5 Awesome Roads to Ride In Great Britain

Europe has on offer some incredible roads and views for all types of bikers, from cruisers to adventure riders but we can all too easily forget that on our doorstep we have some incredible roads to ride if the right time of year is chosen well.

Without further ado, here are our 5 favourite roads to ride in Great Britain.

1. Scotland

Scotland undoubtedly has some of the most spectacular roads in Britain and this article wouldn’t be complete without giving at least one of them a mentioning.

One of the most talked about roads in Scotland is Applecross on the west coast.


The Applecross Peninsula lies in the old county of Wester Ross and projects westwards from the mainland towards Raasay and the Isle of Skye. Shaped like a west-facing axe blade, its neck is formed by the single track A896 running from Shieldaig in the north to Kishorn in the south. Using this road it is possible for anyone travelling the west coast to bypass Applecross altogether: but anyone who does so has missed some of the best scenery in Scotland.
We’d recommend you get the full Applecross experience by coming in from Kishorn over the Bealach na Ba, then leaving by the coast road to Shieldaig. This is also the direction normally taken by those following the North Coast 500 ride around northern Scotland.

Applecross
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2. Lake District, Cumbria

The Lake District is an old favourite of ours. Time and time again we find ourselves winding through the picturesque countryside with its craggy mountain slopes and gorgeous lakes. So here is one road that we think you’ll agree is a gem to ride.

Honister Pass is one such favourite, there are of course many but Honister is just beautiful and demands a brief stop at the base of the mountain within the valley to stop and contemplate for a while.
Honister pass starts at Gatesgarth Farm, at the southern end of Buttermere. It connects the Buttermere valley with the eastern end of Barrowdale Valley . Rising to 1167 feet in height at the summit, it is one of Cumbria’s highest passes, with a gradient of 1 in 4. Flowing through the pass from the summit to Buttermere is Gatesgarthdale Beck.

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3. Wales

Another favourite destination of ours, for its glorious scenery, off road riding opportunities and of course some scrumptious tarmac roads to blast, away the cobwebs and have some thrills. There is a huge abundance of great roads in Wales but some are less popular but nevertheless, exciting fun and less busy!

There lies an unnamed road from Machynlleth to Llanidloes and is more often than not, overlooked by many. But the road, coated in pure black smooth tarmac is a hidden gem, why? Because it has fast flowing smooth bends and unobstructed kerbside views of the road ahead and the surround beautiful rolling hills across the Welsh countryside.

If you want a road with less tourists, tractors and sheep then this one for the tick box

Unnamed Road, Machynlleth
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4. A357 Cat & Fiddle, Peak District

Some of the best riding roads can be found in the North of Great Britain (lucky bast*rds) and here is one of them

The A537 from Buxton to Macclesfield – more commonly known as the Cat and Fiddle road – is an absolute gem for bikers.

It’s named after the inn – the second highest public house in England – which sits on the border between Cheshire and Derbyshire.

The Cat and Fiddle is often referred to as one of the UK’s most dangerous roads, but it doesn’t deter bikers who come from miles around to enjoy the 11.5 mile ribbon of tarmac

For years, the Cat and Fiddle road was known as the best riding road in England, but a blanket 50mph speed limit and a succession of average speed cameras has put paid to antisocial riding, so now it’s more of a pleasure ride rather than a racetrack

Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough, Macclesfield
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5. Trans European Trail (UK)

OK, so it’s not 100% tarmac but for the adventure loving bike riders amongst us this is definitely a must for your bucket list

The brain child of UK trails rider John Ross, the route itself is incredibly long and covers all of Europe with much of it in the UK. It’s the first fully mapped legal trail route through mainland Europe; a total of 2112 miles in length, with 1634 of those miles through the UK.

Some of the trail is accessible to large capacity adventure machines – especially those with the right tyres – like stretches of the Fosse Way and the Ridgeway, but other parts – notably the Lake District – may be better suited to lightweight trail bikes in or around the 250/450cc class, as these stretches can be quite challenging. If you’re feeling brave and confident, tacking the route with an adventure bike would certainly be a fun challenge

You can download the route from the main website: www.transeurotrail.org

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Chris Seagal
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