North London tour to Berwick

Richard, Steve J, Gary, Martin, Daniel and myself (another Steve) had a great time at the HOC weekend at Berwick and very much enjoyed the Ride on the Saturday. We made the Event a bit of a Tour and on the Thursday, 15th September, quickly dashed up to Scotch Corner on the A1 where a bite to eat at the burger stall was enjoyed. We then had a fabulous ride through the Pennines to Alston on the B6277 before our first night at Twice Brewed Inn by Hadrian’s Wall. A very nice place, if expensive. We had plenty of time the next day and visited the fine Bamburgh Castle via Jedburgh and Kelso before descending on our Haven. On the Sunday we were joined by Tim and Mike from Essex Branch and had a nice ride in Northumberland and into Scotland before a visit to the Holy Island, they were great company. At Haven we met many friends and these included Graham, Jim and Michaela who come from our part of the woods. Our route home took us to Skipton via some brilliant roads through Northumberland and the Pennines again before a run through the Yorkshire Dales. Probably our best day of consistent great roads. After Skipton it was mainly the A1 home again. Good weather and a great time was had by us and we thank the Organisers for all the work they put in, Colin, Marc, Phil, Jennie, Sarah, Jude and others who I might have missed. Thanks!

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