Bedford to: Somewhere near Peterborough (A1)
I first rode this little blinder back in 1986 when I passed my bike test and have never tired of it. Coming out of Bedford past the Golf centre on your right there is nearly always a speed trap, so take it easy until you see the G.L.F (go like f..k) sign. You start off with a tight right hander and then swoop downhill- watch for blind car drivers at the jct at the bottom of the hill. This road consists of many 90 deg. bends but all are visible and the land is mainly undulating. Because of these it is a cracking place to learn how to get your knee down. In one of the tiny villages there is a primary school right by the side of the road so PLEASE keep your speed down thru there folks. When you reach the T- junction at Kimbolton turn left and through Kimbolton itself. Immediately after the village turn right and carry on, the road becoming a litte bumpy in places. Cross over the A14 on the flyover and turn right at the T jct.After Old Weston turn right at first jct (this is easy to miss!) and carry on. Enjoy until the A1 and turn round- the road is very different the other way as some bends have non constant radii!
Thirsk to: Thirsk
Leave Thirsk on A168 to Northallerton. Watch this stretch as it's close to Kirby Wiske where the Police headquarters are.....abundance of Hedge Twitchers in Volvo's..etc, etc. Go straight thru Northallerton high street over level crossing and turn left at the mini roundabout onto the B6271. Enjoy sweeping bends as you pass thru Yafforth, Great Langton and Ellerton on way to Richmond. Go thru Richmond on the A6108 towards Leyburn. Some sharp bends here, but good scenery again. Thru Leyburn and stay on the A6108 thru Middleham, East Witton, Masham and into Ripon. Exercise some caution on this Leyburn/Ripon stretch as they regularly dowse the road in that bloody awful and downright dangerous gravel covering on tar....Loose chippings on some corners. Upon reaching Ripon, turn left on A61 to Thirsk for a quick blat home.
Ingleton to: Hawes
'THE CHEESE RUN' from Gt Manchester take A59 west towards Gisburn from Preston side.Turn left at Gisburn A682 and head up to A65 for Settle.Through Setle up to Ingleton, beware Police, then turn right onto B6255 signposted 'White Scar Caves' go through village then out onto fast road which is mainly straight until you reach Ribblehead Viaduct. Brew stop there,then carry on through twisty bits to Hawes. Road gives good forward views. Get some Wensleydale cheese from the factory, then out on A684 and left onto A683 down to Devils Bridge for burger then home to wife saying you just nipped out to get some cheese!.
Tong to: Whitchurch
31 miles of smiles. Watch out for parked Jam Sandwiches as one approaches Junction 3 of the M54, they will sometimes follow motorcycles. This is a very fast, well-surfaced, and varied route. A mix of dead-straight dual carriageways where one can easily reach 150mph (allegedly!!), taxing bends both dead-slow and dead-fast. Avoid during the week, as it is full of commercial traffic, but at 6am on a summer's Sunday there is no better place to worship.
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