ND1222 : Berridale Brae hairpin

near to Berriedale, Highland, Great Britain

Berridale Brae hairpin
Berridale Brae hairpin
The A9 is one of only two roads into Caithness and the other way is much longer and single track for much of its length. The railway is an alternative but not much used. At Berridale the A9 is forced to drop around 150 mts from the moor and climb back up again inside a distance of 2 km. This photo shows the hairpin bend on the north side of the Berridale Braes. These three artics were part of a fleet of five convoying up the hill and demonstrate how far out into the opposite carriageway they have to go to get around the bend. Laden trucks have to go even further out to avoid the very steep inside part of the bend. Whilst it is now much modified from the original bend it is still a major obstacle for all heavily laden vehicles particularly coaches and heavy goods vehicles with a long steep drop to the dale floor to keep everybody alert. Taken from the old cemetery.
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Sunday, 23 April, 2006   (more nearby)
Monday, 1 May, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! ND 120 226 [100m precision]
WGS84: 58:11.0057N 3:29.8891W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ND 120 227
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