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Discussion in 'Europe' started by tommyvdv, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    Hello inhabitants of the slab of dirt and rocks to our NW that we call the United Kingdom.

    We're (4 guys - 27 - belgium) are planning a trip around the UK and are hoping to see wales and scotland.
    Here's a rough representation of how we would go about it: http://g.co/maps/6gkgp

    Dover (arrival), liverpool, isle of man, scotland!
    We were going to stop over on the isle of man but the group has decided the ferry is too expensive.
    So now i'm stuck with Dover, something something, scotland!

    Since my knowledge about this place is VERY limited i'm inquiring any locals to help point out places worth visiting.
    We want to avoid crowds and big cities. Enjoy nature and historical sites. Other than that anything goes.

    If you know great camping spots or would not mind if we pitch our tent in your backyard; feel free to let me know :)

    Thanks for the help/info!
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  2. Timpo

    Timpo NORTH WALES TRF.

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    Dude, what type of bikes are you bringing?
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  3. Hockley Boy

    Hockley Boy Been here awhile

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    Look further west when you get to Scotland, take in Applecross and the Isle of Skye if you can.
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  4. Tagger

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    see pm :)
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  5. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    Was told before that Skye is stunning.
    Hope we'll make it that far
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  6. saito

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    there must be more people out here that know stunning places around the uk!

    lets make it a litlle more rewarding: the person who gives us the best tip and lives somewhere near our final route gets free belgian beer this summer. And anyone who knows anything about beer know us belgians make the best!
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  7. IslandMonkey

    IslandMonkey Been here awhile

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    If/When you are up near Newcastle on the north east coast of England, I'd suggest visiting Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island/Lindisfarne.
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  8. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    From Dover turn right... visit Stonehenge...then follow a route through the twisty roads of Wales till Liverpool...
    imagine that WRC Rallye GB runs over there...they should know something..
    From Scouserland (Liverpool) use A6 till Lake district.... a magnificent area with twisty roads... woods and lakes...
    Of course you can visit Peak district or Lancashire dales which are the middle of the island on the level of Manchester and above... riding through that areas it would be nice to visit York... I really like that city ( I have visited 4-5 times..)...
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  9. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    Seems like we're on the right track through britain!
    Are there specifics we should look into in this first half of britain? Buildings, castles, historical places.
    I'd hate to blow by any sights only to realize we've missed them when we get back.
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  10. janner

    janner Been here awhile

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    You are going to have to blow by sights because there are so many and you don't have time. Historical places and buildings are everywhere.

    You could head into N.Wales and Snowdown, cross into the Lake district, then head west to the coast of Scotland.

    Or, you could forget going north and take a slower route, west along the A30, detour some of the roads into Dartmoor, then as far west as you can go to Lands End. Tour the south coast and then back along the north coast to Bristol. Stop to smell the roses and taste the beer along the way.
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  11. Earl of Portchester

    Earl of Portchester Been here awhile

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  12. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    true
    also: englishmen have beer? ;)
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  13. Tagger

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    unforntniatly, since we're leaving on a saturday, the southside will be over the weekend, we'll be in snowdonia by that time. But looks like a nice event :)
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  14. Rimlocker

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  15. Lloyd67

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    I live in York and regard everywhere north of me as my playground. No disrespect intended to my southern friends but England is a different country above a line stretching from roughly Liverpool to Hull...... The traffic levels are MUCH lower, the scenery a lot wilder and may surprise you how quiet it is in parts compared to the South of the UK and especially places like Holland and Belgium, so this applies just to the North.

    Lake District is good but can be overcrowded with tourists. I find it too much what with all the Coach tours and caravans. The Dales north of Hawes and Richmond are beautiful and remote, not as scenic perhaps but a much better place in mw experience for motorcycling. County Durham is wild especially on the moors around Stanhope but it has a charm of it's own. Northumbria (especially the coast) is always worth a visit with Bamburgh and Lindisfarne island musts.

    Scotland north of Glasgow is where the magic begins though. A82 up past Loch Lomond, Crianlarich then through Glencoe will have your eyes popping out. Perhaps not as spectacular as the Swiss passes but still fantastic.

    As a previous reply suggests Skye is good but I would also consider the Isle of Mull and especially the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The road from Ardgour to Acharacle is in my opinion one of the great roads, anywhere. It's the A861. Take the Corran Ferry on the A82 south of Fort William. There's a bunkhouse at Strontian that is motorcycle friendly. You can get to Mallaig from there to get the ferry to the Isle of Skye.

    If you have the time, Applecross, over Bealach Na Ba pass is absolutely essential.

    Just remember that it takes a LOT longer to get anywhere in the UK if you're away from the motorways in comparison to mainland Europe. I'm going to Ardnamurchan in May and I leave a good 7 hours to cover about 350 miles, and sometimes it takes more if the mood takes you. Oh, and the Police are very 'motorcycle sensitive' on Sundays but weekdays should be ok.
    Wales and the South are ok and I'm sure you'll have fun but Scotland would be my priority. Not sure when you intend to visit but the midges are nasty after May on the west coast and can make your evenings a bit miserable.

    Visit York as well, I'll buy you a beer or two.....
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  16. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    We'll try and take you up on that offer.
    Thanks for the insights!
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  17. Tagger

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    ok, we made our first version of our route. There are always going to be areas that we have to leave in order to see other ones offcourse, so we hope find a route where we can get the most out of it.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/618588/gmaps/route.html

    feel free to share your toughts ;)
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  18. the white rabbit

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    Unless you have reason to go through the middle bit (Cheltenham & Worcester) the way you are, I would come across to Bath and take a look there, then through Mendip hills and over to Severn Bridge across to Chepstow, up Wye Valley to Monmouth, then to Hereford and north through the black and white villages then across to Builth or maybe easier across to Abergavenny, then Brecon and Builth then onto your route.

    In the central bit of Scoltland I would also probably go north of the river Forth on the leg from Stirling and then over the Forth Bridge.

    Even though I live here I use a Rough Guide to GB when I am visiting places to get the main must see stuff.
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  19. Tagger

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    I sure hope severn bridge is in a better condition than portrayed on google maps :S

    i made an alternative route based on your suggestions, we'll discuss it on our next "meeting" ;) Thanks for the input
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  20. DorsetBlue

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    There are two severn bridges. The newer one is considerably longer.
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