After the cold, dark winter, it feels amazing to dust off the bike and get her back on the road again. As we welcome the lighter evenings and sunnier days, here are some of the best routes in the UK to plan your next spring motorbike tour:
- East Coast Route
This route starts in Skegness and finishes in Whitby, covering a scenic 180 miles. A route of traditional English seaside resorts and breath-taking roads across the Yorkshire moors.
The route heads up the east coast to the Humber Bridge. After the bridge, follow the road to Withernsea as the roads out that follow the coast here are excellent for biking. Travelling towards Scarborough, you’ll discover another great road with sweeping bends. Beware of the occasional corkscrews and dips you’ll encounter as you head towards Whitby on the final leg of this east coast tour.
- The North 500
For absolutely stunning scenery, you can’t go wrong with the North 500. Starting in Inverness, the route takes its name from the number of miles involved. This is a long route of 500 miles making it the ultimate bike tour of the UK. Its packed full of stunning scenery, great roads and plenty of opportunity for interesting detours. You’ll even get a sticker for your bike at the end of it!
If you choose to complete the North 500 in the summer, be prepared for unpredictable weather, a lot of midges and some congestion. Early autumn is probably the best time to go, but if you only have the summer free, be sure to stay cool with Summer motorbike jackets.
You can complete the North 500 is three days or under but to fully immerse yourself in the experience you might consider taking 5 days for a more pleasurable pace.
- Heading for the Highlands
Beginning in Crocketford and ending in Inveraray, this route traverses 135 miles of the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Travelling from the borders up to the gates of the Highlands at Inveraray, you’ll avoid the slog of the Edinburgh/Glasgow corridor. Crocketford is just west of Dumfries, from where you’ll travel up to Ayr and around to Greenock. Heading on to Port Glasgow, you’ll take a quick ferry ride across the water to Dunoon. From here you’ll follow the road around the beautiful Loch Fyne and into Inveraray.
- Somerset & Devon Hills
Starting out from Woolacombe, this attractive and laid-back route ends in Bridgwater. A relatively short 63 miles, however the route follows one of the least interrupted coastal roads in the UK. It passes the high elevation of the Exmoor National Park before dropping a very steep hill and taking you past a multitude of pretty Devon villages. An easy route from Woolacombe that runs to Berry Down Cross, left at Blackmoor Gate and all the way to Bridgwater on the A39.