Guisborough to: Whitby.
The A171 from Middlesbrough to Whitby now bypasses Guisborough but it's worth starting this ride in this picturesque market town. The road leaves Guisborough through farmland and woodlands and the steep 500 ft. climb up on to the North Yorkshire Moors is made at Birk Brow with two tight, tight bends and great views on your left. After the climb, the road swoops down past Lockwood Beck reservoir and starts to unfold before you, plenty of very fast sections with long, sweeping bends as well lots of undulations. Point to note - on the section past Scaling Reservoir, beware speed traps. The Grapes pub is here and it is well worth a stop. The descent into Whitby begins three miles out of town and the view of this beautiful fishing and holiday town laid out beneath you is breathtaking. Drop into town and ride around the West harbour, ending off by ascending the cliff and parking up next to the whalebones. Best fish and chips in town can be found in The Magpie Cafe next to the fishmarket. For the return journey, you are faced with a hard choice. Either reverse the route just taken or take the picturesque but very much slower coastal road, the A 174/3.
Edinburgh to: Moffat
Phenomenal road. It's very fast with some brilliant twisty bits. A few villages on the way, but nothing to slow you down for too long. This is one of God's own roads! Not much plod presence either, except for the last 5-8 miles or so before you hit Moffat. But you can pretty well see for miles on that stretch so it ain't too risky. And for some reason, it's even better on the return journey.
Chipping Sodbury to: Cricklade
Basically two completely different stretches of road, bisected by Malmesbury in the middle. From the A46 ( Chipping Sodbury end) to Malmesbury has numerous 'dogleg' corners with a couple of 'ton up' straights. Plenty of 'technical corners' after that. From Malmesbury, take the 1 mile long bypass tothe next roundabout and rejoin the B4040 and on to Cricklade and the Cotswolds Water Parks if you want to try Jetskiing. This is the best bit!!! First straight is followed by a very technical section, including a 90 degree turn, a humpback bridge( together, but all visible) and a wooded section with sweeping curves and 'damp spots'. Great straights from here on to Cricklade. No Gatso's or Cop's in 4 years of nailing it. Never speed in the villages please! if you want a different return journey, try the B4040 back to Malmesbury, then take the B4014 to Tetbury and then the A433 ( past Charlie's house at Highgrove near Westonbirt) and A46 back to Bath. Another amazing ride in itself.
Hockliffe to: Luton
Start this ride at Wheels International in Hockliffe, north of Dunstable. It's a mix of scenery and great scratching. Turn right out of the bike shop and right again at the lights for a nice fast windy road to Woburn. Once there turn right into woburn Park and stick to the limit through the grounds (watch for cattle grids). Come out the other end into some great twisty country lane with excellent visibility (possibly some deer/horses on this stretch). You will come to a fork in the road after a couple of miles, Take the right fork to Tingrith (You can go left if you want some suicidal tight hilly bends, This will take you to Flitwick but you wont want to stay there for long :-) Once in Tingrith keep bearing right until you come under the M1 to the A6120 Go straight across this rd and keep bearing left towards Sharpenhoe. Eventually you will reach the A6 which is as fast as you want South towards Luton. The whole journey has virtually no traffic or gatzo's and the roads are old but great through a mix of fields and woodland. I've done this route in the wet and dry with no problems. Turn back to Hockliffe and you can have a hot choccy or coffe and a fag in the bike shop while deciding on your next dream machine Or turn off the A6 into Barton le-clay and take the astounding Hexton road to Hitchin which has been beautifully re-surfaced just for your pleasure.
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