Derby to: Nottingham
This is a very fast Dual Carriageway. It is ideal for motorbikes if you like to travel fast. It is very busy at peak times, so try to avoid. Roadworks now have nearly finished so there should't be to much of a delay.(24/06/00).
Wantage to: Swindon
What, another good road in Oxfordshire (see B4494)? This one is relatively slow and only a few miles long, but a real test of handling. Do not attempt to go fast on a Pan-European! The key section runs from Letcombe to Ashbury, past the famous White Horse (a great place to stop and picnic). Try it carefully on your first visit. It's VERY tight and twisty, swooping up and down enough to make you seasick, and has nice gravelly apexes, bumpy patches and barbed wire fences everywhere to add spice. But it's very satisfying when you get it right. Mid-week off-peak is best, and unfortunately should be avoided on Sundays, when the road fills up with hikers, cyclists, grannies etc.
KIRKBY STEPHEN to: KIRKBY LONSDALE
Left Carnforth Lancs,on our Honda CBR1000FM. Went north on the A6 to Kendal then on to the A685 to Tebay. Then went right at the roudabout to Kirkby Stephen on the A685,for about 4 miles there's a good fast road. Befor you get to Kirkby, over ash fell,take the first turne on the right the A683 awates you, it's a nice road lots of bends up & downs
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.
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