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Are you looking for a new motorcycle challenge?

14th June 2017 Print

If you’re after a new motorcycle challenge, look no further. As the summer months approach, you can finally look forward to lighter nights and plenty of sunshine (hopefully). The weather actually seems to be on the up finally, which is great news for motorcyclists — it’s a chance to get out there and explore those motorcycle routes you’ve been itching to try all winter long. 

You don’t need to travel far to feel the wind in your hair on the roads either – the UK is home to some incredible motorbike routes. The question is: which ones should be top of your list? 

The Horseshoe Pass

Situated on the A542, in North Wales, The Horseshoe Pass is a winding route that sweeps through the valleys, offering the best of both worlds: challenging inclines and enjoyable declines. The route manages to capture the true, picturesque beauty of the country. 

There is opportunity to take in everything that the Wales scenery has to offer. Reaching the road’s peak, you’ll be 1,400ft above sea level. So, if you want to take your riding to new heights — quite literally — this is for you. 

The Cat and Fiddle

Named as one of the most dangerous roads in Britain, you need to be a real thrill-seeker if you dare to ride the A537 between Buxton and Macclesfield. A winding 11km-long road with twists and turns at every corner, it’s perfect for getting your heart pumping as you take in the picture-perfect Peak District.

Stay safe though, and go easy on your speed by sticking to the 50mph speed limit – you’ll conquer this must-drive stretch and then be back to visit time and time again.

Hardknott Pass

If you’re looking for a mix between stunning scenic views and a thrill-seeking challenge, then choose Hardknott Pass. Gliding through the Lake District, you’ll face steep inclines and twisting turns whilst taking in some of its finest scenery. You’ll also pass through Eskdale and the Duddon Valley on your way to the small coastal village of Ravenglass.

The North Coast 500

If you want to take your ride to greater lengths, then the North Coast 500 is perfect for you. Referred to as the Scottish Route 66, the route totals 516 miles, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. However, the route is fairly new – created in 2014. 

You won’t be disappointed with this ride, thanks to the views that the route showcases. Highlights include the dramatic coastline of Caithness, the picture-perfect greenery and architecture of Sutherland and the white sandy beaches of Wester Ross. Of course, because of the length of this route, you’ll need to split the journey over roughly a week, giving you more time to explore the very best of Scotland.

For more information and advice on planning your trip, visit

Cheddar Gorge, B3135

As far as motorcycle tours go, if you want something with edge then the B3135 is for you. Of course, what better way to create an exhilarating tour than to position it near to Britain’s second greatest natural wonder: Cheddar Gorge.

The B3135 is an area of outstanding natural beauty and well worth the ride. You’ll start in the village of Axbridge before joining the road towards Cheddar. Prepare for tight bends, twists and turns as you travel into and out of the gorge. One downfall to this route is that it’s exposed to a lot of traffic – for a smoother journey of the roads, set off early. 

Whichever route you choose, before you set off think safety first by making sure you have the correct motorcycle clothing on.