For illustration purposes only
Head for the Highlands on this
circuit of the famous NC50
Ride some of the best roads
along the way, including the
military road through the
Cairngorms, Peak District
Yorkshire Dales and Scottish
This is a camping adventure
Start and finish in the Peak
180-200 mile days
WHAT IS IT?
This is a chance to blow away those winter blues and head for the top of the British mainland, starting out of Matlock in the Peak District on the morning of 20th May and covering approximately 1400 miles over the next seven days of riding, finishing back up where we started having ridden the incredible NC500. On the way up we ride the best roads of the Peak District, into the Yorkshire Dales and onto the west of Glasgow, catching a short ferry before entering the Highlands and taking the famous coastal road all the way around the top of Scotland. On the way back down, one of the big highlights is the military road that runs through the Cairngorm Mountains, on past Edinburgh and down through the stunning Northumberland countryside. Journey's end is back at Matlock the following Saturday.
This is a guided camping trip for riders who want to enjoy no more than 200 miles of scenic riding per day.
HOW IT WORKS
This is a guided run with the flexibility to do your own thing if you so wish. So if you want to ride ahead or behind the pack you'll have everything you need - route and final destination details - to make your own way. It will be camping the whole way, with option if you so wish to make bookings for hotels if that's what you'd prefer. But the basic package is camping.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The ride is for anyone who wants to see the best of England and Scotland with the camaraderie of other riders to share the memories along the way. The pace of the main group will be a regular legal road pace, suitable for almost all riders on machines over 250cc. If you want to ride faster or slower than it's no problem either; just make your own way. This would be a great trip for someone who fancies riding Scotland but just likes the back up of a group ride. Or a rider new to motorcycle travel who'd like a bit of hand holding. Equally, for more experienced travellers, it's a great way to meet new riders and have the base details of the trip in place to save you the planning and organisation.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
This is not for people who want a more luxurious motorcycle adventure. This is fundamentally a motorcycle camping trip which no doubt will have to deal with all varieties of weather and riding conditions. Camping isn't for everyone, although if you wish to join the ride and book your own hotel accommodation by the evening stops then that's no problem either.
The price includes all overnight stops, route maps and guiding.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
Riders will need to supply their own camping equipment, with food and fuel also not included. It's advised that riders have sufficient breakdown cover.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
The main thing you need is a reliable and well serviced machine. Previously people have done the route on anything from scooters to sports bike. The type of bike is unimportant, just that you're comfortable on it, you enjoy riding it and it's in fine running order.
You will need decent riding kit including waterproofs, plus the aforementioned camping kit.
To book please click below and select a ticket with a deposit of £50 and the remainder of the balance due February 2023.
LEAD GUIDE ON MATLOCK 2 MATLOCK
John is a tree surgeon by trade and came on one of the very first Garbage Runs back in 2018. He's been on several tours since, either riding his CCM GP450 or Benelli TRK 502. He tours extensively, leads tours for his local Kawasaki dealership and is a big advocate of the Round Britain Rally, which he takes part in yearly.
John will be leading the Matlock 2 Matlock run and there's no better person qualified for the job.