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Greatrides mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com/ BAN­BURY CROSS. The cur­rent cross has been in situ for over 150 years and you’re bound to remember it from the nurs­ery rhyme ‘Ride a cock horse to Ban­bury Cross.’ Route Four Coun­ties 137 miles Four hours In brief Eng­land’s gr

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Our route sets out from Ban­bury on a short stretch of dual car­riage­way in the town, but don’t get the wrong idea – there are only three sec­tions of dual on the route.

Head­ing south to­wards Ayles­bury, the roads of­fer lovely sweep­ing bends. We can see the Chiltern Hills in the dis­tance and at Wen­dover we start to flow through these on the B4009.

We pass through Ben­son and turn left to skirt round Walling­ford, be­ing care­ful not to miss the turn­ing for Gor­ing as it’s a con­tin­u­a­tion of the B4009 and you hap­pen upon it rather quicker than the sign sug­gests. At Gor­ing it’s a sharp right over the rail­way line be­fore cross­ing the River Thames.

From Wan­tage ride through the Vale of White Horse to Far­ing­don be­fore cross­ing into Glouces­ter­shire. We’re rid­ing through four coun­ties on this route and there is a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence when you cross bor­ders, with changes in tar­mac changes and promi­nence of speed limits.

From Lech­lade we fol­low the A361 back to Ban­bury. This sec­tion takes us through the heart of the Cotswolds, with its lovely roads but busy towns.

A413 A418/ A413 B4009 A417/A420/A417 A361 This gen­tle middle Eng­land meander is pure plea­sure

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