The RIDE UK Season opener 2020 Spine of England From Ashbourne to Alstone
Orignal route by Andrew Cavell
The Tan Hill Inn is Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level.
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The route was designed by Andrew Cavell from The RIDE uk and I have tweaked it in a few places and adjusted it to go over the Digsley Reservoir Dam at RP 12. Here is some text from the RIDE uk blog:

Season Opener 2020 - Spine of England
As if a season opener would be anything but EPIC!!! The 29th March - start of British summer time!!
The North England season opener will take you along the spine of England, through 3 - Yes THREE of the best motorcycling areas the UK has to offer:
Peak District National Park
Yorkshire Dales National Park
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Following the Pennines from South to North or North to South - whichever suits you best, this route takes in some truly amazing scenery and fantastic biking roads. Not only have we taken the time to put together 200 miles (well just short, but who's counting) of awesome motorcycle riding, we have also considered your hunger and provided a food/drink stop at a very well known roadside bikers cafe Lady Bower Cafe at RP 5. Here you can grab a brew and a hot sandwich standing alongside the Ladybower Reservoir where the famous bouncing bomb testing was carried out, admiring the great views of the hills on all sides from the valley bottom. The next food stop we have specifically included into the route is the Tan Hill Inn at RP 35, here you will be able to grab a bite to eat and a drink of your choice in the highest Inn in England.

Stand Out Points.
The route takes you on some amazing roads and through various places; but in everything there are stand-out points that are worth noting. We have taken this opportunity to make these three our stand-out parts of the ride.

Strines Pass. RPs 6-7
Often overlooked as it is less travelled than the very popular Snake Pass. Strines Pass has recently had a new surface which makes a brilliant stretch of road EVEN BETTER!!. It is quick (if you like) but it is also technical in places due to the steep gradients and hairpin bend sections.
It is fun to ride but worth noting the gravel that can get washed down the declines towards the hairpins. You will not be disappointed with this little gem!

Holme Moss. RPs 9-11
The ascent and descent to Holme Moss is spectacular in either direction. It is winding and steep in parts but not so winding that you can't have a play and twist the throttle a little.
The viewpoint car park at the summit (RP 10) near the imposing Holme Moss tower provides northbound views for miles on clear days, looking out over the neighbouring Huddersfield and it's Yorkshire countryside spread out in panoramic glory for you to enjoy. This is a must if you have never visited this spot before, chill out and a few photos of your bike in front of the scenery and it is back on your way!

Buttertubs Pass. RPs 33-35
As described by Jeremy Clarkson "England's only truly spectacular road" (I'd like to say that I personally think there are multiple spectacular sections of road in England for the record). This is a great riding road with a steep drop off to one side and steep incline to the other as you traverse the side of this brilliant limestone valley cutting through the Yorkshire Dales countryside.

Hairy Bikers at Lady Bower Reservoir Cafe.
RP 34. Buttertubs Pass.
Useful links:
Lady Bower Cafe
Tan Hill Inn
Accommodation in Alston
Accommodation in Ashbourne

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