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Tours and Routes in the UK

This section is the tour section dedicated to riding in the UK be it north or south of the border. All the files you will find will be BaseCamp .gpx files and will include a pdf screen shot. The routes and tours take into account any overnight stays with links to websites for accomodation as well as tour photos from the trip.


The Whisky Tour Summer 2018

Day 1 - Newcastle to Blairgowrie

After a fine crossing on the DFDS ferry we arrived in Newcastle. Took sometime to get off and through the border check but then we were on our way. Already way over 25 degrees and no clouds in sight we headed to the border for the usual photo shoot at the border crossing.

After the border onwards across the new Queensferry bridge arriving in Blairgowrie around 1630. Overnight stay was at the Heathpark Lodge B&B. 

Newcastle to Blairgowrie pdf file

Newcastle to Blairgowrie gpx file

Day 2 - Blairgowrie to Abelour

Again, very hot from early in the morning we headed out east towards Glamis with a quick stop at the castle. Continuing west across the Cairn ó mount via Fettercairn with stunning views from the summit but very windy. After the summit we dropped down to Aberdeenshire and headed towards Dufftown. As we were still early we stopped at the first distillery for a tour. The Glenlivet. Arrived at the Dowans Hotel in Abelour around 1900 just in time for an excellent dinner. Hotel was very good, comfortable with great food. A worthy stop!          

Blairgowrie to Abelour pdf file

Blairgowrie to Abelour gpx file

Day 3 - The Whisky tour

first stop the famous Glenfiddich for an early morning tour and a dram before 1200! Thereafter we headed south towards Grantown and passed a number of other distilleries en route. A brief lunch in Grantown and then headed back to the hotel in Abelour.

The Whisky Tour pdf file

The Whisky Tour gpx file

Day 4 - Abelour to Blairgowrie

Again a very warm with beautiful sunshine as we headed south towards the Cairngorm mountains. Crossing just before Tomintoul the wind had us holding on to avoid being blown off the road. Great ride down into Ballater and a quick visit to Balmoral before heading for a tea stop in Breamar.

We arrived back in Blairgowrie in time for dinner and a rest.

Abelour to Blairgowrie pdf file

Abelour to Blairgowrie gpx file

Day 5 - Blairgowrie to Romaldkirk

The longest day of the tour. We had 360 km to cover but luckily the first 150 were back down the motorway across the Queensferry bridge and south towards Galashiels. We lost one of our party along the way but after our lunch stop in Jedburgh we hooked up again just outside of Corbridge and headed down the Penines via Alston to Romaldkirk. That evening we stayed at the Rose and Crown. Great accommodation but the food was less that expected. Finally the first rain showers accompanied by thunderstorms luckily occurred during the night. 

Blairgowrie to Romaldkirk pdf file

Blairgowrie to Romaldkirk gpx file

Crossing the Cairngorm mountains, Scotland

Day 6 - Romaldkirk to Hull

Unfortunately we awoke to slight drizzle only for it to get quite heavy as we were planning to leave. We waited until 1030 and then headed out. We were caught a bit short about 10 minutes into the ride and got quite a heavy downpour which luckily lasted only 5 minutes. A lunch stop at the Tearooms in Hovingham and then on to the ferry port. Dinner on board was excellent. All in all a really great tour with exceptional weather.

Romaldkirk to Hull pdf file

Romaldkirk to Hull gpx file

The Mid UK Tour 2017

2 intrepid riders decided that one UK trip for 2017 was not enough and booked a tour for September hoping for a break in the weather. Crossing from Holland via the Harwich ferry we arrived Thursday 7th in sunny South East England. We had decided to look in on Cannon BMW in Braintree to sample the new K1600 GTLE instead got a ride on the new Bagger and on a new model RT. After the fun of this it was off up through spectacular Finchingfield and west towards the Cotswold’s. Our overnight stay was the Lamb Inn at Gt Rissington. A lovely pub with very comfortable rooms and friendly service. 

Next day leaving we headed north west along the Welsh border towards Chester. A couple of heavy showers but generally the roads remained dry. We arrived at the Pheasant Inn in Buwardesly, a superbly located pub with spectacular views of Liverpool at just over 30 miles away. Good food and an excellent location.

Day 3 took us East about toward Norfolk. Having left a little later and in the middle of a real rain storm we decided to find the most direct route 

east and the motorways around the Midland cities. At around lunch time the weather had cleared so we resumed our original route and headed east towards Kings Lynn. Over night stay was at the Rose and Crown in Snettisham. Great place with good food and accommodation.

Day 4 took us north and then east along the Norfolk coats toward Cromer. We tried to get a sandwich at the Ingham Swan but regrettably being Sunday they were full. Later in the afternoon we decided to venture into Colchester for a curry and then headed back to the ferry at Harwich. Weather was relatively kind but as usual the riding and scenery as well as overnight stays was superb. Roll on 2018!

Click below to access pdf and GPX files of the tour

Harwich to Gt Rissington pdf file

Harwich to Gt Rissington gpx file

Burwardesly to Snettisham pdf file

Burwardesly to Snettisham gpx file

Gt Rissington to Buwardesly pdf file

Gt Rissington to Buwardesly gpx file

Snettisham to Harwich pdf file

Snettisham to Harwich gpx file

The National Parks Tour 2017

Trip to the 6 national parks in the UK. Crossing at Hook of Holland to Harwich then heading north into the Dales, Peaks, Lakes, Scottish Borders, and returning via the North York Moors national park. 5 days riding with 4 nights in superb English country pubs.

Day 1 Harwich to the Peaks

After a good breakfast at the Premier Inn outside the ferry port we headed

into Suffolk through beautiful pink housed villages. 

Traffic was a bit heavy due to rush hour but soon we were well on our way and heading up through the home counties. Lunch stop was at the Berkeley Arms in Wymondham just outside Melton Mowbray. Great pub with excellent sandwiches and they even had a cosy parlour where we were able to sit quietly and relax with all our gear. Really appreciative to the landlord for that! Final destination was the Manifold Inn at Hulme end. Great location with comfortable rooms in the outbuildings of the pub. Food and pub were fine although a bit busy due to there being a large campsite just opposite. All the same, a comfortable night and ready for day 2.

Day 2 - Hulme End to Winster

Regrettably Saturday was a bit on the wet side. Leaving Hulme End and heading north through the Peaks and Dales we were hampered by low cloud and rain. Passing over Snake Pass and the Dales did not offer the fantastic views we had hoped for. Only right at the end of our trip arriving in the Lakes did it dry up and the sun came out.

Despite damp riding we arrived at our destination - The Brown Horse, in Winster early evening in time for a few beers. Accommodation was excellent. Great rooms and a very busy pub with very good food. Well worth a visit especially if your keen on getting away from the tourist hotspots and Ullswater Windemere which are just up the road. Great food & rest and ready for day 3.

Day 3 - Winster to Seahouses

Weather was perfect. Blue skies and a few picturesque clouds as we packed up and headed north into the Lakes. Up along Windemere and over to Ullswater past fantastic scenery heading further north towards the Scottish border. We crossed just west of Kielder Forrest and headed north towards Hawich.

East along great sweeping roads (A7) towards Jedburgh,

Flodden Field and then dipping down towards the Northumberland Coast. Temperatures had risen substantially by the time we arrived in Seahouses of stop for the night. Overnight stop was the Olde Ship at Seahouses. Amazingly quaint pub with equally spectacular rooms, great food and superb views. Their website simply does not do it justice but judging by the crowds in the beer garden when we arrived advertisement is the least of their problems. After a great dinner, wander along the harbour wall we retired for the evening. 

Day 4 - Seahouses to Levisham

Sad to leave Seahouses and the Old Ship but our tour had to continue to the next destination. Driving south West into the Pennines we headed towards an old familiar stop at the Rose and Crown Romaldkirk for lunch. Weather along the road was again spectacular, warm but also breezy as we headed over the Pennines.

After lunch the road took us further south into the North York Moors national park to the Horseshoe Inn at Levisham. The pub is one of my favourites for many reasons, The food is excellent, the location very peaceful and the accommodation perfect. Seems the rest of the Group agreed and this came a close second on our tour only to Seahouses. After a great dinner and short walk through the village off to sleep and ready for the final leg of the tour.

Day 5 - Levisham to Hull Ferry

Weather for the last day again superb. bright sunshine, blue skies and breezy. Perfect riding conditions. We set up back into the National park heading north and then West in a big loop around the Park. Heading South East past Castle Howard, through Beverley and out towards the Coast. Heading down the Coats to Spurn Point for a last stop before heading back to the Ferry. 

Click below to access pdf and GPX files of the tour

Harwich to Hulme End pdf file

Harwich to Hulme End gpx file

Seahouses to Levisham pdf file

Seahouses to Levisham gpx file

Hulme End to Winster pdf file

Hulme End to Winster

Levisham to Hull pdf file

Levisham to Hull gpx file

Winster to Seahouses pdf file

Winster to Seahouses gpx file

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