Basingstoke to: Alton
Unusually good road for hampshire, with about 5-10 miles of twisty well surfaced (mostly) road. No cameras but the occasional plod speed trap and bit too much traffic, but well worth a look if youre in the area.
Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire to: Hitchen, Hertfordshire
Take the B655 out of Barton towards Hexton and Hitchen and as soon as you come out of the village it's into a slightly curved open blast of countryside. As you come up the slight rise a lovely right hand bend (be careful of the drop on the left!) takes you down into Hexton. It is here where it is worth slowing down to the 40mph speed limit for the 150 yards through the village as the bottom of the hill into Hexton levels off very quickly and sports bikes nearly ground themselves!
After going through the bottom of Hexton the road rises steeply and comes out of the 40mph limit, opening the throttle again sees a flurry of trees fly by before dropping round a fast left hander before rising again into a fast rising right before slowing to a 3rd/2nd gear sharp left hander. Opening the throttle again blasts you down the flat straight out of the trees and up the hill through a fast right hander and into another fast left (watch the rough tarmac!). A little wiggle left takes you onto the flat and round the fast slight left hander and onto another fast straight. Going back into the trees takes you into a quite fast right (be careful as it is on a deceptive slight rise making the bike very light!) and then into a good series of fast lefts and rights finsihing with a slightly sharper left. The trees then open as you blast along the last curvy straight. Caution must be taken towards the end of the straight due to a right hand bend with roads joining on either side, after which another quite sharp left takes you up the hill and into the 40mph which starts the slow down into Hitchen.
A cracking 4 mile ride which you can keep going over getting faster and faster with no reported police presence (after 4 years of riding the route) and not too much traffic. Bliss!
Sheffield to: Sheffield Round Trip
From Sheffield take A57 Snake Pass towards Glossop, turn right at traffic lights in Glossop and take minor A road to link up with Woodhead Pass towards Barnsley / Sheffield, turn right at Flouch Roundabout to return to Sheffield on Stocksbridge ByPass, or turn left to head for Huddersfield. On A57, short detour to right just outside of Sheffield takes you to the Strines Inn and some challenging but narrow roads. On Woodhead Pass and road to Huddersfield from Flouch, virtually every side road is worth exploring. The whole area is predominantly rolling moorlands with plenty of up down and roundy round roads. treat with respect, watch out for boy racers and hikers, and go exercise yourself. Tell the missuss / girlfriend / other significant partner your popping out for an hour and see if you can get back before dark.
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!
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