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A814 / A817

Arrochar to: Arden

The A814 from Arrochar is up and down like a midgie's whatsit, hence its nickname of the washboard. You'll not get anything down here, but it twists and turns like a man on the gibbet - great fun, but there are a few places where you'll have to take it easy. The A817 is a different proposition. The 'road to nowhere' was built to enable construction of Faslane submarine base. It's barely used by four-wheelers and you can blow away the cobwebs and find out what happens at redline. I've never seen them myself, but it's the sort of place the rozzers just might hang out.


A 26

Lewes to: Newhaven

Take the A 27 from Lewes signposted Eastbourne after level crossing take 2nd exit off roundabout signposted Nehaven and Seaford.Take it easy for ist right hander (Cow's deposits on road)then accelerate hard onto straight before left then right combination...careful artics always turn over here.Continue on for about 4 miles of very fast A road with lots of challenging bends.Road is very popular with bikers and early sunday morning the silence is often broken by a Ducati or two on full chat.....Get to Newhaven ...have breakfast and take the road back,Make sure you do it early in the am before it fills up with trucks and traffic for the ferry.


A507

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 :-)


A151/B676

Spalding to: Melton Mowbray

Almost worth moving to East Anglia so you can blast to Donington. From the A16/A1073 crossroads turn towards Spalding, then left over a bridge and right at the petrol station (easy to miss this turn). 30 limit for a mile or so, then left at the t-junction. This soon becomes a 50 limit, then you're out over the fens. Watch out for the sharp r/h bend at Pode Hole, then fast and staight to Pinchbeck, over the humpback bridge and sharp left. Some beautiful twisties and straight-line stuff, another 90 right at Twenty then flat, fast and bumpy all the way into Bourne. Watch out for some VERY deep dykes both sides of the road. Straight across the lights at Bourne and watch out for speed traps on the slight rise out of the village. Out of the limit and sharp right and up hill through some woods then a long downhill striaght, followed by some lovely twists before the 90 right into Edenham. The speed limit here has been altered so watch it, another popular spot for 'hairdryers'. A short blast of twists with a slight rise and fall then the two rights and 90 left into Grimthorpe, 40 limit. The 90 right as you leave the village is VERY steep uphill, and you can power on early as the speed limit ends there. A set of glorious twists and striaghts past Grimthorpe Castle, then a 90 right and GO FOR IT all the way to Corby Glen. Fast, wide sweeps and few juctions to worry about. Corby Glen is now 30 limit so beware. Up the hill out of Corby Glen, out of the limit past the Grantham turn (another great road), then right, downhill and left under the railway bridge. Then it's fast and twisty all the way to Colsterworth and the A1, just a couple of rights to watch out for. Cross the A1, 30 through Colsterworth then flat to Stainby (30). Long straight out of Stainby with a tricky right kink then striaght to Buckminster. 30 through here then it's pure Joey Dunlop all the way to Melton, with just three very short 30 limits through villages, all with very sharp entries and exits. For a change, coming back from Melton use the A606 to Oakham, past Rutland Water and on to Stamford. Much wider and smoother, therefor faster, but not so much fun in my opinion. And if you're not knackered after that, you weren't trying hard enough! Cheers and be safe.


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