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Old 5 Jan 2009
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Best riding/driving roads

Is there a best riding roads section on the HUBB?
i.e roads or route members enjoy for a weekend ride. (Can't be off on a trip all the time)

e.g. i like A44 evesham to moreton in marsh up fish hill
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Don't think there's a specific section but...

BestBikingRoads.com Motorcycle Travel, Motorcycle Touring, Motorcycle Routes, Motorcycle Roads, Motorcycle GPS, GPS Motorcycle Rides, Motorbike Roads

...seems to get a lot of recommendations on here.

My favourites, all in the north of England/Scottish Borders and in no particular order..Anywhere in Teesdale or Durham Dales is great for bikes and there are no fixed speed cameras in County Durham. Durham County Council and Durham Contabulary have seen past the money grabbing schemes seen elsewhere in the UK and came up with the BikeWise scheme.

Bikewise - Home

Basically, they know exactly what the crack is and would prefer you to go out into the countryside instead of residential areas to enjoy yourself. They've even produced some handy maps showing where the best roads are.

BikeWise Training - Riding in the Durham Dales

Isn't that nice of them?

Be warned though, they have some very trick unmarked bikes including, if the rumours are true, a brand new Fireblade (white/black) and will have you if you take the p*** or speed through villages.
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Thanks had a look on BestBikingRoads.com unfortunatly for me alot of the local routes seem to be picked by sports bike riders with comments like great straights and long sweepers, personally i prefer tight twisty roads that more test rider ability rather than a riders luck (long straights and long sweepers only one reason for them how fast can i go)
something like this:

thanks for the routes found what look to be some good roads on your second A689 route, the B6277, B6278, B6276 look good and fairly twisty
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The Whitby road is one I'd put into the fast sweepers section. It's fun with good road surfaces but not really challenging at legal speeds. A good road to practice your observation/planning/overtaking skills on. It's usually our Good Friday ride out for fish and chips in Whitby. The road to Scarborough is better and worth the run out for the racing at Oliver's Mount. There's one particular corner on that road, almost a 90 deg left with a farmers gate on the opposite side of the road. The gate is a different colour every year as there's so many bikes have overshot the corner, gone through it and into the field!

Originally Posted by ShaunJ View Post
found what look to be some good roads on your second A689 route
The Weardale and Teesdale areas of County Durham are very underated as far as biking roads go. The maps often don't do the roads or scenery justice. You tend to get a lots of changes in elevation and camber through corners as you're right on the Pennines.

Originally Posted by ShaunJ View Post
the B6277, B6278, B6276 look good and fairly twisty
The B6277 is the road heading back over to Middleton from Alston. It scores 5/5 on Best Biking Roads.
It's ages since I've ridden the B6278. The section that runs between Stanhope and Barnard Castle is quite deserted apart from the sheep, depending on time of year. Tend to get wandering lambs running across the roads back to the flock at the sound of a bike or car.
The B6276 is another I haven't ridden for a while. Watch out for rabbits if you ride it at night. They tend to panic when they see your lights and run at your wheels. Gets a bit bumpy!

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The road from Melmerby in Cumbria up to the Hartside Cafe is a must if you're in the area.

YouTube - up to hartside
Not exactly good riding but just to give you idea of what the road is like.

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