Crianlarich to: Glencoe
This is one of many absolutely brilliant runs for those of us lucky enough to live about the middle of Scotland. It's a favourite circular run for locals, but can be done one way if you're touring or visiting. Best to avoid the main summer months, since it can get a bit busy with cars & coaches, and watch for Mr Plod (unmarked cars & bikes). Total distance as described below is about 120 miles I think. The route's all single carriageway A-roads, mainly good surfaces, with decent grip - not too many muckspreaders around, but watch for loose gravel at farm exits.
Starting at Crianlarich, the A85 to Tyndrum is a fairly quick, wide, road with some good open bends. Tyndrum has a couple of decent eateries, plus what's reputed to be the most expensive petrol in the universe. Take the A82 to go over Rannoch Moor and on through Glen Coe itself - if you don't have to stop and look at these hills, you're not human! Do watch out for hillwalkers wandering about on the road, though. Once through Glen Coe, there's food and fuel at Ballachulish. Take the A828, which is an interesting twisty road along the side of Loch Linnhe. Last time through (November 98), the surface was starting to break up in parts, so a bit of care was needed with cornering lines. At Connel, take the A85 along the side of Loch Etive and Loch Awe to return to Tyndrum & Crianlarich - again, a decent bit of road with a mix of tight corners in the first half or so, followed by more open straights and bends later.
A1071 Hadleigh to: Whatfield
If you like the A1071 a corker from start to finish, be sure to check out the Hadleigh to Whatfield road. Turn of the A1071 half way around the Hadleigh bypass. First you come up a snaking s hill and then you get two good pegging it down opportunities followed by a short straight and then another couple of good corners.Go through Whatfield branch of to the right nearing the end of the village. Even though this is a by road it has several tight corners and short straights. Best at the start of the year when the crops are low.
Chipping Sodbury to: Cricklade
Basically two completely different stretches of road, bisected by Malmesbury in the middle. From the A46 ( Chipping Sodbury end) to Malmesbury has numerous 'dogleg' corners with a couple of 'ton up' straights. Plenty of 'technical corners' after that. From Malmesbury, take the 1 mile long bypass tothe next roundabout and rejoin the B4040 and on to Cricklade and the Cotswolds Water Parks if you want to try Jetskiing. This is the best bit!!! First straight is followed by a very technical section, including a 90 degree turn, a humpback bridge( together, but all visible) and a wooded section with sweeping curves and 'damp spots'. Great straights from here on to Cricklade. No Gatso's or Cop's in 4 years of nailing it. Never speed in the villages please! if you want a different return journey, try the B4040 back to Malmesbury, then take the B4014 to Tetbury and then the A433 ( past Charlie's house at Highgrove near Westonbirt) and A46 back to Bath. Another amazing ride in itself.
Shrewsbury to: Shrewsbury
Circular Route is this, pick it up anywhere you fancy, we start from Shrewsbury, follow A5 north up to Llangollen, loads of fast straights then into islands, test out the brakes, from llangollen follow signposts for Bala and from Bala head for Betsy-coed, when you see signs for doglellau follow them, full of nice sweeping turns and the odd one to try and catch you out, a couple of tight ones so be careful they dont catch you out (it could be a long way down).From doglellau you carry on up to Welshpool (usually a bit of traffic but good fun) from there follow signs to shrewsbury. 2 1/2 hours with fag breaks. Suits all riders Beautiful country to look at if your chillin or beautiful tarmac if your not. P.s If time permits head for Betsy-coed loads of roads round there are ace fun.
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