Great UK rides

Posted: 01 Apr 2012

England – Marvellous Minehead

Exmoor is a fantastic area to spend a weekend and the A39 costal road that joins Minehead with Lynton and Lynmouth before heading through the National Park is well worth a ride.

Just watch out for Porlock Hill with its 1 in 4 gradient hairpin bends, if you smell burning brakes prepare to avoid an out of control car!

At Blackmoor Gate take the A399 then A361 and relax on the beaches of Woolacombe or Croyde, which are popular with surfers who are sick of Newquay’s commercialism.

Things to do: Avoid the Exmoor wild ponies, eat cream teas, surf
Things not to do: Stop on Porlock hill!

Scotland – Stunning Scotland

You simply can’t go wrong when it comes to touring in Scotland, the scenery is stunning and roads near perfect.

The A82 that leads from Glasgow to Fort William is a superb start to any vacation. Winding its way through Glen Coe you pass lochs, moors and some awe-inspiring mountains. On the way take a quick detour on the B863 that circles Loch Leven, it’s worth the extra miles.

The only blight on Scotland, other than the often inclement weather, is the dreaded midge. Pack huge quantities of anti-insect spray…

Things to do: Pack waterproofs and anti-midge spray
Things not to do: Fall asleep outside, drink shandy

Wales – William’s country

The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Wills and Kate) have chosen Wales as their home and after a trip it’s easy to see why. Pop to Anglesey and you may see them shopping in the local Tesco, however a far better use of your time is to ride into the Snowdonia National Park and spend a day lost in its beauty.

You can’t fail to find a good road but the A5 is fast and flowing with great views or the A4086 is a bit more rugged and wild. Why not extend your ride and follow the coastal roads down the length of Wales, you won’t regret it.

Things to do: Book a trackday at Anglesey circuit
Things not to do: Tell American tourists you have just seen Kate…

Isle of Man – it’s not just about racing

Why only go to the Isle of Man during the TT or Manx GP? Avoid the crowds and take a trip to this fantastic island when the crowds are gone, ferries return to normal prices and hotels are empty.

The Island is packed full of great riding roads and is much better enjoyed in the off season. The Mountain section of the TT course is a truly heart stopping road and has no speed limit so open your bike up here and not through the villages, the Manx police hate speeders…

Things to do: Ride the TT course, eat Manx kippers
Things not to do: Speed, think you are a TT God…

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