Ilfracombe to: Salcombe
Excellent roads with plenty of nice features. From the North of the county to the South, you will frequently pass other motorists plodding along at a safe speed, usually within the legal speed-limit, whilst travelling through many villages where the local inhabitants stand at the side of the road, recording the registration numbers of speeding motorcyclists, and then reporting them to the Police.
Occasionally, but more frequently, due to the ratio of Intelligence : Disposable Income rapidly diminishing amongst new bikers these days, you will see a bunch of flowers at the side of the road, or nestling in a brick wall, usually with a note of rememberance. These are usually there because someone died in a road-traffic-accident, and local statistics show that motor-cyclists are often involved, either in being a partial cause or often being the fatal victim of the accident.
If you are exceptionally lucky, you may come across the result of an RTA, where the dead or dying motorcyclist is still lying prostrate on the road, due to excessive speeding along a normally safe stretch of road. Body parts may also be seen, often where the rider has hit a stone wall after colliding with an oncoming vehicle. However, it is best left to the Police to clear up the mess and hose down the road, before re-opening the highway to the rest of the public who drive with reasonable care and attention.
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 :-)
Kington to: Aberystwyth
This route covers approx 50 miles through the Cambrian mountains (hills really). It's an exhilarating ride following fast flowing rocky rivers,hills and forestry. The corners are out of this world, there fast with good visability and excellent grippy surface's. There's no worn tarmac,potholes etc that have a tendency to install fear in all of us. There are no fixed speed cameras in any of the national speed limit areas of this route, so safe fast riding is achievable. The Foresters Arms in Llanfihangel-Nant-Melan is a nice biker-friendly stop with a good cup of coffee.
Enjoy this route like i have many times remembering to keep to the speed limits through the villages and where applicable. Take a breather,put your visor up,relax your wrists and get ready for the next awesome section of this route. Neil.Cardiff.GSXR-750.
Dubwath to: Cockermouth
This is the ' Old ' A66, before the new one was build between Keswick and Workington. Turn off the new road at the Castle Inn turn off and head for Cockermouth. An excellent wide road with sweeping bends, good vision and no cops ! See how fast you can take the final 90 degree bend new Cockermouth school ! Then go back and do it again. Brilliant !
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