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The UK’s Motorcycle Routes

Friday, 01 April 2016 GMT
Author: Staveley Head

Motorcycling is a great sport and hobby for thrill seekers. There are plenty of routes in the UK alone that will meet the standards of any adrenaline junkie.

Just remember your motorcycle insurance before you take to the road.

Nessie’s Hook

Let’s begin in the north, in the Scottish highlands at ‘Nessie’s Hook’. This is a great day’s ride along the amazing lochs of Lochy, Oich and Ness.

Make the most of the day’s journey by staying in the nearby village of Kinlochleven the night before or after. If you need a place to stay, then check out our Campsite Finder.

Commando Monument is one such highlight; it is a great memorial providing beautiful views including Ben Nevis, which is another highlight of the ‘Nessie’s Hook’ tour.

Yorkshire Loop

Moving further down south (but still up north) to the Yorkshire Dales – the ‘Yorkshire Loop’ measures 98 miles and is not a motorcycle route for the faint-hearted.

Be careful when riding between the stoned walls of the Dales, they leave no room for mistakes.

Be sure to make the necessary stop along the way for a cup of Yorkshire tea at the biker friendly cafe Penny Garth.

Hardknott Pass

Not far from Yorkshire in the Lake District is the famous Hardknott Pass. This is a windy single-track that goes between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley. 

As one of the steepest roads in Great Britain this is a great ride for thrill seekers - perfect for experienced bikers.

The Cat and Fiddle

From the Lake District to the Peak District, home to one of Britain’s most dangerous roads; the Cat and Fiddle has steep drops and sharp bends and is a famous route amongst motorcyclists.

The route named after the well known pub of the same name doesn’t just attract bikers but also sheep and bad weather, so take extra care.

Be warned there is a 50mph speed limit and in the past bikers have been fined for dangerous driving.

Horseshoe Pass 

Over the border and into North Wales you’ll find countryside lanes and ‘A’ roads providing great rides for motorcyclists.

Every weekend throughout all seasons you’ll see flock’s of motorbikes swarming the roads. From the scenic coastal routes to the challenging bumpy roads of Snowdonia, North Wales is home to amazing rides.

One such route is the Horseshoe Pass which sits 1,400 ft above sea level. Once at the top there is a wonderful cafe and picturesque scenery – making it well worth the ride.

What’s your favourite route?

The UK is home to some fantastic rides for both beginners and the experienced a like.

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