A last ride out …

… probably for some time, unless I start shopping for essentials on two wheels.  These were taken yesterday, on a trip into Northumberland designed to avoid almost everyone and everything.  Hexham to Cambo can be done via B roads and from there it was a circular trip around Harwood Forest.

From door to door it was exactly seventy miles and I hardly saw a soul – these roads are empty, virus or no virus.

Wallington Bridge

Harwood Forest

Harwood Forest – somewhere near the ‘U’ in Rothbury

This final image shows the railway bridge to the left at Scots’ Gap and the converted station buildings to the right.  Sited about midway between Redesmouth and Morpeth on the Wansbeck Railway, the line closed in 1952.  According to Disused StationsThe station opened as Scots Gap on 23rd July 1862 being renamed Scotsgap in October 1903. The station was poorly equipped as a junction with no branch bays and a single platform on the down side. The station building was solidly built of local stone with a stone signal box at the east end. The station had two parallel loops with two sidings on the north side. There were three short spurs, one serving a locomotive turntable. The outermost siding served a goods platform and cattle dock and a goods warehouse.

Scots’ Gap


  1. jelleybaby · March 24, 2020

    Well I suppose it was bound to happen, just keep well, and hopefully it will be over quickly.

  2. anthony brown · March 24, 2020

    no flags on our greens when will they return Tony

    • northumbrianlight · March 25, 2020

      Hopefully over in time for the Golf in the Wild Open! Keep well my friend

  3. Pit · March 24, 2020

    Stay well, my friend.

  4. Sue · March 24, 2020

    Stayed safe, well, and upbeat, Robin

    • northumbrianlight · March 25, 2020

      Likewise Sue – still looking on the bright side 🙂

      • Sue · March 25, 2020

        All we can do

  5. mostlymonochrome · March 24, 2020

    I have sounded my horn on that bridge on more than one occassion.

  6. restlessjo · March 24, 2020

    Yep- same here! Do you think there’s something happening I should know about, Robin? 🙂 🙂

  7. socialbridge · March 25, 2020

    Love the photos, Robin.
    Mind yourself.

    • northumbrianlight · March 25, 2020

      Thanks Jean – good to hear from you. Somehow we lost touch – I think you took a break and then I started posting about one per month. The current regime is one per week. Hope all is well with you and yours – still wild swimming? All the best, R

      • socialbridge · March 25, 2020

        Yes Robin, I took a long break from all social media.
        Just getting ready to resume the wild swimming. The seas have been mad.

  8. J.D. Riso · March 25, 2020

    Enjoy the silence, Robin. So few know how.

    • northumbrianlight · March 25, 2020

      I will – living where we do, everyday life isn’t that much different. All the very best to you and yours,

  9. Thom Hickey · March 29, 2020

    Hope things allow more rural rides before too long.

    Stay well

    Regards Thom

    • northumbrianlight · March 29, 2020

      Thanks Thom and likewise. On wild country roads, alone on a motorcycle, covered head to foot, there is probably nowhere more isolated. However, in these difficult times, it is about showing solidarity – that and not wanting to add to the NHS burden by falling off 🙂

      • Thom Hickey · March 29, 2020

        I look forward to a trip up that way when events permit.

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