Llangollen to: Betsy-Coed and beyond
As already posted, this a great road BUT a warning: The last two times we have ridden this route (returning from Ireland), we have been pulled! The first time stopped by a road block after going through a hidden mobile radar trap - the police bike that came after us couldn't catch up (we didn't know he was there) so radioed ahead. The second time we were shadowed by an unmarked helicopter (thought we were being paranoid) and then into a hidden speed trap. We were lucky because for various reasons we got away with it, but the police are targeting this road, particularly bikes, and the use of the helicopter has been confirmed by the police, so watch out! Being in the middle of nowhere on an empty road is no excuse to these boys.
ALTON to: BASINGSTOKE
on to the B3400 Basingstoke to Andover make a nice through route returning via the lovely A3057 Andover to Southampton through the Test Valley.
Glossop to: Sheffield
omit * for email reply Pick a nice day and take a ride over the Snake Pass, A57 Sheffield <> Glossop. Starting from the Sheffield end, bear right just after the hospital and follow this road up to the Ladybower Reservoir, which is worth a visit in its own right. Then try this marvellous twisting, turning road westbound over the top of the Pennines. Sheer drop one side ... sheer cliff the other ... with sheep wandering over the road to make it REALLY interesting. Stop and admire the fantastic views whilst you eat the sarnies you wrapped in foil and put on top of your gearbox (yes, this really does work!). The Snake Inn befriends you half way across, and then again on the return visit. Wonderful day out and a good location for an annual run.
Portrush to: Larne
This is THE great biking road for those of you returning from the North West 200 to the ferry at Larne. Although it has, I think been nominated in 1997, it is well worth reminding any UK riders of it. After the races, take the A2 for Bushmills, home of the famous whiskey, and then follow this road from Bushmills to Ballintoy, passing the world famous Giants Causeway on the way. Well worth a visit. The A2 leaves Ballintoy heading for Ballycastle and along the way you will see a sign for Torr Head. This is a coastal road, and while it affords great sea views, it is not really suitable for sports bikes as it is very narrow and steep in places. Probably better to stick with the main road, which crosses over some high ground before descending into the village of Cushendun. Over the mountain top you will see plenty of sheep grazing along the roadside, but worry not, they are well used to traffic and wont even turn their heads as you go zooming by! A good fast smooth road links Cushendun to the slightly larger Cushendal, and from here the best bit begins. Down along the coast with the mountains on your right and the Irish Sea on your left. Its smooth, fast and frantic. Through Glenariff, on to Carnlough, where you can grab some grub, and on through Glenarm and Ballygalley into Larne where the P&O ferry to Cairnryan awaits. For those of you taking the Stena ferry to Stranraer, it is probably best to take the A8 to Belfast. It is possible to carry on the A2 to Belfast, but it is quite built up, with lots of traffic and the possibility of speed traps. Probably better to take the A8 the 20 miles to Belfast, but keep a good eye out for police on this road, as it is the main route to Larne Harbour and the cops are on it regularily. Enjoy!
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