Sweeping roads, lush countryside, dramatic coastlines and bustling cities. Riding in Britain is perfect for bikers who like to see a bit of every landscape and this route, created by Motorcycle Diaries’ Peter-Jan Willems, crosses two countries to give you the best the island’s roads has to offer.
Moto2 riders will soon be taking to the legendary Silverstone track but, if you want to experience what it’s like to cover the distance they ride over the weekend and see some of the most breathtaking roads of the UK, Peter-Jan suggests a different route.
“Over the Moto2 weekend last year, the riders completed 88 laps of the Silverstone circuit,” says Peter-Jan. “That’s just under 520km, the distance of this ride from Liverpool to Silverstone. It really shows off each part of British countryside which is why I love it so much.”
Coasts and mountains
Starting in the urban and cultural hub of Liverpool, this route takes you out west towards the stunning (though not always sunny) Welsh coast.
Peter-Jan says: “This is a must-stop place for taking in the view of the North Sea, just make sure you bring extra layers! Of course it also wouldn’t be a trip to the seaside without having some fish and chips at the Trawlers restaurant.”
Once you’ve had your fill of the sea (and the Welsh must-have, curry sauce), the route will take you south west deep into the national and forest parks of mid-Wales.
“Taking the Machynlleth Mountain Road will certainly be a highlight of your trip,” explains Peter-Jan. “You can take in a natural water spring before climbing higher and higher as you head towards Snowdon. In the spring, the heather that covers the roadside will be in bloom, turning the mountains purple.”
Crossing Welsh countryside
As the road skirts the Welsh border, riders will head south into some of the best countryside that Wales has to offer.
Peter-Jan says: “At either end of this road, there are also two great towns to explore. Newtown is full of interesting places to stop off at, including a Textile Museum and the Mid Wales Art Gallery.
“Then, once you’ve travelled through the lush green of central Wales, you’ll come to Llandrindod Wells, which has a beautiful Lake Park that’s perfect for a walk to stretch your legs before you head back across the border.”
Through British history
Crossing the border back into England, the route takes riders into some of the most historical counties in the UK. Along the way, there will be a mix of ancient buildings, medieval black and white houses and some modern architecture to enjoy.
“Hereford is an old market town which you’ll reach just before entering the Malvern Hills,” Peter-Jan explains. “It’s got some cool places to explore and loads of places to eat, including the Beefy Boys and the Bookshop, two great steakhouses.
“If you like theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon is also a must stop.” As Shakespeare’s birthplace, the River Avon runs through the centre of the town, so riders can stop off and explore the theatre and Shakespeare’s house, or just admire the view as they ride past.
Riding a legend
The host circuit of the first motorcycle Grand Prix event to be held in the UK, Silverstone firmly has its place in the biking hall of fame. He says: “It’s an amazing circuit to come and visit, whether you have tickets to a race or a tour, but it’s also unique in that it’s set right in the centre of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes. This is a great route to ride, and I’m really excited to see the Moto 2 race here.”
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