The weather is finally on our side, meaning we can at last get out there and start ticking rides off our list. If you’re still undecided, we’ve teamed up with motorcycle clothing retailer, Custom Lids, to create this run-down of the UK’s must-ride motorcycle routes. Read on and ride on.
The Cat and Fiddle, A537 Buxton to Macclesfield
The Cat and Fiddle A537 route extends between Buxton and Macclesfield and is a must-ride for thrill-seekers. A winding 11km-long road with twists and turns at every corner, it’s perfect for getting your heart pumping as you take in the picture-perfect Peak District.
Careful driving is the name of the game, as the road has been named one of the most dangerous in Britain. Go easy and abide by the 50mph speed limit and you’ll conquer this must-drive stretch and then be back to visit time and time again.
The North Coast 500, Scotland
Those looking for a longer route will delight in the The North Coast 500. The route totals 516 miles, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. Despite only being created in 2014, the North Coast 500 has already been dubbed the Scottish Route 66.
Caithness is one of the best highlights, while picturesque Sutherland and sandy Wester Ross are not to be missed. Of course, because of the length of this route, you’ll need to split the journey over roughly a week, giving you more time to explore the very best of Scotland.
For help planning your trip, visit www.northcoast500.com.
The Horseshoe Pass, A542, North Wales
The Horseshoe Pass comprises all of the beauty of Wales in one route. It is a winding road that sweeps through the valleys, offering the best of both worlds: challenging inclines and enjoyable declines.
1,400ft above sea level is where the road peaks, so if you want to take your riding to new heights — quite literally — this is for you. You’ll feel like king of the world as you survey Wales’ lush scenery.
Cheddar Gorge, B3135
The B3135 is an exhilarating ride, made better by its position near to Cheddar Gorge, one of Britain’s natural wonders.
The route is well worth the ride. You’ll start in the village of Axbridge, before joining the road towards Cheddar. Prepare for tight bends, twists and turns as you travel into and out of the gorge.
Remember that Cheddar Gorge is a tourist destination in its own right, so plan your ride early to avoid the traffic.
Hardknott Pass, Lake District
Hardknott Pass presents a challenging ride for any rider. Winding through the Lake District, you’ll face steep inclines and twisting turns alongside stunning views of the surrounding areas. You’ll also pass through Eskdale and the Duddon Valley on your way to the small coastal village of Ravenglass.