GREAT RIDES

Route Bal­dock loop Dis­tance 50 miles Time 1 hour Brief de­scrip­tion Great ex­cuse to by­pass the A1

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Amo­tor­way ser­vice area may not sound like the ideal start­ing point, but there is a fan­tas­tic road to ride within spit­ting dis­tance of Bal­dock ser­vices on the A1(M).

The A507 leads from Bal­dock through Bunt­ing­ford and on to­wards Saf­fron Walden and is a su­perb stretch of road with a few grippy and quick cor­ners that are chal­leng­ing as well as great fun to ride. Itõs not what you ex­pect so close to the mo­tor­way and is al­most worth drop­ping off the A1(M), go­ing for a blast, and then re­turn­ing to break the monotony of a long jour­ney.

Once you cross the M11 it is best to keep to the left of Saf­fron Walden, pass­ing by Aud­ley House be­fore pick­ing up the M11 for a sin­gle junc­tion and turn­ing off at Dux­ford. The Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum is at junc­tion 10 and there is no ex­cuse not to stop for a few hours and gaze at the Bat­tle of Bri­tain air­craft. From Dux­ford take the A505 to­wards Roys­ton be­fore re­turn­ing to Bal­dock. For more rid­ing, the A1060 south of Bish­opõs Stort­ford and B184 to­wards Chip­ping On­gar are ex­cel­lent and, with the A113, can link back to the M11 to re­turn you back to the start.

Well, this beats an over­priced dan­ish pas­try

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