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BORDERLANDS - THE CHEVIOT HILLS

Olly Townsend sneaks up to nearly touch the Scottish border in this most northerly and unridden of English counties.

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Apparently, there’s a widely held view in the customer service industry that employees with Geordie accents come across as friendly, helpful and trustworthy – pretty much ideal characteristics then. Luckily, it’s not just the accent either – having lived up here for nearly four years now, I can happily confirm that even when they’re dealing with a bona fide shandy-drinking southerner like me, they’re some of the friendliest people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting.

This way, that way, all the ways.

Now obviously that’s a generalisation and I’m sure that not all Geordies are uniformly lovely, but at least in the mountain bike world it seems to be 100% the case. Which is a good job, as I’ve just asked a small bunch of them to turn around and slog back up the same hill they’ve just careered down on their bikes so that I can get a better set of photos. ‘Can you do it one more time?’ is probably the most widely overused phrase in cycling photography.

Luckily the view makes up for the temporary build-up of lactic acid in their calf muscles as they push back up the short steep climb. From the top, whichever direction they look in, all they can see are the rolling grass-covered hills of the Northumberland National Park. Down below the peatcoloured River Coquet meanders through the interlocking spurs of Shillmoor, Inner Hill and through Hill in perfect geography textbook manner.

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