Little bit of an update on the route and overnight stops for the Gaffers Gallop 2013, plus news of a Gaffers Gallop Northern Isles Excursion - read on....
OFFICIAL route for Gaffers Gallop 2013 – compiled by GBC and Muckle Flugga Man (August 2013).
If anyone has any local knowledge of the roads and areas that we'll be using, please get in touch as we may need your help with getting through or around towns and cities, and if you spot that we've listed a place or a road that didn't exist in 1953, drop us a line to gbc AT thecubmag.com. If you should fancy tagging along for all or some of the way, again, just drop us a line to let us know when and where you plan to meet us. If you're on FACEBOOK find us at www.facebook.com/groups/gaffersgallop and keep an eye on the bike building progress....or not....!
DAY 1 Sun 6th Oct – morning leg
ROCHE 11:40 > following as much of the old A30 as possible to Redruth > Penzance > LANDS END (lunch @ Land’s End Hotel)
Return to Roche on same route > A389 > Bodmin > A30 > Launceston > A388 > (unclassified) Lifton > Bridestowe > Meldon >B3260 > Oakhampton > Ramsley > A382 > Cheriton Bishop > Tedburn St Mary > Five Mile Hill > Tedburn Road into EXETER
Overnight stop Exeter M5 Travelodge. Photoshoot @ Imperial Hotel approx ETA 18:35
Turners mileage = 180
DAY 2 Mon 7th Oct – morning leg
EXETER > B3183 > Jack-in-the-Green > A30 > Honiton > A303 > South Petherton > A303 > Podimore > A37 (Fosse Way) > Shepton Mallet > Oakhill > A367 (Fosse Way) > Bath > A4 Chippenham > A350 > A429 > MALMESBURY (lunch @ Old Bell Hotel)
MALMESBURY > A429 > Cirencester >A429 > Stowe-on-the-Wold > A429 > Ettington > A429 >LEAMINGTON SPA
Overnight stop Regent Hotel Travelodge, Leamington Spa. Photoshoot @ Regent Hotel, approx. ETA 16:05
Turners mileage = 163
DAY 3 Tues 8th Oct – morning leg
Leamington Spa 08:00 > the following TBC Meriden > Triumph @ Hinckley > A47 > round Leicester > A46 > Six Hills > Bingham > A6097 > White Post > A614 > Ollerton > A614 > A1 > Blyth > A614 > Bawtry > A638 > Doncaster > A1 > Ferrybridge > old A1 > Wetherby > A168 > BOROUGHBRIDGE (lunch)
Boroughbridge > A168 >J49 A1(M) for 12 miles > J50 > A6055 > A1 > Catterick > Scotch Corner > A66 > Bowes > Brough > Appleby-in-Westmoreland (tea stop) > Penrith > A6 > High Hesket > CARLISLE
Overnight stop Carlisle Central Travelodge. Photoshoot @ Crown & Mitre Hotel, approx. ETA 18:00
Turners mileage = 246
DAY 4 Wed 9th Oct – morning leg
Carlisle 08:00 > old road along M6 > Gretna > B7076 > Ecclefechan > Lockerbie > Beattock > A702 > Crawford > A702 > A73 > Lanarak > A73 > Airdrie > A73 > Cumbernauld > A8011 > B816 > Castlecary >A803 > Longcroft > A872 > Denny > A872 > Stirling > Causewayhead Rd (A9) > B8033 > Dunblane > B8033 > A9 > Gleneagles > PERTH (lunch @ Salutation Hotel
Perth > A9 (old road where poss) > Dunkeld > Pitlochry > Dalwhinnie (tea stop) > Kingussie > INVERNESS
Overnight stop Inverness Fairways Travelodge. Photoshoot @ Caledonian Hotel, approx. ETA 18:30
Turners mileage = 263
DAY 5 Thur 10th Oct
Inverness 07:00 > A862 > Beauly > Dingwall > A9 > Alness > B9176 > A836 > Bonar Bridge > A949 > A9 > Golspie > Helmsdale > Berriedale Braes > A9 > A99 > Wick > A99 > John O’ Groats > WICK
Photoshoot @ JOG approx. 12pm, photoshoot @ Wick approx. ETA 12:50
Turners mileage = 158
Day 5 continued -
Ferry from Scrabster (19:00) to Stromness (20:30)
Ferry from Kirkwall (23:45) to Lerwick (07:00 Friday 11th Oct)
Day 6 Fri 11th Oct
Ride north from Lerwick to Skaw, on the isle of Unst, and follow the tarmac until it runs out! This is the official northerly end of the UK road network, thus completing the true “End to End”! Join us….if you dare…….
Thank you to our kind supporters –
Mitas Tyres, RS Bike Paints, ACME Stainless, Ken Shemwell (brake linings), MacSigns, Sheepskinseats.net, Andy @ Classic & Performance Oils, Classic British Motorcycles, Scott’s Dad, Barry the Frame Doctor, Greystone Enterprises, Jean-Marie Guivarc’h (artist), Old Bell Hotel (Malmesbury), Stu (Official Photographer), Scott (painter of GBC’s Terrier), Salutation Hotel (Perth), Saftek clutch relining service, Speedhut Speedos, Meriden Off Road, Improving Classic Motorcycles, Old Bike Mart & The Cub Mag.
If you'd like to come and meet us somewhere along the way, please do, and if you fancy turning up at one of our evening stops to buy us a moral boosting glass of water, even better!