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Peter.N. wrote:My favourite is the A836 (I think) Lairg to Tounge road road, it has everything, forests, rivers lochs with beaches and mountains and about half way Altnahara village which has hardly changed in a century - and very little traffic, most of the time.

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And is often the coldest recorded temperature in the UK in wintertime! I've been on most roads in that area. One of my favourites is the B869 from Lochinver round to Unapool in the NW highlands. Worth going round if anyone is ever in the highlands.

I think it also holds the record for the hottest summer temperature in the northern Highlands. 8-)

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Stickyfinger wrote:Down would worry me more :)
You would get about a third of the way up (with a run up), and then pause, and go back down again (even with 4X4)!
I bet I would get the 107 up it!
In the pouring rain? I doubt it, but I would want to watch (from a hovering rescue helicopter)!

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daviemck2006 wrote:
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You would get about a third of the way up (with a run up), and then pause, and go back down again (even with 4X4)!
I bet I would get the 107 up it!
In the pouring rain? I doubt it, but I would want to watch (from a hovering rescue helicopter)!
It would be easy James. Pick it up and put it in my pocket [emoji12] [emoji13] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]

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daviemck2006 wrote:
Peter.N. wrote:My favourite is the A836 (I think) Lairg to Tounge road road, it has everything, forests, rivers lochs with beaches and mountains and about half way Altnahara village which has hardly changed in a century - and very little traffic, most of the time.
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And is often the coldest recorded temperature in the UK in wintertime! I've been on most roads in that area. One of my favourites is the B869 from Lochinver round to Unapool in the NW highlands. Worth going round if anyone is ever in the highlands.
Know both of those roads, and just had a look Peter at the Altnahara road on Google Earth. You are right: nothing much changes, and it has everything.

Remember driving one summer, back in the 70s, up the west coast from Poolewe, and all the way up to Durness and Balnakeil (old radar post, then a craft village), and across to Melvich on the north coast, and then back south along a (signposted private) estate road. Part of Britain few have ever thought to explore.

It was the year that new North Sea Oil money was being poured into Western Highland road improvements, and a couple of the big civil engineering companies were everywhere. Never seen or heard so much explosive being used to shift and straighten the terrain. We picked our way along bits of dusty, widened track (what are now main roads), to have to pull up sharp when a workman with a red flag would jump out and make us stop. A minute or so later, an enormous explosion ahead, and then we were waved through, slowly picking our way around scattered rocks in the road. No messing around: winding single tracks were being smoothed and straightened, and the terrain wasn't being allowed to get in the way.

And all that in a black 1959 Mini (number 502), somewhat improved by its 1098 TC engine, servo brakes, and a couple of Rover P6 front seats. Back seat and boot was full of frame tent and other camping toot.

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And Today's Puzzle...
What's going on here? Highways department been at the bottle again?

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The A-7000, north-east of Malaga

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white exec wrote:And Today's Puzzle...
What's going on here? Highways department been at the bottle again?

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We drove on this road a couple of years ago. It passes through two tunnels then doubles back over the top of them. We'd been to Antequera and El Torcal and thought the country route would be more interesting than the motorway.

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This is the view from El Torcal. The village will be Villanueva de la Concepcion.

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You win the Prize, John! (The 100 points I got the other day...)
All corkscrews and little tunnels, and much more fun than the motorway.
About an hour-and-a-half from where we live.

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I recall a railway somewhere had a similar sort of feature to the A-7000 and if you looked out of the front carriage you could se the end of the rear carriage entering eh tunnel you'd just existed...

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No far to go for us soft southerners then Peter :)

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Stickyfinger wrote:No far to go for us soft southerners then Peter :)
Even closer to you is Zig-Zag Hill near Shaftesbury Alasdair...

I've taken my Activa up and down it a few times now...

http://www.dangerousroads.org/europe/en ... -hill.html

It's fun!

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CitroJim wrote:I recall a railway somewhere had a similar sort of feature to the A-7000 and if you looked out of the front carriage you could se the end of the rear carriage entering eh tunnel you'd just existed...
That might have been the Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. I was on it last summer. Originally the railway was built to transport slate from the mountain quarries to the docks on the coast. Horses pulled the empty waggons up the hills to the quarry, then the waggons coasted down the mountain to the shore line. The tunnels and loops were designed to reduce the speed of the loaded waggons.

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white exec wrote: About an hour-and-a-half from where we live.

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I see you are a Sayalonguino. That's where they have the circular cemetery isn't it? Seem to remember standing at the railing looking down on it.

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CitroJim wrote:
Stickyfinger wrote:No far to go for us soft southerners then Peter :)
Even closer to you is Zig-Zag Hill near Shaftesbury Alasdair...

I've taken my Activa up and down it a few times now...

http://www.dangerousroads.org/europe/en ... -hill.html

It's fun!
Know it VERY well Jim, used to live is Salisbury and we often "enjoyed" it :)

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Stickyfinger wrote: Know it VERY well Jim, used to live is Salisbury and we often "enjoyed" it :)
You lucky sod, living where you do. I'm proper jealous :twisted:

All this time I'm spending in Somerset is making me feel quite homesick for the old place....