From the M56 into North Wales, via Ponderosa Cafe where you'll find a
few hundred bikes on a weekend through Llangollen to Barmouth
and back through Ffestiniog to Denbigh.
My favourite part of this run is the northern part,
some B road and gravel but 30 miles of bends to keep
you working through some excellent scenery.
I'd move here if I didn't work in the city.
Corners - several different styles for each category, from sweeping curves to tight bends.
Police - I saw two police cars together but this was a March Monday, expect to see more on a weekend in Summer.
Road surface - from immaculate to breaking up, gravelly and some cow shit to spice it up
This is one hell of a road but be carefull, casualty rates are high, danger is everywhere, best times are weekdays after 7pm and weekends before 9am. Tight twists, awesome straights but take care this road is one of the most dangerous in the UK
I live in Manchester and so want to get into North Wales a lot but I'm sick of trawling down the M56 so this is the first installment of routes to get there. If anybody else is of the same feeling, please do put some routes up and not just to Wales either!
Alderley to Northwich is a great stretch with plenty of bends, speed limits varying between 40 and 60, not too many lights. Northwich is a lovely place to ride through or too stop for a drink or visit a well known bike shop. The stretch on from there to Runcorn is also quite nice with bends and straights.
There are plenty of commuters and locals going about their business so watch out for them but they shouldn't hold you up too much.
A nice road, was quiet when I tried it yesterday, but then it is January so no tourist and few bikers. I saw not one Police car but remember, this is Wales and they are keen. Covers hills and valleys, quite nice to look at and plenty of pubs if you want to stop.
At the end of the marked route I took the A494 out as I was running out of daylight. The roads OK but frankly I didn't get any kick out of it. I will get back there when I have more time and work out a fuller route.
Short blast on windy country roads over to the bike meet at Rivy Barn on the weekends. Watch out for walkers, cyclists, other bikers and elderly drivers at the weekend as the area is popular. I've not seen police there but I expect they will pay visits to the area.