We have just finished our 4 day motorcycle tour of Northumberland and what a great part of the UK this is to visit…… not to mention it has fantastic motorcycling roads!!
We had 15 on the tour with us, a mix of riders and pillions and including us we had 11 motorbikes. A wide variety of bikes were on the tour with us as you can see from this photo which was thankfully taken in near perfect weather conditions over the middle two days of the tour. We had four Kawasaki’s, 3 BMW’s, 2 Honda’s, a Triumph and a Moto Guzzi – and each and everyone of them were more than suited to the plethora of roads and routes we did over the 4 days of the tour.
The weather on the ride north on the Friday was not the best, in so far as it was very blustery which makes for a tiring day of riding. However, as with all our tours we factor in plenty of rest stops during the day which resulted in us all arriving at our hotel, which was to be our base for the next 3 nights, in fine fettle and ready for a welcoming beer and wine from the well stocked bar!! 🙂
Our lunch stop on the Friday was The Manor Cafe at Bellerby – a great welcome for any motorcyclist passing that way and well worth checking out. We managed to catch Kath on the day just before she was heading over to the Isle of Man to watch the TT racing for the next couple of weeks.
Our Saturday ride out took in the Kielder Forest roads – awesome…… for those who know it, think B500 in Germany 🙂 Not as many miles in distance to ride but just a brilliant “smile making” road. We stopped at Carter Bar on the A68 on the border of Scotland and England and had hoped to see a Piper there, but sadly he was either on his lunch or having a day off!! Either way we didn’t mind too much as the views from the top are stunning and you have yet another fab road to ride to and from it…… We did manage to temporarily stamp our logo on the England sign as shown here and had quite a lot of fun trying to retrieve it after the photo was taken! We’re going to run a caption competition on our facebook page in the next couple of days against the photo of Janet and Mark trying to climb up the rock – motorbike gear is probably not the best style of clothing for “mini mountaineering”…!!!!!
Our Sunday ride out took in a visit to Lindisfarne, (The Holy Island), and again we were blessed with fantastic weather for the day. We were governed by the tides to get onto the Island which is such a peaceful location (well it would be if it weren’t for the tourists!!!) Riding across the causeway can be interesting as one side of the road was completely covered in wet sand, but only for a 200m stretch at the most. From here we then rode inland taking in some forest roads (well tarmac’d) and stunning views over the Scottish Borders coast line near Dunbar.
After lunch we took in yet more flowing roads through the Scottish Borders crossing back into Northumberland at Cornhill on Tweed where we had a very warm welcome at the Village Shop cafe from Lynda who had stayed open a little later than she normally would on a Sunday for us. Chris enjoyed his cup of coffee so much he let Lynda have her photo taken on his ZZR! If you happen to like riding the A697 road from Coldstream call in at this cafe and you will not be disappointed.
Sadly, as with any motorcycle tour, you have to head for home.The roads in this part of the UK are not only fantastic, they are quiet and flow over amazing landscapes and scenery. Everywhere we went we had a very warm welcome and we will most certainly go back to Northumberland – thanks for having us 🙂