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Hartside Top (Hartside Heights)

This Cafe is Transport & everybody else suitable A686 NW Penrith

hartsideThis Cafe (Hartside Top) which is suitable for all comers including Transport is located on the A686 which runs between Penrith and Alston or Hexham (very near), which is about 7 miles south of Alston (or the A689 Junction) on this A686

As you can see this is a famous Cafe and not many HGV will pass by here, but, they do if little choice. What HGV driver wants to climb a hill to 1904ft, then, face the challenge of going down the other side, which is worse. Car drivers more often than not don't appreciate braking limitations on an HGV. Tippers carrying stone were on this road, I am sure a few multi drop drivers would use this route also, but its the real territory of the White Van Man. Then there are Travellers/Visitors who would find this stop very useful, plus professional drivers on holiday in the area, its a heck of a view on a clear day...WOW...
A horse box was taking a rest on top in the foreground, many bikers and walkers also favour this lone Transport Cafe.


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  • Kelsey Media, Cudham Tithe Barn, Berry's Hill, Cudham, Kent, TN16 3AG
  • Tel: 01959 541444
  • Fax: 01959 541400
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About Transport Cafe was founded and established in 1996 by a businessman who had previously been an HGV driver who started driving in the 1950s whilst an electrician on a Mobile Field Photographic Section in the Royal Air Force. The requirement for all unit personnell to drive led him from troop and equipment carrying trucks, including bowsers, onto articulated photographic laboratories which required manoeuvring in forests to remote intelligence bunkers. His experience is also in industrial electronics, ham radio, website architecture, computers plus business experience over 39 years including catering, accommodation and five times entrepreneurs.