Uncover thousands of years of history, ride through contrasting landscapes and stay in welcoming hotels and traditional guesthouses.
This is a full circle journey that will take us to the four corners of the main land Britain. It offers a delightful mix of big cities, picturesque thatched villages, elegant Georgian retreats, charming market towns, scenic national parks as well as roman and medieval historic sites.
Our journey of discovery starts with a visit to Bletchley Park. It was once a home of the WW2 code breakers. We also might choose to spend few hours in Cambridge. It is the oldest university town in the UK.
The next morning our tour continues towards the cathedral city of York. Along the way we’ll ride the magnificent route along Lincolnshire coast. In York there is plenty to interest any sightseer. Some of the most popular attractions are cobblestone Shambles, the inspiring Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre as well as the famous National Railway Museum.
Leaving York we’ll join the Roman Imperial trail towards Scotland. It is hard to define the magic of the Hadrian’s Wall. So we shall allow a bit of time to take a short deviation to Hexham. Here we can visit the beautifully reconstructed Chesters Roman Fort and Museum – Hadrian’s Wall. For the rest of the day we shall be traversing the rolling hills of the Northumbria National Park. Continuing to explore the most northern frontier of the Roman Empire we shall enter Scotland at the Carter Bar. It is also one of the UK’s the most remote and scenic border crossings.
No holiday to these parts would be complete without a visit to Edinburgh. Tarry here for two days and indulge our selves in fascinating Scottish history and culture. The capital city has old medieval quarters as well as the elegant newer Georgian part. We’ll have ample time to visit some of the popular tourist attractions. These include the famous Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, Gin Distillery, National Museum of Scotland as well as the Royal Botanic Garden and the National Gallery. Or we may just decide to go for a ride!
From here our route turns North West towards the Lake District. However on our way there we shall allow some time to visit the Borders Whisky Distillery in Hawick.
The Lakeland is the land of poets such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter as well as John Ruskin. While we are here we’ll try not to miss the opportunity to stock up at the World’s smallest ginger bread factory in Grasmere.
We leave the lakes the way we arrived, by meandering through the rolling hills of Cumbria towards the Welsh mountains. The Ponderosa Café is a famous biker meeting place. It is also conveniently located on the Horseshoe Pass and a great place to stop for a break. From our hotel we can visit the principle attraction in Weshpool, the medieval Powis Castle.
Certainly, there is no more fitting end to our British odyssey then a visit to the beautiful Costwolds. With two nights here, we’ll have plenty of time to visit some of the most popular attractions. These include the university city of Oxford, the Roman Baths in Bath as well as the Salisbury plains and the pagan site of worship, Stonehenge.
There are also many delightful honey coloured Cotswold villages and small towns within a short ride. These include Broadway, Winchcombe, Stow on the Wold, as well as Boughton on the Water and the Slaughters.