Duffield to: Matlock
This is the alternative route to Matlock now the 50 signs are up on the A6 (Derby to Matlock).The road starts in Duffield at the first left turn as you enter the village from Derby. The road takes you through villages at a legal 60mph. The road is always empty! Take this road until you get to traffic lights at a village called Cowers Lane. Go straight on through Wirksworth and Cromford. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto the A6, 1m to Matlock. This road is fast and has plenty of knee down corners and fast open straights. The bonus is that there are no coppers... they're all on the A6!
Redhill to: Box Hill, Reigate
So, here's the route - to be performed early on a Sunday morning. Get on the A23 going south. Go through Redhill and down on to Crawley. Go round the Crawley GP circuit (2 - starts at Gatwick, 150mph+ speed all the way now, until number 8). This turns into the M23, follow this and go back to the A23.
Hammer on down the A23 to the Haywards Heath exit, and turn right onto the A272 (towards Cowfold). Carry on until you get to the A24. When you get to the A24, head south (towards Worthing) until you get to the Washington Roundabout(A283). Turn right towards Storrington. At Storrington, you reach an Esso garage. At the Esso, turn left onto the B2139 towards Amberley and Houghton. This is a long country road, with three whoops fairly well spaced out. One of them you have to be careful on, but we never remember which one. I think it's the second, nasty right afterwards! Take it a bit easier down this road the first time, there's a couple of nasty surprises. At the end of the B2139, you've got Arundel Castle on your left (can't see it though). There's a tea caravan here, but it doesn't open until 9 in the morning - wait until Rykers. Turn right onto the A29 (heading north). A29 all the way to the A24, look out for the GATSO at Billingshurst. It's pointing the other way (at least it normally is), so do wheelies at high speed. A24 towards Dorking, watch out for loads of GATSOs (and hairdryers in the silly season), and on to Box Hill. Stop at Rykers for a Bacon roll and clean out your undies. To view a map of the route visit the homepage for the breakfast club - http://www.netkonect.co.uk/t/timbuktu/brkfst.htm
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Crianlarich to: Glencoe
This is one of many absolutely brilliant runs for those of us lucky enough to live about the middle of Scotland. It's a favourite circular run for locals, but can be done one way if you're touring or visiting. Best to avoid the main summer months, since it can get a bit busy with cars & coaches, and watch for Mr Plod (unmarked cars & bikes). Total distance as described below is about 120 miles I think. The route's all single carriageway A-roads, mainly good surfaces, with decent grip - not too many muckspreaders around, but watch for loose gravel at farm exits.
Starting at Crianlarich, the A85 to Tyndrum is a fairly quick, wide, road with some good open bends. Tyndrum has a couple of decent eateries, plus what's reputed to be the most expensive petrol in the universe. Take the A82 to go over Rannoch Moor and on through Glen Coe itself - if you don't have to stop and look at these hills, you're not human! Do watch out for hillwalkers wandering about on the road, though. Once through Glen Coe, there's food and fuel at Ballachulish. Take the A828, which is an interesting twisty road along the side of Loch Linnhe. Last time through (November 98), the surface was starting to break up in parts, so a bit of care was needed with cornering lines. At Connel, take the A85 along the side of Loch Etive and Loch Awe to return to Tyndrum & Crianlarich - again, a decent bit of road with a mix of tight corners in the first half or so, followed by more open straights and bends later.
Chippenham to: Chippenham
Chippenham / Wooten-Under-Edge / Chippenham When you leave Chippenham and head towards the M4 on the A350 dual carriageway, rest assured that the roads will improve - the best is near the end. At the M'way junction carry straight on to Malmesbury on A429. Don't go thro Malmesbury but head towards Cirencester - this gives you 2 nice roundabouts, the first one is worth a couple of laps. After the second turn left on the B4014 to Tetbury. A nice swoopy bendy road - about 8 miles. Tootle thro Tetbury being on the lookout for Royals, and turn left on A4135 towards Dursely. Straight across the T'lights and on a few miles. Now things start to get interesting. Turn left on B4058 to Wooten-Under-Edge. This road is a lovely series of lefts and rights down a hill - although they are blind they are still top corners, and a couple of trips up and down from Wooten centre are recommended. In Wooten find the B4060 to Wickwar. Good fast roads- at one point there is a shear drop on BOTH sides of the road - Quarries! From Wickwar on to Chipping Sodbury - a good place for a coffee. Take the A452 towards Bath and Stroud. As you pass a large caravan sales showroom be prepared to exceed the limit for it is worth it. About a mile on the road starts to go up hill, it also turns in to 3 lanes (a 40 mph limit). The up hill right hander is a joy at 80. Keep going and you will take a 270 degree long left - I guess it is more than 1/4 mile long! Just go for it. Straight across the A46 at t'lights. The next 10 miles is beautiful. Just ride what you see. Watch out for Yatton Kennel and go slowly back to the A420 to Chippenham. ENJOY.
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