We all know Covid put a dampener on meetups, motorcycle tours and other exciting bike events and everything is still making its way back to normal. If you're looking for a way to spend the August bank holiday though, here are some suggestions we think you'll enjoy.
Meetup at Devil's Bridge in Carnforth
This is a great place to socialise with other riders. Learners and experienced riders alike gather in the car park to talk all things motorcycle. If getting to speak to like-minded individuals isn't enough to convince you though, maybe the thought of a hot cup of tea and crispy bacon butty from Devil's Bridge Snacks will entice you.
Keep in mind, no matter whether you've been riding for 20-years or you've just passed your CBT last week, you should always make sure to plan your journey ahead of time. For those with an A1 licence remember to take a route that does not involve motorways. This is easily done as two of the three routes from Carnforth to Devil's Bridge are made up of A and B roads only. They also happen to be the quickest routes too, so it's no extra hassle!
All in all, Devil's Bridge is a great place to socialise and later you can even walk the trail over the magnificent bridge. However, if you're looking to spend more time riding over the bank holiday weekend, then you could hop on your bike from here and take a trip to the Yorkshire Dales.
Check Out the Scenic Views of the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales are less than an hour from Devil's bridge, making them a perfect place to go if you're looking to spend more time out on your bike. They are easily accessible via A and B roads, meaning riders of all abilities are able to enjoy the charming landscape along the journey. With several rides to choose from, you won't be disappointed this bank holiday.
Some of your options include:
The Dales Diamond - roughly an hour long, this ride takes you through the rolling hills between Horton (near Skipton) and Hawes. Beginner riders will especially enjoy this route and its scenic views. It's a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend, building up your riding experience.
The Yorkshire Loop - a 101 mile ride that showcases some of the fantastic scenery Yorkshire has to offer. You can start at any point on this route but many start in Ripon and follow the route through East Witton, to Hawes, Horton in Ribblesdale, Threshfield and finally back to Ripon.
Both routes are suitable for learner motorcyclists so go ahead and get on the road, or plan your own journey through the dales. And if you find yourself getting a little peckish whilst you're there, we have just the spot to recommend.
Visit Elaine's Tea Rooms in the Yorkshire Dales
This hidden gem is easily accessible from the A65 and is situated in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. In the hamlet of Feizor, this motorcycle-friendly spot is great for a quick bite or sit down meal. They advise on their website to book beforehand, so it is always worth it to check especially if you go on the bank holiday weekend. You can check out their site here.
Overall, the Yorkshire Dales is a great place to visit, whether that visit lasts one day or the entire weekend. With great routes to ride, amazing scenery and delicious food there isn't much more you could want. Except maybe good weather, but with the unpredictability of the British skies it might be worth packing a waterproof jacket and with Autumn fast approaching now is as good a time as any to pick one up. Check out our online shop for our go-to wet weather gear, including the Spada Camber CE and the Spada Commute CE.