the A697 off the drudgery and speed cameras of the A1, still heading North, it was a beautiful day and the dramatic Northumberland landscape opened up in front of me. (This section to the Wooler B6525 junction is approx. 50-60 miles) There are some wonderful long straight sections on this road mixed up with swooping bends and tight hairpins. The landscape is breathtaking and rugged, but beware, although a good surface, at fast speeds the road demands all your concentration. I did only notice one camera and that was a 30mph through one of the small villages, Long Horseley. North of this village is probably the most exciting and fastest (if you're so inclined) sections. Eventually, I came into Wooler and, took the B6525 East back towards the A1 and my destination. Again this road was outstanding, with even less traffic, apart from the odd car and tractor. Approximately 8 miles to Lowick now and after negotiating and absorbing, possibly the most outstanding ride I've ever had, I turned off at Lowick (B6353) and was ready for the wonderful hospitality I received at The Black Bull, Lowick. The entire trip is very much recommended.
Harlow to: Baldock
Although not a biker, I drive a Caterham and enjoy the same types of roads. Excuse the copying to start with. Take the A414 from Harlow to Chipping Ongar which has some good bends but a few double white lines. At the Four Wantz roundabout (BP garage) turn left onto the B184 to Great Dunmow, when you get to the T junction after about 7 miles turn right on to the A1060 Chelmsford. Then after about a mile turn left back onto the B184. Go through Great Dunmow High street, it's a bit narrow but loud pipes do sound good. As you leave Dunmow turn right onto the B1057, which is on a left hand corner. This road will take you all the way to Finchingfield. The road surfaces are all pretty good and there are some good corner combinations with a left hander that just gets tighter and tighter between Dunmow and Finchingfield. When you get there, there is a good biker friendly pub on a big green that gets really busy in the summer. At the green, turn left onto the B1053 to Saffron Walden. This road is mostly empty even in the summer and has a few fast sections but plenty of corners with varied visability - there are several villages to be passed before arriving at Saffron Walden. When you arrive at the top of the High Street, turn left following signs to Bishop Stortford then right at the small roundabout and then straight over the first mini-roundabout and left at the second mini-roundabout (almost immediate) onto the B1052 heading West. At the T-junction, turn right onto the B1383 and first left (1/2 mile) onto the B1039 to Barley. There is a 30mph limit as soon as you turn onto this road - but opens up when you've past through Wendens Ambo. Keep going until you reach Barley, where you pass under the arch for the Fox& Hounds. Optionally, turn right here onto the B1368 and head to Flint Cross (take care here as there is typically a fatality each month between car drivers - nearly found out the hard way) where you take a right/left dogleg to Newton where the Queen's Head beckons. Otherwise, turn left onto the B1368 towards Hare Street where you turn right onto the B1038 to Buntingford. Then take the well known A507 to Baldock.
Oxford. to: Abingdon.
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Take the B4044 out of Oxford (SW). Once you pass under the A420 underpass the fun begins. National speed limit light left hander80mmph + harder right 75mph hard left with over banding 70mph. Down the rise to long staright 120mph at end brake to 40 mph zone in Farmoor Village. straight across mini roundabout down 1/4 mile striaght out of village then National liniit from tress and bends Right then left then hard Right left left to toll bridge(section 60-80 mph). Toll free for bikes after bridge left at rounadabout just before Eynsham. Follow road around to next roundabout (80-90mph) watch for cars on right entering the round about at speed. Left at round about and 1/2 mile straight ((150mph+) with sharp left hander at end
Watch the first left hander as the second right hander even sharper follows immeadiatley with no braking between. Do these bends at over 30mph and become knee scraping GOD. Follow road out of bends to left hander with drain cover on exit. Then a 90 drgree left hander 30mmph. On through the next village To rounabout now the fun really begins. Left through Stantonhardcourt No 30 mph signs as you will scraping pegs at 35mph in this lovelly road. Follow out of village then take thrid left. The section of road you just did is the best bit of biking to be had. You will be lucky to break the speed limit in most places the bends are mind numming one set after the other. Your ride this all day and still s**t youseft.
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