Brandon to: Fakenham
This is now a great road since it has been mostly resurfaced and slightly widened. At about 30 miles or so you get can plenty of pleasure from the plentiful curves, some long and sweeping and some short and pretty aggressive. Don't forget the straights too, not so many of them but the ones that are there will give you that buzz when blasting past the four-wheelers ! Try it on a Sunday, morning and evenings are best !!
Wantage to: Swindon
What, another good road in Oxfordshire (see B4494)? This one is relatively slow and only a few miles long, but a real test of handling. Do not attempt to go fast on a Pan-European! The key section runs from Letcombe to Ashbury, past the famous White Horse (a great place to stop and picnic). Try it carefully on your first visit. It's VERY tight and twisty, swooping up and down enough to make you seasick, and has nice gravelly apexes, bumpy patches and barbed wire fences everywhere to add spice. But it's very satisfying when you get it right. Mid-week off-peak is best, and unfortunately should be avoided on Sundays, when the road fills up with hikers, cyclists, grannies etc.
Dorking to: Brighton
It used to be good from the Givens Grove roundabout just south of Leatherhead, all the way to Brighton but now the first bit to Dorking is fantastic only early in the morning, and then take it as far as the A281 at Horsham. Turn left there and then right on to the Devil's Dyke Road four miles past Henfield. Straight over the South Downs and into Brighton - the classic Sunday ride.
Eaton Ford (Nr. St. Neots) to: Higham Ferrers (Nr. Rushden)
Fairly well known biker road in this area. I often take the B660 from Bedford which joins this road in the middle. Its then a simple choice of left to Rushden or right to St. Neots, either way is billiant with roundabouts at each end to spin round and do the full stretch! The A6 or the A421 bring you back to Bedford too, making a splendid triangular run!! Watch out for the odd police car cos they often drive through the area. Especially on bright, sunny, Sunday afternoons. Loads of bikes about too, particularly flash Ducati's!
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