So, we’re slowly flowing into the biking season. With this in mind, you’re starting to think about places you’d like to go this year. Bike trader, WeBuyAnyBike are here to help! We’ve come up with some of our favourite UK Biker Routes that you might like to put on your bucket list!
The Cat & Fiddle, Peak District (A537)
Starting off the list is the famous Cat & Fiddle. Why not plan a trip to this beautiful stretch of road in the Peak District. This short but sweet 11km road is recommended for those who wish to introduce biking to their newcomer friends. It will take you around 10 – 15 minutes to complete this route which is situated on the Buxton New Road between Buxton & Macclesfield. We wouldn’t recommend this strictly for newcomers though; it can be a bit dangerous. Take this ride with caution, however, with this being in the peak of the countryside (no pun intended); you might just come across an odd sheep or two, and we’ve heard they’re not too fond of motorbikes! The Cat & Fiddle is a very popular bike route, so tell all your friends; you might even make some along the way!
If you find yourself taking this route on a Thursday – Sunday, why not stop off for a spot of lunch at the Peak View Tea Rooms. They have a selection of menus to cater for everyone, including their newly-introduced Vegan menu! All food is handmade and prepared in the tea room itself. So, why not take a summer’s day ride-out, and sit outside, to fully embrace the beautiful scenery that the District has to offer.
Hardknott Pass, Lake District
For the safety of our readers, we must mention that this route is very dangerous, and should only be attempted by highly experienced riders. Starting in Eskdale, head east towards Beckfoot, and follow the road through to Ambleside. The excessive twists and turns on this road take you right through the Lake District finishing the route off in Ambleside. Not only does this ancient passage date back to the Roman times, but it is also classified as one of the steepest roads in Britain. With this being said, the road is a challenge, and it will require a lot of concentration! At 26km long, Hardknott Pass is a really risky road, but it will be well worth it once you’ve found yourself reaching 1,291ft.
Have a Rest
On route you will find a little hamlet which is home to The Woolpack Inn – Hardknott’s very own Cafe & Pub, should you wish to stop off for a spot of lunch. Not only does The Woolpack host its very own dining experience, but it also hosts various bedrooms, so if you’re a faraway biker wanting a bed for the night, this one is ideal for you!
The Antrim Coast Road, Northern Ireland (A2)
Out of all the UK’s biker routes, this routes a true gem in the biking world. Starting in Larne, this ride stretches to a length of 60 miles, giving you the impressive views of the sea, fishing villages, and endless amounts of the pretty landscape. As a biker, you will feel truly welcomed and valued in your decision to take this trip. Not only is it a popular one for bikers, but the locals get a buzz out of us embracing their treasured road.
Slacken Up & Stretch Out!
As you approach the end of the route, here at WeBuyAnyBike, we highly recommend taking a right turn onto Causeway Road, where you can stop off at the Causeway Hotel for some quiet refreshments, and a bite to eat; or you might wish to stay over and enjoy the view! If you did wish to stay over, it will be well worth paying a visit to the iconic landmark that is Giant’s Causeway.
Inverness to John O’Groats (A9, A99)
Follow the A9 as it takes you through on the coast of Scotland from Inverness, through Invergordon, and onto Latheron where you will take the A99. One way will take you a good 3 hours, so we would recommend taking a full day dedicated to this route. When you eventually reach John O’Groats, you will continue on before reaching the end of the road and seeing the beautiful sights the little village has to offer.
Upon reaching the end of the A99, you will see a variety of shops and attractions. The view from this point is spectacular, so why not stop by at the Natural Retreats Storehouse, and grab yourself a hot drink and a bite to eat. If you find yourself visiting this popular spot in the summer, they offer an outdoor seating area for you to fully take in the exceptional sights.
We understand that this is quite a long journey, so you might want to stay over! Following your ride to the end of the route, you might notice that there are a few places where you can rest your head for the night. One place, in particular, is the Together Travel Lodging. This place offers a selection of unique luxury lodges, similar in relation to its sister building; The Storehouse.
Titterstone Clee Hill, Shropshire (A4117)
Starting in Rocks Green, head east! Take yourself through the spectacular countryside of Shropshire and up to Titterstone Clee Hill. Here you will find yourself 1,500ft above sea level. You’ll notice once you’ve reached the top because you won’t be able to take your eyes off the view. Remember to pack a picnic, park up and have a break to take in the beautiful sights. Follow the road through to the little village of Cleobury Mortimer; there’s a few pubs & shops to see here!
Take a Break
Oh dear, you’ve forgotten to pack yourself a picnic, worry not! We have heard that the team at The Golden Cross in the village of Clee Hill itself do a really nice lunch! They also offer a selection of drinks and snacks to stock you up for the rest of your ride.
Glasgow to Inverness (A82)
Starting off the route on the Great Western Road in Hillhead, Glasgow, head west until you reach Renton. From here you will take a slight northern incline where you will continue to follow the same road. Take yourself on a trip past the famous lake and keep an eye out for the Loch Ness Monster! Whilst you’re on your way through these winding roads, you will also pass Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Fort William. The most exceptional feature, however, is Ben Nevis. Out of all these biker routes, this one pretty much speaks for itself! This route was truly made for motorbikes; you might find yourself stumbling upon a biker-friendly B&B or a campsite too!
As you pass through the hamlet of Druimarben, we recommend stopping by the Clan McDuff Hotel & Restaurant. Not only will you experience some pretty exceptional dishes, but the views aren’t half bad either! We highly advise getting a window seat as you tuck into one of the many plates they serve. This way you can fully take in the views that the beautiful Lake Linnhe has to offer. Can’t bear to take your eyes off the view? Clan McDuff has a selection of bedrooms available for an overnight stay.
These are just a few of our favourite routes. If you’re looking to plan a trip to a certain area, we have a selection of biker routes on our motorcycle location guides available for you to see.
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