Great Bri­tish Ride Out

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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.

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