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.
Sheffield to: Sheffield Round Trip
From Sheffield take A57 Snake Pass towards Glossop, turn right at traffic lights in Glossop and take minor A road to link up with Woodhead Pass towards Barnsley / Sheffield, turn right at Flouch Roundabout to return to Sheffield on Stocksbridge ByPass, or turn left to head for Huddersfield. On A57, short detour to right just outside of Sheffield takes you to the Strines Inn and some challenging but narrow roads. On Woodhead Pass and road to Huddersfield from Flouch, virtually every side road is worth exploring. The whole area is predominantly rolling moorlands with plenty of up down and roundy round roads. treat with respect, watch out for boy racers and hikers, and go exercise yourself. Tell the missuss / girlfriend / other significant partner your popping out for an hour and see if you can get back before dark.
Denbigh to: Pentre-Foelas
More fun in the hills of Wales. Quite a long one at 15 miles, with reasonable roads which can be quite bumpy here and there on some of the straights, but still great fun. Plenty of tight twists and turns. Few hedges and walls over the moors give great visibility. Very little traffic (apart from the other bikes :)
Nairn to: Ballater
The road was drawn by someone who had pissed as a fart. When it leaves Nairn heading for Grantown it seem fairly straight but still and interesting hard ride. But as things unfold its like your worst nightmare. In trying to push it down the road I ended up twice going down farmers dirt roads (by watching the gap in the trees along the road) one needing the lay-by that used to form part of the road to get round the bend and finally cutting out a corner altogether and riding across the moor for 20 yards. It is one of the twistiest little roads I have ever been down. I ended up wrecking my knee on a cat's eye when it trapped my boot. Give it a try either way but if you come up through Glen Shee first you'll need a rest by the time you get to Nairn. P.S. Watch out for the hump back bridge it's a real flyer!!!
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