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suprarich

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102 posts

58 months

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Friday 31st August 2012 quote quote all
Fancing taking the tvr out for a good run on Sunday weather permitting and thinking about a drive to hartside cafe, never done this run and just wondered if it was a good run and anyone else up there this weekend?

clarkmagpie

2,636 posts

80 months

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Friday 31st August 2012 quote quote all
Its a fantastic road.

Great fun hunting down the bikers wink

ttcool

296 posts

87 months

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Friday 31st August 2012 quote quote all
I did Middleton-in-Teesdale to Alston and on to Hartside Height Cafe, then back to Alston and on to Haydon Bridge, the other day (Tuesday). It's my favourite drive in Northumberland. IMO the drive from Alston to Haydon Bridge is the better part; the road surface is smoother. The road up to Alston is a bit too bumpy in parts but still great fun.

Had a play with the bikes (they allowed me!) and a couple of cars...great fun. You WILL enjoy yourself.

Middleton-in-Teesdale to Alston is the B6277. Alston to Hartside Height is A686. Alston to Haydon Bridge is A686.

Happy days

Joe (314 bhp Audi TT with all the right kind of mods!)

Edited by ttcool on Tuesday 4th September 16:50

peteA

1,818 posts

119 months

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Friday 31st August 2012 quote quote all
Great road...I prefer the run down the other side to melmerby....a bit more challenging! Only just mind. Why not try it and stop at the bakery for a scone and a cuppa then just turn round and head back up!

My old cerbera was great on that road so you should have fun!

Let us know how you get on

ttcool

296 posts

87 months

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Friday 31st August 2012 quote quote all
One of the PH drives I attended did just that. A few of us went to Melmerby and back to Hartside and joined up with those who weren't so keen! We didn't stop to buy any cakes, though. Like you say Hartside to Melmerby is extremely chalanging and not for the feint hearted if pushing.

Joe
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Baryonyx

9,622 posts

44 months

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Friday 31st August 2012 quote quote all
Have fun and be careful!

Heading west towards the Lakes is the more challenging route IMO. Especially if the downhill parts are slippy, so take it easy and always keep your view up. Also, watch out for the suicidal bikers, especially those who come round blind corners on the wrong side of the road. This is less of an issue across the hilltop but the surrounding roads aren't always well sighted. The cafe is usually rammed too. I'd go on a rainy day when it should be quieter.

Also, beware that the police regularly patrol the road in marked and unmarked vehicles. They won't spoil anyone's fun as long as they're taking it easy, but anyone being silly or reckless will find themselves in trouble. They are notoriously quick up there too...

Overall, a good day out. Not the best drive in Northumberland, but definitely the most popular. Have fun!

ttcool

296 posts

87 months

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Saturday 1st September 2012 quote quote all
Baryonyx said:
Not the best drive in Northumberland, but definitely the most popular.
The more drives I know about the better!! Please point me in the direction of more of the same or better. I'm also interested in North Yorkshire.

Regards

Joe

suprarich

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102 posts

58 months

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Saturday 1st September 2012 quote quote all
Thanks guys, looks like that's where I'll be heading tomorrow smile

Baryonyx

9,622 posts

44 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
ttcool said:
The more drives I know about the better!! Please point me in the direction of more of the same or better. I'm also interested in North Yorkshire.
There are some great roads out there. You've just got to go out and find them. From border to border, Northumberland is littered with great roads. I particularly like a morning drive with lunch at the tea room in Kirkharle before heading home round the back of Ponteland via Belsay. There are also some excellent hairpins near Carter Bar.

Hartside Pass is probably one of the most dramatic roads in the area, and a fine drive but it can be very busy because it's so well known and accordingly policed to keep things in check. You are a long way from help if you come to grief, particularly on a bike.


tight5

1,332 posts

44 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
Baryonyx said:
You are a long way from help if you come to grief, particularly on a bike.
there's quite often an air ambulance helicopter parked up there .
they'll even take crashed car drivers !

hartside is normally very quiet during the week .

salmon

381 posts

109 months

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Sunday 2nd September 2012 quote quote all
Stuffed my first Tvr going over hartside. Good road but yep be careful!

jmb88

147 posts

39 months

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Wednesday 5th September 2012 quote quote all
did Hartside today, as I went to Whitehaven and back (from hexham area). Great drive over, fairly clear roads, fantastic weather... ran out of brakes a little down the Melmerby side, not drastically, they were just starting to get a touch spongey... might invest in some yellowstuff pads smile

coming back, had a great run up to about halfway between Melmerby and the cafe, bloody bimblers doing 25mph. got passed them towards the top though, where it opens up a bit and you can see through all the bends.

Do love that piece of road, the bit between Hartside and Alston I just don't enjoy anywhere near as much, and once you're back into Northumberland there's just way too many broken bits of road.

p4cks

1,436 posts

84 months

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Wednesday 5th September 2012 quote quote all
I'll be doing Hartside at the weekend, although this time it'll be on my mountain bike as I am doing the Coast to Coast. It'll be the first time I will been on the road and been able to check out the scenery!

Baryonyx

9,622 posts

44 months

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Thursday 6th September 2012 quote quote all
jmb88 said:
Do love that piece of road, the bit between Hartside and Alston I just don't enjoy anywhere near as much, and once you're back into Northumberland there's just way too many broken bits of road.
Funnily enough I do prefer the ascent to the actual crest and plateau over the moors at the top. The road surface is patchy is some places though. It is quite scenic though.

ol

1,871 posts

93 months

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Thursday 6th September 2012 quote quote all
Great road, I love the hairpins through the forrest section on the way up, and then the faster open section passed Melmerby on the way to the M6. I'm have to go over it 3/4 times a month with work and it always put a smile on your face.

Be careful though, I've seen some nasty accidents, and nearly came close myself a couple of months back when the wheel fell off my kit car on the way down the other side.... I caught it on camera here if you haven't already seen it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IabDnoWVR9w

Baryonyx

9,622 posts

44 months

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Thursday 6th September 2012 quote quote all
I saw that video on a fail compilation on Ebaumsworld! A lucky escape, no doubt!

TOENHEEL

4,471 posts

112 months

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Thursday 6th September 2012 quote quote all
Has Hartside had any resurfacing over the summer? I was up there in may and the road was shocking and pretty crap to drive on.

rawkyjnr

226 posts

56 months

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Friday 7th September 2012 quote quote all
No no, was there today and it's as bad as ever. It is worst at the lower altitudes...

brad mole

48 posts

61 months

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Friday 7th September 2012 quote quote all
i was up there on sunday just gone in my lupo, i took this pic while at the top, it was a lovely day and good fun driving the road, although its not nice to see police diverting us around a crashed bike and car on the first part of the road frown hope the accident wasnt too bad for those involved


lupo gti by bradmole, on Flickr

ol

1,871 posts

93 months

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Saturday 8th September 2012 quote quote all
brad mole said:
i was up there on sunday just gone in my lupo, i took this pic while at the top, it was a lovely day and good fun driving the road, although its not nice to see police diverting us around a crashed bike and car on the first part of the road frown hope the accident wasnt too bad for those involved


lupo gti by bradmole, on Flickr
I saw you up there on Sunday- I was in a blue R32 and tried to wave but think I was too late...
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