Not Long Now....

So, more vaccines being done daily, schools back again and the figures showing all the right trends - at least in UK.. It will not be long now before we can saddle up, get out there and right in time for Spring!!

I was speaking to Mark Jaffe today, of Phoenix Motorcycle Training and he is very busy, setting up for the end of this month and then new riders will be back learning their skills to pass the test, a ling to Phoenix is here -

Never one to waste what others have done better, I saw on his website the Top 5 rides in the UK and I am copying the top 3 below:

1. The Cat and Fiddle A537, Peak District

The natural beauty, wilderness and feeling of utter isolation in the Peak District attract around 13.25 million visitors each year. The A537 from Buxton to Macclesfield, aka the Cat and Fiddle, has been enticing keen motorcyclists for years. The road wends its way through the western side of the Peak District, each corner offering a heart-stopping thrill with unrivalled views of the national park. Noted as one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, we recommend sticking to the 50mph limit as you take this difficult yet rewarding stretch of tarmac.

2. Minehead to Barnstaple A39, North Devon

The A39 covers some beautiful scenery in the south-west, starting at Bath and finishing at Falmouth in Cornwall. The most spectacular stretch of the 197mile road has to be between Minehead and Barnstaple, taking in parts of the dynamic Somerset and North Devon coastline. Sweeping bends and good visibility introduce you to Exmoor, but it’s just past Porlock that things get interesting. You’ll be alerted to the 25% gradient hill climb with a red sign as you leave the village. This is almost equalled toward the other end near Lynmouth by a 15% gradient down to the village. However, you will be rewarded with stunning Exmoor scenery, dramatic cliff-top roads and some quaint Devon villages to stop in for a brew or classic Devonshire tea.

3. North Coast 500, Scotland

Given the beauty of Scotland, it’s difficult to choose just one ride here, but this circular route makes it onto almost every motorcycle website’s top rides list; nearly always in the top three. Affectionately known as Scotland’s answer to Route 66, the 500mile loop begins and ends in Inverness. Expect coastal scenery almost all the way. Riders will reach the most northern tip of the UK – John O’Groats and have the chance to stop at some excellent tourist spots throughout. Castles, lighthouses and extreme coastal cliffs are sure to etch this trip deep into your memory. It’s no wonder this route is such a favourite with motorcyclists in the UK.

I can vouch for these routes, having had some time of some of them and would highly recommend the A39, (number 2 above) which runs its way along the coast and Countisbury Hill with amazing views. Plus, a superb fish and chip shop in Lynton!!

Ride safe!

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