The 9 best UK roadtrips to ride this summer

With two months of Summer remaining, there’s still plenty of time to get a road trip planned! Below you’ll find a press release put together by the amazing team over at Superbike Loans, covering 9 of the best road trips you can journey down this riding season, with tips for each!

Summer is well and truly on its way, and there’s no better season to hit the open road on two wheels. If you’re stuck for inspiration, motorbike finance specialists – and self-confessed riding enthusiasts – Superbike Loans have rounded up their nine favourite roadtrips, covering the UK from top to bottom. Get these on your 2023 bucket list.

1. North Coast 500 

Location: North Coast of Scotland

Length: 516 miles

Let’s get one of the most famous roadtrips out of the way first. The NC500 – as the regulars may call it – is a 500-mile scenic trip around the northern tip of Scotland. It’s incredibly popular so you’ll want to time your visit wisely, but it’s well worth the effort. You’ll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery that Scotland has to offer, including mountains, lochs, and coastline. Plan your trip well by booking nights at local B&Bs and making the most of the local pubs and friendly faces.

2. Snake Pass loop 

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Approximate length: 23 miles

Short, sweet, and a superb day out on your bike, Snake Pass loop connects Glossop with Ladybower Reservoir via the A57. It may not be the longest route, but it makes for a challenging yet satisfying ride. You’ll be treated to winding mountain roads and stunning views of the countryside. When your journey is over at the reservoir, stop off for a bite to eat and take in the beauty before you head back.

3. Black Mountain Pass

Location: South Wales

Approximate length: 23 miles

This baby roadtrip is perfect for beginners or those who have just got their licence, but this 23-mile stretch will not disappoint when it comes to views. Despite its short stature, it’s still a challenging ride, with plenty of steep climbs and hairpin bends to test your skills. But we promise it’s well worth the effort; you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

4. The Cat & Fiddle

Location: Peak District

Approximate length: 19 miles

Here we have one of the most famous motorcycle routes in the UK, and for good reason. This 19-mile stretch of road in the glorious Peak District is renowned for its steep climbs and hairpin bends; it’s certainly not one for the faint of heart. But those who undertake this route will be rewarded with glorious and lush open scenery.

5. Hardknott Pass

Location: Lake District

Approximate length: 2.2km

A single-track road that cuts straight through the Lake District, Hardknott Pass is incredibly steep and winding, but lots of fun to ride. It’s actually one of the steepest roads in England, and with a gradient of about 33% it’s certainly a challenge. But if you’re looking to push the boundaries a little, this Cumbrian route is the one. Just take care on those hairpin bends and enjoy the end result.

6. Bakewell Loop

Location: Peak District

Approximate length: 67 miles

Get set for a delightful and leisurely ride in the Peak District with the deliciously named Bakewell Loop. From Bakewell, you’ll head towards Calver on the B6001 and loop back around through Longhill. It’s a ride that will certainly keep you engaged, with challenging corners, steep hills, and rapid descents aplenty. You’ll also be taken through some of the most picturesque villages and towns in the Peak District.

7. The Evo triangle

Location: North Wales

Approximate length: 20 miles

The 20-mile stretch of The Evo triangle will see you traverse Welsh terrain of all kinds, including forests, mountains, and valleys. You get the best of both riding worlds on this route; a brilliant mix of winding corners as well as superb straights where you can really open up that throttle. While it may only take you 30 minutes or so to get round, there’s nothing wrong with doing a few laps!

8. The Cheddar Gorge route

Location: Somerset

Approximate length: 14 miles

Nestled deep in the Somerset countryside – a short journey south of Bristol – you’ll come across the Cheddar Gorge. A must-ride addition to your bucket list, you’ll venture between cliffs that tower on either side of you as you wind through the tight and sweeping bends of the Somerset countryside. This is one that absolutely cannot be missed.

9. Cornwall coastline

Location: Cornwall

Approximate length: 160 miles

As the name suggests, this long meandering road – the A39 – will see you from Barnstaple to Newquay along the rugged southern coastline. With stops off in Constantine Bay – where riders can take in a size breeze and sandy beaches while being treated to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean – it’s the best day out on two wheels.

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