A ROYAL RIDE

Wind­sor route’s a win­ner

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week In Mcn - asks Andy David­son

Miles 0037 Scenery Roads

Epic roads which slice their way through tow­er­ing moun­tains are won­der­ful slith­ers of en­gi­neer­ing, and amaz­ing rides too. But they’ve got noth­ing on a week­end ride which in­cludes tea with the Queen of Eng­land at her week­end get­away, Wind­sor Cas­tle. Well… we can’t prom­ise you’ll ac­tu­ally have tea with Her Majesty, or be any­where near her, but a dozen quaint tea shops line the prom­e­nade just out­side the cas­tle walls. Pull up, or­der an Earl Grey and give a nod to one of the cas­tle’s archery win­dows. You never know, she might pop down for a crum­pet.

Af­ter down­ing your cuppa, head past the guard and into Old Wind­sor be­fore hav­ing a blast through the long straight run­way which cuts its way through Run­nymede. The wa­ter­meadow is where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215, so don’t for­get to check out the mon­u­ments. Once you’re up to date with the ideals of democ­racy, lim­i­ta­tion of power and equal­ity and free­dom un­der law, hook a right for Vir­ginia Wa­ter where a bunch of squig­gly switch­backs and sharp cor­ners await. It’s well worth pulling up and tak­ing a stroll through the park, for water­falls and fol­lies. The road will also take you past the Went­worth Es­tate, click into sec­ond gear and take it slow as you mo­sey past the houses – see if there are any you fancy buy­ing. It’s the most ex­pen­sive town in the UK mind, so it’ll cost a pretty penny (or five hun­dred mil­lion of them).

Jump onto Lon­don Road and head for the B383 north. This lit­tle gem will take you to Le­goland, but just keep go­ing past the hordes of kids and then past the hordes of women in ridicu­lously big hats at the Royal Wind­sor Race Course. You’ll end up in Eton and rid­ing past the Hog­warts

style col­lege. Get in and out quickly and make your way to Dor­ney Lake – a 2012 Olympic row­ing venue. The road opens up and you can treat your­self by snap­ping the throt­tle back for a mad dash. But just be­fore you cross the Ju­bilee River, pull into the Pineap­ple pub for a doorstop sand­wich big­ger than your front door. Once you’ve fu­elled up, head to­wards Burn­ham Beeches and get lost in its maze of tight turns, fast sweep­ers and long straights. It’s Bri­tish coun­try­side rid­ing at its best. The roads are lined with pubs and their car parks are pep­pered with bikes. Af­ter get­ting your rid­ing fix, it’s straight back to the Cas­tle for one last cup of tea.

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