Four Corners of Great Britain Self-Guided Tour

Where you choose the date and set the pace

Tour Information

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 you to the four corners of the mainland 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.

Your journey of discovery starts with a visit to Bletchley Park. It was once a home of the WW2 code breakers. You also might choose to spend few hours in Cambridge. It is the oldest university town in the UK.

The next morning your tour continues towards the cathedral city of York. Along the way you will 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 you will join the Roman Imperial trail towards Scotland. It is hard to define the magic of the Hadrian’s Wall. So please allow a bit of time to take a short deviation to Hexham. Here you can visit the beautifully reconstructed Roman Fort and Museum. For the rest of the day you will be traversing the rolling hills of the Northumbria National Park. Continuing to explore the most northern frontier of the Roman Empire you will enter Scotland at the Carter Bar. It is also one of the UK’s 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 your self in fascinating Scottish history and culture. The capital city has old medieval quarters as well as the elegant newer Georgian part. You will 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.

From here your route turns North West towards the Lake District. However, on your way there 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 you are here please do not miss the opportunity to stock up at the World’s smallest gingerbread factory in Grasmere.

You leave the lakes the way you 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 your hotel, you can visit the principle attraction in Welshpool, the medieval Powis Castle.

Certainly, there is no more fitting end to your British odyssey than a visit to the beautiful Costwolds. With two nights here, you 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.

The native Britons riding their own motorcycles can start and finish at any point of this fantastic circle. However if you are coming from overseas we would suggest that you follow our itinerary and also allow an extra few days to explore the city of London as well.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour can be extended by adding the Scottish Highlands tour.

Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Visit to the Bletchley Park museum
Optional stop in Cambridge
Ride to Peterborough area

80
Day 2

Ride to York
Optional stop in Scarborough
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

150
Day 3

Day off
Optional visits to local tourist attractions
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

Day 4

Ride to Edinburgh
Optional stop in Hexham
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

200
Day 5

Day off
Organised ride out or visit to the local tourist attractions
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

Day 6

Ride to the Lake District
Optional stop at the Borders Distillery in Hawick
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

150
Day 7

Ride to Welshpool
Optional stop at the Ponderosa café
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

180
Day 8

Ride to the Cotswolds
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

140
Day 9

Day off
Optional rides to the local tourist attractions
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

Day 10

After breakfast depart home

Availability

  • Depart and return when it suits you

Tour Hightlights

  • Bletchley Park
  • Cambridge
  • City of York
  • Shambles
  • York Minster
  • Jorvik Viking
  • National Railway Museum
  • Roman Fort and Museum
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Gin Distillery
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • The Borders Whisky Distillery
  • Ponderosa Café
  • Oxford
  • Roman Baths in Bath
  • Stonehenge

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1,095 pp
  • Solo rider sharing twin room £1,095 pp
  • Solo rider single room £1,345 pp

Price Includes

  • 9 breakfasts

  • 9 evening meals

  • GPX routes

  • Trip check list

  • Daily itinerary

  • Suggested tourist attractions

  • Emergency services numbers

Price Excludes

  • Petrol

  • Hotel parking

  • Admission charges

  • Meals other that those specified

Pre-Trip Checklist

  • Make sure the tyres on your bike are going to last the duration of a trip.
  • Make sure that the bike is serviced for the duration of a trip.
  • Puncture repair kit recommended.
  • A good bike chain is also highly recommended.
  • Chain lubricant.
  • Spare bike keys.
  • Spare battery for the alarm fob (if you have an alarm).
  • Spare bulbs (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare fuses (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare spark plugs (in some countries required by law).
  • Some tools.
  • Some extra bike security device (padlock and chain, disc lock).
  • Torch.
  • Valid passport.
  • Valid riding licence.
  • European breakdown cover recommended.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Green card for European travel.
  • Check if your bike insurance covers (Green Card) all the countries will be passing through (e.g. Eastern Europe).
  • Copy of bike insurance policy.
  • Registration document.
  • E111 obtained from the Post Office (this guarantees you equivalent NHS treatment in EC countries only).
  • High viz vest/jacket.
  • Breathalizer.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Spare set of gloves.
  • Enough clothes to last you for a trip.
  • Some swimming gear.
  • Some casual clothes.
  • Some local currency.
  • A major credit card recommended.
  • Mini first aid kit (in some countries required by law).
  • Some basic pain killers and prescription drugs.
  • Note with your driving licence of any allergies in Latin.
  • Pack everything into plastic bags before putting it into the panniers.

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