GREAT RIDES

Route: Zig Zag Hill Dis­tance: 5.5 miles Time: 12 mins Brief de­scrip­tion: Packs more cor­ners than Hol­land!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Type ‘Zig Zag Hill’ into Google and you will soon see why this short route is so fa­mous. The hill it­self is a stretch of road be­tween Tol­lard Royal and Cann Com­mon that’s less than a mile in length but still packs in five hair­pins and another four or five bends of vary­ing fe­roc­ity. It’s quite a test of man as well as ma­chine.

You have to con­cen­trate hard, es­pe­cially when go­ing down it as it’s quite easy for the bike to gather mo­men­tum faster than you are ex­pect­ing, lead­ing to a bit of a scare when one of the many switch­backs looms into view. This, com­bined with a patchy sur­face, makes the hill quite a chal­lenge. Should you take it on, be wary of other traf­fic. Car driv­ers also like to try and test their skills against Zig Zag Hill while lor­ries of­ten end up cross­ing the cen­tre of the road.

How­ever, don’t let these ob­sta­cles put you off as it’s a unique and ex­hil­a­rat­ing sec­tion of the UK’S tar­mac and one that is worth rid­ing. Take it easy on your first pass be­fore you even con­sider build­ing speed.

Once you have be­come ei­ther dizzy or tired of Zig Zag Hill con­tinue on the B3081 to­wards Ring­wood and ex­plore the Wiltshire Downs or turn to­wards Dorset to see what rid­ing de­lights it has to of­fer.

Who says road builders have no sense of fun?

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