The five best biking roads in Britain
Imagine riding through the countryside in glorious sunshine or through the culture soaked streets of Bath and it’s not hard to see why a motorcycling holiday in the UK is on a lot of people’s wish list.
There are plenty of fantastic routes to choose from and best of all, they’re right on your doorstep – here’s our pick of the best biking roads that Britain has to offer.
Pass of the Cross – Dinas Mawddwy, Wales
With a summit altitude of 545 metres, Bwlch y Groes (Pass of the Cross) is the second highest public mountain pass in Wales and as you’d expect, the views are spectacular, with green hills rolling for miles.
The pass is steep in parts and a lot of bike manufacturers use it to test the hill-climbing ability of their new models, so if you fancy a bit of a challenge, the route could be worth a shot – there’s also a double hairpin bend at the bottom.
North Coast 500 – Scotland
Launched in 2015 by the Northern Highland Initiative (NHI), this 500-mile circuit across the north coast of Scotland is increasing in popularity.
Passing through John O’Groats, Loch Ness and boundless historical sites, the route is designed for those wanting to enjoy the surrounding culture over speeding down an open road.
The North Coast 500 takes around six days to complete in full, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.
Trans Euro Trail – Nationwide
Now, this isn’t technically one road, but we couldn’t leave it off the list – it’s the first fully mapped legal trail route throughout Europe.
Inspired by the Trans America Trail (TAT), the Trans Euro Trail (TET) is a 38,000km dirt road route that takes you across Europe, through thirty different countries.
The UK section of the trail covers 2,923km and takes around 14 days to complete, which isn’t surprising as it starts in Dover and ends in Newcastle, covering the Cotswolds, Snowdonia, the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines along the way.
A350 – Sherborne to Shaftsbury – South West
Unlike the other roads on this list that are much more widely known, this unusual route between Sherborne and Shaftesbury offers something a little different.
Rather than taking the A30, which is much more direct and will get you to Shaftesbury in a snippet of the time, taking the more scenic route along the A357 and A350 gives you plenty of time to admire the Dorset countryside. You’ll also enjoy the variation of slow technical and fast bends along the A350.
You’ll pass through a fair few small towns and villages which means speed restrictions, but plenty of chances to stop off for a cup of tea or bite to eat at one of the idyllic country cafés.
Cat and fiddle – Peak District
No list of the UK’s best biking routes would be complete without the inclusion of the Peak District’s famous Cat and Fiddle.
The road otherwise known as the A537 connects Macclesfield in Cheshire to Buxton, Derbyshire and is one of the most popular biking routes in Britain, thanks to its sharp corners and unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside.
The road’s winding nature means it’s one of the most dangerous in Britain. Restricted speed limits were introduced several years ago after research revealed that motorbikes accounted for two per cent of traffic but 75 per cent of deaths.
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