Castle Donington to: Derby
From Donington Park, take the A453 to Ashby, watch the new 40 mph limits and traffic lights around D.Park. Fun time to Ashby, taking care not to hit reversing lorries in the middle of the road (true story). From Asby, take road to the right at first mini roundabout, then minor roads to Calke Abbey (brown tourist signs). Pick up and follow signs top Derby, will take you over Swarkestone bridge and to new A50. Very fast road (dual carriageway) back to M1, watch out for the black Omega, it has a video camera and hidden blue flashing lights (another true story). Thsi route has good combination of twisties and frighteningly fast stretches. If you see a big bloke on a ZZR1100, give me a wave!
Warwick to: Cirencester
This road has been referred to before as most of it is part of the Fosse Way. Lots of fast straights especially at the Cirencester end (120+) but watch for junctions and road surface. Some great bends but generally of the off-camber or tricky type. Keep a sharp eye out for police (i.e. don't scream along any straights unless you can see it's clear). Most of the police are to be found in the middle section and it's usual to spot 1 a day on a two-way blast. Watch for tourists (loads in summer), plenty of places to overtake so don't take any stupid chances (double white lines are there for a reason) and watch for concealed entrances, idiots, mud on road etc. Some of the corners can be dodgy due to road surface and the whole route is generally very bumpy and poorly maintained. In fact one stretch of the road is so bad they've put a ! sign at the side of the road. That's because if you do what I did and hit it too fast the first time you'll be saying f!!! me. Great road to test your handling - and your bottle if your handling fails it's test! Seriously though, take it easy the first couple of times and get to know it if you want to ride fast and enjoy it. NOT MUCH FUN AT NIGHT (you can't see the road surface early/well enough to ride it fast and you'll never memorize that many bumps!) Bear in mind it's not well suited to pillions either. Happy scratching.
The [original] Severn Bridge to: Monmouth
Twisty twisty and then some, with fast stretches too. Brilliant scenery through the Wye Valley to keep pillions happy. However: at peak times in summer its filled with tourist coaches and caravans, and it passes through some small towns so respect the speed limits there for everyone's sake!
Rye to: Brenzett
A great road in good condition with lots of smooth corners. Can be fairly busy in the summer months due to tourist traffic.
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