Round the UK

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by Kruhy, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Kruhy

    Kruhy n00b

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1
    Location:
    Central Europe
    Hi folks,

    For my holidays this year I am going to UK in mid September. I will have 5 days to roam the island. My starting point will be London and I would like to see York, Edinburgh, Manchester, Scottish Highlands, Peak District and Lake District.

    I made some research and know I want to take route A82 Glasgow - Inverness which would be a connection between Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh, ride through Hardknott Pass in Lake District looks interesting and Buxton to Macclesfield in Peak District also looks inviting. But that are only 3 pieces of 2,000 km route, therefore I would need some help with planning the rest of my route. My priorities would be great views and fun ride (if the weather will be kind), so I would like to avoid boring stretches of highways as much as possible.

    So Brits of ADVrider.com, you can please help me find the best route around your island?
    #1
  2. Hayastani

    Hayastani Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    30
    Location:
    UK
    You would be advised to reduce the mileage you wish to cover in the UK. Whereas it may be possible to pass through all the cities and areas in the five day you will have precious little time to stop and enjoy any one of them. The UK is a small island but it has a very high density of traffic making covering long distances in such a short period of time difficult.

    As your starting is London maybe you should limit yourself to parts of England only, possibly Peak District, Manchester and York. Scotland is an excellent place to visit and warrants far longer than five days once there, rather than part of a five day visit to the UK. I hope this helps.
    #2
  3. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    19,213
    Location:
    The Kingdom of Kent
    It can be done but it'll be 5-6 hours of riding every day and you'll have to compromise on a bit of highway riding.

    London - York - North Yorks Moors
    North Yorks Moors - Kielder - Inverness
    Inverness - Fort William - Lake District
    Lake District - Yorkshire Dales - Manchester - Peak District
    Peak District - Cotswolds - London

    1,300 miles, 27 hours of riding. Big days but perfectly doable if you've a mind to get cracking every morning.
    #3
  4. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,139
    Location:
    Back home in the UK
    As has been said it is possible to visit most but probably not all of the places you would like to in 5 days but you will actually see little of them. I would suggest you limit yourself to 2 or 3 of those closest to London and find out what you would most like to see in them.
    I would get a copy of Michelin map 504 South East England and plan your journey using the scenic routes marked in green to see some of our fabulous countryside, the view from our motorways is as boring as from any other.
    #4
  5. Roeligan

    Roeligan Belgium power!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    574
    Location:
    Belgium
    Do a google search for UK bike 8.
    Will be riding it as of next saturday. Should be nice :)


    Verstuurd van mijn GT-I8190 met Tapatalk
    #5
  6. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    126
    Location:
    Camp Hill, PA
    few years ago we did a similar trip...but in 7 days

    London-Stonehenge-wales-lake district-Glen Coe-Skye-John o groats- edinburg and back to London.

    only real highway stuff was Edinburgh south, just to cover ground. From Stonehenge to Edninburgh 2 lane roads 95% of the time
    #6
  7. yorkieterrier

    yorkieterrier Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2012
    Oddometer:
    35
    Location:
    Kent, UK
    It will be interesting to see how you get on, in regards to distance travelled each day and time taken compared to their calculations.
    Also how much time you spend stopping for pictures etc.



    #7
  8. Roeligan

    Roeligan Belgium power!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    574
    Location:
    Belgium

    Will let you know. We'll start this Saturday in the morning near Hull (Ferry coming from Zeebrugge); and have to be back in Hull on Tuesday afternoon the week after. So that gives us like 10 days; should be sufficient. Last month we crossed the Alps towards Hungary, average of 300km per day, mainly on smaller roads (never highway).
    Will be riding down from hull towards Wales; then up in NE direction to come down passing Glasgow towards Hull again.
    #8
  9. Roeligan

    Roeligan Belgium power!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    574
    Location:
    Belgium
    We did the tour, without any issues (besides finding some place to sleep/eet a few times due to everything booked :huh).
    Did an average of just above 300km per day; drove for 9.5 days and did an extra 'detour' to John O'Groats (northern tip of Scotland (up via the east coast, down through the highlands). And all that, on 3 Harley's this time :)
    Was well worth it.
    Western Scotland is really stunning!
    #9
  10. KipperMatic

    KipperMatic Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Oddometer:
    34
    Location:
    On the better side of the Detroit River
    I've done London - Birmingham - Manchester - Carlisle - Gretna (Scotland borders)
    Dumfries - Kirkudbright - Girvan - Glaesga (missed an evening here due to Lord Buckfast and the Buckie orchestra)
    Headed back south

    Hawick - Newcastle - Hull - Peterbrough - London

    5 days... including overnights Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle

    Nice side roads, off the "M" roads and head into the real lands. Galloway region of Scotland is wonderful.
    This trip didnt bring me anywhere near my family home of Aberdeen.
    #10