A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

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gbnz
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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby gbnz » 17 Jul 2020, 11:18am

And have to admit to several miles on another of Northumberlands major roads yesterday (A697). Along with the A1, another major East Coast A Road.

Fantastic; without exception every single vehicle pulled over to the other side of the road, giving me a wide berth. So much better than any of the local roads in relation to motorists behaviour; and the road itself? Not a single pot hole, a smooth wrinkle free surface

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby Oldjohnw » 17 Jul 2020, 4:50pm

I did a lovely 45 mile round trip today to Chatton to do some fishing. All minor roads. A handful of farm vehicles who were most obliging and friendly. More cyclists than vehicles.
John

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby Pebble » 17 Jul 2020, 5:36pm

gbnz wrote:And have to admit to several miles on another of Northumberlands major roads yesterday (A697). Along with the A1, another major East Coast A Road.

Fantastic; without exception every single vehicle pulled over to the other side of the road, giving me a wide berth. So much better than any of the local roads in relation to motorists behaviour; and the road itself? Not a single pot hole, a smooth wrinkle free surface

what part of the 697 were you on ?

No comparison between A1 and A697, I wouldn't go onto the A1 on a bike, and yet I will be on some part of the 697 every week, it is a road that gets quieter the further north you go. South of Wooler is not good, Wooler to the Border is not too bad but watch out for the timber lorries, they don't take prisoners - north of the border it can be very peaceful - i was in a hurry couple of nights back and took the 697 from houndslaw to orange lane end (10mile ish) was not passed once,

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby Nigel » 17 Jul 2020, 5:49pm

Pebble wrote:
No comparison between A1 and A697, I wouldn't go onto the A1 on a bike, and yet I will be on some part of the 697 every week, it is a road that gets quieter the further north you go. South of Wooler is not good, Wooler to the Border is not too bad but watch out for the timber lorries, they don't take prisoners - north of the border it can be very peaceful - i was in a hurry couple of nights back and took the 697 from houndslaw to orange lane end (10mile ish) was not passed once,


North of Wooler I tend to use the back-road out of Wooler to avoid some of the tight twisty bends just as the main road leaves Wooler. Once at the B-road turn to Kelso there are more options on a bicycle. The run into Yetholm skirting the edge of the hills is one of my regular rides. There are a few farm access tracks / white roads I need to explore and see if there are through routes.

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby Oldjohnw » 17 Jul 2020, 5:51pm

Pebble wrote:
gbnz wrote:And have to admit to several miles on another of Northumberlands major roads yesterday (A697). Along with the A1, another major East Coast A Road.

Fantastic; without exception every single vehicle pulled over to the other side of the road, giving me a wide berth. So much better than any of the local roads in relation to motorists behaviour; and the road itself? Not a single pot hole, a smooth wrinkle free surface

what part of the 697 were you on ?

No comparison between A1 and A697, I wouldn't go onto the A1 on a bike, and yet I will be on some part of the 697 every week, it is a road that gets quieter the further north you go. South of Wooler is not good, Wooler to the Border is not too bad but watch out for the timber lorries, they don't take prisoners - north of the border it can be very peaceful - i was in a hurry couple of nights back and took the 697 from houndslaw to orange lane end (10mile ish) was not passed once,


During lockdown it was amazing cycling along both the A1 and A697 down to Powburn. A1 up to the border is out of the question now.
John

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby gbnz » 18 Jul 2020, 7:59am

Pebble wrote:
No comparison between A1 and A697, I wouldn't go onto the A1 on a bike, and yet I will be on some part of the 697 every week, it is a road that gets quieter the further north you go. South of Wooler is not good,,


Well South of Wooler, pulled off the dual carriageway A1 onto the A697. HGV's, 4/4's, vans all providing a wide berth.

Quite a contrast with yesterday, on a quiet B road returning from Seahouses; it was exceptionall, bad, but ended up having to do the last 3-4 miles into town, dead in the centre of the road, ensuring vehicles had to take note of the cyclist on the road (NB. Convey's of visiting 4/4's passing within 1-2')

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby Oldjohnw » 18 Jul 2020, 9:21am

gbnz wrote:
Pebble wrote:
No comparison between A1 and A697, I wouldn't go onto the A1 on a bike, and yet I will be on some part of the 697 every week, it is a road that gets quieter the further north you go. South of Wooler is not good,,


Well South of Wooler, pulled off the dual carriageway A1 onto the A697. HGV's, 4/4's, vans all providing a wide berth.

Quite a contrast with yesterday, on a quiet B road returning from Seahouses; it was exceptionall, bad, but ended up having to do the last 3-4 miles into town, dead in the centre of the road, ensuring vehicles had to take note of the cyclist on the road (NB. Convey's of visiting 4/4's passing within 1-2')


Seahouses is worse every time I visit.

Yesterday - and most days - vehicles give me a brilliantly wide berth. Generally, I find drivers around here wait behind you at a decent distance then when they can they overtake well over on the other side. We almost always acknowledge each other with respect and thanks.

Some time ago I determined not to feel stressed by a vehicle hanging around behind me. At the same time, where reasonable I will pull to one side in the event of a long section to facilitate overtaking. I lose half a minute. So what?
John

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Re: A1-Bamburgh/Northumberland.

Postby Navara » 18 Jul 2020, 7:16pm

Ben@Forest wrote:I cycled up there a bit. Between Shilbottle and Belford l can think of at least four, including the one that crosses the A1 from Coastal Grains over to Belford. Alnwick /Alnmouth is s bridge the others aren't but l've never had a problem crossing at any of them.

Just had to Google that!
Lots of things to consider but looking forward to cycling somewhere new.