This day trip ride route is a straightforward run with scenic views and historic sites along the way - the perfect way to enjoy the warmer weather! Starting from our Maidstone Harley-Davidson® store, simply take the A217 and A2 and follow signs for the Dartford Crossing - tolls are free for motorcycles!
Once you’re north of the water, keep an eye out for the A1306 exit and follow this towards the incredible Rainham Marshes. Protected by the RSPB, this is area is a haven for wildlife and birds. Whether you’re a keen nature enthusiast or just fancy stopping for a flask of tea, this is the perfect place to soak up some peace and quiet. You might also spot some of the former military heritage, such as pillboxes that are now used as bird hides!
Once you’re ready to jump back on your bike, follow the A13 back on yourself. The dual carriageway quickly opens out into a scenic road through Essex’s rolling hills and farms, past Stanford-le-Hope and the historic village of Pitsea (which predates the Doomsday book!), and up towards your next stop off at Battlesbridge.
Just in time for lunch? There are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat and hopefully soak up some sun. The Barge Inn at Hawk Hill will be reopening its outdoor seating from 12th April, and you can even book your picnic bench in advance. Take a wander through the infamous Antiques Village and the Battlesbridge Motorcycle Museum, which houses an extensive range of vintage motorcycles and memorabilia. It’s also a well-known spot for regular bike meet-ups (when guidelines permit).
If you fancy extending your trip to a weekend break, there are plenty of campsites and guest houses nearby.
Heading back down the A125, you’ll join the historic Southend Arterial Road, famous for housing hundred of military vehicles prior to the D-Day landings in 1944. Follow signs to Leigh-on-Sea and take in the fresh sea air! A stones-throw from Southend, this formerly busy Victorian fishing port is full of unique character and charm, now modernised with shops, pubs and restaurants. There’s lots of parking nearby, so you can take your time to unwind with the picturesque sea views and a bag of chips in hand – especially worth the ride if you catch a sunset!
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