Set in the
Lincolnshire Wolds, this 'mini-Nurburemberg' is one of Britain's most
picturesque and spectacular, but dangerous circuits. its climbs and
decents combine demanding twisty woodland sections with long fast curves
on the downland summit. For the most part the circuit is narrow,
demanding inch perfect lines which Cadwells notorious bumps and jumps do
their best to upset.
Mountain is probably unique amongst the world's racetracks. So many
bikes become airborne there that it seems almost unnecessary to surface
the succeeding yards. Charlies is a fast, blind, double apex
right-hander with mountainous bumps just where you need them least.
The Gooseneck, where the track makes a twisting descent from the
plateau, is almost as spectacular but infinitely more tricky. Meanwhile
Chris Curve, just before Gooseneck sees the Super bikes accelerating
hard on full lean for what seems like forever.
Grip is generally good, although care should be exercised in damp
conditions under trees in the Woodland section. For 1997, new tarmac was
laid at the Club Circuit start/finish, and at portions of Charlies,
Park, Mansfield and the Hairpin.
For 2000 the dangerous Barn corner was reprofiled, ostensibly to make it
safer. The result was a faster corner with no run-off which lowered lap
times but also increased the odds of serious injury in the event of an
accident. Gearing is straightforward on most bikes: gear for the top
For the spectator there can be few more exhilarating prospects than a
trip to Cadwell on a sunny day - not least because many of the roads
leading there offer their own excitement. The track itself offers superb
viewing, usually at close quarters. Recent years have brought a number
of improvements in facilities, but a degree of self-sufficiency is still
required. Thankfully scenic Cadwell is an ideal place for a picnic. Cadwell
could be inline for some serious improvements if the
circuit is opened up to formula 3 racing as Johnathan Palmer has
already hinted so who knows?
onwards will see some big improvements at Cadwell Park as Jonathan
Palmer has also announced investment planned on the viewing area and
restaurant facilities plus widening of the track.
Cadwell Park - Facilities
Cadwell Park boasts a restaurant and a licensed bar in The Clubhouse.
The food is ok and it's fairly spacious too with a TV and lounge
bar. Definitely a good place to head for when it's raining. The toilets
at the clubhouse are the only ones suitable for ladies!
Toilets are located in the Paddock and The Clubhouse. Around the circuit
toilet facilities are located on the outside before Coppice, on the
outside of Park Straight and between Mansfield and The Mountain.
Cadwell Park - Accommodation
5 miles - All
Seasons, 140 Eastgate, Louth LN11 9AA
Check out the directory at www.ukcampsite.co.uk
Louth - Market Town 5 miles -
Supermarket Somerfield on Eastgate and around 100 small shops from
grocers, butchers etc. plus second hand and new motor cycle leathers
from Vogue on Eastgate and plenty of fashion shops including Forbes.
Range of standard retailers including Top Shop, Greenwoods, Milletts,
Woolworths and Motor Shop Accessories and spares on Upgate - Automate
Louth - Esso
Garage on Newmarket (top of Church Street) and Texaco on Grimsby
Louth - LMT
Sales and Service, Accessories and MOT - Warwick Road,
Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth. Tel. 01507 602900 or mobile 07932
Automate (Louth) Ltd
Car Accessories & Parts
Upgate, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9ER
Tel: 01507 603482
Louth - Market Town 5 miles - has over 20 pubs including Woodman,
Eastgate and Woolpack, Riverhead , Wheatsheaf on Westgate,
Whyte Swan on Eastgate, Greyhound on Upgate and two night clubs -
Samuels on Little Eastgate and Legends off Eastgate
The Cellars - 01507 601219 ,
The Green Man - 01507 343282
Malt Shovel - 01507 608904
Three Horseshoes - 01507 343610