Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 06/19/2015


Photo taken on April 22, 2009



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The long and winding - dead-end !

The long and winding - dead-end !
I think this must be one of my favourite road-side signs. To think that there is a road in England which stretches for 12 miles without any turn off. At its end you have to turn round and drive back. Wonderful ;-). It is Coquetdale, the valley of the River Coquet in Northumberland's Cheviot Hills upstream of Rothbury in the Northumberland National Park. As beautiful a valley as you will find in England.

You may be lucky, however, in not having to turn back. The left hand side of the dale (West side) is an MOD Training area where the Army's two solders take it in turn to fire the rifle ! If they are not in action on the day you visit then you can drive over the ranges and out the other side near the Carter Bar crossing between England and Scotland. There is, however, no indication at this point whether you will be lucky or not, which could be thoughtful of the MOD. Still, it's not too desperate a drive even if you do have to come back down. At least the views will be different.

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