Helmsley to: Scarborough
Helmsley is a market town lying on the A170 from Thirsk to Scarborough. The road is mostly 60 limit, quiet and predominantly plod free, road surface is smooth and sticky. Plenty glorious fast sweepers and good straights. Great scenery (if you get time to look). Not too many villages along the way so fairly hazard free. Helmsley market place is a locally renowned gathering point for all walks of biker on summer weekends (mainly sunday afternoons) and theres always loads of bikes on the Scarborough sea front at the other end of the journey. Plenty alternative routes if you fancy a change on the way back. That corner of North Yorkshire is packed with good biking roads other than this, explore!
Redhill to: Box Hill, Reigate
So, here's the route - to be performed early on a Sunday morning. Get on the A23 going south. Go through Redhill and down on to Crawley. Go round the Crawley GP circuit (2 - starts at Gatwick, 150mph+ speed all the way now, until number 8). This turns into the M23, follow this and go back to the A23.
Hammer on down the A23 to the Haywards Heath exit, and turn right onto the A272 (towards Cowfold). Carry on until you get to the A24. When you get to the A24, head south (towards Worthing) until you get to the Washington Roundabout(A283). Turn right towards Storrington. At Storrington, you reach an Esso garage. At the Esso, turn left onto the B2139 towards Amberley and Houghton. This is a long country road, with three whoops fairly well spaced out. One of them you have to be careful on, but we never remember which one. I think it's the second, nasty right afterwards! Take it a bit easier down this road the first time, there's a couple of nasty surprises. At the end of the B2139, you've got Arundel Castle on your left (can't see it though). There's a tea caravan here, but it doesn't open until 9 in the morning - wait until Rykers. Turn right onto the A29 (heading north). A29 all the way to the A24, look out for the GATSO at Billingshurst. It's pointing the other way (at least it normally is), so do wheelies at high speed. A24 towards Dorking, watch out for loads of GATSOs (and hairdryers in the silly season), and on to Box Hill. Stop at Rykers for a Bacon roll and clean out your undies. To view a map of the route visit the homepage for the breakfast club - http://www.netkonect.co.uk/t/timbuktu/brkfst.htm
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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 !!
Exeter to: Back to Exeter
Lovely road! 377 is 50-odd miles of twisty heaven, though surface is starting to go in places. Record is about 25 minutes !! However constant ton-plus easily poss. Narrow-ish road follows the river. Speed limits starting to pop up in stupid places, but few appearances from local Bill make these optional. Coming into Barnstaple take the (boring) A361 to Bideford - watch for Rozzers as they love this road - through the town, then join onto the A386 to Torrington (watch for some nastily sharp corners) - onto the B3220 through Beaford/Winkleigh - nice fast roads, and back onto the A377 about 15 miles before Exeter. Good route for a Sunday blast. Good weather normally brings a fair few bikers along the A377. note: Summer brings loads of tourists down here, mincing along at 20mph with their caravans. Hope you enjoy it. We have, for the last 6 years.
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