If you’re a biker, it’s often the road to somewhere, rather than the destination which is the best part of a day in the saddle. Unlike cars, which are a means of getting from A to B, a bike is a way of enjoying the journey. Riding along roads which allow you to feel the bike beneath you as it responds to your control and challenges you to appreciate travel is a true joy, and one which needs to be experienced.
These are our favourite destinations for bikers to enjoy – share your own in the comments!
A5004 from Buxton to Whaley Bridge
This is only a short ride, less than 10 miles, but it’s well worth adding on to a day in the Peak District. Riding north through High Peak, the road flows through some challenging corners and offers some breath-taking views across the hills. During the summer the road can get a little busy during the day, but it’s mainly people travelling south to Buxton rather than toward Whaley Bridge. You’ll need to be careful during the first few miles where there are some tighter bends to navigate, but once you get through them, the sweeping road lets you open up and really unwind.
A592 Kirkstone Pass from Windermere to Penrith
The Kirkstone Pass is one of the most famous roads in the UK. This is 27 miles of pure riding pleasure that takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in the country. The route is popular throughout the year, but at its best between late spring and early autumn, when the light is good throughout the day and you’re less likely to see sudden rain storms roll in and make the road unpredictable.
The route includes a variety of challenges, from the steep, twisty Kirkstone pass itself through to the flatter, terrain along the banks of Ullswater through Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. The roads are wider than many through the Lake District, but it’s still important to be wary about hikers, Sunday drivers and the odd wild animal.
A4086 Caernarfon to Capel Curig
Snowdonia offers everything that you want from a day out on your bike: Challenging corners, great views, and some sweeping elevation changes that let you really open up and enjoy the ride. This route takes you through Llanberis and along the lower slopes of Snowdon itself, offering plenty of places to stop off and enjoy the clean mountain air.
Like many routes, it can get a bit busy with ramblers at certain times of the day, so it’s often better to schedule your ride for the late afternoon when you’ll have the sun behind you and much better visibility of traffic making its way down to the coast at the end of the day.
The Tour of Mull
A little off the beaten track, but one of the UK’s best kept secrets. The Isle of Mull has some pretty diverse scenery to enjoy, and this trip around the island lets you see the best of it, as well as taking in the challenges of the famous Isle of Mull Rally course!
You’ll need to get the ferry to the island from Oban to Craignure before heading north to start the journey. Most people stay in Tobermory overnight before riding to Dervaig and Ulva Ferry where you’ll enjoy the hairpin bends of the rally course.
Along the west coast of the island there are some great views toward the island of Staffa, and the roads are smooth and quick towards Tioran. There you’ll head inland through the mountains of the south of the island before meeting the coastal road again and heading north back towards Craignure and Tobermory via Glen More.
A537 Buxton to Macclesfield
This is probably the best known biker route in the UK – the Cat and Fiddle, and with good reason. It offers riders a spectacular blast through the countryside. Hairpin bends, sweeping corners, and steep hills combine to give you 11 miles of bliss.
The road is hugely popular with bikers through the summer months, and you will often find groups taking a break along the way at the pub that gives the route its name. One thing that’s important to bear in mind when you’re riding the Cat & Fiddle is that the road has average speed cameras along its length, so it’s one place where you’ll absolutely have to stick to the speed limit.
At the end of your ride, you finish in Macclesfield where we’re based too!