Crossing the Country on your Herald

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If you are wanting to take your Herald on a long journey and stuck for ideas on the best motorcycle trips then our cross country recommendations will show you some great scenic routes to take that will expose you to a vast amount of locations that you can explore!


South to North
This is a great motorcycling adventure if you want to explore the UK. This 400 mile trip starts on the A10 in Hertford, Hertfordshire, going past our headquarters in Huntingdon and then onto the A1(M) north towards Peterborough, and then coming onto the A15 towards Malton, Middlesbrough, Darlington and ending in Edinburgh. This cross country route is best taken over 2 days and is perfect for those looking for a pleasant and scenic journey.

West to East
There is a lot of great riding to be had in Wales and across to East Anglia. Spanning 431 miles and best done over 2 days to appreciate the views, the route starts in Fishguard, going along the A487 past Cardigan, Llanwrda and Worcester. With only a small amount of time on the M1, you will find yourself soaking in the scenery around you. Coming off the M1 you will arrive in Market Harborough then venture onto Spalding via Melton Mowbray, finishing off your journey in Great Yarmouth. You can even take a detour in Spalding, take the A1 and pay Herald a visit in Huntingdon!

Southwest to Northeast
This 470 mile journey avoids most of the major motorways and detours through Wales, the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines to create a relaxing ride. Spanning 2 days, the journey starts in Exeter where you will travel to Lyme Regis, up to Bradford-upon-Avon and then take the A46 to Gloucester. The route will then take you up through Kington and Whitchurch and will put you on the M6 for a short time until you reach Preston to rest. The next day you will tackle The Pennines and will find yourself riding through Clitheroe and Leyburn before finally reaching Newcastle Upon Tyne!

Lands’ End to John O’Groats
This 874 mile adventure was recently completed using one of our very own Herald Mavericks! The route starts in Land’s End, Cornwall and we recommend riding this one over 4 days to ensure you have a comfortable ride and can appreciate the beautiful roads and views. There are two ways to take this trip, the first involving motorways and dual carriageways that take you through to the fascinating and unique town of Glastonbury then onto Bristol.  On the 2nd day take the M48 and A49 towards Shrewsbury, Huddersfield and Skipton. On your final two days you’ll cross through the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Pennines crossing the A7 and going through Edinburgh and the A939 onto the final stretch onto John O’Groats!

The alternative route for this trip can take slightly longer than 4 days but barely touches a town or city. Instead, this route follows scenic back roads that take you past the Devon and Cornwall coastline through Combe Martin and Leominster. Travelling up through the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and Cumbria passing Hebden Bridge and Alston we recommend that you take a short break at Glendaruel Caravan Park. On the final stretch of the journey through the highlands of Scotland you’ll ride the North Coast 500 via Applecross, Durness and onto John O’Groats!

Want more ideas on where to take your Herald? Check out our blog on our recommended motorcycling routes in the UK