Codicote to: Hitchin
7 miles in Hertfordshire, although the mile or so from The Royal Oak to Hitchin is just straight. The road is national limit from the end of the 30 limit in Codicote. Some good fast-but-interesting bends, and a couple of tighter ones (40-50?), but in the main it's too quick and narrow to get your knee down in safety. The small straights have some up-and-downage to maintain your interest. The main fun of the road is not in one feature in particular but the feel of the road as a whole. A resident herd of deer can usually be seen at the western edge of Knebworth Park. The surface is generally good but there are some repaired strips which spoil your line in a couple of corners.
haslingden to: haslingden
First of all you need to get to Barrowford(M65 j13).follow the A682 to Gisburn.Turn right through the village,(slowly), then a left, still A682 towards Long Preston.Turn left onto the A65 for about 4 miles,then turn right at the roundabout into Settle.Go through settle and turn right onto B6479 towards Hawes.Keep going until you reach a t junction at the Ribble head via duct.Turn right towards Hawes.If you wish you can stop at the cafe for a brew or turn left onto the A684 towards Sedbergh.Slowly through the village then bear left onto the A683 towards Kirby Lonsdale(Devils Bridge).Stop again for another brew.Then from the bridge its left onto the A65 and back towards Long Preston.Turn right there and return to haslingden or where ever ,the same route as you came.THIS route can be bad for the police so be aware.the ride is about 130miles long of a mixture of fast sweepers to slow corners.all in all the best ride in the country.
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.
Llangollen to: Betsy-Coed and beyond
More twists and kinks than a recoiled cargo net. It follows a meandering river for much of the way and doesn't tend to cut corners - for a great day out follow it all the way through Llanberis between the mountains of Snowdon and the Glyders. Caution through the Llanberis pass though - beatiful as the cliffs are, beware sheep and folk with rucsacs and blisters.
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