Ar­dennes, Bel­gium 3-5 days

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Missions Spring Edition -

If you want a great ride that’s within easy reach of the UK, you want to visit the Ar­dennes. If you put up with a bit of mo­tor­way, you can get to Spa within a few hours of rolling off the Euro­tun­nel. Even if you go cross-country, it’s not quite a full day’s ride from the Chan­nel.

What you find when you get there is a re­gion of wooded hills criss-crossed by the kind of per­fectly-sur­faced, quiet roads you nor­mally have to go a lot fur­ther south to en­joy. True, the Ar­dennes has its share of bumpy, hideous back lanes as well… but the main bik­ing roads are bril­liant.

Bet­ter still, it’s a mo­tor­sport hot-spot with great events held at the his­toric Spa Francorchamps race track. There’s no Mo­togp or World Su­pers there, but the first week­end in July this year will see the Bik­ers’ Clas­sic, with dozens of two-stroke GP bikes be­ing caned round the cir­cuit by their leg­endary orig­i­nal riders.

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