Towcester - Cotswolds - Worcester - Daventry
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
The heart of England. A blast not to forget!!
Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire & Warwickshire - ALL IN 1 RIDE!!!
Thank you to Rich Moore for getting in touch and supplying our furthest south RIDE to date. For rides in different locations, it is very much appreciated when our readers supply us with their favourite RIDEs. We can then get these written up and published online so others can enjoy them - As Rich has done with this great RIDE.......
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This route starts at MacDonalds on the A43 Towcester bypass. Although whilst in this area it is worth noting that less than a couple of miles away is the locally famous Jack's Hill Cafe that is a popular bikers cafe, and another great option for breakfast if you're not a fan of the "Golden Arches".
Once you have had your sausage and egg Mcmuffin and coffee it is off in a southwestern direction following the A43 dual carriageway past the home of British Motorsport - Silverstone. In this location there are a number of static speed cameras to keep an eye out for.
13 miles down the quick dual carriageway takes you around Brackley before you are turning off of the A43 towards Croughton.
From here you are on good biking roads again, away from the dual carriageway and on to twisting single roads past the jet fighters at the gates to RAF Croughton, and on over the M40 towards the Cotswolds.
At Chipping Norton you enter the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From here you are on brilliant roads with leafy edges, through great scenery.
The A436 begs to be ridden like you mean it between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold with brilliant bends winding their way through 8.5 miles of the area's brilliant surroundings.
The Market Town of Stow-on-the-Wold is a good spot for a bite to eat in one of the many places just off the market square. There is plenty of room for parking the bike here where you are surrounded on all sides by stunning stone-built buildings of all shapes in this small bust pleasantly bustling town.
A right, closely followed by a left on to the B4068 takes you out of Stow-on-the-Wold and back into the stunning countryside. Here the road narrows slightly and becomes more winding, beneath overreaching treetops from both sides and rolling hills before meeting the A436 once again at a T junction.
From the T junction you turn right and continue to Andoversford where you join the A40 and head north-west to Cheltenham where you can find plenty of places to refuel before heading on the next section of the RIDE.
From Cheltenham you cross the M5 and onto the A38. You will stay on the A38 for the following 20 miles to the A4440 bypass at Worcester.
The A38 is an open & quick, single carriageway road with good opportunities for overtaking between Cheltenham & Worcester.
If you have some time Rich highly recommends Dom's Bike Stop near Leominster for a mid-ride lunch / snack.
Having looked into this place on the internet it looks like a really cool spot for a sunny weekend day out on the bike. A stop here would mean a deviation from the route, along the A44 but if you are out for the full day this might be just the thing you are after at this stage of the RIDE.
From Worcester you head east along the A422 which winds it's way beautifully through the area's farmland, pastureland and small villages towards Alcester.
You are now on the home leg of the journey and this is one of the last bits of great road on this RIDE - so get your money's worth and get into those bends!!
At Alcester you join the A46 which is a decent but main road that takes you past Stratford-upon-Avon - the 16th century birthplace of good old William Shakespeare. Beyond Stratford you head past Warwick and on towards Coventry.
You are exiting the A46 before Coventry at the junction for Kenilworth and are heading right at the roundabout off the junction before getting your last taste of the twisties before the end of this great route.
1st exit off the next roundabout takes you away from Royal Leamington Spa and onto country roads once again... at the following 2 roundabouts you are taking 2nd exit followed by 1st exit signposted for Bubbenhall / Ryton.
Here you have approximately 5 miles of small country roads to enjoy before you turn right onto the A45 and head into Daventry.
We would once again like to thank Rich Moore for providing this great route and supplying everyone with a brilliant idea for a days riding in this area!! If you aren't already a member of the Biker Mates Facebook page please click here & request to join.