5 Great Scenic Motorcycle Routes in the UK
The UK has a glorious mix of scenery and much of it’s ideal for travelling through by motorbike. There are challenging roads to cruise in every direction complete with hills, forests and beautiful coastlines.
1. Peak District: Matlock to Hebden Bridge
The dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park provides many opportunities to use serious motorcycle skills along twisting, steep inclines that can be quite muddy. Starting at Matlock, travel to Bakewell then admire the beautiful countryside as Chapel-en-le-Frith comes into view. Follow the B6105 which skirts the reservoirs of Woodhead and Torside before heading north to the picturesque village of Holmfirth, the famous setting of the TV series, Last of the Summer Wine. Continue to Hebden Bridge in the beautiful Calder Valley near the forest of Hardcastle Crags.
2. Devon: Bridgwater to Ilfracombe
This exhilarating route weaves between the coastline of the Bristol Channel and the Exmoor Forest National Park. Set out from Bridgwater on the A39 travelling west through the heathland and oak woodlands of the Quantock Hills. Pause for refreshments at Watchet overlooking the Bridgwater Bay before continuing through a series of quaint villages including Porlock, Bredon and Lynmouth with its harbour at the base of a deep wooded gorge. A narrow valley leads to Combe Martin then Ilfracombe with its bay sheltered by steep hills.
3. Wales: Chepstow to Aberystwyth
An adventurous trip across the windswept Brecon Beacons starts at Chepstow then Abergavenny, the Gateway of Wales with its views of the Black Mountains. The road follows the beautiful, lush scenery along the River Wye taking in Builth Wells and Rhayader. At Ceredigion there’s the famous three-tiered Devil’s Bridge to see before following the A4120 alongside the twists and turns of the Vale of Rheidol Scenic Railway which leads directly to the seaside town of Aberystwyth.
4. Yorkshire: Hull to York
A lengthy trip with bracing, east coast breezes begins at Hull before riding through the locations on the coastline facing the North Sea from Bridlington, Filey, Scarborough and Robin Hood’s Bay to the famous ruins of Whitby Abbey. Head west through the North York Moors with magnificent views of the Cleveland Hills, ancient forests and heathlands filled with heather. From Pickering it’s a short run to the fascinating, historic city of York.
5. Scotland: Inverness to Inverness
An epic, 500-mile circular route that requires plenty of XLMoto gear to withstand sun, gales, rain and arduous rides along mountainous roads. Cross Beauly Firth, Cromarty Firth then follow the coast to Helmsdale and Berriedale with challenging steep, sharp turns in the road. From Wick travel north to the open landscape of John O’Groats. Thurso has inspiring views of the Pentland Firth. Continue south to Ullapool then admire the unrivalled scenery of the Lochs Maree, Duich and Cluanie. Follow the A82 alongside the twenty-three mile Loch Ness before arriving back in Inverness.