Route The Wood­headed Snake Dis­tance 41 miles Time 1 hour 10 mins Brief de­scrip­tion Peak passes

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Get­ting your tim­ing is key on this route, which takes in two roads that make reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on ra­dio traf­fic bul­letins. Get there at the wrong time and you’ll won­der what the hell MCN was think­ing in rec­om­mend­ing this run.

But time it right and this run takes in some great sights and is an en­joy­able way of cross­ing the Peak District, pass­ing Langsett Reser­voir be­fore nudg­ing the shore­line of Wood­head Reser­voir.

Soon we cut off on the B6105 as it winds south-west to­wards Glos­sop, then cut back to­wards Sh­effield on the A57 Snake Pass. The A-road des­ig­na­tion is a throw­back to the days when this was the main route to and from Sh­effield. This road is reg­u­larly closed in win­ter for poor weather and its twist­ing, turn­ing na­ture suits its name per­fectly – although it ac­tu­ally gained its tag from the Snake Inn that sat be­side the road when first opened.

Both the Snake and Wood­head Passes re­main pop­u­lar de­spite the traf­fic, but it’s well worth wait­ing for a quiet, sunny day to get the best out of a trip around them.

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