- Route 686 between Kielder, Redesdale and The Cheviots
Can anyone tell me what the surface and trail is like on this section of the 686? I’m planning a cycle tour on road bikes and not clear on what it’s like under tyre….Posted 5 years agojonbaMember
that is a specific request!
I can’t say I know the conditions are like but in general I’d be surprised if it is good tarmac. I ride around this part of the world and generally it is broken tarmac or gravel on tracks like that.
I often ride the cx bike with fat slicks and that is ok. If you are ridig a carbon race machine then probably not. If you are riding something a bit tougher with sensible wheels and 25-28mm then maybe.
Try this site it will let you find the road on a satellite image.Posted 5 years agopaul4stonesSubscriber
Not sure how many non locals will understand ‘two inch hoggin’ 😉
Those roads over the ranges may well be well maintained (by the MoD) Tarmac – certainly some of them will be. I’ve ridden short sections of forestry tracks on a cx bike with slicks but it’s not much fun. Even 32c ‘cross tyres make it much better. Depends what the rest of your route is like I guess.Posted 5 years agojonbaMember
Rode that bit today (686). Slicks would have been nearly impossible. Maybe if it doesn’t rain for a few weeks (in Kielder does this ever happen?) but otherwise it would be grim. The Forest Drive from the A68 to Kielder would work and is doable on slick. you could then pick up the lakeside way and head to Bellingham. (I did the entire ride below on slicks. The bits north of Newcastle (bloody bush) were hellish but it didn’t kill me, the bit from the lake is fine and really quite pleasant. So combine the lakeside with forest drive?
You could try coming in through Kielder, Belingham and Wark on the road. Bits of it can be prone to racers testing their engines (particularly the road along the lake) but it generally quite a nice ride. The other option could be to follow the border and come in along the military road (probably worse for the racers as there are plenty of blind summits. My preference is the lakeside bit as is much nicer.
I do a fair bit of riding around those parts, so post if you want any help. This post was an inspiration for a ride up that way today so thanks 😉Posted 5 years ago
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