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A6

Kendal to: Carlisle

My favourite road in the whole country - I go to Scotland a lot from Burnley in Lancashire, but it never really feels like I'm on my way until I start climbing the A6 out of Kendal towards Shap summit. The rest of the run from Shap to Penrtih and then to Carlisle is mainly flat, but the road is in good repair with lots of sweeping bends to get your knee down on. No police presence (never seen any, yet) but a few villages along the way. It's pretty easy to average about 90mph from Kendal to Carlisle though!


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Cirencester to: Cirencester

From Cirencester, Glos, where we live, to Gloucester on the A417, round Gloucester towards the Forest of Dean then branch of towards Newent on the B4215, then on towards Dymock. (Quite amzingly, there was very little traffic at all, and no Gatso's - what a bonus). We then joined the A4172, then back onto the A417, (which is a ridiculously straight Roman Road but with long sweeping bends with great vision), all the way to the A49 and to Leominster.

From there, and this is where it gets really good, we took first the A44, then the A4112, and the A438 all the way to Brecon where we joined the A470. The panoramic views as well as the hills and dips made this part of the journey better than sex. I just wish my mate from the Isle of Man was with me. I'd have shown her that we have the equal of the Mountain Course across the water!!

From there, and I reckon this was the best part, onto the A40 to Abergavenny. This road, about 16 miles is phenomenal. Great road surface, fast straights and bends that just go on and on. Twice I over cooked it and had the back wheel twitching.


A343

Andover to: Newbury

I am blessed that this is the road I get to travel to work on every day. OK, most of the time I wimp-out and take the car, but on the bike, it puts a smile on my face. Here it is. As you leave Andover under Enham Arch you are tempted by a short stretch of dual carriageway interspersed with a couple of fast clearview roundabouts - get the tyres warmed up here. Give it a quick blast on the short stretch of open road between Andover and Enham, but watch out 'cos this road holds flood water for days after rain. Steady through Enham and don't be tempted to wind-it up too quickly 'cos the first right hander is tight. Now you can go. Into the dip and then into the forrest stretch (some nice twisties - watch out for pheasents and deer) before emerging high above Hurstbourne.

If the conditions are right and you are on the road early in the morning, you may now be given a real treat as you aften get a cloud inversion in the Valley below. It looks stunning as you descend from clear skies into mist. The drop into Hurstbourne is quite steep, over the bridge, lovely double-s (slow though and steady for villagers). As you come out of the village you get a clear view up the hill - wind it back here and burn-off the slowbies. Fast right hander at the top and then power on down the straight past Essebourne Manor. The next bit I find tricky. A sweeping downhill righ-hander through the forrest, followed by a moderatley tight lefty at the bottom. I don't know if its a slight unfavourable camber, or 'cos I've seen two many cars ploughing fields here, but that combo plays on my mind and I always tighten-up! Now a couple of fast bends and up and downy bits (good stuff) before a long up-hill straight through the trees (this looks stunning coming the other way). At the top, another combo, this time a lefty, followed by a down-hill right and then a fast left, before hitting the straight past the Yew Tree. Steady thro' Highclere, under the A34 and onwards into Newbury.

If you do this in reverse, watch out for speed-traps: (i) as you come out of Highclere and (ii) at the bottom of the hill as you enter Hurstbourne. Have fun. About 15 miles of it.


A82

Ballock to: Lochgilphead

Ok.......first off I only ride a FZR400RR so this would be even better on a 'real' bike! =) Starting at Ballock its a 60mph road with plenty of cars to overtake ( and scare ) on the edge of Loch Lomand.........I'd recommend a quick detoir into Luss (where Take the High road is filmed!)......nothing beats firing up the small main street in a first gear wheelie to piss off all the old biddies!


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