Northallerton to: Northallerton
The beauty of this route is that it can be started / finished anywhere round it. Its about 70 miles long (or round !). Leave Northallerton on the A168 heading south toward Thirsk. Once you're out of Northallerton, loads of long straights with some great sweeping corners. Follow the road signs into Thirsk, turning left at the r/about, signposted A170 toward Scarborough. Great approach road to 1 in 4 Sutton Bank climb. Watch out for the sharp right hander at the top. Very easy to get carried away blasting to the top ! Cafe & parking at the top. Great smooth roads accross the top, BUT watch out for Plod. Very easy to go very fast on this section (as if !). Great long downhill section with a sharp left hander at the bottom.
Into Helmsley. Loads of Cafe's & Pubs to take your pick from. Then the best bit. From Helmsley, head along the B1257 toward Stokesley. Absolutely brilliant stretch of road. Watch out for the off camber right hander at the bottom of Bilsdale Bank, near to the old red telephone box. But BEWARE, this section of road is regularly quite heavily Policed (especially at weekends) with Plod in all manner of disguises, carrying all sorts of unfriendly Biker 'weaponary'! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !
Stop off at the Bay Horse at Great Broughton. Great Biker friendly country pub. Carry on thro' Great Broughton down to the r/about. Take the 2nd turn off into Stokesley. Left at the next r/about. Great Fish & Chip shop on the right as you enter Stokesley. Thro' Stokesley following the road signs for Hutton Rudby. Just out of Stokesley, look for the 1st right turn opposite a Farm & head towards Seamer. Great 'B' road which is usually quite quiet. Thro' Seamer & another village, Hilton, until you reach the A1044. You'll know you're in the right place cos' the Fox Covert Pub is directly in front of you (another excuse to stop ?). Turn left onto the A1044 heading towards Yarm. Down & up Leven Bank until you reach a r/about. Straight on heading west on the B1264. Lots of straights, twists & turns. Another excellent section. Turn left at the 'T' junction at the end, heading back towards Northallerton on the A167. Enjoy ......
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!
ITS ONLY4-5 MILES LONG BUT ITS HAS EVERYTING FROM KILLER HAIRPINS, ULTRA QUICK 'S' s AND A SUPER FAST STRAIGHT. FROM PLYMTON TAKE THE ROAD TO BORRINDON HALL AND KEEP GOING (watch out for the take off!) until you reach the cross roads). HEAD FOR CADOVER BRIDGE (STRAIGHT ONish) AND THROTTLE UO TO A HUNDRED (WATCH OUT FOR THE SHEEP). AFTER THE FAST (DIPPING) RIGHT HANDER AND OVER THE BRIDGE THE ROAD TURNS AND SQUIRMS LIKE A SKAKE. KEEP WATCHING OUT FOR THOSE SHEEP WHILST PLAYING DARE WITH THE HAIRPINS. tHE LAST HALF MILE TAKE IS A LEASURELY STROLL INTO YELVERTON WHERE A NICE PLATE OF CHIPS CAN BE HAD AT THE ROCK INN. aLTERNATIVELY YOU CAN GOE ON TO MORTONHAMSTEAD OR CALLINGTON IN CORNWALL. LEE HAZELDINE
BANBURY to: BANBURY
Banbury to Daventry to Southam to Banbury. M40-J11 to Daventry(A361)quite twisty switchback good road surface One known GATSO in Byfield.A good route to get to know your bike's handling. On reaching Daventry turn left on A425 to Southam.Fast road,sweeping bends no cameras!only two villages,a good road to make PROGRESS!!!!. At Southam turn left on to A423 to Banbury,13 miles of mixed road types,fast in places with two sets of S bends to test quicker riders,no cameras,good road surface.This route is approx 40 miles and should take 30-40 mins.There is an ESSO garage south of nearest roundabout to M40 to refuel body and bikes. E-mail your best time(Stick to limits in built up areas)
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