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.
Galashiels to: Edinburgh
Lots of tight bends, lots of sweeping corners, lots of straights which guarantees you can pass the caravan club member of the year. I had great fun travelling this route. No speed cameras on this section (that I can recall) and the road surface is pretty good all round with the the high grip surface on the tight corners.
Better still is if you travel south on this route, join the A68 a few miles East of Melrose and head south towards Cambo. If you're not crazy you can have great fun through the borders but beware of the speed cameras. There are no speed cameras once you get into England but be cautious of the blind summits, there have been fatalities on this road at some of these points (no motorcycles that I've heard of). Other than that champion.
Still more fun if you turn off the A68 onto the A696 taking the exit for Otterburn, take it slow through Otterburn then let rip to Morpeth.
West Meon to: A31
Cant believe I have not seen this stretch of road on this site yet ! Fairly short stretch of road about 10 miles long but what a 10 miles. Loads of bikers meet here at the crossroads of the A32 and A272 by the Little Chef restaurant. First few miles of A272 from the A32 is the best. Really fast, really twisty open coutry roads with loads of Vis. Not many junctions off the road so you can hammer it with peace of mind (is there such a thing). Follow A272 all the way to A31 junction which is a roundabout. Get your knee down round the roundabout and then straight back onto the A272 again back to the Little Chef on the A32. About a 10 minute ride but unmissable if you are travelling down the A32
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.)
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