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B656

Codicote to: Hitchin

[This is the correct report: The road is the B656 and not the A507 as erroneously stated in my earlier submission] 7 miles in Hertfordshire, although the mile or so from The Royal Oak to Hitchin is just straight. The road is national limit from the end of the 30 limit in Codicote. Some good fast-but-interesting bends, and a couple of tighter ones (I thought they were max 50 before but I deliberately did 'em at 50 and it felt really slow!), but in the main it's too quick and narrow to get your knee down in safety. The small straights have some up-and-downage to maintain your interest. The main fun of the road is not in one feature in particular but the feel of the road as a whole. A resident herd of deer can usually be seen at the western edge of Knebworth Park. The surface is generally good but there are some repaired strips which spoil your line in a couple of corners.


A40

Postcombe to: West Wycombe

Set off from the England's Rose pub in Postcombe, a popular bikers' gathering point at the weekend that does decent fry-ups. Head east along the A40 and do a quick dog-leg right-left across the B4009 (another good road). The next couple of miles is called Aston Hill and is fast, twisty, uphill and, in this direction, two lanes. Knee-down heaven, and with good views. Once through Stokenchurch, the road changes into fast sweepers where silly speeds are possible thanks to nearly all the traffic being on the adjacent M40.

After you get to West Wycombe, you can head back and do it again, although somehow it's less fun going this way. better to head back via Princes Risborough and Thame on the A4010, A4129, B4012. You'll need another fry-up by then.


A815, A8003, B836, B

Dunoon to: Dunoon via Strachur -circular route

The Dunoon circular route is 68.2 miles, offering an excellent challenge of diverse driving conditions, gradients and cambers. Try this out, you won't be disappointed.

The Strachur to Dunoon stretch is a particularly fast section of road. Catch the Western Ferry from Gourock ( 0141 332 9766 ) to Dunoon. On arrival, drive north west across the B836 as if heading for Otter Ferry but take the south route A8003 to Tighnabruaich. Continue south, then follow the road north to Otter Ferry, with its lovely pebble beach and little harbour. Continue north on the B8000 to Strachur.

Finally, to complete the circle, head south from Strachur back to Dunoon on the A815. The Strachur to Dunoon section is pretty fast going and a fantastic stretch of road. Unsurpassed scenery with plenty of restaurants, hotels and a few camping sites dotted here and there. A particularly good one is situated on the banks of Loch Eck which runs parallel with the A815 for several miles. Interestingly, if arriving at Strachur this way (from Dunoon) you can head on north up to the Highlands via via Oban for Fort William, or turn east to visit the Trossachs as both routes comprise excellent roads and world class scenery.


A507

Codicote to: Hitchin

7 miles in Hertfordshire, although the mile or so from The Royal Oak to Hitchin is just straight. The road is national limit from the end of the 30 limit in Codicote. Some good fast-but-interesting bends, and a couple of tighter ones (40-50?), but in the main it's too quick and narrow to get your knee down in safety. The small straights have some up-and-downage to maintain your interest. The main fun of the road is not in one feature in particular but the feel of the road as a whole. A resident herd of deer can usually be seen at the western edge of Knebworth Park. The surface is generally good but there are some repaired strips which spoil your line in a couple of corners.


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