Bedford to: Kimbolton
Just a plea to all you bikers out there. As a resident on this stretch of road, please PLEASE take note of the speed signs. We'd be very grateful if you could take extra care when entering Pertenhall from the south. We know it is very tempting to put your foot down (or whatever the bike term is) as soon as you come over the crossroads and round the corner but this lovely stretch of straight road is a very well marked 40mph zone and the houses along there have concealed entrances straight onto the road. We can't see you coming from our right, so you can't possibly see us pulling out on your left. Every time we leave the house, it's like running the gauntlet and one day someone is going to get hurt. Thank you for your consideration. It is a great road to travel on but please bear a thought for those of us who have to live on it.
Andover to: Newbury
I am blessed that this is the road I get to travel to work on every day. OK, most of the time I wimp-out and take the car, but on the bike, it puts a smile on my face. Here it is. As you leave Andover under Enham Arch you are tempted by a short stretch of dual carriageway interspersed with a couple of fast clearview roundabouts - get the tyres warmed up here. Give it a quick blast on the short stretch of open road between Andover and Enham, but watch out 'cos this road holds flood water for days after rain. Steady through Enham and don't be tempted to wind-it up too quickly 'cos the first right hander is tight. Now you can go. Into the dip and then into the forrest stretch (some nice twisties - watch out for pheasents and deer) before emerging high above Hurstbourne.
If the conditions are right and you are on the road early in the morning, you may now be given a real treat as you aften get a cloud inversion in the Valley below. It looks stunning as you descend from clear skies into mist. The drop into Hurstbourne is quite steep, over the bridge, lovely double-s (slow though and steady for villagers). As you come out of the village you get a clear view up the hill - wind it back here and burn-off the slowbies. Fast right hander at the top and then power on down the straight past Essebourne Manor. The next bit I find tricky. A sweeping downhill righ-hander through the forrest, followed by a moderatley tight lefty at the bottom. I don't know if its a slight unfavourable camber, or 'cos I've seen two many cars ploughing fields here, but that combo plays on my mind and I always tighten-up! Now a couple of fast bends and up and downy bits (good stuff) before a long up-hill straight through the trees (this looks stunning coming the other way). At the top, another combo, this time a lefty, followed by a down-hill right and then a fast left, before hitting the straight past the Yew Tree. Steady thro' Highclere, under the A34 and onwards into Newbury.
If you do this in reverse, watch out for speed-traps: (i) as you come out of Highclere and (ii) at the bottom of the hill as you enter Hurstbourne. Have fun. About 15 miles of it.
Market Harborough to: Melton Mowbray
There are a few ways of getting to this road. I find the easiest way is to go along the A6 past Market Harborough and follow the sign for East Langdon/Melton Mowbray. There are a few little villages to go through, however the route is very twisty and you certainly have to be on your toes. Only travelled it 3 times but well worth do on a weekly basis, and no cameras or police (so far.)
HARROGATE to: SKIPTON
JUST WANTING A QUICK BLAST ON A FINE ROAD,GOD CREATED THIS FOR A CBR,LEAVING HARROGATE TOWARDS SKIPTON AFTER 1ST ROUNDABOUT PUB ON CORNER (TRAVELLERS)NICE STRAIGHT BEWARE RIGHT HAND TURN APPROX.3/4 MILE SIGNPOSTED HAMPSTHWAITE,SWEEPING LEFT HANDER OVER BROWE THEN HOLD ON TO YOUR NUTS FOR A REEL THROTTLE OPENER,BEWARE CROSSROADS,SWEEPING BENDS BOTH LEFTIES AND RIGHTIES,NICE PACE TILL MENWITH HILL AGAIN BEWARE X ROADS,THEN OPEN HER UP DOWN HILL AND UP RIGHT HAND TURN APPROX. 3/4 MILE THEN RIGHT HANDER KNOCK DOWN SPEED SLIGHTLY FOR DECENT INTO LEFT HANDER THEN YOUR AT THE INTERESTING BIT ,ROCKY DROP TO RIGHT SO BE CAREFUL NICE TWISTY PEG GRINDING ROAD LEADING TO HIGHEST POINT OF TRIP.BEWARE THE POLICE OFTEN START CLOCKING YOU AT THIS POINT BUT THEY ARE EASILY VISIBLE.SLIGHT STRAIGHT BEFORE RIGHT HANDER THEN 45 LEFT OVER BRIDGE THEN CHOCKS AWAY,NICE MILE AND A HALF OF THROTTLE OPENING THEN SLIGHT RIGHT HANDER.DUAL CARRIAGEWAY PLENTY OF CHIN DOWN ,COPPERS SOMETIMES HAVE UN MARKED BMW,RED,N REG 318i ON LEFT HIDDEN NEXT GATE ENTRANCE TO FIELD.PLANE SAILLING TO SKIPTON 20 MINUTES DOOR TO DOOR MAX.
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