Yorks-Lincs-Notts loop: My Dream Drive

Name: Dale Lomas
Where: Tickhill (S. Yorks) to Gringley (Lincs.) and back
Car used:Porsche 911 Turbo S

Oh for a guarantee of no traffic...
Oh for a guarantee of no traffic...
The route:
"An undulating hour-long loop taking in the counties of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and North Lincolnshire.

"It starts and ends wherever you'd like, but typically I'd pick it up and leave it anywhere between Rossington and Robin Hood airport (ex RAF Finningley).

"Mostly it's technical roads interspersed by villages and junctions. Indicated by the often conservative speed limits, it's not the kind of road where you need three figures on the speedo to have fun. The twistiest parts are a nice reminder that fun in cars needn't be anti-social."

Why it's a dream drive:
"Most of it has been handed down to me from my parents, both of whom would enjoy 'scratching' from Sheffield to Cadwell Park every month in summer.

A twisty and entertaining route throughout
A twisty and entertaining route throughout
"Their tales of derring-do still echo through family gatherings today, with stories of Porsche Turbos versus CBX-1000s, run-ins with police Rovers and even my mum's Kawasaki H1 all remembered fondly. There's even a brand-new Metro Turbo running out of brakes incident, predictably enough!

"And despite it nestling at the top of the Fens, it's surprisingly hilly and wonderfully picturesque. Caution is required until you really know the roads, as there are plenty of surprising twists and obstacles. But that just adds to the charm."

Highlights and lowlights:
"Nearly every road here has it's own trademark corner, but one of my favourites is the blind crest leaving Rossington towards Tickhill, that quickly turns into a an all-too-short rollercoaster of bends.

Sweet villages aplenty if you want to stop
Sweet villages aplenty if you want to stop
"Finding your own flow through the fields beyond Oldcotes is always rewarding, though you have to be respectful of every farmer's right to exit his property without being hit by a car.

"The narrow, walking-pace hump-back bridge at Clayworth evokes a sense of 1940s countryside motoring. Though I often imagine what it would be like to drive this in a WRC car with no oncoming traffic. There's also a fantastic view of North Lincolnshire after you leave Gringley On The Hill, shooting down into a quicker section of road with great visibility.

"Despite the changing pace of the route, with its many villages and junctions, my only lowlights would be the overly conservative 50mph on the very, very straight Bank End road, and the frequency with which the many rural level crossings can be shut without warning."

Sights, stop-offs and diversions:
"Most of this route is anchored around visits to the Mucky Duck, as my parents refer to the pub nearly Gringley (the real name is the White Swan). Not so long ago that car park would be full of fast cars and bikes every night of summer. Now it's abandoned, it feels kind of sad. But it's still part of my route, just for the history.

Well yes, it does look quite inviting
Well yes, it does look quite inviting
"The lap also incorporates a little of my fascination with the Cold War history of the region. The detour past the end of the runway (one of the longest in the UK) at the old RAF Finningley might even bring you a view of the last remaining flightworthy Vulcan bomber!

"The old rocket site at Misson is another Cold War throwback, and now houses a company specializing in flogging old military equipment and vehicles, aptly enough."


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  • rtz62 11 Sep 2014

    As a child I lived in Bessecar and was transfixed by the sight and sheer sound of the Vulcans taking off from Finningley during the '60's,and the Battle Of a Britain air display every September.
    I can vouch for this route, absolutely brilliant, lots of technical bits, some real fast roads and some that will catch out the ill-prepared.
    Well done, sir!

    Ps I don't know what happened to my score, I chose 10/10 but it shows as 5; patently untrue!!!

    Edited by rtz62 on Thursday 11th September 14:27

  • Feirny 11 Sep 2014

    I live on this route and take some of it to work. In my opinion there's some better roads around here that has less traffic on it.

    The best bits are after Bank End Road but head out towards Gainsborough then the back way to Bawtry > Tickhill and back that way.

  • Jezzerh 11 Sep 2014

    The bit between Tickhill and Maltby is the most fun, I find. If you're lucky enough to find it clear you can have some proper twisty driving although it's only a short section.

    I've started to drive to work (Chesterfield) through Harworth, Styrrup and Oldcotes towards Dinnington. It has a recently resurfaced section that twists underneath the trees and is a sublime drive on a clear morning. And that's in a VW CC, not even a Porsche!!

  • surveyor 11 Sep 2014

    Know all of these roads, some we actually use daily on my daughters School run. On most of them you'll end up in a queue behind a Toyata Yaris at 30 mph sadly.

  • ukmike2000 11 Sep 2014

    All on my home turf - but we don't need more cars on these roads thanks :-)

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