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Route 1: 72 miles (1 hour 50 mins)
Route 2: 80 miles (1 hour 55 mins)
 
Each of these routes can be ridden in less than 2 hours and are given out to riders by the Motorcycle Section as a small folded paper and card pocket map which can be easily carried when riding.
 
Both routes offer a combination of A and B class roads in a circular route travelling predominantly throughout Weardale and Teesdale, with Route 2 venturing as far West as Alston in Cumbria conveniently passing Hartside café.
 
Hartside Cafe Hartside Cafe

Both routes pass through beautiful picturesque villages in the dales many of which offer toilet, food and fuel facilities and encompass a variety of roads from wide fast A class roads to narrow twisty B roads where you will encounter all kinds of issues and hazards along the way such as:
 
Sharp and sweeping bends
Hidden dips and crests
Farm traffic and slow movers
Sheep and other animals
Walkers and tourists
Drain covers etc.
Diesel and debris
Cattle grids

A series of short video clips have been prepared which highlight many of these and other hazards along the way giving advice and guidance to riders in how to safely negotiate and deal with such circumstances.
 
Two different ways of filming have been used to illustrate this.
 
Firstly there are several clips showing a Police Yamaha FJR been ridden correctly by an Advanced Police Instructor demonstrating good safe road positioning, forward observation and planning while maintaining good progress on a variety of roads.
 
Secondly, there are further clips of differing sections of road as would be seen by the ride albeit from a slightly lower position on the bike.
 
Durham Police Motorcycle Sectionj Hartside

All of the clips were taken using an onboard camera system fitted to the front of this ‘Bikewise Training’ Honda CBF1000.

To watch the videos simply click on the speech bubbles on either of the maps.

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