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Old 07-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Two weeks in Uk 2014

Well,I am an expat Pom living in Australia. I am starting to lay out some plans for my 2 week trip to the old home country next year.
I was born in Burley in Wharfedale near Leeds.....turning 59 this year, going through a marriage break up, I have decided I am taking a trip back to the UK when the dust settles, probably May, Jun or July 2014.
Rough plan so far....no doubt will come up with more things to add as I go.
London
Yorkshire, Whitby, Heartbeat country, Burley ( visit the old house), Leeds
Then up to the lake district...do The Struggle, take in some sights.
Down to Blackpool, holiday spot of my youth.
Liverpool.....onld Beatles fan here.
Across to Cornwall, Port Isaac ( Doc Martin fan)
London.

Did a trial map with the RAC trip planner. About 1600 kilometres....should be easily doable depending on trafiic conditions etc.

Would love some input re roads to take, roads to avoid.
Although I want to get to all these places in the 2 weeks, I don't want the whole trip to be slabbing it down motorways.


Closer to the day when I get the schedule planned, wouldnt mind catching up with local inmates, even having someone tagging along for some of the trip would be cool.

I ride a KLR650 at the moment, looking at buying a V Strom 650 soon. Will probably hire one in the UK for the trip. Most of the trip will be on bitumen I am guessing.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:59 AM   #2
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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Hi Ozphotog
I'm in Leeds. You can easily do the northern part of your trip avoiding motorways - keep north of the A65 which runs between Leeds and Kendal in the Lakes and keep south of the A66 which runs from Scotch Corner to Penrith. Every road in between is wonderful :)

I was in the Lakes at the weekend & had never heard of The Struggle but having looked it up, I rode up it! haha! If you want a more challenging road, Google "Hardknott pass" and "Wrynose Pass"

Then take the M6 / M5 to Cornwall.. It's the only way to avoid the big cities of Manchester and Bristol to get to Cornwall in reasonable time.

Happy to meet up for a coffee if I'm at home during your visit.
Enjoy your planning :)
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