Hemel Hempstead to: Leighton Buzzard
About 16 miles of mostly open sweeping corners. Some tighter but none that'll catch you out. The surface is variable but for most of the time it's good. Not much traffic but enough to have fun. Watch out for tractors and the usual shit that they leave on the road.
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.
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.
Tain to: Thurso
Fast road (most 100+) with lots of different corners, off camber, slow tight and wide sweepers. From Latheron Wheel to Thurso is seriously quick, but a bit bumpy, get used to the front wheel hoisting crossed up!. Watch your speed in the little towns. No cameras but the chance of unmarked cars, red saab 9000, silver omega and a dark volvo. Great roads to the west or just go back down again. each way is about 80 miles.
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