Berridale braes

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby ambodach » 25 Mar 2017, 9:13am

Hi children. Just came across this topic and could not resist pointing out that I first cycled this route in the mid 1950's. So long ago that I cannot really remember much detail but certainly very different from today. I do remember going over the old bridge at Helmsdale. The inland road from Helmsdale up to the N. coast is worth doing. Pretty quiet road and on a good day good views over the Flow Country.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby ferrit worrier » 25 Mar 2017, 11:23am

Mick F wrote:Then and now.
Just imagine what it used to be like. :shock:
Berridale.jpg


Looks like it's been well surveyed, I can see seven "Bench Marks" within the old map. :)

I think I've got some pics of the new bridge taken from the old one, I'll have a look later and post them if I have.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby brynpoeth » 17 Apr 2017, 5:23pm

The road has got easier, if you want a challenge try the Whaligoe Steps

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby ferrit worrier » 8 Feb 2018, 9:05am

Update on proposed works from BBC news

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... s-42965417

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Pastychomper » 8 Feb 2018, 10:56am

ambodach wrote:... The inland road from Helmsdale up to the N. coast is worth doing. Pretty quiet road and on a good day good views over the Flow Country.


Seconded. I know that road fairly well and I'm slightly surprised so many people choose the Berriedale route, though they both have their ups and downs. There's also an excellent "short"cut via Glen Loth (signposted from the A9 south of Helmsdale), which is my favourite stretch of road in the country to drive along - high, remote, and quiet - and on my to-do list on a bike. I need to increase the carbon content of the ol' thighs first though. :oops:
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Re: Berridale braes

Postby andrewwoods » 11 Jan 2019, 4:25pm

Bumping this old thread to say

RJ MacLeod has been awarded the construction contract as part of the £9.6 million Berriedale Braes project on the A9.
Construction is expected to get underway this year with completion expected in spring 2020.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby ferrit worrier » 12 Jan 2019, 9:57am

andrewwoods wrote:Bumping this old thread to say

RJ MacLeod has been awarded the construction contract as part of the £9.6 million Berriedale Braes project on the A9.
Construction is expected to get underway this year with completion expected in spring 2020.

Story here

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Nice one Andrew, thanks for the update :D
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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Cours » 12 Jan 2019, 2:47pm

Its been 40 years since i cycled up the Braes. I can remember it being a hot day in August and gasping for a good drink at the top. Dont know whether was the old road or the new.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Mick F » 13 Jan 2019, 9:43am

First time we were there, I was driving. This was the summer of 1973 ............ over 45 years ago.
The hill profile and the road layout was the same as it is now.
I've cycled it over the years a few times, and both ways in the same day too.

This is my Chopper at the northern end on my way to LE.
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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Golflad » 4 Feb 2019, 2:57pm

I went up the Brae in 1999. A car/caravan were close behind me on the harpin and it met an Asda artic going tother way. I have no idea what happened but the caravan never overtook me. Maybe they are still there.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Tinnishill » 22 Feb 2019, 12:38pm

Agitate, educate, organise.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby BrightonRock » 5 Apr 2019, 4:09am

Mick F wrote:First time we were there, I was driving. This was the summer of 1973 ............ over 45 years ago.
The hill profile and the road layout was the same as it is now.
I've cycled it over the years a few times, and both ways in the same day too.

This is my Chopper at the northern end on my way to LE.Berriedale Top.jpg


That's a great pic. Do you have a higher resolution image by any chance? I'm making a Lejog wall in my garage, it would be a great inspirational poster!

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Mick F » 5 Apr 2019, 9:23am

I took loads of photos and movies and reduced the image sizes to upload them onto my blog.
http://jogleonachopper.blogspot.com

Thinking ..................
I may have a CD with the originals on as I would have kept them at the time on my computer ............ which I took with me.
I'll have a root round later. If I don't get back to this, I don't have them.

I'll scratch my head and have a look.
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Re: Berridale braes

Postby BrightonRock » 5 Apr 2019, 6:22pm

Mick F wrote:I took loads of photos and movies and reduced the image sizes to upload them onto my blog.
http://jogleonachopper.blogspot.com

Thinking ..................
I may have a CD with the originals on as I would have kept them at the time on my computer ............ which I took with me.
I'll have a root round later. If I don't get back to this, I don't have them.

I'll scratch my head and have a look.


Thanks Mick appreciate it. The Chopper is absolutely iconic imo.

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Re: Berridale braes

Postby Mick F » 6 Apr 2019, 10:15am

Sorry. No originals of the ride.

All there is of the ride, is on the blog. I do have others from the prep and modifications of the bike, and a few of the bike as it was when it was given to me. This one for instance.
(That's pallet firewood in the background!)
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