The medieval Salisbury Cathedral
From the South-East you’d start your UK tour with one of England’s best roads the A272, a firm favourite among bikers not only for it’s wide and open bends but for the amazing scenery it offers too. From here you stop off to visit the medieval Salisbury Cathedral and the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge before heading to your overnight stop near the spa city of Bath.
You leave Bath and start heading to northern Wales via the impressive Severn River bridge, also known as the Prince of Wales bridge and ride over the mountain range of the Brecon Beacons and into Snowdonia National park with its mountains and glacial landforms surrounding you as you make your way to the hotel in North Wales.
The medieval Salisbury Cathedral
From Edinburgh you will cross back over the border into England and ride through Kielderhead National Forest bringing you nature on a grander scale and the North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty full of open moors and wonderful woods on to your hotel for the evening in the little market town of Barnard Castle, which is named after the castle that it grew up around.
Marking the last leg of your tour you will ride the rolling hills of Derbyshire on to the infamous Cat and Fiddle road bringing you into the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National parks before spending the night in the Ashbourne area of Yorkshire.
As you make your way back home you can visit the world famous National Motorcycle museum in Coventry and ride part of the 230m long Fosse Way, a route laid down by the Romans which has remained unchanged for 2000 years.
Stonehenge: A visit to Stonehenge allows you to walk in the footsteps of your ancestors – at one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monuments in Europe. You can explore the ancient landscape on foot, visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
Salisbury cathedral: Just shy of 800 years old the cathedral is full of archives of ancient materials, you can take a tour, visit the archives or just enjoy a rest off the bike!
Severn river crossing: Built in 1996 and taking 4 years to complete the imposing Severn river crossing is part of the M4 motorway that crosses from Bristol to Wales.
Cross the iconic Severn Bridge
Alpine Snowdonia in Wales: Snowdonia’s national park surrounds Mount Snowdon which is the highest mountain in all of England and Wales at 1,085m high. You have a chance to ride the amazing peaks of the surrounding mountains and see the beautiful scenery including sights such as the Caernarfon castle..
Lake District: Motorbikes are widely seen as the best way to get out and about in the Lake District! The roads are amazing and the scenery is breathtaking, riding round the lakes is incredible- really not something to be missed.
National motorcycle museum: The National Motorcycle Museum traces the history of British Motorcycles through a collection of over 1000 classic bike from almost 170 manufacturers.
Hadrian’s wall: For 300 years Hadrian’s Wall was a frontier sprawling almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. It was built by 15,000 men over nearly six years.
Barnard Castle: Barnard Castle is a market town in county Durham, named after the beautiful castle it grew around. The castle is now in ruins, but it is a beautiful place to visit. Truly picturesque.
Day 1 150 Miles
Ride from Woking to Bath in Somerset.
Day 2 220 Miles
Bath to North Wales via the new Severn River crossing.
Day 3 150 miles
North Wales to the Lake District and the beautiful Lake District National Park.
Day 4 90 Miles
Lake District to Edinburgh in Scotland.
Day 5 216 Miles
Edinburgh back over the border to England.
Day 6 160 Miles
Barnard Castle to the rolling hills of Derbyshire via the well known ‘Cat and Fiddle’ road.
Day 7 195 Miles
Ashbourne to Woking, via the world famous National Motorcycle Museum.
Where does this tour start from?
If you are renting a motorcycle then the tour will start from our rental facility in the south east of England near London. If you’re on your own bike then you can join the route at any point to form a loop from your house. Just let us know when you book which night’s stop would suit you best acting as night one of the trip.
When is the best time of year to do this trip
May to September as a rule is the safest time to tour anywhere in the UK and Ireland although March, April and October can work with a dash of luck. It can be wet at any time of year but a sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips.
The Ultimate Tour of the British Isles. Ride 3000 miles and explore the best biking roads in 4 countries.
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