East Grinstead to: Royal Tunbridge Wells
Good sweepy road with fair number of straights, when you see chevron signs pay attention as one or two bends tighten up half way round, once you've done the road once or twice you'll get the hang of it. Haven't done it for about a year but unless they've done something stupid to it, it should still be a great road. Smashin, init! 5,->
Wantage to: Newbury
An interesting road in Oxfordshire? Well, it's mostly Berkshire. A great mixture of tight twisty bits, long straights and fast curves, rolling uphill and down. Mostly dry, clean and good visibility. Very few side-roads to worry about. Watch out though - some bends tighten up unexpectedly, and there's the usual risk of mud and c*** from the farms en route. Gravel on the first few bends in the woods. Only one Gatso to date (as you re-enter Oxon from Berks), and I've never seen a police car. Never really busy, but if you avoid rush hour you'll have it all to yourself. In summer I'll drive miles out of my usual way home to re-visit this old favourite ... and I just come back the same way, it's that good!
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.
Petworth (Sussex) to: Chichester
Ride south out of Petworth, marvelling at the way the high walls reflect exhaust noise, through Coultershaw (tight bridge, poor vis, steam pumping station open weekends) and Duncton. Huge sweeper (almost 180deg) at the foot of the Downs, then sweeping climb up and over the tops, beautifull tight/fast right hander before Upwaltham. The road climbs, dives and sweep through one of the nicest valleys on the South Downs, there is superb road surface and the low traffic density and good visibility make a nice change for the South of England. All the roads on the Downs are great, and a loop through Goodwood and Singleton (A286) can be done, which takes you back to Midhurst and the A272.
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