Coming from the B5289 Keswick - Cockermouth, turn right in Lorton ont the Whinlatter Pass, the view over the Skiddaw Fells from the top is breathtaking, plus theres usually a van selling home-made ice cream in the car park!
My favourite thrash! The sweeping left hander off the Keswick roundabout gets you in the mood for what is to come. Its a great road for letting off steam, some nasty blind corners to be sure, but if you pick your time and are lucky enough to have good weather its an absolute blast. It does go past some tourist hot-spots so you have to stay alert for walkers and mountain bikers, but it is generally a genuinely enjoyable road which gets faster as you clear the fells and head towards Bothel. Enjoy!
A great scenic route, through Cumbria, ignore the two points on the image, I was having some problems getting the image to display correctly. The actual route does a circuit from Keswick, down to Grange, Buttermere and up to Cockermouth, it's a much lengthier and more interesting alternative to the A66. Enjoy!
This is undoubtably one of the best roads in the North of the Netherlands (the dijk roads quite often are), visibility here is good and although the road is narrow in places, it's well worth a look.
The Kamperzeedijk, A good if short stretch which offers a couple of fine corners with good visibility, particularly noteworthy as decent roads in this area are a rarity.
Part 1 of my regular Sunday morning thrash (the second being N302 Enkhuizen - Lelystad run across the Ijsselmeer), and its quite popular with the natives, too. From about 10am onwards the roads fill with day-trippers so an early start is recommended. This 1st part, from Hoorn to Enkhuizen, is a nice country road with high speed straights and some fast swingers, although the best series can be spoiled by traffic lights. There are bicycle lanes set well away from the road so no worries about cyclists/skaters/runners. Quite a nice run for this part of Holland.
Part 2 of my regular Sunday morning thrash, and its quite popular with the natives, too. From about 10am onwards the roads fill with day-trippers so an early start is recommended. This is quite crazy! Its a 25km sea-dyke right across the ijsselmeer, no junctions (well, just one, to the marina about 1/2 way across, plus a few pull off and have a look parking lanes) great visibility*, wide road that you can really cut loose on, or just cruise and enjoy the experience of riding so far from land. There are a few gentle curves in the 3/4 of the run, but nothing you really need to slow down for. The two biggest hazards are 1) that you have to stop every 10km to get the bugz off your visor & 2) there is a danger of getting a seagull in the face - you see a corpse every couple of kM. The last few kM are fun. There is a long sweeping right thats smooth enough to make you feel like Rossi on the parabolica followed by a long, long left, a short sprint to a hard 90 degree right, then an uphill 180 left that you can fast at the top, accelerating smoothly. A nice way to finish the run is to sprint about 1km toward the end of the dyke, then turn around in the carpark before the bridge and do the 180 again as a downhill right hander, which is way more tricky, then brake hard at the bottom and take a hard left into the picnic area wherein usually sits a jolly decent snackvan (coffee and kibbling, mmm MMMM) run by a dutch hot-car freak who speaks perfect english. I wont claim this run is as good as any in my beloved lake district but for around here, it satisfies the red-line fever well enough.