An afternoon on the motorbike Millom to Devils Bridge
This has long been a favourite route of mine, encompassing mainly fast A roads with the odd dual carriageway thrown into the mix.
The route takes in some great scenery on the journey from the coastal town of Millom through to Devils Bridge on the border of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.
Leaving Millom with an eclectic mix of bikes and bikers with ages ranging from their 30’s to Mid 70’s the sun shining and the roads dry we take the A5093 in the direction of the green.
We hang a right just after the Green onto the A595 taking the road that soon drops down Buckman brow (the picturesque Duddon Estuary on our right) and over Duddon Bridge heading towards Grizebeck.
Grizebeck climbs steeply (now the A5092) until it flattens off before dropping down Gawthwaite towards Greenodd.
This is one of my favourite stretches of Tarmac here, with its mix of dips and rises and twisty sections feeling the bike suspension loading and unloading over the rises and flicking smoothly from one side to the other as I pick my lines.
We re-group at Greenodd as we’ve got separated a bit in traffic, all accounted for we set off again.
At the roundabout at Greenodd we take the first exit onto the A590 heading for Newby Bridge this is a fast A road (can get busy).
We head past the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway Museum (great day out with the family) and stay on the A590 heading for Newby Bridge.
When we get to Newby Bridge roundabout we go straight on (second exit) and head towards Kendal on the High and Low Newton bypass.
Dropping down Lindale hill the view here is terrific and you can see for miles on a fine day. On the dual carriage way the pace begins picking up a bit and we take the first exit off the roundabout following signs for the M6.
Worth mentioning after the dual carriage way there are fixed speed camera’s so don’t forget to drop back for the changing speed limit.
We stay on this road till Bretturgh Halt roundabout where we take the third exit heading for the M6 still on the A590.
This is also a section of dual carriageway till you get to the M6. Here we take the second exit off the roundabout onto the A65 following signs for Kirby Lonsdale.
The road here is a far nicer piece of tarmac with a series of twists and bends for 5 miles till you drop down to Devils Bridge, the scenery is lovely here but to be honest I’m concentrating on the road as it’s getting busy.
Pulling into Devils Bridge car park as usual we find hundreds of bikers parked up enjoying the crack looking round the bikes and sampling the delights of the Biker famous Burger van.
The bridge itself is quite spectacular with a drop of some 40ft to the river Lune below.
It used to be a favourite place to jump from in my youth not so sure it’s so appealing anymore? lol
This ride is approximately 86 mile round trip from Millom and takes in some stunning scenery.
The view across from Grizebeck to Millom with it church spire prominent in the distance and Black Combe as a backdrop always tells me I’m nearly home.
Not the longest ride we do but one I always enjoy when I’ve got a spare afternoon. There’s a buzz about Devils Bridge when you pull up that’s hard to explain but to be honest but as in life it’s more about the journey than the destination.
Arriving back in Millom town square parked beneath the town hall clock opposite the statue of a Hodbarrow miner pushing an iron ore tub (a nod to Millom’s Iron mining history), we stop for a bit and talk some more, each and every one with a smile on their face.
Cumbria in the sunshine with a group of likeminded bikers I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be!
The Clock Tower Biker