What a cracking day! Sunny! Warm! Dry! Great roads and some great mates too.
With new Gentlemen Biker Chris, we headed to Bath via Tetbury and Junction 18 of the M4. Rather than heading down the A46 to Bath, I took the team up past Lansdown Road which is much more scenic, dropping into Bath and parking in Milsom Street. The chosen route was picked for its variety of bends and long straight stretches which are always a joy to do. There are some limits in place of 40mph and 30mph through villages but these don’t detract from the ride in any way whatsoever!
Bath is of course one of the most famous cities in the UK. With its Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Circus and a bloody awful one-way system, it is a popular tourist destination. You do need to pick the time of your visit carefully as it is normally very busy with tourists and day-trippers. Coming in off the A46 and onto London Road, you can expect to queue all the way. Parking is notoriously expensive – my suggestion is to pick one of the Park & Ride areas as the buses leave every 15 minutes and drop you off very centrally. Bath also has a lot of good eating places so take your pick from Chinese, Thai, Italian and Jamie’s. There are plenty of alleyways to wander aimlessly down too.
We headed to a coffee shop, Cafe Nero, of course, and then walked down to the Abbey. Normally, Bath is absolutely heaving with tourists. But not so today. Must have heard us coming – well, certainly Chris on his Harley!
Three Gentlemen Bikers Chris Webb, Richard, and yours truly! – perhaps we could start a campaign and get that Top Gear gig that’s been freed up?
Richard Williams and Jason discussing bikes!
Once we negotiated the notorious one-way system that Bath has to offer, we followed the A4 towards Chippenham, onto Calne, Avebury, Wootoon Bassett, and then back to Cricklade. This road is also a good road to take home; if we wanted to, we could have stopped off for more coffee on the way, but given our average ages, best we didn’t!
Great ride with some great friends. Looking forward to the next one which will be tough to beat!
Total trip around 90 miles. Including a couple of stops, it took 3 hours all told. View the route on RAC route planner here: http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/l/jvqT
Next ride to be organised; dates pending family commitments!