Great British Ride Out
THIS MONTH’S WINNING ROUTE 1 Norfolk does enchant Jim Cunnington’s laid-back run includes plenty of high-quality stops
Start/finish Norwich Distance 125 miles Time 4.5 hours Checkpoints 3 (Happsiburgh lighthouse, Reedham Ferry, Wells-next-the-sea)
A great ride around Norfolk, traditionally the driest county in the UK. “The coast road is stunning but can get busy from Cromer north, so it’s a great weekday ride out,” advises Jim. “This was my first GBRO trip and it was fabulous.” It looks like a great day, especially in the sun, so that bags Jim this month’s prize of an Oxford Montreal 3.0 jacket.
2 North Wales Café trip Start/finish Llyn Brenig Distance 105 miles Time 3 hours Checkpoints 2 (Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre, Ponderosa Café)
Steve Allman sent in this great ride through the stunning scenery of North Wales. While it links two of our checkpoints, it also whizzes past the Chocolate House and could have taken in the Lakeside Café outside Blaenau if even more cake was needed. Though as it is, the points it links are cafés and there’s a stop for lunch in Bala… perhaps that’s not necessary!
3 Donington and the Peaks
Start/finish Coalville Distance 135 miles Time 4 hours Checkpoints 3 (Matlock Bath, Castleton, Cat ‘n’ Fiddle)
Ade Jones heads into the Peak District National Park for a good run to traditional biking favourites of Matlock Bath and the Cat ‘n’ Fiddle. Fabulous riding and some stunning scenery — wouldn’t you want to carry on down the Cat ‘n’ Fiddle road to Macclesfield though? We would…
4 Lakeland motoring
Start/finish Wolviston Services Distance 290 miles Time 8 hours Checkpoints 4 (Sizergh Castle, Bluebird Café, Hardknott Pass, Wasdale Head)
Michael Heaton set out to do a quick shakedown test, to see if a lower screen would suit his Ducati Multistrada. He ended up doing nearly 300 miles… “I’d never been to Wasdale Head before so thank you for introducing me to that amazing bit of tarmac,” he said. Top marks for effort.