Ride Reviews & Routes

Reviews of memorable rides, both short and long, categorised into areas. Follow the links for more information and photos. The content is constantly being updated and expanded :

Europe

Europe
Although relatively new to motorcycle touring in Europe, I've now clocked up well over 25,000 miles of superb continental riding. My first trip in 2005 saw me head off for Spain via France, traversing the Pyrenees twice, which got me well and truly hooked on mountain riding! The following year I headed off for the Alps via the Black Forest. Later that year I took the ferry to Santander and explored the Picos de Europa in northern Spain, the Pyrenees, before heading north through the Alps and into the Vosges region in France. In 2007 I set out to explore the Dolmites in Italy via the Swiss and Austrian Alps. 2008 I returned to the Highlands of Scotland before two more trips into Europe. In July I toured the high Alps and the Gorges of southern France. Later in August, I joined an organised tour to Germany based on the Mosel at Cochem. 2009 saw me return to explore more of the Dolomites and highest Austrian and Swiss Alps. Like an addict, each year I make at least one tour of the Alps and many of the routes for these trips can be found by clicking the link below.

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Canary Islands


In recent years I've been lucky enough to acquire a second home in the Canary Islands, providing perfect conditions for motorcycling during the winter months. In 2011 I rode out to Tenerife on a Triumph Tiger to keep on the island with the aim of fully exploring this wonderful archipelago.

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Scotland


If you've yet to visit Scotland, particularly the northwest Highlands, then you're in for a great surprise! Legendary scenery, fantastic roads, just add some reasonable weather conditions, a motorcycle, and voila!; a bikers paradise. I've returned several times to explore Argyle & Bute, and again to visit the islands Skye and Mull. It's so easy to head south and overlook what Scotland has to offer; highly recommended.

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Ireland

Ireland
Only one tour in this section but the perfect introduction to Ireland. This route uses the Holyhead/Dublin outbound ferry and Belfast/Stranraer return, and therefore passes through five countries! It's a great ride and will give both first time and seasoned visitors the full flavour of Irish scenery and hospitality.

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Lake District

Lakes
The Lake District in Cumbria needs little or no introduction. This area of the UK is blessed with stunning scenery and challenging routes which are are fortunately all within easy reach for me. The only downside is the mountainous terrain results in a relative lack of roads compared to other areas. A two or three day visit will soon exhaust the available tarmac so it's best to take it slow and easy and enjoy the scenery. The highlight for those with a taste for adventure are the Hardknott & Wrynose passes, and a little further north the Honister pass.

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South & Mid Wales

Black Mountains
Wales is a superb area for motorcycling. Simply add the Brecon Beacons National Park to the rolling hills and lakes of mid Wales and you have another UK bikers paradise. I've only recently discovered this beautiful area as it's too far south for a days riding but ideal for a weekend tour. The next stage will be to add the Pembroke coast some time in the future....

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Peak District

PeakDistrict
The Peak District in Derbyshire offers some great riding for motorcyclists in the UK and it's central location provides easy access for vistors from all surrounding areas. There are lots of roads to choose from to form a full and varied days ride-out through fantastic countryside, with many small villages to provide interesting breaks. Its worth noting the National Park enforces a 50mph speed limit. I'm still discovering what this area has to offer and I'm confident more routes will be added to this section soon.

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Yorkshire Dales

Dales
This is my favourite area for motorcycling as not only is it within easy reach, it also provides many miles of differing routes. From fast A and B roads to endless country lanes to explore at a slower pace.

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North Wales

Wales
From gentle rolling hills to the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia, miles of coastline, North Wales has it all with great well surfaced roads too. There are still lots of lesser known routes to enjoy and here you'll find some of mine.

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Ribble Valley

Ribble Valley
Being closest to home this is my local stomping ground, great for shorter summer evening rides or more extended forays into this beautiful area of Lancashire. It's often easy to get sucked into straying further afield than planned and this area is easily linked up with both the Lakes and the Dales for more extended rides.

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Miscellaneous

Stoneyhurst College
Interesting rides that don't fit into any of the above categories. Great routes none the less.

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