Southampton to: Newbury and Back
Approx 110 Miles. Some good coutry A Road twisties, steep hills and some good fast stuff. From Millbrook Roundabout, Southampton, take the M271 (worst road in Britain?) it's typical ripply concrete but its fast and fairly straight so makes a good warm up, but thankfully its short, it crosses the M27 at a large traffic light controlled r/about, at the end of the second bit bear left onto the A27. A nice stretch into Romsey, (can get busy). At Romsey head onto the A3057, a good twisty road but with a couple of 30 mph villages but good scenery and some great bends, (surface is OK).
Through Stockbridge and on towards Andover, again some villages but good fun and some fast sweepers. At Andover go through the ring road and out onto the A343 through some nice Urban national speedlimit dual cariageway. (HIGHWAY CODE ANYONE?) Good fast road, twisty and some very steep hills, eventually after Highclere you hit the infamous Newbury bypass section of the A34 head north 1 junction, its all u need (or want) anyway its the best bit of the new road, fast and steep/twisty (mind the wobble boxes). Join the A4, towards Hungerford, this is the old London to Bristol Road and it shows, its usually very quiet (M4 is much faster direct). The great thing about this section is the width, its genuinely 3 proper lanes wide, but as a single carriageway A road its just sweet for bikes you just ride the middle lane if theres anyone to overtake. Super Fast.
At Hungerford take the A338 towards Salisbury, its pretty twisty to start with but speeds up when u hit the upgraded section at Burbage. Mind the speed cameras in some of the 40 mph villages but its mostly well signed, seen plod here too. Loads of sweepers and good elevation changes for Hampshire.
At the A303 go under and at the r/about turn left then first right (B3084) towards Grately 30 mph village, at the railway station bear left signed Romsey Avoiding Low bridge, unclassified road but fast if unsighted, TT stylee, shortcut to A343 at Middle Wallop, at A343 turn right then quickly left (historic signs for Danebury Hillfort) this is A SUPERB STRETCH of road, 2 esses, both faster than u think, so so so fast along here and very good viz, very quiet, but at the end BEWARE, a very dirty farm both sides of the road, followed by a sharp off camber right/left and then a sharp stop at at give way (nice one this) give way sign, 75 Metres ! steep down hill stop at a very fast, dual carriageway, downhill bend on the A30, cheers Highways agency! take it easy here. Turn left, steep downhill, pootle through Stockbridge, plod, CHOICE here:
1= straight over up the stockbridge downs (B3049) to Winchester (traffic in the city centre) back to Southampton on the M3 throught the new by pass (Twyford down) which is a fun stretch when its not rammed, includes the tightest angle of bend allowed on a motorway. (alledgedly). or
2 =Turn right retrace your route on the A3057 to Romsey & Southampton. Just out of Stockbridge is a sweet bend on a hill combo, after Kings Somborne u WILL get stuck behind a slow car/van/bus I always do and you can't see anything due to the twisties and hedges, but if you wait there is a mile long straight when you drop out of the hill at Lower Brook, the record so far is 11 cars despatched along here . Easy though cos theres a long left sweeper at the end into a 40 with a pub on one side with cagers pulling in and out. Our local run this is and I've seen rideouts leaving from the Texaco station at Hungerford on a Sunday all the way through to Romsey, nice one lads, safe and tidy from what I saw. Enjoy and respect the villagers.
Ross-on-Wye to: Ledbury / Malvern
Loads of gradient, quick flicks, hairpins, S's, etc. and room to overtake. Great test of man & machine, space available to really open out the motor and cook the brakes. No police, occasional old fart doing 35mph - takes a bit of learning. Loads of quick bikes use this road in the summer - many clock 130mph + on the straight past Much Marcle. Well worth a visit - start slow and build up to a frenzy!
HARROGATE to: SKIPTON
JUST WANTING A QUICK BLAST ON A FINE ROAD,GOD CREATED THIS FOR A CBR,LEAVING HARROGATE TOWARDS SKIPTON AFTER 1ST ROUNDABOUT PUB ON CORNER (TRAVELLERS)NICE STRAIGHT BEWARE RIGHT HAND TURN APPROX.3/4 MILE SIGNPOSTED HAMPSTHWAITE,SWEEPING LEFT HANDER OVER BROWE THEN HOLD ON TO YOUR NUTS FOR A REEL THROTTLE OPENER,BEWARE CROSSROADS,SWEEPING BENDS BOTH LEFTIES AND RIGHTIES,NICE PACE TILL MENWITH HILL AGAIN BEWARE X ROADS,THEN OPEN HER UP DOWN HILL AND UP RIGHT HAND TURN APPROX. 3/4 MILE THEN RIGHT HANDER KNOCK DOWN SPEED SLIGHTLY FOR DECENT INTO LEFT HANDER THEN YOUR AT THE INTERESTING BIT ,ROCKY DROP TO RIGHT SO BE CAREFUL NICE TWISTY PEG GRINDING ROAD LEADING TO HIGHEST POINT OF TRIP.BEWARE THE POLICE OFTEN START CLOCKING YOU AT THIS POINT BUT THEY ARE EASILY VISIBLE.SLIGHT STRAIGHT BEFORE RIGHT HANDER THEN 45 LEFT OVER BRIDGE THEN CHOCKS AWAY,NICE MILE AND A HALF OF THROTTLE OPENING THEN SLIGHT RIGHT HANDER.DUAL CARRIAGEWAY PLENTY OF CHIN DOWN ,COPPERS SOMETIMES HAVE UN MARKED BMW,RED,N REG 318i ON LEFT HIDDEN NEXT GATE ENTRANCE TO FIELD.PLANE SAILLING TO SKIPTON 20 MINUTES DOOR TO DOOR MAX.
Codicote to: Hitchin
7 miles in Hertfordshire, although the mile or so from The Royal Oak to Hitchin is just straight. The road is national limit from the end of the 30 limit in Codicote. Some good fast-but-interesting bends, and a couple of tighter ones (40-50?), but in the main it's too quick and narrow to get your knee down in safety. The small straights have some up-and-downage to maintain your interest. The main fun of the road is not in one feature in particular but the feel of the road as a whole. A resident herd of deer can usually be seen at the western edge of Knebworth Park. The surface is generally good but there are some repaired strips which spoil your line in a couple of corners.
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