The beauty of being a gay biker is the ability to enjoy great stretches of road with beautiful surrounding views to the fullest. In the UK we are truly spoiled for choice as there’s a whole host of incredible motorcycle routes for bikers and lovers of tripe.
For those who enjoy the thrill of leaning into the bend with the wind whipping by then there are a number of twisty-turny routes that cater perfectly for that. Then there are the long, undulating stretches of open road for the biker who just wants to chill and enjoy the ride. There are also the coastal and mountainous routes for those who love to drink in a beautiful vista while they ride.
However, you aren’t going to just stumble onto these perfect roads by accident. Going out for a day’s ride with a sense of exploration is all well and good but it pays to always to do at least a little research first. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite bike routes from around the UK. There’s enough variety in these routes to ensure that whatever kind of biker (gay or not) you happen to be, there will be something that jumps out at you!
The Horseshoe Pass: A542 North Wales
So named because the road winds around the valley in the shape of a horseshoe, the A542 is the gay biker’s pride of Wales. A manageable incline and gentle turning gives even the greenest of riders the opportunity to give it some gas and enjoy the open road safely while having fun and indulging in a bit of speed.
At 1,400 feet above sea level, you’ll be treated to some simply stunning vistas so don’t get too carried away with the ride and take the time to stop and see the world rolled out before you.
The Antrim coast road: A2 Northern Ireland
60 miles of unbroken coastal beauty from start to finish, the Antrim coastal road is an absolute must for bikers who love a sea view when riding. The NW200 is held here, so if you ever fancied yourself as a bit of a racer then try the route for yourself and get a taste for the action!
This is a perfect biking route for those who want to take their time and drink in the coastal air while enjoying a couple of stops at picturesque fishing villages along the way.
The A82: Glasgow to Inverness
Another nigh-on perfect stretch of road for drivers of the two-wheeled variety. The A82 hugs the contours of some of the prettiest scenery Scotland has to offer, winding past Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and Glencoe to Fort William. Don’t simply race along this terrific tarmac stretch; take the time to truly appreciate the Scottish beauty that’s all around you.
There’s an abundance of excellent B&Bs, campsites and hotels that leave you spoilt for choice when exploring this piece of biker heaven on Earth.
The Cat and Fiddle: A537 Buxton to Macclesfield
This is an 11km stretch of perfect Peak District road that seems like it was designed purely for bikers. From new riders to old veterans, this section of the A537 is a delight for everyone. Do take it easy on your first try though, as the steep, winding road and several sharp corners can catch you off-guard if you’re not careful.
Hardknott Pass: Lake District
If it’s a challenge you’re after, then look no further than Hardknott Pass, renowned as one of the most difficult motorcycle roads in the UK. As one of the steepest roads in the country, this is not for novices as it requires experience, skill and not a little daring to safely negotiate the pass. This narrow, twisting road is certainly a bit of a daunting prospect but if you brave its challenges then you’ll be rewarded with one of the most incredible views in the whole of the Lake District as the track winds between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley.