Stratford to: Banbury
!7 miles of pure bikeing joy. After a visit to the waterside in Straford on a Sunday give this usually traffic free road a go. Best bit is the fast up hill left followed by slow steep uphill right at sunrise hill, get your speed and gears right and this is a very rewarding combination. The rest of the route is mostly fast sweepers but there are some slower ones and some are bumpy. Unfortunatly there can be the usual junk associated with farms and tractors after wet weather. Take care through the villages on this route. Otherwise enjoy.
The Cat and Fiddle, Cheshire to: Junction of the A523
So, you think the Cat and Fiddle is hard work? OK, not so many twisties, and a variety of surfaces, this is best done the wrong way round, tho for the first timer, best tackled from the Cat and Fiddle end of things near Macc. Go past the Cat', look out for the hidden dip as you drop left, turn right onto the road that comes back on yourself (the A54 to Congleton)...dead straight but bumpy, then it goes a bit mental, with large drops on the left and blind right handers. This is THE raod to get airborne on, and often coming the other way you can get the front wheel well in the air as the road turn L/R beneath you...heheheh!
There is one particular section just past the turning for Macc forest, coming toward the Cat, looks like a table-top and can almost be taken as such whilst legal, tho for most danger, exceeding by 30% will help air-time...
There are a couple of sections of really crappy surface toward the end of the road, so watch out. Also, if you decide to carry on over the traffic lights (watch out for red-light runners, this junction has seen a lot of fatalities from red light repmobile runners) watch out for the speed cam as you start to come into Congleton - it's on the start of a steep downhill section about 100 yards after the 40 signs, so you should (of course) be sticking the speed down anyway...most fun is to be had by turning round and riding the rollercoaster sections of this road anyway...
Baldock to: Buntingford
9 miles in Hertfordshire, nicely undulating with some great curves. The road's in two sections, divided by the picturesque village of Cottered with it's excellent village pub (The Bull) and less excellent 30mph speed limit in this otherwise national-limit road. Both sections give ample opportunity for knee-down, but the Baldock half is fastest (easy ton-plus) and has a little solid-double-white-line towards the middle. The Buntingford half is a little tighter and has a nice tight S-bend. The road surface is generally very good but is a little bumpy in places. The route is terminated by roundabouts at both ends so it's easy to go around for another go :-)
Saxmundham to: Circular route
Turn off the A12 onto to B1119 towards Framlingham. This is a very twisty road with lots of tight corners to start with and opening up a little (getting faster) towards Framlingham. From Fram take the B1116 towards Dennington. Beware of the sharp 90 degree bends but enjoy the hump back bridge ! At Dennington go straight accross the staggered junction (over the A1120 - also a good road) and continue on the B1116 this section is a little bumpy for bikes of a nervous disposition. After 3-4 miles turn right towards Halesworth on the B1117. This road is great fun, especially the section around Heveningham Hall. The villages around here will make you think your bike is a time machine but beware of tractors, horses and various crap on the road, some of the junctions can be a bit gravelly. Halesworth is a bit dull so just pass straight through and make your way to the A12 at Blythburgh. Turn south and then Turn left immediatly after the White Hart pub (B1125). Follow this road all the way down to Leiston. From here you can either turn left towards Saxmundham and back to where you started or pass through and go to Thorpeness and its Biker friendly tea shops. Alternatively head further south past Snape Maltings and have some fun on the roads around Tunstall and Rendlesham Forests. Be warned, all the villages in Suffolk have 30mph limits and lots of places for the Police to hide, so knock it off when passing through.
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