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A5012

Cromford to: A515

This road is both fantastically twisty and exceptionally beautiful. Pocket Rocket territory, then right on A515 to Matlock. This road swoops and soars over the low Peaks, not much in the way of bends but great speed (up to 70mph at least!).

Known locally as Via Gellia. You should point out that the A515 is heavily patrolled by the boys in blue, unmarked cars......be circumspect especially just right towards Buxton long inviting straights. Once into Buxton, head past the Hospital and up towards Whalley Bridge past the Goyt Valley.If you think the A5012 is good this is even better and better still coming back (mainly uphill) but be advised it takes no prisoners.

I'd add my weight to the A5012 being a GREAT route. However it may be worth adding that if you then continue up the A515 to Buxton that you should keep an eye open for the boys in blue. This is a favourite section for them to pull bikes and cars. It's so straight that people race along it, but there are some tricky blind summits and there have been a lot of accidents (mainly cages). The police tend to sit on the top of a long incline so they can time people between the white timing marks on the road as they approach. They also used to operate a variety of unmarked police cars (even a VW Golf once). Fortunately I've never been stopped, but a warning on the page wouldn't go amiss (here it is ed.). I've never seen anyone being stopped on the A5012 except for the 30mph approach to Cromford where I've seen a handheld radar gun in use, so go easy here also. A few more warnings about the A5012 are that at this time of year it's pretty slippery as it tends to collect and retain a lot of the fallen leaves. Also there are a number of quarries on this old Roman route (the Via Gellia) which a) are slow if loaded and b) cause a lot of nice slippy limestone to be spread around the entrances. There is one short section between a sharp right and sharp left (going towards Buxton) where a big pool collects after heavy rain. There is usually a temporary flood sign but don't go racing on dark nights during a storm! If you keep to the crown of the road you should avoid most of the puddle.


A285

Petworth (Sussex) to: Chichester

Ride south out of Petworth, marvelling at the way the high walls reflect exhaust noise, through Coultershaw (tight bridge, poor vis, steam pumping station open weekends) and Duncton. Huge sweeper (almost 180deg) at the foot of the Downs, then sweeping climb up and over the tops, beautifull tight/fast right hander before Upwaltham. The road climbs, dives and sweep through one of the nicest valleys on the South Downs, there is superb road surface and the low traffic density and good visibility make a nice change for the South of England. All the roads on the Downs are great, and a loop through Goodwood and Singleton (A286) can be done, which takes you back to Midhurst and the A272.


D569

ring of Kerry Tralee to: West

Most beautiful peninsula atlantic scenery


A21

Bromley, Kent to: Hastings, Sussex

Long winding road, passing beautiful countryside, and plenty of pubs en-route! Best taken in summer, probably a pig of a road in the wet. Commonly used as a route by bike runs, such as thee May Day Run. Hastings is a mecca for motorcycle fans and in good weather you'll always find plenty of bikers from Hog Clubs to Race Freaks.


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