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Around Cambridge there are some nice rides. I expect every area has. The Gransdens,Toft, Hardwick, and Bourn to name a few are nice rides.
My favourite ride from East London is to head up to Finchingfield for a pub lunch on the village green, passing Little Dunmow on the way. This takes you through the best of the Essex countryside and avoids major arteries like the A10, M25 and M11, all of which are fine for speed but nothing else.
Finchingfield should probably win the Village of the Year award most years – it’s idyllic, with a windmill, village pond, weir, old church, good pub, nice green and loads of horses and good parking for bikes.
Good short ride in Northants/Cambs is the B660 up from the A14 at Molesworth/Catworth Fox turn,all the way through to Ramsey St Mary,lots of twisties and a couple of turns that tighten up quite nicely to give you a bit of a thrill, few villages along the way but can be ridden quite swiftly otherwise, and its quiet!.
Another good ride is the road from Mkt Harborough to Melton Mowbray,hills twists and turns and some good scenery.The only downside is the policing, as it is a popular run on a Sunday. There is a good cafe in Melton at the bus station,small,busy but biker friendly.
Living in Devon there are some fantastic rides within a day out, from straightworward and scenic to notorious and scenic. Here’s a scenic but extremely challenging (well I thought so) one for you.
Porlock hill. From Minehead on the A39 through Porlock, Lynmouth and across Exmoor. Going up from Porlock there is a choice of the 1 in 4 climb with severe hairpin bends (known as Porlock Hill) or the more gentle toll road with a 1 in 14. Coming across this raod without any prior preparation (or warning) we chose the 1 in 4 – All I can say is it tests your riding skills to the limit – watch out for the worst of the hairpins, not enough revs and you’ll fall over into the bank – too fast and you’ll be on the wrong side of the road. Get it right and you’ll feel proud as punch!! The route is spectacular – taking you across the top of Exmoor with viiews across the moors to one side and out to sea the other, as well as up and down and round and round some serious challenges.
This is such a notorious road so check out links on YouTube. Note that we came across this road without knowing anything about it! Better to be prepared.
Enjoy! Anyone else done this route?
I’d have put a photo in with my great ride, but wasn’t sure how to?
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Good ride from Nottingham A610 stay on till A6 follow A6 just past Buxton on to A57 to M1 to M18 on to A614. Thats a ride, and its around 130 miles
U must try the yorkshire dales for a riding experience…superb!!
Come on Kev H tell us more. Start point, always cafe tips, and anything to look out for.
Looking forward to more, thanks.
Hi Dave, yorshire dales is massive, I did 250 miles in one day….start point?…try Richmond onto Reeth then head for Hawes, loads of bikers to see and chat to, take off for Kirby Stephen down A66 and back to Richmond
weather looking good for us bikers this weekend, anyone planning a ride out? I might try the lake district…Keswick maybe, take the scenic route over weardale, very challenging route lots of bends and twists, + a very scary downhill section.
New year…. hopefully less rain, wheres all the comments on rides etc guys!?
They are all building arks. Spring is not far away.
scotland is full of good ride outs stuning scenery you just have to wait till it stops raining so you can where ya going,makes for good challenging rides tho even if its just down tae the local shops !
Spring not far away indeed, im itchin to get out on my bike, 1st trip will be down to Doncaster see my mate, we sat our CBTs and tests together down at Blackburn.
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