Chipping Norton to: Stratford
This road is one of the best I know... Fast? O yes. Flowing? Most of the time... and no speed cameras outside villages, hidden cars, etc.! Best way to ride it is to ride one way at a reasonable and safe speed to learn the road, good overtaking bits, etc., and then enjoy yourself on the way back! There's a good petrol station just inside Stratford where there is enough forecourt space for cold bikers to park & warm their hands against their engines... Riding from Oxford I also find the road up to Woodstock and then to Chipping Norton pretty good too.
Wooton-Charlbury to: Chipping Norton-Stow on the Wold
Good bendy hedge lined roads, but watch the speed cameras as you come to Stow-on-the-Wold (avoid stopping in Stow, as full of sad Lovejoy fans hunting out antique tea cakes). Can suffer from farmer+s trailer crap on the road.
Thirsk to: Thirsk
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.
Chipping Sodbury to: Cricklade
Basically two completely different stretches of road, bisected by Malmesbury in the middle. From the A46 ( Chipping Sodbury end) to Malmesbury has numerous 'dogleg' corners with a couple of 'ton up' straights. Plenty of 'technical corners' after that. From Malmesbury, take the 1 mile long bypass tothe next roundabout and rejoin the B4040 and on to Cricklade and the Cotswolds Water Parks if you want to try Jetskiing. This is the best bit!!! First straight is followed by a very technical section, including a 90 degree turn, a humpback bridge( together, but all visible) and a wooded section with sweeping curves and 'damp spots'. Great straights from here on to Cricklade. No Gatso's or Cop's in 4 years of nailing it. Never speed in the villages please! if you want a different return journey, try the B4040 back to Malmesbury, then take the B4014 to Tetbury and then the A433 ( past Charlie's house at Highgrove near Westonbirt) and A46 back to Bath. Another amazing ride in itself.
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