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by Lookrider
16 Oct 2019, 4:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

Thanks griggsy We stayed at haladale camp pods fir 2 nights on our NC500 We also went passed the Cornhill on our diversion passed thete to Kinbrace and altnaharra ....most definitely recommend the halladale site and pods. ..great pub tete and excellent meals and host Charlene is great at hospitality...
by Lookrider
16 Oct 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

we did a diversion off the 500 and headed south to Kinbrace syre cask lairgs Invergordon just to avoid a real A rd I did this going the other way up to Orkney, started in Alness, up to Altnaharra and across to Forsinard, camped the night and then went through the estate roads to Altnabreac station ...
by Lookrider
11 Sep 2019, 2:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dogs off lead on shared use path
Replies: 97
Views: 11150

Re: Dogs off lead on shared use path

It was impossible to talk to her as she just ranted, so I kept quiet. As far as I know there are no by-laws that require a lead on the path, but there might be. Assume there isn't. I am always extremely careful when kids and dogs, and horses are on a path/road, and I am very safety conscious. I'm 66...
by Lookrider
5 Sep 2019, 8:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyne Cycling Tunnel
Replies: 12
Views: 1022

Re: Tyne Cycling Tunnel

I had actually wondered if wooden escalators were still legal. It was at such an escalator where the King's Cross tragedy occured way back in about 1988. Perhaps that is why it is no longer a moving staircase. That was a strange one how that was allowed to say the least John. . .as the tunnel escal...
by Lookrider
5 Sep 2019, 8:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyne Cycling Tunnel
Replies: 12
Views: 1022

Re: Tyne Cycling Tunnel

The sustrans signage does use the tunnel to link between NCN14 (south side) and NCN72 (north) I think that may be where any tourers from outside the area " may" get lost As the hadrians way NC72 targets the roman era ...this route then diverts to South shields via the 3 rivers route NC14 ....
by Lookrider
5 Sep 2019, 8:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyne Cycling Tunnel
Replies: 12
Views: 1022

Re: Tyne Cycling Tunnel

Unique? There is one quite like it in Hamburg, old St Pauli Tunnel, lift + stairs Unless the German tunnel has a line in the middle saying 'Northumberland/Durham' then the Tyne one is indeed unique! Does the Tyne Tunnel still have wooden escalators? On both sides north and south one set of wooden e...
by Lookrider
4 Sep 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyne Cycling Tunnel
Replies: 12
Views: 1022

Re: Tyne Cycling Tunnel

Used to be a regular in my youth. Loved it in the middle,; Northumberland/Durham border. No longer in Geordieland. I did walk through a few years ago. You may be glad to know that the tunnel appearance has remained the same and retained the old fashioned look ,, all be it with a little grit blastin...
by Lookrider
4 Sep 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I notice that the route for this ride is almost entirely on A roads. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on bits to avoid, or paved detours that would make for a more relaxing trip? There does not seem many options on the west coast, maybe not too busy? The stretch up through tongue, bettyhi...
by Lookrider
4 Sep 2019, 9:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rehook
Replies: 65
Views: 5353

Re: Rehook

I think the best thing about this re hook is the amount of much simpler advice I have read as an alternative Re set on bottom ....... Re set on top using shifters ....... Improvising a tyre lever as a hook ..... A chain that's always falling off ?? The root issue will be the chain itself All obvious...
by Lookrider
14 Aug 2019, 12:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I notice that the route for this ride is almost entirely on A roads. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on bits to avoid, or paved detours that would make for a more relaxing trip? There does not seem many options on the west coast, maybe not too busy? The stretch up through tongue, bettyhi...
by Lookrider
13 Aug 2019, 9:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

I did some cycle touring up round there in 2016 - did some big days out around the west coast. The bits that were on NC500 were often quite busy (this was in September, I imagine it's worse in July / August) and it was often "convoys" - things like 3 or 4 MX5s, a couple of sports cars, a ...
by Lookrider
13 Aug 2019, 9:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

Do you know the altnaharra area enough to recommend somewhere for food. ..we are staying overnight at the altnaharra hotel but it appears they are exploiting the cyclists on the 500 and charging an awful lot of money for not a lot of food I read your other thread and wondered why you would be going...
by Lookrider
11 Aug 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NC 500 altnaharra food
Replies: 24
Views: 1075

Re: NC 500 altnaharra food

Thanks gents fir the helpful advice .I guess as expected we will absorb this one as we got no option available I/we are frequently riding and travelling and I for one try hard to support the local economy. I seldom use Internet shops if my local shops supply at a little extra cost ???..we are not ca...
by Lookrider
10 Aug 2019, 10:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5070

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

Do you know the altnaharra area enough to recommend somewhere for food. ..we are staying overnight at the altnaharra hotel but it appears they are exploiting the cyclists on the 500 and charging an awful lot of money for not a lot of food
by Lookrider
10 Aug 2019, 7:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NC 500 altnaharra food
Replies: 24
Views: 1075

NC 500 altnaharra food

We are a group of 19 we were told we need to book and it will become a set menu with choice of 2 starters and 2 mains for £18 I do not agree with a set menu as I want to choose what I want to eat ( a large carte) and not want the restaurant feel is easy for them to make for a large booking I guess w...