Motorcycle Routes UK

Touring tips

Specialists in motorcycling for over 45 years, we are passionate about our trade and work to help our clients enjoy motorcycling as much as we do ourselves.

Over the years we have spent working with motorcycles and motorcyclists, we have developed an expert knowledge of the best motorcycle routes in the UK. As big motorcycling fans ourselves, we are only too happy to share those routes with you, perhaps providing you with a great route you didn’t know about!

Here we present the Colin Appleyard guide to what we think are some of the best UK motorcycle routes.

The Cat and Fiddle: A537 Buxton to Mansfield

This 11 km stretch of road winds through the stunning surroundings of the Peak District and is a must for motorcycling enthusiasts. While it's not one of the fastest roads to take your motorcycle on, with a speed limit of 50mph, it is one of the most spectacular and enjoyable.

High up above the surrounding countryside, the ride provides fantastic views across the beautiful Peak District and is a very popular route with motorcyclists across the UK. Keep an eye out for a few sharp corners, and possibly a few sheep too, and you’ll be experiencing one of the best routes the UK has to offer. Hardknott Pass, Lake District As one of the most challenging, and most rewarding, motorcycle routes in the UK, Hardknott Pass is perfect for experienced riders who are looking to push themselves.

The route boasts a daunting 1 in 3 gradient, making it the joint steepest road in the whole of Great Britain peaking at 1,291 foot. If you want to wind your way through the Lake District on a single-track road, the Hardknott Pass could provide you with the perfect escape you are looking for. Winding through the Lake District past Eskdale and the Duddon Valley, this route also offer bikers the opportunity to take the Wrynose Pass to Ambleside.

The Antrim Coast Road: A2, Northern Ireland

This route is one of the most biker-friendly in the UK.

Riding along the Antrim Coast Road gives bikers the perfect opportunity to cruise by the sea all the way up to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. There are plenty of fishing villages on the way to, so there’s plenty of opportunity to hop off your bike and explore the local area on foot away from the hustle and bustle of larger metropolitan areas.

The NW200 is also staged in the area, so its good place for bikers to go experience driving on roads which are used by professional racers.

Some of the other most notable UK motorcycle tour routes include:

  • The Horseshoe Pass, A542 North Wales
  • The A82, Glasgow to Inverness
  • The A4117, Clee Hill, Shropshire

If you need any accessories or parts before you head out on one of our recommended routes, be sure to pop into our dealership in Keighley to make sure you are fully stocked!