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We bikers are probably the only people in the country who truly appreciate tarmac. A smooth, solid stretch of the stuff, winding through the countryside is the key element of any motorcycle tour. After all, no-one wants to be sat on a bike with nowhere to go, dodging potholes or suffering a very sore bottom at the mercy of uneven surfaces!

So deciding what kind of motorbike roads you want to enjoy and planning your route carefully is essential to ensure an easy, pleasant ride that doesn’t leave you unable to sit down for the next few days!

The UK has some amazing motorcycle roads for all kinds of bikers. There are twisties for those who want a thrill, long stretches of open road for bikers who want to chill out on their tour, and coastal and countryside routes for anyone who likes picturesque scenery and fresh air while they’re riding.

So how do you find these perfect motorcycle roads? Well, it’s part experience and part research. Those who have been living life on two wheels for many years will know all about the best routes, so if you’re new to biking or looking to widen your horizons ask around for recommendations. Don’t be afraid of heading out for a day of exploration - you never know what you might find - just take a map or satnav and mobile phone for when you get lost!

To get you started, here are our top picks of the UK’s best motorbike roads. Wherever you end up, just remember to ride safely, keep an eye out for hazards and stay within the law.

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The Cat and Fiddle, A537 Buxton to Macclesfield

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The Cat and Fiddle run is an 11 km strip of tarmac running through the Peak District between Buxton and Macclesfield. Although it has been named one of the most dangerous roads and given a 50 mph speed limit, it is still one of the most popular motorcycle roads in the UK. One ride is guaranteed to hook newcomers, but take it easy on your first go - there are several corners that can easily catch you out. Not to mention the wandering sheep! You will find plenty of company along the way, from new riders getting their first taste of the open road to hardened tourers who know the road like the back of their hand.

The Antrim coast road, A2 Northern Ireland

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Rumoured to be the road where Joey Dunlop first broke-in his leathers, the 60-mile A2 is an incredibly biker-friendly place for many reasons. The NW200 is staged in the area, so those who missed their calling as a racer can enter their very own world of road trials, just stick to the speed limit and don’t get carried away with the overtaking manoeuvres! Anyone on a motorcycle tour round here can make the most of the pretty fishing villages and get right up to the sea, with The Giant’s Causeway at the end, and spend several days making the most of the open roads in the area.

The A82, Glasgow to Inverness

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The A82 is a truly joyous motorcycle road, gracefully sweeping between Glasgow and Inverness without anything to hinder the ride. If ever a road was laid for bikers, this is it. The road clings to the amazing Scottish landscape, taking in Loch Lomond, heading through Glencoe and past Loch Ness (monster sightings not guaranteed) to Forts William and Augustus. If riding this road, take time to appreciate the sights along the way - there are plenty of guesthouses, B&Bs, hotels and campsites to rest your weary heads (and legs!).

The A4117, Clee Hill, Shropshire

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The A4117 offers a long ride through the hills of Shropshire. Riding from Ludlow to Cleobury provides the more challenging descent but either way, the views are incredible and there are always plenty of bikers about for company. Stop for a rest at the top of Titterstone Clee Hill, which stands more than 1,500 ft above sea level, and take in the breathtaking Malvern Hills and Welsh mountains while picnicking in the remains of the old quarries.

The Horseshoe Pass, A542, north Wales

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The A542 in north Wales is one of the country’s most spectacular motorcycle roads, and that’s no mean feat! The steady incline makes both the ascent and descent easy and enjoyable, giving even the newest bikers chance to hit the open road and have fun in safety. The Horseshoe Pass is so-named because of the shape it takes as it winds around the valley.  At 1,400 ft above sea level, the peak is a great place to stop and survey the world.

Hardknott Pass, Lake District

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The old Roman road known as the Hardknott Pass is one of the UK’s most taxing motorcycle roads. With a 1 in 3 gradient making it the joint-top steepest road in Great Brtiain,  this is definitely not a route for the feint-hearted or those with little biking experience. The narrow, winding road can seem daunting, but those who rise to the challenge and reach the summit at 1,291 feet will be well rewarded. The single-track winds through the Lake District between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley, before the Wrynose Pass continues on to Ambleside.



by Gemma Rathbone