On Tuesday I finished a four day ride from Carlisle to Bellingham to Wooler then on to Berwick where I turned South and stopped at Belford and finished up with a 78 miler to Newcastle. Most of the time I followed NCR’s and most were well way marked and in good order, though I did avoid a stretch of NCR 68 near Wooler, which I knew would be grotty. But I was caught out when I started to follow NCR 1 from Berwick and it degenerated in to a footpath that is just not suitable for a heavily loaded road bike and follows a very dangerous (in my opinion) cliff top route. This is not the first time I have come across problems with NCR 1. Between Dover and London it follows some very dubious tracks. My main point here is: How can we call NCR1 an all-purpose cycling route, when a lot of it is only suitable for mountain bkes? Maybe it is time to re-route large stretches of this NCR.