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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
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.