GREAT RIDES

Route Scar­bor­ough loop Dis­tance 70 miles Time re­quired 2 to 3 hours Brief de­scrip­tion A short but sweet route that takes in Oliver’s Mount as well as some great lo­cal roads

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

As the UK main­land’s only road rac­ing cir­cuit, Oliver’s Mount in Scar­bor­ough is well worth a visit. Whether you choose to make a date to watch road rac­ing heroes duke it out at one of the reg­u­lar meet­ings, or just pop there on a non­race day, Oliver’s is a great place to start a ride­out around the York­shire coun­try­side.

The cir­cuit is open all year round and as well as a track it is also a pub­lic road. Take a few sec­onds to no­tice the trees, nar­row­ness of the track and var­i­ous other ob­sta­cles that line the side of the tar­mac. Any­one who races there de­serves se­ri­ous re­spect!

Start­ing from Oliver’s Mount Café at the high­est point of the cir­cuit, head along the A171 that leads through Har­wood Dale For­est and up to­wards Whitby. Use cau­tion as there are cor­ners that can catch out the un­wary.

While you are there, stop off at the Drac­ula Ex­pe­ri­ence. What’s the con­nec­tion be­tween Whitby and Drac­ula? In Bram Stoker’s book Drac­ula’s boat ran aground there.

Af­ter dodg­ing the vam­pires take the A169 through the North York Moors Na­tional Park and Goath­land Moor. This un­du­lat­ing road is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion so keep an eye out for the po­lice and watch your speed.

Most stop for an ice cream (or maybe a hot cof­fee this time of year) along the way be­fore en­ter­ing Pick­er­ing and tak­ing the A170 back to Scar­bor­ough, which leads back to the café at Oliver’s Mount. The rac­ing and hill­climb sea­son has fin­ished for this year but will re­sume in April 2017 with the Spring Cup Road Races, a favourite of all the big-name rac­ers as well as MCN’S very own Adam Child.

CLOCK­WISE FROM SCAR­BOR­OUGH A170 – Pick­er­ing RIGHT AT ROUND­ABOUT A169 – Whitby RIGHT AT ROUND­ABOUT A171 – Scar­bor­ough ANTI CLOCK­WISE FROM SCAR­BOR­OUGH A171 – Whitby LEFT AT ROUND­ABOUT A169 – Pick­er­ing LEFT AT ROUND­ABOUT A170 – Scar­bor­ough

Pack your pan­niers with gar­lic to ward off vam­pires

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