Bath to: Salisbury
Contrary to the earlier entry for this road it is regularly policed, particularly once in Wiltshire. Camera vans are a common sight on the Warminster by-pass section, watch the laybys and under bridge between A350 roundabout and southern end of bypass. Also can be found in bus layby opposite Knook Camp and on the section from the A303/A36 traffic lights and Stapleford. again in any one of the laybys. A fixed camera site can be found in the 30mph limit in South Newton and mobile units have operated in the section through Wilton.
Brentwood to: Saffron Walden
Fantatsic roads, first section of 128 dubious but not terrible, as soon as you get on the B184 you're in heaven. Very fast road, kneedown opportunities everywhere. No cops or cameras (might have to keep an eye out for the plod on Sundays tho) - beware a couple of 30/40 zones... take 128 out the back of Brentwood, head for Ongar, eventually get to roundabout, turn right, get to bigger r'bout by BP garage, straight over, nail throttle for about 5 miles, eventually turn right onto A1060 for ~1.5km, left at roundabout in Leaden Roding, out other side, nail throttle, eventually end up in Great Dunmow. follow M11 signs, get to roundabout #1, left, next r'bout, follow b184 signs. You emerge near J9 of M11. Either go back down M11 or turn round and go back down the twisties again! Very popular with guys on TL1000s or FireBlades.....feel a bit outclassed on my VFR400 MattB
worksop to: Worksop. Notts
This is circular route, hardly using the A60 at all, Leave worksop on the A57, Bus: trunk road. to Todwick T lights, Turn R: unclassified road, sign Thurcroft, After 2mls dog leg straight ahead, Oldcotes, left on to A60. 200 yds, left A630 Rotherham, to edge of Maltby. R/H/turn on to Rotherham / Bawtry road. This ection consits of windy twisty luvly country roads, continue thru Bawtry to Gainsboro: this is your wide sweeping fast road bit, but watch your speed thru EVERTON, because Plod risides there on a VERY, Very regular basis. At 2nd roundabout, take A620 to retford/ worksop. This can be joined to a circle, that can then include a local motorcycle mecca called MATLOCK BATH! Leave on the 619 thru Chesterfield , again lots of nests of plods reside around this area! But its the most directist and easyist route to get there. Leave Chesterfield following brown signs to Chatswrth and Buxton. Baslow T/l: at roundabout after about 1ml T/R to Bakewell. follow signs again to Buxton(A6) Twisty Twisty fasty Fasty knee down naughty bits HEE HEE Buxton, towards Ashbourne, After 5mls Newhaven, look for left turn towards Cromford & Matlock. Yet another cheesy cheesy grinny grinny road. return direct from matlock to chesterfield . Brill Sunday thrash about rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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