Chance to team it up with a weekend at the Lightweight Adventurers Festival
PEAKS, PASSES AND RACE TRACKS
NEW FOR 2023
- 1000 miles of great road riding, including the Lake District, Lindisfarne, Northumberland, Snowdonia and the Isle of Man after starting out from the heart of the Peak District, with option to take in the Lightweight Adventure Festival...
WHEN: Sunday 16th July – Sat 21st July
IN A NUTSHELL: A loop of the best Tarmac roads in the upper half of England, including an optional sailing to the Isle of Man for a lap of the famous race track. All on road. On your own bike. Novice friendly but with some testing sections. Chief guide on this one is Richard Rowe, a veteran racer of the TT course giving you the best insights about the track and the history of the circuit.
HIGHLIGHTS: A lap of the TT course, Snowdonia, Holy Island, Buttertubs Pass, Hardnott Pass and the Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District. Also option to start the journey with a weekend at the The Lightweight Adventurers Festival 2023, running from the 14th-16th July, with tickets bought separately through their website; either £75 for the full weekend (Friday to Sunday morning) or £50 for the Saturday and Saturday night's camping. We leave from a cafe just near its venue on the Sunday morning.
WHO IS IT FOR: For riders who want to ride the best roads of the UK, meet some great people and have an adventure along the way.
Meet the morning of Sunday 16th of July at 9am at Grindleford Station Cafe on the southern edge of the Peak District, with breakfast and briefing before departure. The Lightweight Adventurers Festival is only ten minutes down the road so if you've been at that then a perfect short ride to the Grand Tour meeting point.
Sunday's destination is Cumbria, with a fantastic ride through the Peaks, over the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the epic Buttertubs Pass along the way. After Cumbria, Northumberland follows, riding some of the newly anointed Northumberland 250 route as well as an option to ride the Kielder Forest Drive, a spectacular 12 mile scenic drive along an unsealed road. From there we'll skirt the Scottish borders, tracing the route of Hadrian's Wall before dropping down to ride best of the Lake District, including the testing and optional Hardnott and Winnats Pass.
After our passage through the Lake District, we'll catch the ferry from Heysham to the Isle of Man, spending two nights enjoying the local roads, including the infamous TT circuit. A ferry back into Liverpool and with one last adventure through Snowdonia we'll find journey's end at Dom's Bike Stop in Leominster. A true Grand Tour Adventure!
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
The tour includes six nights camping accommodation, route map, two guides and return sailings to Isle of Man.
WHAT DOES IT NOT INCLUDE? The cost does not include fuel, food, breakdown insurance and other associated costs with travel.
RIDING REQUIREMENTS: Riders must be of competent ability to deal with single track roads, tight corners and group riding conditions. Advisable to be on a machine capable of travelling road legal speeds, or be able to self-navigate. Guides will be riding Royal Enfield Himalayans so the pace will be moderate. Faster or slower riders will have the option to self navigate with the route map provided on GPX.
HOW LONG ARE THE DAYS?
Daily mileage is between 180 and 200 miles, with option to shorten or lengthen it depending on your preference. Total mileage for the route will be around 1000 miles.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?
You'll need a well serviced and reliable machine capable of travelling at road legal speeds, or able to self navigate on a slower machine. It's also worthwhile having breakdown cover in case you need recovering home.
For camping you'll need a sleeping bag, tent, roll mat and a stove if you want to make your own breakfast or dinner, although we will always camp where there is access to food.
Any bike will do, as long as it's reliable.
For illustration purposes only. Full route map
provided nearer the time
The map gives an overview of the route, with departure from the Peak District and heading north on a path that'll lead us to Lindisfarne. West from there then south through the Lakes and for those able, onto Isle of Man for some TT action.
Some of the highlights will include:
- Isle of Man
- Lake District
- Scottish Borders
- Northumberland Coast
- Peak District
HALF TOUR OPTION
If you don't have the time for Isle of Man, you can duck out after the Lake District on the Wednesday afternoon, with ticket price for that half trip £245.
LEAD GUIDE ON THE GRAND TOUR TT
There's no better rider to guide the Grand Tour TT than experienced rider and road racer Richard Rowe, a good friend of Dorothy's and who now rides a Royal Enfield Himalayan for anyone worried about the pace!
Richard's been racing a Superstock VFR750 for the past 3/4 seasons, prior to that Kawasaki ZX7R in pre injection classes, prior to that 2010 2011 SV650 Suzuki (including IOM 2011) and started the 2005 season on a VFR 400 NC30.
A perfect guide for this road based adventure!
TAIL GUNNER ON THE GRAND TOUR TT
David has been involved with the Speed Shop since April 2021 as a business partner and has an extensive riding history and collection of bikes of his own. David served in the Navy and has undertaken many European rides. He's a good rider, knows his stuff and is a qualified motorcycle guide and first aider. He'll probably also be on a Himalayan so apologies for the Royal Enfield sandwich.