While the UK was basking in unusually warm February temperatures (18 degrees Celsius) I decided to replace the front tyre as it was getting very low, well it had covered an astonishing 7,572 miles and while the rear tyre still had about 1,000 miles of tread left and had ‘only’ covered 5,484 it was just starting to square off, so a quick trip to Wheel House Tyres in Coleshill was in order and seeing as they had such a good offer on a pair of Metzeler Tourace tyres a deal was done and a new set of tyres fitted, now I just needed somewhere to go to bed them in…
I decided on a trip down to the Cotswolds and seeing as I was passing, it would only be right and proper to call into the Touchdown cafe at Wellesbourne Airfield for one of their fantastic Full English breakfasts.
Once fully fuelled up with fried pork and a mug of their excellent coffee it was time to get going, so I headed down the A429 through Halford before turning right onto the B4035 past Chipping Campden and into Aston Subedge, from here I took the B4632 into Willersey and then into Broadway, known for the Broadway Tower, the second-highest point in the Cotswolds but most bikers will know it more for what’s known as Fish Hill (A44) a lovely twisty bit of road but also well known to the local air ambulance as it’s a common accident spot.
After the delights of Fish Hill, I then took the A424 into the busy market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and after managing to get past all the traffic, I took the left into the equally busy but very pleasant town of Burford. I have already visited Burford a number of times in the past so I actually took a left turn just before Burford that put me onto the A361 at Pulbrook and towards Charlbury, Spelsbury and eventually the mini-city that is known as Chipping Norton.
Once past Chipping Noton, I took the A361 to Deddington and then followed a few back roads until I arrived at Shipston-on-Stour, from there it was just a simple ride back to the Touchdown cafe for one last coffee before heading home.