Lake District Day Trip 07/10/18

Sunday the 7th of October 2018 and a few of “our little group” had arranged to meet up to drive some of the best ‘lanes in the Lake District in one day…
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Alan had plotted the route on paper maps, and Brett had then transposed his pencil scribblings into a MemoryMap route for us to share around our tablets to follow the route as we drove.
Sadly, in the eleventh hour, Alan had to pull out of the trip. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
And previous to that one of our regular Cumbrian Cohorts had to pull out too, so with only three vehicles attending Brett advertised a couple of spare places, and they were soon snapped up by a couple of members of the BigJimny discussion board…

Here’s Brett’s Introductory Video as we drive up the M56 together to go meet the others…
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Up the M6…
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As we go up the M6 I can see us approaching the end of the route, with the start just above Kendal in the distance…
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Gathered up in a retail park’s car park after filling up with fuel.
Left to Right – Riccy and Joel in J999MNY, Brett in Jalapeno, John “Sniper” from the BigJimny board, me in S200KYS, and Jason “JackOnlyJack” also from BigJimny.

Brett’s Second Introductory Video as we leave the retail park, as he says on the video Brett is leading, I’m second with a rear winch incase John needs a tug at any point, Jason behind him, and Riccy & Joel at the back as they’re two-up and therefore get the job of closing gates… ๐Ÿ˜‰
And, onto the first ‘lane of the day then…

“Otter Bank”, which as Brett says on the video is mostly flat –
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But that’s always a good customary way to start the day, with a gentle warm up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Second lane then, “Bouthwaite”, a favourite of mine as it is a proper “GREEN” ‘lane –
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Like a green moonscape!
You can hear on the video that my CB is transmitting but not receiving?! It’s going to be a very quiet day! No Alan and no CB ?!!
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On we go in relative silence then?!
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Beware of children?
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This ‘lane oddly finishes in a school playground?!
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Next ‘lane, nicely capturing the Byway sign with Jason’s Jimny in the background ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Steel Croft”
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Relatively flat again…
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Odd little fella on a gate post made from thick cable?…
Next…
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Breasthigh Road / Borrowdale…
John leaves his Jimny at the top, no way he’s getting up and over and then back without a low box. (His button / solenoid later transfer box won’t engage low – give me a stick and a loud clunk any day!)
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Brett drives across the ford first to open the gate…

And then films the rest of us coming through –

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Riccy and Joel bringing up the rear…

Up we go…
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The view down the valley to our right as we climb up…
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Looking back behind me “arm out of the window” photography captures Jason with passenger John.
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Gathered up after closing the midway gate…
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Carrying on…
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Jason and John behind me as we round a corner before climbing to the top…
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And catching up with Brett at the point where his video finished above…
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And then down the other side –

And turning round ready to go back over the way we came from…
Some photos from the journey down –
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Brett out picking his line over the eroded storm drain.
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Jason dropping down behind me…

And then back up and over the storm drain again…
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Carrying on! Back over to the midway gate again…
From the video timeline –
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Brett up one of the big steps
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And squeezing through the narrow gate on the way up…
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John’s Jimny way off in the distance parked by the gate at the start of the ‘lane ๐Ÿ˜‰

From the gate back down through the ford and back to John’s Jimny…
Hmmm, “who didn’t shut the gate?” – must have been the little group of three ‘crossers? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Next!
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“Garth Row”

A couple of stills along the way –
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Next…

Parkspring Wood…
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A nice scenic ‘lane…

Next… “Broadoak” or “Underbarrow”
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Yup, a proper GREEN lane. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Ahhhh… where are we now then?

“Town Yeat”… Mad scratchy ‘lane…
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And surprisingly, John and James have both decided to drive it!
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John emerges!
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Ahhh, Ummm, Chicks dig scratches? a gallon of T-Cut?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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Jason popping out…
Well done for doing that one guys! We did say that anyone could drive round anything they didn’t fancy… ๐Ÿ˜‰
Next!…

“The Row”
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As Brett has a couple of shunts to get round the end of the lane and back onto tarmac, I waited patiently to capture him with the RoW signpost in the foreground… ๐Ÿ™‚
The next one…

Brett approaches gingerly through the front gravel drive of a property, and we get out and peer down the ‘lane… it’s an UCR with ORPA dots that Alan had found on the maps, Brett had checked with the RoW officers, and we thought we’d come for a look-see…
As we were looking the lady from the house emerged and asked inquisitively what we were doing there… Brett explained it was a green lane, a UCR with public access… the lady said she’d lived there fourteen years and as far as she knew it was a bridleway and she hadn’t seen anyone drive it in all those years?… She agreed we could drive it though, and we apologised for disturbing her and began to push our way down it…

As you can see, it was indeed a bit tight! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I cut a few branches out of the way on the way down to save my snorkel and newly fitted windscreen, ready for an impending MOT soon… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Riccy at the back is a bit more careful with his Jimny and cut more branches rather than pushing through… (I’ve got a metal guard around my snorkel for this reason). Eventually they call for me and ‘Buzz’ the cordless chainsaw to come and lend a hand… ๐Ÿ™‚ Hence they dubbed it “Gardening Lane” LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then another little one around the corner from it –

Nice comments from Brett at the end of this video…
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And back onto tarmac…
Another nice little find ๐Ÿ˜‰
And then back to…
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Yup…

Town Yeat back up!
On the video, you can see at 3:20 into it, a little Jimny pulls over for a chat with me, a little old lady driver asking questions of a big group of EIGHT foreign mostly black Land Rovers convoying around the local ‘lanes too. Hmmm, I try and reassure her that the recommended group size (in the UK) is five vehicles…

Next ‘lane then… Crosthwaite.
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Only one still from this ‘lane…
Next…

Turned out to be tarmac… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Always worth a look though! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Next!…
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Swinging off the tarmac…

A much better find Alan ๐Ÿ˜‰
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At the end of that ‘lane pointing from whence we came… awesome capture! ๐Ÿ™‚

Then “High Mill”
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A few tarmac miles then, as we snake our way round one of the Meres / Waters to our next series of ‘lanes… (Did you know there’s only one “Lake” in the Lake District… most are indeed Meres or Waters ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
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We’re soon disappearing off the tarmac again though ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Holmshead Farm”… Mind the dogs! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰
I was surprised John was going up here?!
You can here Brett mention that – again as per a previous trip up here – I’d hit a rock and it had bounced me close to left edge of the ‘lane where there was a steep drop! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I then waited for John a couple of times, but I needn’t of bothered! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dale End towards Elterwater

Oxen Fell
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And still that little silver Jimny is following us everywhere! Remember… it’s “only” got 15mm spring spacers, AT tyres and a rear Quaife LSD (Limited Slip Diff)!

The second half of Oxen Fell

Knipe Fold Part One

Part Two ๐Ÿ˜‰
At a minute in you can hear Brett speaking to a chap that says he’s a magistrate and was taking photos of our vehicles as we shouldn’t be driving there, on the Queen’s Highway, a BOAT (ByWay Open to All Traffic)… we’ll wait to see if anything ever comes of that then?

Stang End Part One

And… Part Two

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I’ve lost track with all those ‘lanes of where I took the following photos?! –
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John’s Jimny
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Still doggedly following us everywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚
Then on to…

Grizedale! ๐Ÿ™‚

Continued…

More…

To the rocky drop…

All down…

Riccy back up… twin ARB Lockers ๐Ÿ˜‰

And the rest of the ‘lane…
And again at some point I took this…
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Of John dropping down behind me…

Next… Force Mills
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Nice fallen tree on the way…

Down to Rusland Pools…
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1 October? Hmmm, it’s the 7th?…
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Nice way of restricting access… you can still get through on foot or with a sure-footed horse, but no vehicular access during…
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Fishies making love season! ๐Ÿ˜‰
On we go then, leaving the fishes to go about their business ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ickenthwaite One

And two…
By now we were running out of time and daylight, so we thought we’d curtail the route and head over to Nibthwaite / Parkamoor…

The start up to where…
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We left John’s Jimny on the edge of the ‘lane, and he again jumped in with Jason (Jack?)

On we go…
Until we pull up behind the last of a convoy of mostly black Land Rovers with foreign plates… the ones the old lady had asked us about earlier in the day…

Brett ventured on with his camera, and unfortunately records this Defender blowing a rear diff / shaft ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The next one gets up alright though ๐Ÿ™‚

Next! Nicely done…

Then the Jimnys ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then our-Brett ๐Ÿ˜‰

On we go… up to the peak (half way up) with Brett picking up a passenger ๐Ÿ˜‰
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At this point we turned round and went back down again, leaving them to it…

Passing…
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… the stricken Duffender on the way down… a broken shaft or diff? You don’t want that when you’re in a remote location, miles from home, especially when it’s a foreign country, Belgium?! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The rest of the descent, stopping to collect John’s Jimny…

Brett’s closing remarks…
Indeed, a great day out, a long way to go for the day but always well worth it! There’s some great ‘lanes in the Lakes ๐Ÿ™‚
THANKS to Alan for plotting the route, shame he couldn’t make it in the end, I thought I’d gone deaf at one point ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to Brett for converting the route to digital from Alan’s paper maps, and for leading and opening all them gates! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to Riccy and Joel, always nice to ‘lane with you two ๐Ÿ˜‰
And thanks to the new lads – John and Jason… Amazing where that near standard silver JImny went with just 15mm spring spacers, AT tyres and a rear Quaife LSD! John’s ethos was to keep the Jimny looking standard but still be able to ‘lane it successfully… and you’ve met and proved that spec’ mate! ๐Ÿ™‚ And James, excellent looking Jimny that also went everywhere with ease…
An odd one meeting the big group of Belgian Landies… eight is a bit much in a group, but I suppose it depends what they are use to in their own country?…

A great day out! Looking forward to the next one already! ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

Northumberland Weekend – Day Two Sunday 09/09/18

Day Two of our weekend in Northumberland… Day one is here if you missed it.
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This was the whole weekend’s route, and…
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This bit was Sunday’s route…
Brett and I had a nice breakfast in our hotel, and then we set off when the others arrived, as they lived fairly local…
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Ah, hmmm, only after Brett had given me a nice Sunday morning jump though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Brett’s Day Two Introductory Video ๐Ÿ˜‰

And another as we leave the hotel…
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As you can hear on Brett’s introductory video, Phil had bodged his exhaust (again) to get him running for the day… ๐Ÿ˜‰
First stop… a petrol station / convenience store to fuel up, both on petrol and food for the day ๐Ÿ˜‰
On our way to the first ‘lane of the day then…
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NOOOoooo! Brett’s transfer box, having been to two of the leading specialists in the country, again jumped out of drive, so we had the stick out, rods repositioned, and stick back in quickly on the end of someone’s drive! Whoops!
(As I’m writing this Brett is returning from the second specialist who has had the box in pieces again and located a bent selector rod, and removed the two-wheel-drive-low mod’ too – I found mine troublesome and had it removed also some time ago)
And, one we go… Brett leaving the box in four wheel drive and turning the free wheel hubs on and off as required, as that stops it jumping out of drive he discovered.
DSCN8338.jpgFirst ‘lane of day two then… “Diptonmill”

Again, a nice gentle ‘lane to start the day… whilst Brett has a good moan to the camera about his transfer box woes… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Lane Two then… “Dotland”

As usual, Brett’s Video of it ๐Ÿ˜‰
Nothing to taxing, but on the way… use them or lose them! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Next, “Peth Foot”

With a nice little ford at the start –
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When we got to the end…
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Rob disappeared under Phil’s BigJimny…
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The exhaust bodge had worked itself loose, so they removed the middle section of the exhaust and carried on without it… bit noisy, but better than heading home disappointed! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Onto the next ‘lane then “Strothers Dale” (with a Harley Davidson sounding Jimny behind me!) LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s Video of us, going…
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Around the side of the farmhouse…
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And the farm buildings…
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A nice T&S ‘lane!
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Next! Highclear…

Brett’s YouTube Video, another nice ‘lane…
Next?… we’re into the forest –
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Nice!

Brett’s Video of the first bit…
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As Brett (Dukes) mentions on the map… “Dukesfield” above us ๐Ÿ™‚
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Out of the forest and onto what looks like sand?!
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And heading for moorland…

Part Two…
The I stalled and needed a jump from Phil to get me going again…

Part Three…

Part Four… passing some rather young looking ‘crosser riders?
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Looking back after the gate as some grading works.

Part Five…
Where a walker has a go, saying “You’re a disgrace to the countryside”, but then fails to give any valid reasons, as we’re driving on a legal byway, on the right of way, and at a reasonable pace… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Back on the tarmac and entering County Durham…
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And over more moorland, but on tarmac this time ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Interesting snow-poles to show the snow ploughs where to go when the snow is deep!
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Reaching our destination, the next series of ‘lanes…

North first

Then south

Continued…
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And then we stopped here to look at the ‘lane that goes east connecting the middle of the loop…
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Brett went for a long walk down it to have a look, but came back saying it was impassable, which is unusual for him, as he’ll usually have a go at anything! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The rest of us having a little break ๐Ÿ˜‰

Carrying on… Brett explaining his findings from his walk…
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Next, another long ‘lane…!

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To the ‘top’ where…
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We’re (apparently) at the highest point of any greenlane in England? ๐Ÿ™‚
That calls for…
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A group photo! ๐Ÿ™‚

On we go…

And…
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To the gate at the bottom and back onto tarmac…
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Our next destination…
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Here, where we’re about to…
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After waiting for the crossers to come up…

Starting to descend…
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And we’re pretty close to the edge?!…
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Umm, it gets worse?! (or better depending on your outlook?!)
Look at the way the trucks lean left on the undulating ground… towards the ravine… Gulp!

In Riccy’s video with his Go-Pro on a gimble (self levelling device) you can see the angle of the vehicle more…
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Towards the gate from my perspective…

Carrying on after the gate…
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Another seat clenching moment… as they say on the video, the rocks push you left towards the gulley where the stream runs into the ravine…! Locker on for me and push forwards quickly…

At the bottom, phew!
There’s a chunk missing there, but it’s on…

Riccy’s second half of his video…
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Down to the house, tarmac, safety…. Phew! An awesome ‘lane, heart-in-your-mouth arse clenching the seat. a thrill to do it, but I’d be even more nervous doing it again?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ !
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Looking back, that’s where we came down…
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Next, through Garrigill / Crossgill…
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That’s a new one… “Unsuitable during flood conditions”…?
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Ahhh… a concrete “Irish bridge” / ford… with no sides and a dropoff? Hmmm, no, no good in a flood?!

Brett’s Video of the ford and the climb up afterwards…
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Dropping down into the next village…
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And then a series of ‘lanes around Blagill.

Huddgillrig to Foreshield (Bridge) first…
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That a way… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Nice GREENlane…!
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That’ll be the aforementioned (Bridge) then ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next then… West Cocklake to Blagill
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At the top of the north section and heading west then, passed another byway sign.
In Blagill there’s a couple of tiny routes with one or two pink ORPA dots on –
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As we came off the byway on the right of the map…
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This one disappears off the tarmac and into the trees, through a small ford and out to a farmyard …

And then…

Brett’s turn…
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Then there’s another little cut-through through this gate…
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Up through the woods…
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And up onto the road again…

As seen in Brett’s YouTube Video
Joel on traffic duty! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Next then?… Clargillhead to Moscow (?!)

At the bottom the guys turn left whereas the route says right? There’s some discussion on the CBs about how boggy and marshy it can be, but we turn round and go for a look…
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But we have to pull in to a derelict farmyard…
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As another group of 4x4s are coming the other way…
Four stop just beyond the farmyard where we’ve pulled in, but there’s another group of three behind them, and watching through my binoculars one seems to be stuck? We wait for five minutes but they don’t progress along the ‘lane so we ask the other group to move over a bit, and we go back the other way, no point having so many vehicles on one ‘lane, and there’s plenty more for us to go at rather than waiting for the second group to progress towards and passed us…
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On towards Kirghaugh Boat anf ford then…
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Hairpin right needs a shunt…
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Brett around the corner and passed the byway sign…
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Left through the gate…

And that’s where we join Brett’s Video…
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And off the ‘lane…
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Under a railway bridge…
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Last ‘lane of the day / weekend then? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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A long one to finish off with? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of it…
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Gathered in a grassy lay-by on the side of the road…
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Brett removes his front propshaft for the journey home, so that he can leave the transfer box in four wheel drive so it doesn’t jump out of drive on the long journey home…
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And I reattach my front anti-roll-bar for the journey home…
We all have a good chat and a shake of hands before going our separate ways…

Brett’s closing remarks as we leave the rest of the guys…
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Out of Memory-Map offroad mapping and into Tom-Tom Sat Nav on my trusty iPad and at 16:40 it predicts I’ll be home for 19:19… more like 19:30 with a fuel stop, so I text the missus and tell her 20:00 just to be on the safe side…
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Following Brett over the nice and windey A66 –
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Hang on! We’ve passed a few great byways on the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL
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One way at a time pontoon bridge along the way…
And… I’ve been meaning to record this for a while… after driving home for three hours in a bucket seat, doing just under 70mph most of the way following Brett, this is what happens when I get home…

LOL, nice one Homer ๐Ÿ˜‰

And finally, as is the norm’… MANY THANKS to –
Riccy – for plotting, liaising and leading ๐Ÿ˜‰
Joel – for opening and holding open countless gates ๐Ÿ™‚
Brett – for videoing all the ‘lanes ๐Ÿ˜‰
Phil and Rob – for just being them, a great pair of canny lads! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope Alan’s feeling well enough for our next trip, as Brett said on his closing remarks video, a day trip back to the Lake District to meet up with this lot again on the 7th of October to drive all the best and favourite ‘lanes in a day trip?!?! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

Northumberland Weekend – Day One Saturday 08/09/18

Saturday the 8th of September 2018, and a few of “our little group” of Jimnys had arranged to spend the weekend in Northumberland driving mostly new ‘lanes to us –
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Riccy – beig local(ish) had plotted the route and liaised with the local counties Rights of Way officers and Glass Area Reps to make sure the route was legal and passable in our little Jimnys… The above map is both Saturday’s and Sunday’s routes, the Saturday route map is below… carry on reading ๐Ÿ˜‰
So Saturday morning, I set the shop up and left my wife in charge (who am I kidding? she’s always in charge! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) with our eldest daughter helping, and waited for Alan, my usual passenger / navigator mate… Only he turned up early? and parked in in front of the Jimny, blocking me in? Awww, turns out he wasn’t feeling well / up to it, so I had to go it alone…
I met Brett as arranged at the start of the M56 from where he made his first introductory video –

As we travelled up the M56 and onto the…
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M6 for our journey north to meet the others…
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Who forgot to book the weather?! As we travelled up the M6 it lashed it down in places, poor visibility from the rain and spray that comes with it…
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It soon brightened up as we travelled north though, seeing signs for Scotland, and approaching our destination of Carlisle…
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Left to right as per the norm’, Brett in the green Jalapeno Jimny, me in the S200KYS blue Jimny Alan-less, and Riccy and Joel in the dark grey J999MNY, with Phil and Rob parked behind them on the other side in the big black FUN Jimny…
McDonald’s was that busy that Brett and I skipped breakfast as we had food with us…
So, we went to set off… earlier in the morning when I’d gone to set off my Jimny’s battery had been depleted from standing I assumed, but even by then after a three hour drive up north, it still just clicked when I went to start it, so I had to jump start it off Brett’s battery to get me going?! That didn’t bode well for the weekend?! I’d have to drive carefully without stalling anywhere awkward!!!
Anyway, off we went…

Brett’s introductory video of the day, as we head off for the first ‘lane of the day at…
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“Linstock”, it’s mostly –
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… flat, but a good introductory ‘lane as is usually the case on our first lane of the day…

Brett’s YouTube Video of it.
Back on the tarmac after that and on our way to the next ‘lane, Phil asks over the CB if we can pull over somewhere safe…
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His temporary fix to his exhaust to get his Jimny ready for the weekend – as the new exhaust had failed to turn up on time – failed, and his Jimny was a little to loud to proceed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, as is the norm, in “Top Gear” style, we abandoned him and carried on, with his mate Rob abandoning him too, and he jumped in with Brett for the rest of the day…
Onto ‘lane two then, that starts at “Greenhead”…
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The first bit is just a yellow C-road as in…

Brett’s YouTube Video
But then leads on to a BOAT just after Lowtown –
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Off tarmac and over a cattle grid onto the BOAT
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My favourite blue sign “Unsuitable for Motor Vehicles” (ideal for Jimnys!)
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Rising up…
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And as you can hear Riccy say in Brett’s video below, we were then driving on the top of Hadrian’s Wall! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s Video of us atop the wall ๐Ÿ™‚
A tiny stretch of tarmac and we’re then onto…

Layside / Parkhead
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Taken along the way, looking back at Brett and Rob behind me…
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And gather up by one of the many gates!
Towards the end of the video you can hear Riccy remark about a Roman fort in the distance –
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Quick zoom in with picture editing software…
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On towards the next ‘lane…
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And we pass an impressive Lime Kiln by the side of the road…
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Next “Thorngrafton Common” BOAT
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At the start…

Where Brett’s YouTube Video takes over…
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And looking backwards at the end…
We then skipped the next planned ‘lane for some reason? Too flat?! “Fell Cott” BOAT…
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And proceeded to the next one “Walwick Fell”
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Passed the few cottages on the UCR before the pink ORPA dots start (on the map above)
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Where Brett’s video starts –

Going back through the video…
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Coming through the gate and up the bank…
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Skirting the edge of the field… You could hear on the video that the dots on the map don’t appear to be in the right place in relation to the GPS route on the ground…
And again in –

Brett’s YouTube Video. the route visible on the ground again doesn’t match the dots on the map –
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The crosshair is quite off…
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But again quite clear on the ground?
It leads us straight to the gate too –


DSCN8232.jpgTight onto the tarmac…
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Looking back down from the road…
Speaking of which, a bit of tarmac to the next ‘lane…
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Where we pass some nosey cows getting in the frame when I’m trying to take a photo of the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall again… Photo-bombed by cows?!
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Next ‘lane! Low Moralee, another BOAT

Brett’s YouTube Video of it…
Exiting through someone’s property, surrounded by a flock of stone sheeps?!
And we’re soon onto the next ‘lane…

Ravenshaugh / Horneystead, with a concrete bottomed ford…
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Carrying on…
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And out at the grand farmhouse at the end of the ‘lane…
We then skipped the next ‘lane passed ‘Crossridge’ for some reason?
And onto –
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Shillafield

Brett’s YouTube Video of it…
A couple of photos from the ‘lane –
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A bit of tarmac and we’re soon onto the next ‘lane…
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Border County Ride, or on Brett’s Video –

“Rawfoot”

Continued…

And then over Rede Bridge
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Nice medieval bridge…
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And on we go…
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Towards the end of the ‘lane.
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Next ‘lane goes to Tone Hall…
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From somewhere called “Cock Play” ?!

Brett’s Video of it…
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Next! Barrasford Parkย  to Great Swinburne

Brett’s Video of it…
And some photos –
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Crossing an access road to a Quarry…
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Here…

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Next, a BOAT over the end of a reservoir towards Cheviot Farm

Brett’s Video of it
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As on the video, the reservoir is very low…
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So the ‘bridge’ bit at the end of the reservoir has no water under it… this time of year.
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Next ‘lane then… “Hallington” to “West Side”.
As you’ll see in the video, there’s some humorous bales at the start of the lane –
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Here’s the video –

And a couple of photos from this ‘lane –
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Now then… next is the ‘lane we’ve been waiting for! Chollerton (Chollerford on the videos?) Steps…
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Oooh…
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… that would look lovely on my garage wall, I remarked! ๐Ÿ˜‰
(I didn’t!)
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Up we go… I’ll let all the videos take over now…

Brett’s Video of the first bit…
At two minutes in you can see me struggling with the first step…
Twice the steering wheel whipped around and I twisted my hand badly…
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But I eventually got up as in this still taken from Brett’s Video above…
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On the second step I got up on the second attempt with the nearside front tyre a foot or so in the air…!

Riccy’s Video looking from the top…
His video, driven expertly by Joel, gets up easily with it’s twin airlockers and rocklobster box…
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And a still from Riccy’s Video with S200KYS waving a wheel ๐Ÿ˜‰
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My view of the second step coming up…
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The lads having a post-mortem looking back down…
All up? Off we go then…

Carrying on in Brett’s Video.
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Next! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Codlaw Hill

Brett’s Video of it…
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“Elrington” next, another BOAT

Brett’s Video Part One

And Part Deux ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Next Langley Castle Farm…

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West Lands End
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As you can hear Riccy say on the video below, this one is voluntary restraint during wet soggy weather…

and the second half…

Passing an organised (paid?) tour on the ‘lane…
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“Lough Green”

Herding this lot to one side…
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They bunch up and glare at us going passed! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰
We then meet another group of Land Rovers, and I blummin’ stalled reversing back, so one of them kindly jumped out with a jump-pack to get me going again! ๐Ÿ™‚
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On they go… and so do we…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane…

And his end of day one summary…
Before we head off to…
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Our beds for the night…
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Gilsland Spa Hotel, Brett had found it on a hotel booking site for half of what they quoted when he phoned them direct to enquire ๐Ÿ˜‰
We showered and changed and then went into “town” to meet the others, but… there were only two pubs in town and only one served food, and when we asked for a table of seven they looked shocked, hurried around and then said they could fit us in after an hour and a half’s wait… So we had a pint and the others, the locals, decided it would be easier to go home for tea… And when we mentioned that to the manager she said she could fit Brett and I straight in then, so we had a bite to eat and then headed back to the hotel for a couple more pints…

Day one over then, see you on day two’s blog… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tight & Scratchy – North Wales Coast 12/08/18

Sunday the 12th of August 2018, and a few of “our little group” had arranged to meet up and drive some of the best “tight and scratchy” greenlanes that the North Wales coast area has to offer…
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We met at the excellent Whistlestop Cafe on Rhuddlan’s HTM Industrial Estate for a fantastic cooked breakfast… Although they were a bit late opening… and there was a marquee hire van and a couple of lads milling around waiting for them to open too. When the sign flicked on to OPEN, I said to them, “you go first, you’ve got work to do…” and just as I said that another five lads climbed out of the back of the van! d’Oh! LOL
Anyhow… from left to right as is customary… Kev and his faithful hound Freyja in the “Blue Rinse” Jimny (!) So called by his mates as it’s allegedly a bit of a hairdressers car, and has blue tints to the wheels also ๐Ÿ˜‰ Brett in the middle in the green Jalapeno Jimny, and Alan and I in the blue S200KYS Jimny…
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Our intended route for the day… plotted by our-Alan and transferred to Memory Map as a digital route by Brett, so the rest of us can follow on our tablets.

Brett’s Introductory Video as we set off from the Whistlestop Cafe and back towards St. Asaph for Kev to fuel up, and to join the beginning of the route… as Brett narrates as we head west up the A55 Expressway.

Brett’s Video of ‘Bryn-y-Pin’ a nice gentle ‘lane to start the day… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the first bit of ‘Moelfre’, through the dark tunnel of undergrowth and into the field, where we stop to assess the damage to Kev’s CB aerial… once he’s gone back to retrieve it on foot! The magnetic aerial had been dragged off by the shrubbery and the cable had been ripped in two… So I retrieved my handheld CB from the back of my Jimny and lent him that for the day ๐Ÿ™‚
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Kev entering the tunnel of undergrowth
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Pushing our way through…

Brett’s Video of the middle section of ‘Moelfre’ up to the…
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…’big step’ mentioned at the end of the video above…
I took two goes at it, I really should give it a bit more welly first attempt! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the third section of ‘Moelfre’, up the dark bit, the reference to “loving the new lights Phil” is to a pair of LED headlights… I had to take mine out for the MOT ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Up in the ‘dark’ of Moelfre under the cover of the trees…
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Next ‘lane was going to be one through Abergele (Chest) Hospital, but a new gate and signage put us off, not worth the hassle… it’s a UCR with ORPA dots, but the signs say “PRIVATE NO THROUGH ROAD” and “WARNING CCTV RECORDING”.
On to the next ‘lane then…
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Alan opens the gate to ‘Pant Idda’…

Brett’s Video of the first section, up to the tiny ‘Suzuki gate’ where he retrieves half a tree off his roof!
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Back to the beginning of the ‘lane and this was our view ahead!
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And looking back in the mirror at Kev (and Freyja) behind us…

Brett’s Video of the middle section – to my favourite bit – driving in the gulley, but only after…
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… pausing to neatly stack a pile of fallen logs out of the way…
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On we go!…

Through the muddy gulley and back to tarmac, where we cross to the next ‘lane immediately in front of us…

Brett’s Video of ‘Pen-y-bryn’ or ‘Ffynnonau’ – well said Brett ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL
Yup, I watch the videos in sections to work them into the timeline of the blog, and then when the blog is finished I sit down with a beer, or three, and watch them end to end…
DSCN8092.jpgYup! Definitely ‘Tight & Scratchy’… which is the order of the day! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Speaking of which…

Brett’s Video of ‘Bont-y-Gwyddel’…
Where we met three weary sheep, I thought they’d got out of the field and onto the ‘lane where they were tired, hungry and thirsty… hence walking slowly in front of us… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Passed “Ben’s Tree” ๐Ÿ˜‰ We have fond memories of Ben squeezing his Land Cruiser past this tree ๐Ÿ˜‰ He, and his Land Cruiser, are now happily living in Australia ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hiya Ben! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Lovely tight ‘lane!
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And scratchy too…!
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Oh no?! We’re not are we?! Every year or so, we come back to this one ‘Pen-y-Coed’ Alan’s most favourite ‘lane of the 520+ he’s driven with us over the last four and a bit years…
It’s a dead-end, it therefore doesn’t go anywhere… the farmer has asked us in the past why we do it (we didn’t see him “this year”), and we always say “because it’s there” (Use them or Lose them!), and apparently GLASS are planning to trim it and remove the fallen tree obstruction at the end… so we thought we might as enjoy it one more time as a ‘Jimny-lane’ before they open it up for all to use… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the first third of it… you can see my waffle boards have a fight with an over-hanging branch, and then Alan has a fight with the gate…

Brett’s Video of the middle bit… waiting for Alan to shut the gate behind us, and then at three minutes and four minutes in you can see us squeezing between the trees…
At 5:30 minutes in I’m stuck on a branch that has forced itself under the waffle boards on my roof protection bars – ‘tree sliders’ –
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And Kev’ removes it…
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… with his folding “Samurai-Saw”… must get me one of them!

Brett’s Video of the trip back up Pen-y-Coed – you can hear him mentioning me – the ‘local welder’ – as the trees have peeled back a small section of his roof skin where his CB aerial was once attached… LOL! He’s booked in for a repair patch the Wednesday after this trip ๐Ÿ˜‰
At about four minutes in, you can hear me say I’ve just lost my wing mirror… a tree claimed my passenger side mirror! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ and the protection bar from my snorkel to the front of the tree bars on the roof has also been ripped out…

Next ‘lane… another favourite! Drop down the valley side to a ford and then back onto the tarmac road on the other side of the valley…

Next… a BOAT we’ve driven from the other end a few times, but it is cut in half by a fence and a small gate, that in years gone by was locked and had a sign asking horse-riders to ring for access… But now is passable by motorbikes as seen on the video, but not 4x4s…
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So we’ve driven both ends of the BOAT to my finger on the map… An appeal is being made to get his BOAT reopened to 4x4s…
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As we can’t fit through that tiny gate! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Coasting down the next hill, Brett’s transfer box again jumps out of drive ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So once again, disassemble all the gaitors, pull the lever out, slip the selector rods back into place, and then reassemble everything…
For the rest of the day Brett left Jalapeno in four wheel drive and turned the front hubs off and on as required, as that stops it jumping out of drive?…
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Next, a new one – for us – one (of a few) Alan had been researching and had written to Conwy’s RoW Officers for the nod on…

Brett’s Video of this nice little find…
I whizzed off the end of that fallen log you can see at the end of the video with my cordless chainsaw.
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As we came through the field and a couple of hundred Flossies spotted the 4x4s, they must have thought they were going to be fed, and followed us to the gate, so I had to jump out and persuade them not to follow us… they soon realised I was a red-blooded Welshman and all backed off…! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Carrying on, following Brett…

To the end of the ‘lane as in his video above…
Next we drove the BOAT at Rhydgaled, but Brett didn’t video it, and I didn’t photograph it… Whoops! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, Brett’s video of up Segrwyd “as we always seem to come down” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, Nantglyn…
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Following Kev this time…
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Tight and Scratchy will a camber into the fields to the left, as seen on Brett’s video above.
Next… a personal favourite!

Brett’s Video of “Hafod-Dafydd”
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And we followed Kev up… in a Jimny with open diffs and just a 2″ lift… Awesome!
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Next, another new one to us, that Alan had had the nod from Conwy’s RoW Officers again…
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I swore I’d been here before and we’d deemed it too narrow, so I sat on my waffler boards on the roof as the others went for a walk for a look, with Freyja, Kev’s dog…
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The ‘lane goes up the edge of the field and then turns up and rises up the tree line at the top of the field… I swear we’ve walked it before and decided not to proceed…
But today they came back and said it was passable…?
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So I drove in last and squeezed as far right as I could so that Alan could get back in after closing the gate behind us…

Brett’s Video of this cracking ‘lane…

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The next one was just a white on the map… We went for a look and I remembered having a go at it from the other side at the crossroads, so Brett said we’d go around for a look at the other end… I got the wrong idea and decided to press through in a north-easterly direction, and then met him at the other side, with Kev behind, as you can see in…

Brett’s Video of this short but very T&S ‘lane!

Another ‘lane Alan had had the nod on… “Merddyn”
You can here us giving directions to Brett from behind, as Alan had been busy –
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He does an awful lot of research using YouTube, Sreetview, Google Maps, Explorer paper Maps, and had summarised the lane as the sketch above so we knew exactly where we were going…

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At the gate at the start…
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At the second gate, good job Alan didn’t jump out too far to close the gate! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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At the point where Brett’s Video stops above, deciding where the lane goes, swinging left ahead of Brett…

Brett’s Video carrying on… you can see how marshy it must be in winter by all the reeds on the ‘lane.
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And back onto tarmac at the top…
Next! We went to look at this one –
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Having also been given the nod by the RoW Officers that this too was legal…
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Handy Tip #53 – Alan laminates all the letters we get… to keep them dry? No! to stop landowners ripping them up! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL
Anyway…
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Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s driveable!…
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A couple of fences and a load of trees… nothing has been through here in years!…

Next, Brett’s Video of Maelogen Fawr, inching down carefully, and then getting out to chop a couple of trees back…

Down and over an old rickerty bridge, and then out for a look at what lies ahead…

To the end of the ‘lane… As Brett says on the video he’s missed recording the climb up after getting out for a look…
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Nearing the end of the above ‘lane.

Brett’s Video of a quick right angled diversion over a couple of UCRs along the way, at the top of Llanrwst… You can see his video ends with him coming upon a motorcyclist waving us down… He’d slipped on mud on the road, and his lady pillion passenger had dislocated her hip ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We had a chat, made sure they were okay, and then reversed back to turn around and carry on, when a Police Officer turned up, and they waited for an Ambulance to arrive…

So we about faced and dropped down into Llanwrst via the UCR again, to make our way round to Llanddoged.
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The odd grid where the end of the downhill greenlane meets the top of a nice residential street!…
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Back to our destination above Llanddoged, the red dots in the red circle above, again the RoW Officers had said this was legal, but…
DSCN8161.jpgThe route was blocked by Kev’, errr no, sorry, a metal shed in the bushes, that looked older than Kev’! Nothings been through there in years either…
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Pennant next… Hmmm, and the gate (that we’ve cut the lock off before now – with permission from the Conwy RoW team!) is today blocked by a Land Rover… Hmmm, what’s that behind?
DSCN8163.jpgReal or false? We’ve had lots of signs on this ‘lane in the past…?
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Hmmm…
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Well out-of-date?
We’ll contact the Row people and see what’s going on with this then…
On we go then…

Brett’s Video of our next ‘lane over at Eglwysbach…

Up to the gate in the middle, quick chat, and then on we go again…

Up to –
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A fallen tree encroaching onto the ‘lane, which forced me onto the bank on the left…
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And I needed a quick tug passed it from the winch before catching my hardtop back on it…
I then cut a bit off it for the others to get passed…

And on we go…
And out through someone’s garden ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Up alongside the caravan park… “Mind the Log!”

Tyn-y-Coed –
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Where the cows come up from the field below to have a nosey at us…
And a slightly irate lady / landowner comes up and asks us what we’re doing and why are we scaring her cows? Her cows that wandered up inquisitively for a look at us?!
Obviously knowing we have a right to be there, she wanders off again…

The rest of the ‘lane…

Last ‘lane of the day then!
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“Cow Lane” / Llanelian-yn-Rhos

Brett’s Closing Remarks…
Indeed a great day!
A few repairs in readiness for the next trip out then, a weekend in Northumberland!
See you all soon!


 

Lake District Weekend – Day Two / Sunday the 15/07/18

Carrying on from Saturday’s Blog
You’ll remember we stayed at the Blacksmith’s Arms in Talkin –
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We started the morning early and had a look at Colin’s front panhard rod as it seemed to be causing the “death wobble” he’d been experiencing on the first day. Indeed, the rose-joint on the chassis end had a fair bit of play in it, but the potential replacements that Phil had brought over night weren’t big enough, so Colin started facing another day of the death wobbles… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
But, after an excellent cooked breakfast we gathered for another day of greenlaning in the Lake District / Cumbria…

Brett’s Introductory Video for Day Two then ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the first ‘lane of the day, it turns out to be graded and flat, but always worth a look! A gentle start to the day then, warm the Jimnys up ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ah, as you’ll hear at the end of the video, Brett’s CB is playing up… it would receive but not transmit ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
DSCN7917.jpgThe second ‘lane of the day then “Albyfield”…

Brett’s Video of it… and gathered in the field we find a group of 4x4s preparing for a trial!
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Possibly the AWDC ? (All Wheel Drive Club)

Brett’s Video of “Aiketgate”…
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The old tractor is still rusting away beside the ‘lane ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

As Brett says on the video, another favourite ‘lane “Petterilgreen Cottages”
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Riccy disappearing into the stream…
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And, as at the end of Brett’s Video above, a well placed lump of tree was in the middle of the ‘lane, and took five of us to roll it sufficiently out of the way to allow us access…
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On you go Brett ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Heading back to my own Jimny…
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And about to pass the huge log, following the others up…

As you can see in Brett’s next Video, to the end of the ‘lane.

Next! Barrow Mill ford… a bit lower than usual! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Thank looks a nice cool place to spend a few hours chillaxing?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then “what goes up must come down” – back down Petterilgreen Cottages
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Back through the big dip into the stream, and up the slope…
And over that big log you can see kick Brett’s Jimny around in his video above…
It also had a go at my Jimny ๐Ÿ˜ฆ …
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It looks rather low at the back?!
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That log won, and tore the top shock mounting off, and stole my spring!…
So Alan walked back to retrieve the spring, as…
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… Brett and I removed the shock and strapped the spring to the seat so that we could carry on…

Next ‘lane then! “Faugh Head” and a great find…

Walmersyke
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Another lovely “green” lane!

Croglin Hall, Whin Fell
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Not quite “as map” at the end, as the route seems to go across the middle of the field, as there in no route / exit through the woods shown on the map?
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To our right in this photo… the only exit / gate is in the middle of the stone wall ahead of us.

Next, “Renwick”

Then “Haresceugh”
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Nice photo of the other Jimnys in front of us ๐Ÿ™‚

“Unthank”, there’s an odd name?
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We then stopped for a little unplanned break as Phil’s Jimny was running rather warm after the last climb, so I had a nice lie in the heather and watched the clouds go by… ๐Ÿ™‚

“Two Top Hill”, in the midst of being graded…
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Nice photo from Colin of us lined up at the top…
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Nice view behind!
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Dropping back down again… Yes, that’s my rear spring seat! LOL

Gamblesby
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Off an odd bend in the road?!

Gamblesby to Viol Moor… VERY bumpy and rutted towards the end…
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So much so…
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My strapped down spring unseated itself at the top and wrapped itself around the top spring mount! So we ended up unstrapping it, fighting it free with the pry bar, and then restrapping it to the axle’s spring seat again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Glasonby… note the gate at the beginning of the video? As we got to the gate five cars later and having not seen how it opened, it looked like the gate was across the field? Indeed it WAS, it was either across the field entrance or the start of the ‘lane? VERY confusing… as you can hear on the video! ๐Ÿ˜‰
DSCN7986.jpgConflab over the maps, deciding that time is getting on and we’re not going to manage the whole route…
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Back to tarmac for a bit then…
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Refuelling… both the cars, and our own appetites…! A cold Diet Coke, Hmmm…. ๐Ÿ™‚

“Breatherdale” (over to “Breasthigh Road”) you can here Brett remark that Phil & Rob left us before we took the M6 south from Penrith as they live further up north, so no point them going down to go back up… and on the M6 Colin said over the CB that he’d had enough of the death wobbles and was going to carry on south down the M6 to home…
So just Brett, Riccy and Alan & I carried on…

Carrying on… until you can hear over the CB that my spring had unseated once again…
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Unstrap and restrap again then ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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And on we go again…

Up to the big drain / wash out…

Brett over it ๐Ÿ™‚

And then… back down again, my spring having come out again! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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To fix it, where we were, I attached my winch to Riccy’s Jimny…
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And replaced the spring on the rock trail, to be able to reverse back down, turn around and head home…
Annoying, but at least it lasted the day rather than going home in the morning after ripping the shock mount off after Petterillgreen Cottages… Time for some more repairs then?!

Brett’s customary closing remarks…
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Pulled over to reconnect the anti-roll-bars for the journey home, and to shake hands with Riccy…

Another excellent trip / weekend’s greenlaning in the Lake District with a great bunch of mates with a great bunch of Jimnys!

Time to repair them and get them ready for the next trip then? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers All!


 

Lake District Weekend – Day One / Saturday the 14/07/18

Our annual weekend up in the Lake District!

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And Brett had plotted us a huge route going clockwise so up the left side of the route on the Saturday to our pub with rooms for the night, and then back down the right side of the route on the Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚
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That’s all I needed! Saturday morning and S200KYS wouldn’t start, the battery had depleted after sitting around for too long, so in came the daily driver to give it a jump start! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s customary introductory video, you’ll here him say that we didn’t have a trip in June due to problems with his transfer box back in May, but now he’s had a ‘new’ transfer box installed from Rockwatt the “God of Gearing” (I named him that, and it’s stuck, so there’s a pint owed there somewhere!) ๐Ÿ˜‰
So, on we go, Saturday’s route –
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Saw us meeting Brett on the Saturday morning at the start of the M56 after setting up my shop and leaving the wife in charge (who am I kidding, she’s always in charge ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). We then travelled north up the M6 to meet the others at the Texaco garage in Crooklands.
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Photo courtesy of Colin ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Better than my effort ๐Ÿ˜‰
Left to right then – Colin in the Red Rooster, Brett in Jalapeno, Alan & I in S200KYS, Riccy in J999MNY (undoing his anti-roll-bar disconnect) and Phil & Rob in the FUN Jimny. A nice variety of five Big Jimnys!
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All pretty much similar sized and spec’ed, we try for a minimum of a good lift, big tyres, a rear traction device and a front winch, to handle the sort of terrain we normally visit…
After filling up with fuel / Diet Coke! and having a bit of an introductory chat and admiring each others Jimnys, we’re off…
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We somehow got left behind… we were in our usual position of bringing up the rear to shut the gates, and somehow the others flew passed the first ‘lane “Dove House Farm” so we ended up driving it ourselves thinking “No-one’s been down here today”, and re-grouping at the end after they’d turned round and driven the ‘lane after us…
Second ‘lane of the day then –

Brett’s YouTube Video through Lupton Ford, not much water in it as we’ve recently had a heatwave in the UK for a change!
Along the way on tarmac, someone spotted –
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Photo courtesy of Phil
A herd of wild deer on the opposite bank of the river! So we stopped for a look…

Brett’s YouTube Video of them by the river bank ๐Ÿ™‚
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Next “Parkside” ‘lane in Milnthorpe – bit of a squeeze!

Brett’s YouTube video of it… finally emerging behind a Supermarket Car Park?!

Next, Brett’s YouTube Video of “Eversley”, up for a change!
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A couple of highlight photos from Eversley, following Phil & Rob…
DSCN7865.jpgTight & Scratchy! Just the way we like it!

Brett’s YouTube Video of the next ‘lane “Lindale”, Hampsfield

Next! Brett’s YouTube Video of Greaves Farm near High Newton…
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You can hear him comment about the lane being very narrow, there’s a campsite the other end and there’s no way you’d get a caravan down here!
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Ahh, bugger, the old fault reoccurs ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
The transfer box is all new, but the selector lever is the original one, so we suspected that was the culprit… So disassemble the gaitors off the transmission tunnel, disappear underneath and take the stick out, clunk the selectors back into place with a big screwdriver, pop the stick back in and reassemble…
And off we go again…

Brett’s YouTube Video of “Colton”
And then we go for a look at “Gathwaite” slightly off our intended black tracer line…
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You can see the crosshair and my direction pointer heading north east above…
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Down we go…

Brett’s YouTube Video of us all squeezing through the gate…
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We just nipped to see if any work had been done at the sunken ‘bridge’ at approx SD273867 grid reference, but no, this remains impassable at the moment…
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Lined up having walked down to see the collapsed bridge.

Brett’s YouTube Video of us coming back from investigating and squeezing back through that gate again…
Back on our intended route then…
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And then up (for a change) heading south on the map above…

Brett’s Video of up to “Low Stennerley”
Next, was meant to be up one of my favourite ‘lanes, High Nibthwaite, but when we got there, there was a group ahead of us struggling up some of the climbs, and when we chatted to them they said there was already another group ahead of them, so we decided…
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… to turn around and leave it, no point over-crowding the ‘lane and waiting for the groups ahead of us to struggle up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Up the west side of Coniston Water then…
And up to High Tilberthwaite ๐Ÿ™‚
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Dry river bed near the car park at the start / end of it!
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At the start…
Leading nicely on to…

Brett’s YouTube Video of the first bit… lots of grading been done ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Brett’s YouTube Video of us descending over the rock drop after the gate…
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Our view of Colin disappearing over the step…

And more from Brett as I try to run him over ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Stunning views (as Brett walks away unscathed)
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The view to our right, UCR5003 “Low Hall Garth” to the right, very tight down there! Jimnys Only! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of us coming down the bed rock at the end…
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Looking back at it.
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Following the other four Jimnys to the end of this great ‘lane…

Brett’s YouTube Video of the excellent Holmshead ‘lane.
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A rare occasion! My soft-top open to let the glorious weather shine through… gathered at the beginning of “The Old Coach Road”.

Brett’s YouTube Video of the first part of it, thankfully graded since our last trip over here!

Brett’s YouTube Video, ending up with my Jimny waving a tyre at the camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Quick stop to take in the views…
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Alan getting a bite to eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of us carrying on…

And more…
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And then it flattens out a bit…
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Over the bridge, and on we go…

Brett’s YouTube Video of a new (to us) ‘lane at / between Moss Dyke and Bowscale.
We’d lost Phil & Rob and Riccy getting off the A66 and arranged by text to meet them at Welton to do Borrans Hill Ford…
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Colin looking for the cause of some death wobble when we met up at Welton.

Brett’s YouTube Video of us through Borrans Hill ford ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Last destination for the first day of our Lakes Weekend… the Blacksmith’s Arms in Talkin, we had a fantastic night here last year, and the same this year, a well kept pint, a lovely meal, great rooms, and a fantastic cooked breakfast in the morning, and fantastic value too!

https://www.blacksmithstalkin.co.uk/

If you fancy a night there when greenlaning up in the Lake District ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

Greenlaning Flintshire & Denbighshire 27/05/18

Sunday the 27th of May 2018 and a few of us had arranged to meet up and drive a route –
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That Alan had plotted on paper maps, and Brett had then transposed onto MemoryMap for the rest of us to follow on our dashboard mounted tablets… Little did Alan know though that Brett had added a few on the end of the route, it was only when we were discussing which ‘lanes the big Discovery would have to drive round that I mentioned Moelfre, and Alan said “we’re not doing Moelfre? It’s not on my route?” that we realised the route had been lengthened at the end… “Only to get us back to St. Asaph”, retorted Brett – “you can’t be in the area and not drive Moelfre!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  LOL
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8am the Whistlestop Cafe on the HTM Business Park on the outskirts of Rhuddlan just a few miles from my home in St. Asaph. Left to right – Gary in the silver caged Jimny, Mark and son Ted in the Disco’, Brett and his daughter “TLB” – the lovely Becky – in the green Jalapeno Jimny and Alan and I (Dave) in the blue S200KYS Jimny. A smashing breakfast as usual, and at a good price, and we’re soon on our way –

Brett’s Introductory Video starts the day off ๐Ÿ™‚
As we left the cafe, Alan decided to change the start of the route and rather than driving up through Dyserth to get to Gwaenysgor, we drove to Prestatyn to take in the steep climb up from the coast, and enjoy the view, if we could see through the clouds! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the climb up, and the view as we loop round through the layby…

Into Gwaenysgor then and then down a UCR with ORPA dots known as Radar Hill as it passes the communications tower and radar, and up to the point on the video where we stop to chop up –
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A fallen tree down in front of us…
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Strong winds or a lightening bolt have felled the tree across the ‘lane…
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So we cleared enough to proceed down…
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Approaching the farm…

And as you can hear on Brett’s next video, he shouts over the CB that his transfer box selectors have jumped out, and so he coasts down back to tarmac –
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Where we effect a roadside repair… This involved taking the transfer stick gaitor off, then undoing the little rubber gaitor on the transfer stick below in the transmission tunnel, pop the lightbulb-like bayonet retention cap off and then pulling the transfer stick out from above, and then reset the selector rods with a big screwdriver. And then, like a Haynes manual “assembly is the reverse of dis-assembly” ๐Ÿ˜‰
All back together, selectors working, and on we go…

On the coast road near Gronant and up from the equestrian centre on a BOAT that runs up into the NW edge of Gronant.

And then up to Llanasa on another BOAT
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Mind the ducks crossing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, just north of Axton, a BOAT and then a “RUPP” on the map although the signage says Byway (most RUPPs were reclassified as Restricted ByWays under the NERC act, but this one remains driveable, mostly as it has a few houses on it!
Next also north of Axton, we went to investigate another route that Alan had spotted on the map, one he’d driven in a rally car in the 1970’s. it’s a “white road”, a UCR, and the council’s RoW people confirmed it was an adopted road but not found on the definitive map, but is indeed legally driveable, so we thought we’d go and have a look –
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The start of it, nice and tight and scratchy, overgrown like we like, so we walked it for a bit, and then decided to go around to the other end for a look, rather than pushing on…
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As we were having a look round the homeowner popped out of the back door, and we had a nice long chat with him… He offered to move his car if we wanted to come down it, but we said we’d come back later in the year on another trip in the winter when the undergrowth died back a bit, and that we’d give him a knock before we came down it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next one of two BOATs in the Tremeirchion area, just north of Sodom.
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A proper GREEN lane! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And then back up the other one that forms a loop –

The second part after a gate stop…
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The guys coming up behind us…

The next is another BOAT SW of Holywell, NW of Brynford, nice and rutted.
The next ‘lane was a fairly new one to us above Fron, near Ysceifiog, one we’d been told was only passable by motorbikes, but we drove down it ok, so this time we thought we’d go down and then back up again. We advised Mark it was probably a bit tight for the Disco’ so he and son Ted sat at the top to wait for us…

Fron down then, yes, probably a good think Mark and Ted waited at the top?!

Fron back up with Becky driving, what a woman! ๐Ÿ˜‰
It is very narrow and is probably best left to smaller 4×4 vehicles!

Next, the ORPA dots running south from Lixwm, you can hear me say on the video that when turning into it from the farm opposite, the Public Footpath sign actually points across the adjacent field, it’s a bit misleading. In the undergrowth we meet (presumbly Duke of Edinburgh?) backpackers and give them a bit of a “Surprise!”, they weren’t expecting to meet us there!

Next ‘lane is a UCR with ORPA dots running south from Garneddwen on the map, where we meet some motorbikes coming the other way…
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Next, another two UCRs with ORPA dots running east away from Nannerch, passed the big posh house to our left, as you can see on Brett’s next video –

Then we’re out onto the road, left and then right, and onto the other –

And then we head SW to –

The BOAT that we know as Kevin Keegans as he apparently used to live at the bottom of it?
At the top we pause for a break…

Next! We’re soon back driving and heading over Moel Dywyll, in the Moel Famau Country Park.
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At the gate at the top…
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And then dropping back down into the Clwyd valley (home to me!)
DSCN7750.jpgArm out of the window photography ๐Ÿ˜‰
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On a clear day you can see my house from here! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Coming down, Brett’s transfer box jumps out again…
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So again we roll down to tarmac and effect another roadside repair ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is a BOAT on the way at Llangwyfan, which is “not as map” apparently, as you can’t get through the grounds of the big house where the BOAT appears to run on the map, flat, but it’s on the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And then back heading south again along the Clwydian Way, along the edge of the Clwyd valley, again some cracking views when the weather is better…

The BOAT just north of Nannerch

And then back up to the car park where the Clwydian Way ByWays meet.

Back down the other side to Aifft…
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Waiting for the others by the gate before we herd the sheeps away from their shelter by the gate…
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Few tarmac miles…

Over to the BOAT at Rhydgaled.
And then a personal favourite! –
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Down Hafod Dafydd, and then, of course…

Back up!
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Next! this is an UCR with ORPA dots at Nantglyn.
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As I drive in I see something perched on the gate…
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A magnificent Peacock ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jimnys only again for this one, Mark turns round on advice that it is tight and scratchy with a drop into the field on the right, not advisable with young Teddy in the Disco’
The video pauses as I was taking half a tree out of my roof bars!

Carrying on…
LOL, I didn’t realise the others had missed the turning!

Up to the field…
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Looking back – these ORPA dots run right across the middle of a huge field, so the farmer grows crops either side of the RoW.
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The next one, this was a new one to us, one we’d looked at many times before from the other end just passed the ATV centre, we’ve often looked over the gate into the field trying to figure out where the RoW runs. This time, we’re back after Alan has found a video of the TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship) riding the ‘lane on their motorbikes. So we pulled up and half the group went for a walk whilst Gary and I lent on the gate having a chat… Whilst we did, a lady from the local farm (Nerys I guessed from the personal plate on her Volvo) pulled up for a chat, and I explained that we’d been researching this ‘lane for a good while and we’d found evidence that the RoW ran along the boundary fence, which she confirmed, and asked us to stick to it… of course! So, when the others came back on foot and said they were happy to drive it, we said about the chat with the landowner too…
So, off we went…

Up to the point where Mark’s Disco got tangled on the snorkel and roofbars, so we trimmed around him with the chainsaw ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Out from the tree and ready to proceed –

As we continue along the rest of the ‘lane and out passed the ATV centre. Nice to finally drive that one!

Next, having ended Alan’s route and about to take on Brett’s extension, we diverted to take in the BOAT at Segrwyd which was on the way as the crow flies ๐Ÿ˜‰

And then the BOAT along the river at Bryn Rhyd-yr-Arian
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Pausing at the gate in the middle, we can also see the river is at a safe level for our next ‘lane ๐Ÿ˜‰

On we go along the river bank after the gate…

And the final bit ๐Ÿ™‚

Down to the ford west of Mynyrd Y Gert, to a propped up gate before the actual ford.

Through the ford, up the rocks, and the homeowner is out watching us again… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
AIt’s all legal, confirmed with the council…?

Bont Y Gwyddel next then! Another old favourite…
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Very Tight and Scratchy…

Mark – seen waving at the beginning of the video – decides again on advice to give it a miss, and heads home with little Ted, almost his bedtime by now I bet too ๐Ÿ˜‰
So the Jimnys carry on…
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Popping out at the end, there was only Brett and Becky behind us, I hadn’t realised Gary had also decided to call it a day, suffering with earache ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

On we go then, “and then there were two”, off to Moelfre
The video ends with me reversing to get my line right…
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Alan gets out to spot for me, we’d seen this fallen tree the last time we were here and had driven one wheel in the ditch and one on the bank and had to winch out of the other end… But time was getting on and my lovely wife Sarah was waiting for her promised Chinese takeaway, so I decided to breach the ditch a tyre on either side and crawl over it, but I wasn’t sure if I’d fit under the tree! Hence Alan out spotting for me, checking I’d get under and that my tyres were in the right place either side of the ditch…

As you can see at the start of Brett’s next video…
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In the tunnel of trees at the end of the last ‘lane of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s closing remarks… as you can hear his transfer box jumped out into neutral four times during the day, and once on way home… so it’s now out from under his Jimny and winging it’s way to Rockwatt for a check and a refurb ๐Ÿ˜‰
An awesome day! I’d worked a long week before it due to staff holidays in my shop, so I really appreciated a great day out laning with me mates! Recharge the batteries as it were!
MANY THANKS to Alan for plotting the route, and leading from the passenger seat, map reading with paper maps and the occasional glance at the iPad to double check our position ๐Ÿ˜‰ And for opening all the gates, and for keeping me company and awake! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to Brett for digitising the route (and extending it at the same time LOL!) and for videoing, oooh, and for bringing his daughter the lovely Becky “TLB” along again, and for Becky showing us men how to drive! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And thanks to Gary and MArk and son Ted for coming along and making it such a fantastic day out!
And thanks to YOU! for reading our blog and watching the videos! Hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

North Wales 25/03/18

Sunday the 25th of March, and a few of “our little group” had arranged to meet up for a day’s greenlaning in North Wales…
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Starting at the Ponderosa Cafe at the top of the Horseshoe Pass just north of Llangollen (bottom right on the map above) and ‘laning west and then north to end the day at Henryd!…
Alan had plotted the route on paper maps and I had transcribed it onto MemoryMap to email the route out to the others…
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We arrived at 8:40am to find everyone else already there! They were keen! ๐Ÿ˜‰
From left to right then… Alan and I leading in the S200KYS Jimny, Brett in the Jalapeno Green Jimny (bringing up the rear for once), Kev and his dog “Freyja” in the dark blue Jimny, Riccy in the dark silver J999MNY, and Steve in the big red Jimny.
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Time for a nice good value breakfast in the Ponderosa then! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Introductory Video of us leaving the Caf’

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Along the C-roads to the first ‘lane of the day…
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…not this one close-by though, as it’s still closed for repairs, as an email to the main man at Rights of Way had recently confirmed.
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So, on we went on the yellow C-road south on the map* above, to our position at the crosshair where we were to drive the inverted W of ‘lanes…

*Maps… there-in lies a recent discussion on one of the 4×4 related group pages on Facebook, someone questioned, and a debate started, on whether we should be showing maps of where we were when greenlaning. We’ve discussed this ourselves too, and we believe it is in the interest of our hobby to show these maps of where we were, we have always hoped that people (you lot!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ enjoy reading our blogs, and hope that it shows that we do it in a very responsible manner, and that others will be inspired to do the same. Greenlaning has long been seen as a behind-closed-doors secret society where we couldn’t possibly tell you where these ‘lanes are. So others have to go out and look for them, and may end up driving ‘lanes that are not legal rights of way, impassable, sensitive or subject to restraining orders, etc… So we believe it is in the interest of our hobby to promote and educate based on how we do our hobby. And as is often said “use them or lose them”, our blogs are also catalogues of usage of greenlanes over the years…

Anyway, on with the blog ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Looking back on one of the hairpins at the others behind… Kev must be rounding the bend, as that’s Riccy, Steve and Brett at the back.
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There’s Kev behind us… His Jimny ‘only’ has a 2″ lift and tyres, no traction enhancing devices and no winch, so we positioned him behind us as S200KYS has a rear winch as well as a front one, so we could help if out if needed… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Another hairpin and there he is again, with his faithful dog “Freyja” in the back…
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And Steve behind.

Brett’s Video of the first bit of these ‘lanes
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And up the second half as you can see in –

Brett’s Video of the second half of these ‘lanes…
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Tarmac turns to three-ply…
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And we’re through the gate and…
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… up a mostly flat ‘lane, BUT, it was on the way, and as said earlier, use them or lose them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of this, the second ‘lane of the day.
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The third ‘lane, down from Gwyddelwern, north of Corwen.
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I see Brett’s booked the weather again ๐Ÿ˜‰
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A bit scratchy, as you can see in…

Brett’s Video of this, the third ‘lane of the day.
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If we go back to the map above, it appeared that the ‘lane would finish when we got off the UCR (Unclassified County Road, a “white”) with ORPA (Other Route with Public Access) dots on it… But, Alan had been looking at “Streetview” again, and the yellow C-road on the other side of the crossroad looked very green and narrow? So it was worth a look…
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Hmmm, tarmac gives way to a three-ply again…
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Blimey! No-way this should be a yellow C-road on the map! Don’t follow SatNav down here! LOL
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Here we are on the map again.
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Brett’s Video of this smashing yellow C-road!
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Next, another UCR with ORPA dots…
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Pretty flat, but again, on the way!

Brett’s Video of it.
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Lovely series of weirs along the way.
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And then, a bit of an eyesore, but probably the future?, a field of solar panels!
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A quick trip west on the tarmac and we’re heading north to Bettws Gwerfil Goch, another UCR with ORPA dots…
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Passed the meditation centre… “HUMmmm”! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video – at 1:14 you can see we pass the right fork we should have taken, and we end up…
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Slightly west of where we should have been, by the river, and looking into…
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… a field!
We debate what to do, and decide there’s nowhere to turn round, and if we did it would be hard to swing onto the fork we missed, so we all reversed all the way back to…
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… the right fork we missed…
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On we go…
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A bit tight along here, bigger 4x4s watch out!
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And up to the village.

Brett’s Video, starting again at the right fork we missed earlier.
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Next! I forgot to take a photo of the iPad screen, so here’s a map extract.
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Again, leaving the road…
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Oooh! Remnants of snow.
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Kev behind coming through a stream.
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A narrow gateway onto more open land…
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The others behind in the sun ๐Ÿ™‚
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Yet there’s still snow on the ground?
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Alan opening yet another gate!

Brett’s Video up to said gate…
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Standing water, and a new shiny wind generator in the distance…
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Looking back again (arm-out-of-the-window photography!)
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More snow…

Brett’s Video up to the point where we emerge onto…
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where the ‘lane has been widened and graded for access to that new shiny wind generator behind us… I hope the whole rest of the ‘lane isn’t like this? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Brett’s Video along the graded bit…
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Flat and wide to allow the sections of the generator to be brought in by lorries.
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Aha! The new access road sweeps left, as we go right to rejoin the ‘lane… ๐Ÿ™‚
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Up to “Ty Mawr” (Literally translated as Big House) in the distance…
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Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane.
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ORPA dots running west below Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr (easy for you to say!)
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Joining the ‘lane…
The second lot of gates are twined together, Alan manages to pick most of them, but we carry cutters and spare twine to gain access and make good as we go…
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Another gate, but with a big drop just before it, as you can see in…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane, with Alan directing us safely off the ‘lane.
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A few road miles, and we’re at the next ‘lane over to Ysbyty Ifan.
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Hmmm, as you can hear on the video further down, all the gates are open? So we decide to leave them as we found them…
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Fantastic views await us…
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And lungs full of fresh air too ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s Video up to before the gate ahead of us.
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Dropping down and a gang of Flossies are having a sunbathe on and around the ‘lane…
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They stubbornly move and as sheeps do, they run along in front of you?! Daft! They eventually decide to run off to the right though, up the bank to safety, but not before running straight down the ‘lane for a hundred yards ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the middle bit of the ‘lane…

And again, Brett’s Video to the end of the ‘lane through the two little ford before the farmyard…
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Approaching Ysbyty Ifan and a voice from the back asks us to pull over for a bit?! Huh? Brett-who-rarely-stops wants to refill his coffee thermos mug ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL
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Lined up for a quick break then…
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The pink ORPA dots heading west away from Ysbyty Ifan, leaving the tarmac again…
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And a nice stoney climb up to…

Brett’s Video up to the rock step
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Here in front of us…
A couple of attempts to get the right line, and we’re up and over, and pull over…
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… incase Kev behind us needs a hand. Hmmm, there’s plenty of hands pointing for him there though! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Yup, quite a step! Shown using Kev for reference ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of Kev having a damn good go at it… But it’s best to…
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…have a tug up rather than break something…
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I can see him coming up in my door mirrors as I operate the winch with the dashboard switches as the others shout instructions…
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Behind Kev, Riccy makes it look easy with his twin ARB airlockers!

Brett’s Video of Riccy coming up… blink and you’ll miss it! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Steve next…

Brett’s Video of Steve coming up…

Brett up easily, so he decides to remove the rocks and have another go! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett without rocks! LOL
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All safely up…
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Brett shutting the gate behind us
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And onto the next bit of the ‘lane towards Ysbyty Ifan
DSCN7527.jpgMy favourite sign!
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Here we are
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Lined up at the little bridge and gate ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s Video of us up to this point.
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Another narrow “Suzuki Gate” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And over the top, more stunning views…
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Dropping down towards the end of the ‘lane…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane
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A few more road miles and we’re lined up for Dolwyddelan down to the outskirts of Betws-y-Coed…
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Off the road again…
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Pulled over for a group of ten ‘crossers to pass…
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Onto the ‘lane proper…
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Brett’s Video up towards the gate in the middle…
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Another narrow gate that keeps swinging closed…
“Alan, deploy the new gadget!” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I’ve been making a few bits in the garage recently, and knocked up this gate prop!
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Complete with comedy pointy-finger hand and thumb, which can be used to hold various gates open by having it either way up…
Brett retrieves the gate prop when we’re all through, without someone having to hold the gate… I made it as we sometimes ‘lane “just the two of us” which is awkward as I have to hold a gate for Brett, he has to then get out and hold the gate for me, etc…
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Nuclear devastation? Or de-forestation? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of the middle of the ‘lane, and…

… more
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… to the gates at the top of the drop down to (the outskirts of) Betws-y-Coed…
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Brett’s Video to the bottom, much better coming up, but today we’re doing it downwards…
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Next ‘lane, round towards Capel Curig on the road and then over the top again and down back to Dolwyddelan…

Brett’s Video of him following Steve up…
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… to the rock steps above.

Brett’s Video to the gate top / middle

Brett’s Video to the gate off the moors

Brett’s Video to where we stop for the lone lady walking up the ‘lane from Dolwyddelan.

Brett’s Video to the end…
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Next! The ‘lane up from Llanrwst Cemetery…
DSCN7551.jpgOooh! That’s a bit low, and indeed the waffle boards on my roof protector bars take a hit.

Brett’s Video up and passing the two groups of four walkers.
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Next, down south-west to Llanrwst…

Brett’s Video of it… odd how it pops out at the end of a residential street?!
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Uh-Oh! We’re getting nearer… We have a love/hate relationship with “Henryd”, lots of panel damage and snapped driveshafts over the years, but we keep going back now and again to re-conquer it ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Onto the beginning of “Henryd”.

Brett’s Video of us through the gate
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Ok, up we go then…
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Brett’s Video up to the first corner, where we get out to let the others have a look at what we’re up against…
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Kev’s dog “Freyja” having a look round… But our eyes are on the rocks that shunt you left into a big rock that stops your front left wheel…
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Ah well…
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I’ve got my line in my head and return to S200KYS…

Brett’s Video ofย  me going up… first time! Probably easier going first before everyone else has polished the rocks, and lucky I got the right line…

Brett’s Video of Kev’s first attempt…

And his second attempt, ending up in a good place and line up ready for…
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My rear winch to haul him up…

Brett’s Video of me winching him up… it’s loose, rocky and steep, and Kev’s Jimny has a 2″ lift and no traction aids (ARB / Lockright / LSD), so he did well all day following us around… I’ve often said we’ve over-specified our Jimnys, I think Gary was right when he said we just need some good tyres, a 2″ Lift, a rear Lockright, and a winch to get us out of any trouble we get into…

Brett’s Video of Kev coming up behind me after winching, I must admit I didn’t think he’d get going again up there, but he did!

Brett’s Video of Riccy’s first attempt, as he says on the VT “A bit slow for my liking” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video – Ricky straight up on the second attempt, a bit more power! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Steve next!

Brett’s Video of Steve’s first attempt, as I said at the start of this section, the rocks throw you left into the big rock that stops your progress…
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Backing down Steve gets into an iffy position by the edge of the ‘lane, so we guide him up and down at various steering locks until he is safely back in the middle of the ‘lane, and ready for…

Brett’s Video of Steve’s second attempt…
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If in doubt! Steve winching up…

Brett’s Video of his attempts – you can see at 2:00 that the front of his Jimny gets thrown left into that big rock.and then I here his winch power out and come to assist…Notice theย  “I’m not coming down” comment at 4:50 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Here’s a photo I took of that rock that stops your progress…
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Brett winching up the first corner…
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Hmmm, second corner, I hate this one more that I hate the first one…
And Brett hates coming down it more than I hate going up it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s video of the second corner… power on and keep steering! Urggh! I hate it!…

Brett’s video to top of ravine section… I was waiting at the top expecting to have to assist Kev, but his Jimny appeared under it’s own steam! Amazing! A credit to his driving skill no-less!

Brett to the top and chatting at the top by the little church…
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A photo I got of the group…
We were turned round and about to head down… But, time was ticking away, it was nearly five, so we decided for once, to head…

Out passed the little church for once…

Here’s Kev’s video of his ascent of “Henryd”, you can hear at about 4:00 that he mentions about whether he can get moving again, and at about 9:00 you can see us waiting for him, but we weren’t needed! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice one Kev! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Another little UCR with ORPA dots on the way back to civilisation… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Nice leafy ‘lane towards the end of the day, a vast difference to “Henryd” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of this the penultimate ‘lane…
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Hendre next then, an old favourite…
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A scratchy tight ‘lane behind a property that encroaches onto the ‘lane…

Brett’s Video of this lovely ‘lane…
And that was it, I pulled up to unlock my free wheeling hubs ready for the journey home, and the others began doing the same, and then airing up their tyres for the long journeys home, which eventually brought the homeowner out, and I assumed he was going to “kick off” about the noise and why had we stopped there, but instead he stayed for a good jangle, and in the end we had to make our apologies and slip away, as he wanted to keep talking 4x4s, and we needed to be heading home, especially as some of the lads lived miles and hours away..

Brett’s Closing Remarks, indeed another fantastic day…
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NOOOooo! Riccy had a lift home! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ An RAC flatbed (saves on fuel though!) had to take him home as a rear bearing failed…

APART from that, another great day, THANKS to all! Alan for plotting and navigating and opening all the gates, Brett for videoing and closing the gates, and Kev (and “Freyja” of course) and Riccy and Steve for making it another excellent day’s greenlaning in North Wales! ๐Ÿ™‚


 

South Shropshire “Milestones”

Sunday the 25th of February, and a few of “our little group” had arranged to meet up for a days greenlaning in South Shropshire and a bit of Staffordshire –
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Brett had emailed out the route so we could all load it on our tablets, we were to meet near Bridgnorth and eventually finish the day at Ellesmere…
So Alan and I left at 5:45am to meet Brett on the way. We ended up ahead of him for once, so we pulled into a layby on the A483 near Rossett to wait for him, and then fell in behind him for the journey down, when he roared passed us… As you can here on –

Brett’s Introductory Video Part 1 ๐Ÿ™‚
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We’d arranged to meet in the car park of the Acton Arms in Morville. When we arrived, Phil S was there already, waiting for us in his new build! A reincarnation of his previous Jimny, now very neatly converted into a pickup bed, complete with twin winches, very smart!
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While we were chatting, Steve arrived, making four Jimnys for the day, we were to be a five, but Gary F had to pull out as he was still repairing his Jimny after a day at a pay’n’play site, as you’ll hear in…

Brett’s Introductory Video Part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‰
Right then, not even time to eat my bacon and egg sandwich, and we’re already off, to…
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… the first ‘lane of the day, a short tarmac trip away… “Lower Faintree” on the map above, a BOAT heading south…
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The sun has only just come up, we met at 8am to get a head start on the daylight this time of year…

Here’s Brett’s Video of the first ‘lane of the day.
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A little further on after this first ‘lane, Alan pointed out the Ordnance Survey marker on the map (above), the little blue triangle between the numbers 196 and the words “The Baytree”, so I stopped for a quick look –
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A bit overgrown, but it’s between the hedge and the two pallets forming a temporary gate, in the above photo. Follow the link above for more information on these ๐Ÿ˜‰
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On we go, second ‘lane of the day… “Duddlewick to Pickthorn Farm”
DSCN7268.jpgNice photo of the others in front of us as we round the edge of a field…
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A Jimny gate!

As can be seen in Brett’s Video of this ‘lane…
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Along the way there’s a ford on a C road close by, so it would be rude not to take it in? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Shallow, but worth the detour, especially as it cut the corner off (map above).
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Next ‘lane then?! Hampton Loade…

Bit flat as you can see in Brett’s video, but always worth driving them… “Use them or lose them” ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Next ‘lane then…
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Interesting start, under some water pipes…
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Dropping down…
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And entering a stream?…
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Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ahead the others have stopped and we catch them up…
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Out for a look… having added some recycled water to the stream ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Ahhh… Phil out for a shakedown in his new build, discovers those pesky vacuum hubs aren’t engaging properly when you need them to (learnt that the hard way too!)
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So he winches up the bank off the back of Brett’s Jalapeno Jimny…
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Back to the Jimnys then…!

Brett’s video up to the point of stopping for Phil when he couldn’t see him in his rear view mirror…
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Steve in the big red Jimny…
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Up he comes…
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Me next – thanks to Alan for taking the photo!
DSCN7294.jpgNice signage by Shropshire’s Rights of Way team ๐Ÿ™‚
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Next ‘lane then, and you can see our crosshair on the map below Turleygreen.
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Flat and obviously heavily graded fairly recently…

A good drive though, as you can see in Brett’s Video above.
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Next, Coton Farm to Quatt Farm, another BOAT

Here in Brett’s Video.
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After this ‘lane Phil decided that was enough, he’d given his smashing new vehicle a bit of a shakedown, discovered the vacuum free wheel hubs weren’t operating correctly, and didn’t want to hold us up by not having four wheel drive properly…
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… and bid us thanks and farewell, and said he’ll see us for another trip real soon…
Good! Be nice to see you and your lovely little pickup soon mate ๐Ÿ˜‰
“And then, there were three”…
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Onto the next ‘lane then, a BOAT with a little –
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Ford in the middle, as you can see betterer once again on…

Brett’s Video ๐Ÿ™‚