North Wales 17/09/17

Sunday the 17th of September, and a small contingency from “our little group” had arranged to meet up and drive some (favourite) ‘lanes that our- Alan had plotted for us…
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We arranged to meet at the Whistle-Stop cafe on Rhuddlan’s HTM Industrial Estate for breakfast at 8:15am, as they open at 8:00am.
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From left to right then… errr, Me & Alan in the blue S200KYS and Brett and Dave-T “the Handyman” in the green Jalapeno…

Brett’s customary introductory video… Yup, just the two of us today?! 😦
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As Brett said at the end of his video, the first ‘lane of the day is “Moelfre”
Alan goes to open the gate…

Then, as you can see in Brett’s video above, Dave-T comes to help, and I pop my head out to remind Alan he’ll have to get in, or walk up the field! LOL
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In the middle of the tunnel of bushes we spy a small sign tied to a cut back bush…
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“This roadway has been cleared by volunteers from North Wales Trail Riders Fellowship” – Good on you boys! The TRF is the motorcycle-bound version of our GLASS – the Green Laning ASSociation…
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Nice photo from Dave-t showing us pushing through the bushes at the end of the tunnel… I remark to Alan that it’s a lot different leading for once (Brett usually gets the honour) as all we can see is a wall of foilage, it’s better being behind when it’s been flattened! πŸ˜‰

Carrying on… a very short video before we’re through the gate and out for a look at…
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… the usual little trickle of a stream now in full flood…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane…
You can hear Dave-T ask where the mounds of earth came from, it’s actually a Badger’s set on the right of the ‘lane, and the little black-and-white buggers have thrown all the earth out to make their tunnels / house πŸ˜‰
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Supplementing the video… Dave-T catches us bridging the washed out bit… Remember but Brett says about it being “more interesting coming the other way”, as we were coming back via this ‘lane the other way on the way home later… πŸ˜‰
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This is the big step in the middle of the ‘lane / video.
DSCN6389.jpgNext couple of ‘lanes then… here on the right…
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Nice and overgrown…

Brett’s Video of it, and then onto the start of Pant-Idda
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Dave-T captures us sneaking around a tree stump to get onto the ‘lane proper…
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My favourite bit of the ‘lane! It’s like a steep sided trough with a muddy bottom…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane…
Again some stills highlights of the video –
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This is all we could some from the front! Bushes!
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All you can do is aim for the middle! πŸ˜‰
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Yup, that’s the ‘lane straight ahead!
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The gate at the end of the ‘lane is somewhere level with those trees… keep on pushing forward!
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Alan heads down the middle to open the gate…
Back on the tarmac and it sounds like we have a problem 😦
There was a grating noise as we drove along… So I disappeared underneath for a look…
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Thanks to Brett for these next four photos!
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And found the cause of the noise! A bit of wood stuck underneath the front! So we carried on…
BUT!… The propshaft or transfer box were still making a noise… and it got worse when I pushed the transfer stick left 😦
Bugger, I thought the transfer box had gone… so I disappeared underneath for a look…
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On my rubber mat I keep inside the rear door this time…
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Aha! What’s this?…
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Sigh of relief! It’s “just” some thick metal wire wrapped around the intermediary prop between the gearbox and transfer box –
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A pair of snips from Brett and we’re soon back on the road again…
DSCN6409.jpgWhat we call “cow-lane” after meeting a few stray cows down here once…

Brett’s video of us leaving the tarmac…
Today though, it’s…
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“Sheep Lane”! LOL… and as usual the Flossies run straight ahead, albeit this time they didn’t really have anywhere else to go…!

Still following the sheep on Brett’s Video until…
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A low slung branch is down…
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So out comes the trusty cordless Bosch chainsaw, whisper quiet so it doesn’t attract unwanted attention! πŸ˜‰

Just like that!

Up towards the end of the ‘lane…

Still following the sheep!
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Until at the end of the ‘lane, where the above gate was open, Alan and Brett managed to usher them into the side and then drive them back down the ‘lane, and shut the gate behind them to keep them safe… they’d hopefully wander down and rejoin the flock…
Next!
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One dot / Stumpy ‘lane…

Down…

And back up again…
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Brett filming us, and Dave-T driving his Jalapeno…
Next…
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“Hendre”

Up!

And then back down again…
I wonder where we’re going next then?…
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“Henryd”!!!
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Through the tight gate at the bottom…

After several attempts…
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…out comes the winch rope… Shame! It’s been ages since we’ve had to winch up Henryd 😦
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Nice photo from Dave-T again πŸ˜‰
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Tree strop and…
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Up she comes!…
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Up and get the winch rope off the tree strop and spool it back in…
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It’s got a lot rougher than when we were last here (making excuses now!)
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Looking back at the lower bit and the corner…
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Brett next then?

And a few goes he too…
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Spools the winch out…
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And up comes Jalapeno too…!

Up the rest and through the midway gate.

And up to the church at the top!
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Again some still highlights from Dave-T this time-
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Through the tiny midway gate…
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Nice photo of the church in the middle of nowhere Dave πŸ˜‰
davethenryd14.jpgAnd the view from the top πŸ™‚
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And an even better view! πŸ˜‰
And then, what goes up, must come down…

I got a quite tidy line – for once – and took one shunt to get round…
Brett however managed to get a bit tippy, his back nearside wheel was in the air, so wisely he called for a winch…
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Out goes my rear winch line…
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And up to a snatch block around a big tree…
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To haul Brett back up round the corner, then together communicating over the CBs we shunted him back and forward a few times until he safely got round and down the corner…
“Henryd” – it’s a love / hate relationship πŸ˜‰
Kiss the tarmac at the bottom and on we go…
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Down above Eglwysbach
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Awkward one this, as this gate is at the bottom of someone’s garden!

Beyond the gate is the start of Brett’s first video of the descent…
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Nice view from this point…
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On we go…

Brett’s video of the middle bit…

And to the end of the ‘lane…
Next!…
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“Pennant”
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Where the chain we’d cut off some years ago (with permission / instruction from Conwy’s Right of Way officers who warned us the landowner might lock the gate) still hangs loose on the post…

A couple of minutes in I stopped as I was hugging the bank on the right as I couldn’t see anything but the bushes over the windscreen, so I needed to be as close as possible to the bank on the right, but I ended going up it and we ended up at a precarious angle, so we had to reverse down and correct our way forward…
Some stills from the way down –
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You can see my camera pop out of the window on the video to capture the guys behind us, just after we emerged from the bushes…
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Where the wall of rock is to the side of us…
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LOL, aim for the middle again πŸ˜‰
Next over to above Llanwrst –

“T&S” – Tight and Scratchy!
Next… “Gwinger” –
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Haven’t done this one for three years, Alan remarked it was one we did the first day he came with me…

Brett’s Video of it…
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My only photo of it…
Parking and panoramic viewing point on the way to the next ‘lane –
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Bit of glare there!
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Worth stopping for the view πŸ™‚
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“Hafotty Fawr” a little UCR with ORPA dots on the map…

But as Brett’s video shows, well worth the drive, particularly as it’s on the way…
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Looking back at the guys behind us…
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Next ‘lane…
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Nice signage!

Brett’s video of the first half of the ‘lane…

And then the second half πŸ˜‰
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Ending with me capturing the sign and Brett’s Jalapeno Jimny with “arm-out-of-the-window” photography πŸ˜‰
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Next we went to visit the ford near Llangernyw…
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But we decided on past experience / knowledge of the depth of it, it wasn’t worth the risk today!
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Our next intended ‘lane was the ford to the left of the words Mynydd y Gyrt on the map above, but what we tend to refer to as Bryn Aled (nearest place on the map tends to be how we refer to a ‘lane)
BUT… as a member of the Facebook “St. Asaph Flood Awareness” Group, I knew a lady that had posted that she had never seen the river so high in the area, so we went over the bridge at Bryn Rhyd-yr-Arian to look down on the river to gauge it’s depth and flow…
We decided it probably wasn’t a good idea, as the ford was at the bottom of a long slope down the valley wall, and once down there we would be pretty much committed to fording the river, or winching back up the valley for ages…
So, we decided to drive along the BOAT along the banks of the river –
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After one of the gates…
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Another photo from Dave-T of the other three of us staring at the river and pondering…
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On we go…
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Passing the end of the ford ‘lane we stopped for a look and found the end where it meets the tarmac stringed-off with orange farmer’s twine?!
Ah well, not for today anyway, so on we go to the next ‘lane… another favourite –
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“Bont-y-Gwyddel” a nice long tight and scratchy ‘lane πŸ˜‰
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Little gate at the start, and it just gets narrower after that…!

Brett’s Video of the first half… Five minutes in you can see them hit something?! Ouch! We then stop later at a small clearing to patch Dave-T’s hand up where he smacked into Brett’s iPad when they had the bump! 😦

On to the end and round the Mercedes at the bottom…
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And back into daylight πŸ˜‰
DSCN6487.jpgWhoops! Somewhere in there I lost a rear light lense… good job I’ve got a couple of spares in the garage! πŸ™‚
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Next… back to do Moelfre the other way… downhill…
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Brett’s video begins πŸ˜‰
Passed the badger sets at 1:30 into the video…
Down the big step at 2:30 in…
And then at 3:00 in I bridge the washed out bit…
At 3:20 Brett slips into it 😦
So we reverse back to winch him out πŸ™‚
But all that happens is that I winch my own Jimny back towards Brett’s…!
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Brett’s position…
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So we rig up Brett’s winch to a sturdy tree, and… then back to the video –

A quick tug at the end and they’re out!…

LOL… Collecting a big tree branch as we go!!!
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At the end we pull over to let Brett go first for the video πŸ˜‰
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We didn’t see the gate on the ground in the morning, so on the way back after spotting it we re-erected it as best we could…
And, that was about it… I needed to be home reasonable as we were going out for a family meal to celebrate our youngest daughter’s 19th (!) birthday… Just a couple more little ‘lanes on the way back to St. Asaph…

A white UCR off Glascoed Road.

And then down the ‘lane at Groessffordd Marli – Brett’s welsh pronunciation is getting better! πŸ˜‰

Brett’s closing remarks…
And mine… Yup, a great day, in a way it was a shame there was only the four of us in two vehicles, but on the flip side it made for a good day’s adventure, plenty of team work navigating the ‘lanes, cutting back branches, winching… and all on some of our favourite tight and scratchy ‘lanes… I can only think that some of the others didn’t want to come for that reason? But I, and Brett, built our Jimnys for this type of greenlaning, we don’t mind pushing through the bushes, the odd scratch or dent, that’s what the vehicles are there for, a great day out with mates…
THANKS! to Alan for plotting the route, navigating, opening all the gates, winch-bitching when needed, and keeping me company and awake with chit-chat and banter! Thanks to Brett and Dave-T for closing all the gates, filming and narrating the videos, getting stuck and rescued, crashing into trees?!, and generally having a good laugh and sharing a great days greenlaning, I personally think it was one of the best we’ve had for a while, all the elements of a great day! Cheers, see you on the next trip / blog, as Brett said on his video Sunday the 22nd of October when we return to the Lake District for the day to drive some of the best ‘lanes it offers… Until then, we’ve got some repairs and maintenance to do… πŸ˜‰


 

GLASS Snowdonia Driving Day 02/09/17

Saturday the 2nd of September… Saturday? Hmmm, another Saturday off from the shop then? πŸ˜‰
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A GLASS (Greenlaning Association) Driving Day in Snowdonia. So I set the shop up in the morning, and then left my wife and youngest daughter Bethan in charge, and left at 7:30am when my mate, regular passenger, navigator, Alan arrived… We then made our way over to the Rhug Estate just west of Corwen where we’d arranged to meet Brett –
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A quick fuel stop along the way and then we were on our way to meet the others in the Coed-Y-Brenin forest…

Brett’s customary opening comments πŸ˜‰
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Stunning views along the way, and it looks like being a lovely day weather-wise too!
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Looks like we’re here?! πŸ˜‰

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At our base for the day…
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“Meet and Greet” first, where we all have a chat and get acquainted… A couple of nice little dogs in attendance, including “Tripod”, as he’d lost a back leg, but still managed to get around just fine… But, when he wants a scratch he has to lie on his back and use his one good leg to have an itch… Ah bless him! So I gave him a hand and scratched the side he couldn’t reach… So I gained a friend for the day! πŸ™‚
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Ah, but hang on guys, we only just met, so you’re not getting my bacon butty! πŸ˜‰
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Everyone having a good natter!… We’re outnumbered by Land Rovers though πŸ˜‰
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Display board of the proposed one-way system around the ‘lanes from Betws-Y-Coed over to Dolwyddelan (and the castle) and then (back) over to Capel Curig… that’s the way we tend to do it anyway, so ney-bother there… πŸ˜‰
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Some discussion over the Ford we’re overlooking, which features on the Wet Roads website –
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I thought it looked familiar! Wet Roads is a great resource for all the fords in the UK.
Anyway… having had a good chat and a bacon butty, a couple of cups of tea, it was time for the off… We grouped up with Mark and Ted from our last blog of the Lleyn Peninsula, Mark’s father-in-law Ian in an equally well equipped Discovery, and our leader Tom in his huge red 90″ Land Rover…
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Alan and I at the rear as usual on gate duty… Tom leading, Brett second, Mark and Ted and Ian in front of us…
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Heading North up through the forest (west of where we started from our base for the day – you can just make out the red tracer line of our journey), we thought we maybe driving a Total OffRoad route we’d done in the area previously…?
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Our impressive little convoy… Alan and I had a chat that it was strange we were a group of five (which we use as our maximum number of vehicles) when GLASS say four, and indeed had previously said they wouldn’t feature photos from our blogs as they showed five vehicles ‘laning together? Go figure? πŸ˜‰

DSCN6284.jpgCouncil Road” signage? Not seen that before?
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Over a stone bridge high over a river’s gulley…
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… and then sharp left and upwards…
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Crossing forestry roads and back on the trail…
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Out to the edge of the forest and heading up to a property in the middle of nowhere –
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Carefully passed the house (tight corner)…
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… and out passed the property owner’s Jimny – not before she gave us a lecture about shutting the gate! – she’ll be needing that Jimny in the winter! πŸ˜‰
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Stunning views along the way…
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Lots of logging going on.
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Nice sweeping bend catches the others and the nice stream…
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More stunning views…
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I held back to get this great photo…
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Ian’s Disco’
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Hmmm, we’ve been here before, but thought it was impassable?…
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We walked it…
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Looking back at Tom’s Ninety…
A couple of local farm lads turned up looking for a missing dog, and said it was legal but we’d just get stuck and make a mess of the land, my thoughts exactly…
So we turned round and went around to carry on with the route…
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Through Forest trails…
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Inquisitive Welsh Blacks on the way back to our base…
Whilst eating burgers (I had three!) we were again discussing the ford in-front of us… There was a log across the entrance to it, which I assumed to be a deliberate blockage, but we were assured it had washed down and landed there…
So burgers and tea devoured…
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Brett positioned his Jimny, and the guys slung a strop around the tree…
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So that Brett could access the ford just downstream of the weir… I shouted from the bank that he shouldn’t go alone though πŸ˜‰
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And Alan and I fell-in behind πŸ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of the crossing both ways…
We then had a map briefing for the afternoon’s route, and we set of as a foursome of Alan and I, Brett, Mark and Ted and Ian in the two Discovery’s…
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Alan and I leading, plotting as we went from the quick pencil arrows on our map…
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First bit then, up north and then west a bit and then south down the other leg…
DSCN6313.jpgLeaving the tarmac C-road…
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Nice little used route?
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Up to the gate, where… as we were a bit ahead, I climbed onto the waffle boards on the roof to get this photo looking back to the estuary behind us…

Brett’s YouTube Video, where you can see me stood on the roof with the camera…
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Through the gate and on we go…

Short video there from Brett…

On we go!
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Up to the gates at the top, where we head south again…
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More great views…
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From Brett’s camera for a change πŸ˜‰
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As we come back down again…
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The estuary on our left as we come down…
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Next ‘lane then!
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Narrow road!

Brett’s Video shows how narrow it was, especially following a Disco’!
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We were well ahead of the others (Disco’s) by now so stopped and I ran to the headland to get the above photo…
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It was quite tight in a Jimny, nevermind a Disco’!
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With a tight outcrop of wall on the right and a fantastic view to our left, we stopped to wait for the others to catch up, and as you can here at the end of…

Brett’s YouTube Video, for a photo opportunity –
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Brett’s view…
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And looking back at his Jalapeno πŸ˜‰
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And at the headland and Barmouth bay…
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And my view of the four of us…
On we go…
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The gates are getting narrower? We had to take this one off it’s hinges to get the Disco’s through…

As you can see on Brett’s YouTube Video!
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To the next gate…

Again in Brett’s YouTube Video…

More narrow ‘lane until we get to the next gate, where it’s clear…
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We even tried the other Disco (without wheel spacers) –

But that wasn’t going either!

So about face we go!…
Nice comment from Brett that we’re “a group of four and not two groups of two” πŸ˜‰
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Down we go…
We resolve to go back as a group of Jimnys and get through the whole ‘lane…
(We were here about ten years ago and got stuck for around six hours at the end of the ‘lane, so we’re keen to go back and conquer it!)
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Barmouth railway crossing in the distance…
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Next a BOAT out of Tal-y-bont…
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The one photo I took… Luckily…

Brett took a video! πŸ™‚
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Last ‘lane of the day then! North East and then North West, just above the previous ‘lane…
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Turning North West where the two ‘lanes meet…
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It started as marsh grass…
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In this series of photos from Brett’s camera…
And then his video –

and it just kept getting got worse as we went along…
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And ended up as a bit of a swamp…!

Brett’s closing remarks…
Indeed, a good day’s ‘laning, just a shame we had to about-face on a few ‘lanes that the GLASS Rep’ thought would be do’able?


 

Lleyn Peninsula 20/08/17

Sunday the 20th of August 2017, and a few of us had arranged to meet up and drive as many of the greenlanes on the Lleyn Peninsula as we could –
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(The Lleyn Peninsula is the pointy out bit at the north west end of Wales, below Anglesey) πŸ˜‰
We arranged to meet up at Trawsfynydd’s Visitor Centre for breakfast as they open at 8am…
A cracking view met us we came down the steps…
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Inside, we ordered breakfast and sat with another fantastic view out of the window –
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And what a breakfast it was! Lovely, and good value too…

Brett’s introductory video, I know it’s slightly in the wrong place, but if you listen to the end he says we have a new truck along with us today…
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From left to right – Alan and I in the blue S200KYS Jimny, Brett and his daughter (the lovely) Becky in the green Jalapeno Jimny, and a warm welcome to Mark and his son Ted in the big Land Rover Discovery.
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The first lane of the day is just east of the breakfast venue, perfect planning by our Brett as usual! πŸ˜‰
On our way…
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A low railway bridge… following Mark and Ted, Brett and Becky leading, and Alan and I bringing up the rear and shutting any gates behind us…
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Small lake to our left…
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Off the slate and onto the byway…
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Dropping down…

Brett’s YouTube Video of the ‘lane… to the point where we got out for a look…
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I remembered it being rutted the last time we were here (6 or 7 years ago) but this is completely impassable these days… And as remarked on the video, last time we drove it we went from the byway Β south-west on the UCRs to the farm, but the gates were locked and they said in no uncertain terms that we weren’t allowed through the farmyard…
So, only one thing to do, about turn and back the way we came…
Stopped on a bridge on the way to the next lane –
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Huge water pipes coming down and under the road…
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Turning off onto the next lane, it’s a bit hard to spot, especially with the signage…
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The footpath (sign) heads south from our position on the map, whereas the lane heads west (pink ORPA dots, but it’s impossible to see on the map where the route starts)
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Mark and Ted through the gate, which is where Brett’s video starts –

A nice climb up onto the forestry track at the top! πŸ™‚
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Up through the forests, much of which had been recently harvested.
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“Unsuitable for Motors” in English and Welsh…
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Coming over the top I had to stop and answer a customers question πŸ˜‰
Behind us is Portmeirion just above the bush above my left waffle board on the roof.
You can see at the end of Brett’s second video –

That the route is impassable by anything but a two wheeled vehicle…
I ran forward to get these photos –
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About turn again then? πŸ˜‰
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The next was another one that was hard to find the start of from the map…
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The bog at the end of the video was a bit deep though! About a foot up my leg when I stood on (in!) it…
So we turned round once again… A shame, as Alan walked forward quite a distance and the rest looked passable, and indeed joins up with a BOAT on the map…
Ah well, onto the next…
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South West on the map, a UCR with ORPA dots…
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Hmmm, I only took one photo?

But here’s Brett’s YouTube Video of it…!
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Heading to Criccieth and then south onto thatΒ dead-end ‘lane…
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“NO PARKING PUBLIC ROAD IN CONSTANT USE”
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Gathered for a spot of lunch, Ted having a run round πŸ˜‰

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And I wandered off to find the little church hidden in the trees…
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Into Criccieth…
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Up a lane north of Llymgwyn…
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Becky herding Shetland Ponies trying to escape through the gate!
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And then cattle ran from all around to see what we were doing!

All here on Brett’s Video! πŸ˜‰
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Carrying on!

As in Brett’s Video.
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Next! North West up this one…
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Again just the one photo, but here’s…..

Brett’s YouTube Video of it! πŸ˜‰
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Next! Looks good by the map…

Ah, but it’s blocked by a parked car…
But he soon pops out with the keys and lets us through… πŸ™‚

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Through the gate and over the little bridge
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Quick photo of the Jimny πŸ™‚

Whoops, getting lost…

But soon back on track… the pink ORPA dots are very ambiguous!
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To the left of the church (in the middle of nowhere?!)
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Another gate, and then…
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… a climb up back to tarmacadam…
A short bit of it and we’re soon onto the next ‘lane –
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Where we rejoin Brett –

Passed the mobile masts –
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And back to the road again as in the video above.
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The next ‘lane (We came at it from the south east)
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Passed the mill pond and water wheel…
But after staring into a freshly ploughed field for a while we could see no sign of it…
Next!
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Byway sign
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And it is indeed a BOAT so this should be passable?!
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Just about! πŸ˜‰

You can here some discussion about where we were on the video above, because –
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We appeared to wander off the route (see the red tracer line above (the blue one is our intended route for the day, the BOAT we should be on is the +-+-+-+- on the map) but it appeared to be an OS mapping error, as both our GPSs showed us off the right of way, but evidence on the ground said we were on the right route.

Safely out the other end…
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Back to the coast… approaching Nefyn.
Next!
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A lane below Dinas.
A bit of grief at the start of the ‘lane as we had to ask a homeowner to move her car, and then her daughter took photos of us from the doorway of their house 😦

Brett’s YouTube Video of the climb to where it meets the UCR, at –
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A rather big step behind us…
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A better view of it.

Brett’s YouTube Video of the rest of the lane as it becomes the UCR.
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Next! Sarn Mellteyrn.

A nice lane! As on Brett’s YouTube Video.
And then the one heading west out of the village as on the map above…

Part One up to a battery change πŸ˜‰

Part Two…

Lane 13 of the day… there was another car blocking the right of way –
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Whoops, caught on video, me doing a twenty-seven point turn in a tight ‘lane!
And then Brett calls out over the CB Radio to “Take us home Dave”…
So we switch from MemoryMap on the iPad to the TomTom SatNav App with Homer Simpson’s voice directing us home…

Brett’s Closing remarks πŸ™‚
Homer directs us up to Caernarvon and then Bangor, onto the A55 and home…?
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BUT, as we reach Bangor, the A55 is closed again, the Police direct us off…
An extra hour to get home via Betws-y-Coed, Llanwrst, etc…
Turned out there’d been a smash in the (start of?) the Conwy tunnel, so the Police had acted quickly to shut the road and direct everyone off…
Ho-hum! πŸ˜‰
Another great day’s greenlaning though! Plenty of new ‘lanes ticked off the map!
THANKS to Brett for leading, plotting, liaising, videoing, Becky for opening all the gates, and helping her old man with the driving πŸ˜‰ Mark and Ted for coming along πŸ˜‰ , and thanks to Alan for the company, navigating and closing all the gates behind us πŸ˜‰


 

T&S Group’s Lakes Weekend – Sunday 30/07/17

Day Two, Sunday the 30th of July 2017 then…
We started the day with a fantastic breakfast in The Blacksmiths Arms, Talkin, after a great nights sleep, assisted by a “couple of pints” πŸ˜‰
Our proposed route for day two –
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Starting from Talkin and ending up back at junction 36 of the M6…
As our two days routes intertwined with each other, I’d only loaded Saturday’s route on my iPad, so on the Sunday morning I deleted Saturday’s route and loaded up Sunday’s –
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Opening “lakesday2” route πŸ˜‰
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Just south-east of the Public House on the map then, our first ‘lane of the day… This Brett fella is good at planning these routes isn’t he?! πŸ˜‰
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Riccy rejoins us at The Blacksmiths Arms, so it’s just the three Jimnys for the Sunday, Brett leading, Riccy in the middle (mostly) and Alan & I bringing up the rear, shutting the gates as we go πŸ˜‰

Brett’s introductory video of day two’s ‘laning!

First ‘lane of the second day then, Talkin Head (weren’t they an 80’s pop group?!) just up the road from the pub we stayed in…
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Up into bright sunshine πŸ™‚
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And back down again, it’s a dead-end but a great gentle scenic ‘lane to start the day off πŸ˜‰
And then onto…

“Albyfield”, the second ‘lane of the day…
Some of my photos from this ‘lane –
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Brett about to open the gate, and Alan’s almost there to shut it after us…
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Very green lane! Doesn’t look to get much use…
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Following the others down to the farm after shutting the gate…
And that gave the farmer’s wife enough time to get out of the farmhouse and meet us in the farmyard, where she asked us what we were doing, “Driving the ByWay” we said, and then had a nice lengthy chat about people not shutting gates, to which we assured her than Brett in the lead vehicle was relaying back to us on the CB radios whether the gate needed shutting by us at the back… Happy with that she bid us a good day, and we carried on happy to have laid her mind at rest, hopefully…
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Nice view to our right as we approached the gate at the end of Brett’s video above…
There were dead ravens and rats hanging – rotting, upside down – off the field’s fence, interesting, rural pest control, but I didn’t think you’d like to see photos of that?!
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Onto lane three then…

“Walmersyke” another little used green lane…
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The crosshairs on the iPad’s MemoryMap GPS systems reassuring us we’re on the right right of way…
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And out of the field passed a duck pond to our left…

Lane four… “Dale”

Lane five “Staffield Hall” – ended out being a tarmac road, despite looking better on the map as a UCR with ORPA dots on it… you don’t know ’til you get there sometimes!
Lane six though…

“Longdales” proves to be much better though πŸ˜‰

Lane seven is a classic…
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An old tractor buried in the foliage… shame! 😦
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Hey’Up! Here’s one we’ve been waiting for! “Petterilgreen Cotts” –

Part One – Brett gets up first time (as usual) and radios back to me…
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Following Riccy…
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Down into and back up the other bank of the stream, but then, in the woods…
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Riccy grounds out (235/75/15 tyres, where as Brett’s on 32″s and I’m on 31″s), and reverses back a couple of times to try and get a different line, he thinks about going back and round, but then gives it more thought, picks the correct line for his Jimny (size of tyres but twin ARB air lockers!) and soon gets up! πŸ˜‰

Carrying on in Part Two of Brett’s YouTube Video…
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Just about where Brett’s second video starts though, Riccy’s Jimny grounded out again, but he got out after a couple of attempts, thought about it, and threw some rocks under his front tyres to get some traction and lift when he started off, and he was soon…
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Up and out into the distance following Brett, as we closed the gate at the top…
Driven like a pro’ Riccy! πŸ˜‰ No panicking, just thought and driving skill to get him out, no winching needed, just some intelligent though! πŸ˜‰

Part three, the end of the ‘lane from Brett’s perspective…
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As you’ll hear in Brett’s video below, the BIG blue sign says
ROAD UNSUITABLE FOR VEHICLES BEYOND FARM DEEP FORD

Despite the rain, it’s still not that bad, but deeper than we’ve seen it on previous trips…
Oooh, hang on, I’ve lost count, where were we?…

Lane ten, back down “Petterillgreen Cotts” πŸ™‚
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Down we go…
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No problems going down, gravity helps! πŸ˜‰
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Back through the stream, Riccy seems to struggle up the other side though? (Ah, read on dear reader, all will become apparent later in the day / the blog)…
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Gathered in a layby on the A6 heading south, for a quick drink / snack / chat…
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Skirting Ulswater on the way…
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And then heading north-west…
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On the way… we meet a farmer on a quad with a sheepdog herding a few (stray?) sheep, back to where they should be?!
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Arriving at our intended destination, the next ‘lane, number eleven, the Old Coach Road
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Quick chat before the off…

Brett’s first video…
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Stopped for a photo opportunity along the way πŸ˜‰ Who’s a pretty Jimny then?! πŸ˜‰
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The concrete bridge that Brett mentions at the beginning of his next video –

Brett’s next bit, to the first of the washed out sections as warned on the notice on the gate when we began…
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This bit…

I keep my left front wheel on the top edge of the rut, keeping the Jimny fairly level…

Brett’s video of the next bit, up to the railway carriage.
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The sky looks a bit dark, but we manage to miss the rain all day! As Brett booked the weather πŸ™‚

Down the next washed out section…
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Lovely scenery, lovely ‘lane!…

Lane twelve “Holmshead Farm”, and Brett gets savaged by a dog… NOT! πŸ˜‰

Lane thirteen “Knipe Fold”… we always seem to meet a large group of ramblers here?

Carrying on…

And the last third…
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Next! Tilberthwaite, ‘lane fourteen…

And Brett’s up the nice rocky climb, without running any kids over πŸ˜‰
But, behind…
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Riccy kept grounding on the rocks, so we pulled him back with the front winch…
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And after a couple of failed attempts* and some diff scraping, we swapped places and we went up first and pulled him up with the rear winch.
*Remember Riccy came up here fine on the scenic trip at the begining of July?

On we go… catching up with the family at the gate.

Down the other side to the next gate…!
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Riccy safely behind us incase he needed another tug, but he was fine! πŸ™‚

And down to the end, the T-junction that leads to UCR5003!
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Riccy behind us coming down the bedrock at the end πŸ™‚
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And then I suggested he might like to get in the middle again for this next one…

The infamous UCR5003 / “Low Hall Garth” Lane fifteen today!
You won’t get much bigger than a Jimny going down there…!
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Snug there Riccy?! πŸ˜‰
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We then somehow managed to get in front of the other two? And lost radio contact with them? Convinced we were still behind them we followed the blue line of the route, sure that we’d catch them up on Lane sixteen, “Oxen Fell”… so we climbed up the rock slab on our own, and got to the gate at the end, where you can hear at the end of Brett’s video below we regained radio contact with them, behind us?! LOL

And here’s us meeting up again –

LOL!!!

Lane seventeen then, “Hodge Close” to Oxen Fell.
And then onto another favourite…
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Up the side of Coniston Water “High Nibthwaite”.
Along the way Brett had stopped a couple of times and examined his brakes, he was getting brake fade, where the brake pedal would lose pressure and fall to the floor when pressed, and then come back after a pump? We all had a look but couldn’t find anything amiss? Plenty of brake fluid in the reservoir, no bubbles, no leaks anywhere…?
Up we go then…

Hmmm, looks like someone forgot to lock their hubs? πŸ˜‰

Over the rocks…

Then Brett…

Up to some more rocks where Riccy struggles again, and hangs back…

So we discuss the symptoms?

Up and then back down to where Riccy’s waiting for us, so we didn’t go all the way to the top…

Further down, dropping down some rock steps…

And the rest of the way down Nibthwaite
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Back on the tarmac, Brett’s still got brake fade, which soon changes to wheel wobble, and after give the front offside wheel a wobble, it’s clear the bearing has gone, that’s what was letting the disk push back against the brake caliper piston and causing the brake fade…
So we shake hands with Riccy and begin limping Brett’s Jimny to a place of safety to wait for recovery home… 😦
Once we knew help was on the way, Alan & I headed off home…
Eventually…

The first recovery truck turned up and loaded Brett’s Jimny up to start the journey home…
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On the first truck…
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OFF the first truck?! At Lancaster motorway services, where he had to wait two hours for another truck to arrive –
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For the rest of the journey home 😦
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Ending up home at 00:30 !!!
Not a good end to a great weekend’s greenlaning 😦
It transpires both front wheel bearings have gone, so it’s getting repaired ready for our next trip out, on the 20th of August…

Meanwhile, Riccy was also looking at his problem? Turns out… the offside front free wheel hub was not engaging properly, so he’d done the whole weekend in “THREE wheel drive”!!! So it was remarkable where he did get! Although twin ARB airlockers and a rocklobster box certainly help πŸ˜‰

So, a great weekends greenlaning!

T&S Group’s Lakes Weekend – Saturday 29/07/17

Overview
T&S ? “Tight & Scratchy“! This year “our little group” had split into two smaller groups for the annual Lake District weekend trips. Alan and I had already joined the other group for their trip at the beginning of July, and were now back to join the T&S group πŸ˜‰

Our route over the two days –
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would see us start near the traditional “Phil’s Layby” just off junction 36 of the M6, and snake our way up to Talkin, a little hamlet east of Carlisle where we were booked into a pub with rooms for the night. day two would see us snake back down again and end up where we started at junction 36 on the M6 again…


Day One – Saturday 29th July 2017
So, day one then, the route –
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As Brett said on his introductory YouTube video above, we’d arranged to meet at 10:00am at the Texaco garage in Crooklands, Milnthorpe, LA7 7NX –
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As is customary – from left to right – Riccy and Joel, Gary (Flanagan, not Wrench), Alan and I, Brett, so we started with the usual chat and admiring of each other’s vehicles! πŸ˜‰
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Ready for the off?!

Brett’s second introductory YouTube video as we head to the first ‘lane of the day – Lupton Ford.
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Lined up and on our way, we’re bringing up the rear as usual, checking the route, and liaising with Brett over the CB as to whether to shut the gates behind us or not, depending on how he found them in the lead…

Brett first through the ford… you can see him get out and “touch the wheels for luck”, LOL, no, he’s turning his free wheel hubs off πŸ˜‰
He then films the rest of us coming through behind –

Lane two then? –

“Dove House Farm” down this year, so turning off the A65 with us warning the vehicles behind us with hazard lights on as the others pull in… Luckily the landowner’s car isn’t blocking the end of the ‘lane! πŸ˜‰
Some stills from my camera too –
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And out and over their garden!!!
Onto Lane three then –

“Park Side”, Milnthorpe, as Brett says, behind the Booth’s Supermarket and Travis Perkins builder’s merchants!
Again, some stills from my camera behind Gary –
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And out the other end…
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On tarmac for a bit, passing Milnthorpe Sands.
Turning inland again…

And onto lane four, Hazelslack – sticking the passengers into the bushes! Screach!!!
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My one photo from this ‘lane…

Lane five “Hale” – very tight passed the pointy wall two minutes in to the video!

Lane six “Eversley” downhill again this year.
Out at the bottom and carefully cross the A6.

Lane seven “Row”

Lane eight “Crossthwaite”

Lane nine “Town Yeat” down… Mental ‘lane that one!
Some stills from my camera –
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Gary disappearing in front of us (Riccy and Joel – wisely! – decided to sit this one out)
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Lane ten “Town Yeat” back up again… even more mental?! LOL

Lane eleven “Underbarrow”
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A photo of it from my camera (Scarily number 6000! I take far too many photos!)

Lane twelve “Gamblesidemire” / Parkspring Wood, just to the west of Kendal…
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Bunched up after shutting a gate behind us…
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Catching up after another gate…
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And then gathered up at the end of the ‘lane have a very rare stop / chat / drink…

Lane thirteen! “Garth Row”
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As the sign says πŸ˜‰ “Public Way”
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Thwarted on the next planned road, so we ‘HAD’ to go back via Garth Row the opposite direction πŸ˜‰
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Nice weir(d) along the way…

Lane fourteen “Stile End”

Lane fifteen “Sadgill” – points to me and Gary for getting round without a shunt πŸ˜‰
The video ends just where Colin shunted (the other) Gary up the rear bumper on our previous trip… πŸ˜‰
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Looking down on the Z-bends, where Gary and I got round without shunting…? What, sorry, have I mentioned that already? πŸ˜‰

To the end of the ‘lane, where I took this photo –
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Of the nice (CNC?) carved sign pointing back from whence we came…
We then skipped Gatescarth due to time constraints… 😦
Lane sixteen (and seventeen really as it’s two ‘lanes) Otter Bank and Bouthwaite

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This is the one that pops out in the school playground?! Or, as the sign originally said “playgroud”, but they’ve fixed it now, as you can hear us discuss on the video…
Straight after that, onto another ByWay –

Lane Seventeen “Steel Croft”.

Lane Nineteen “Mart Close” (which was the last ‘lane of our previous trip coming the other way, down)
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Where I replaced my shock-bolt at the top after driving the next ‘lane…
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“Breast High Road” – you can see it snaking up in-front of us…

Lane nineteen first though – “Borrowdale Ford”, all of us trying to soak Brett πŸ˜‰
I was a bit behind (in the video) as we were talking to the two guys in the Land Rover who had just come over the other way…
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Riccy and Joel had driven this on our previous trip, and elected to stay at the ford and have a chat with the Landy guys as the rest of us went up and over…

Lane twenty then, and Brett starts his video after the first gate halfway up…
Down to the gate halfway down the other side…

Continuing after the gate…
Down and over the storm drain towards the bottom, taking the hardest route and “field testing the rock sliders” – Brett’s just had a set of JimnyBits’ bolt-on rock sliders πŸ™‚

Gary and I coming down behind Brett…

Brett coming back up, filmed by Gary…

And then Gary and I coming up… Gary getting the chicken clucks for coming up the rock slope in the middle, and knowing that would be waiting for me too, I elected to crawl over the high side too πŸ˜‰ Made it look easy too πŸ™‚

And then back up to the top, where a motorcyclist had broken down.
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And then down the other side to meet back up with Riccy and Joel…
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Our convoy of Jimnys heading up the A6 for a bit…

Lane 24 then? “Rosgill to Sweetholme”

Lane 25, “New Biggin”, Alan demonstrating his herding abilities! πŸ˜‰
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I climbed up for a panoramic view!
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Nice one of Gary and his awesome (Rockwatt prepared) Jimny behind us…
And then, we’re on to…

“Bumpy lane” – we’re sure the farmer as ploughed this field in this fashion to put people off driving it?! But we relish it all the more πŸ˜‰

Ricky and then Gary…

And then Alan and I… LOL

Carrying on…!
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The young “teenage” cows push forward to see what the mad humans are doing?! Reverse Zoo Psychology ?!

As you can see in Brett’s YouTube Video, taking us to the end of this series of ‘lanes…
Next? “Borran’s Hill Ford”, Lane 28 of the day!
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Down the railway sleeper, and through the river…
As you can see in this series of videos –

And finally, Brett coming back over…
Next!

Raughton Head Hill 1

And 2…

Gaitgill becomes the last, #30, on our way to…
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Talkin, where we’re stopping the night at The Blacksmiths Arms –
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The Jimnys parked at the back πŸ™‚
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My room was in the granny annex just behind my Jimny… Alan and Brett were upstairs over the bar πŸ˜‰
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We had a fine evening meal, joined by Riccy and his mate Paul, and Phil T made a guest appearance too! πŸ˜‰ Good to meet you Paul! And nice to see Phil T too, he was due to come along, but his Jimny failed it’s MOT just before the weekend…
So, that was Day One, Saturday the 29th of July, some 31 ‘lanes in one day!
I’ve split the blog in two as it’s so big, so Sunday is in a separate one…



 

Greenlaning Locally 19/07/17

A “Wednesday Wander”….

Wednesday the 19th of July. Alan and I had been on the “Scenic Group”‘s weekend to the Lake District at the beginning of July, and are scheduled to go on the “Tight & Scratchy” weekend with some of the other members of “our little group” at the end of July… But Brett, our usual leader and route plotter hadn’t been out since the 4th of June when we’d driven from Oldham to Holmfirth, and he’d had a Kaiser rear locker fitted and wanted to give it a test-run before the second Lake District weekend trip… So, we decided to go on a Wednesday Wander… Wednesday is my day-off in the week, so at 9am when my wife and our member of staff for the day Alex were settled in the shop, Alan and I sloped off…
…. to meet Brett –
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At “Billy Jean’s Cafe” just off the A55 North Wales coastal expressway just east of Pentre Halkyn. (Note the new JimnyBits bolt-on sill bars!)
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The Jalapeno’s had a lick of paint too? πŸ˜‰
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Inside, for breakfast…
And a discussion of the route –
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… that Alan had plotted, and I had copied from his paper maps onto the Memory Map software we use to share and follow routes. Alan had also liaised with Denbighshire and Flintshire’s Rights-of-Way officers to check the new ‘lanes we were going to drive, and had the nod on them all…

Brett’s now customary Introductory Video πŸ˜‰
The first was a little used yellow road that goes over a bridge over the A55 –
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… it wasn’t very visible! LOL
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And over the single lane bridge, which seemed to have been built to allow access to one house when the A55 was originally built?!
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Looking west down the A55 to the Burger King on the brow of the hill… I’ve driven under this bridge hundreds of times and often wondered where it went… nowhere much! πŸ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of this first ‘lane, including us hunting for the sign… LOL πŸ˜‰

We then loop back towards the Burger King and the ‘motel’ on the map above, but then swing east again and down the white UCR (Unclassified County Road) with ORPA (Other Route with Public Access) dots.
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It started off looking like an uninteresting “3-ply” road…
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But soon got ‘greener’…
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A nice find Alan! πŸ™‚
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Looking back at Brett behind us…
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“Wat’s Dyke Way” ByWay sign pointing back from whence we came…
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To the end where we rejoin the tarmac…

Brett’s YouTube Video of this smashing find.
Next… a Ford in Northop we went to have a look at after seeing it on the “WetRoads” website –
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More of an open culvert!
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Just enough to wet the tyres!
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A bit damaging in a ‘normal car’ though!
Next!…
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A white UCR / with ORPA dots road west of Mold…
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Brett’s YouTube Video of it.
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Next… another Ford –
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Hmmm… we could do with some more rain?! But it’s mid-July? Ummm, thunderstorms were forecast for the middle of the afternoon though?!
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Next… “Fron” to Nercwys, another UCR with ORPA dots, might be tarmac, but worth a look?…
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It started off looking mild…
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And then got greener…
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And then more over-grown!…
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And then things got darker as we entered a tunnel of trees…
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Oooh, nice find Alan! πŸ˜‰
He’d found this and some of the others watching some TRF (Trail Rider’s Fellowship – Motorbike) Video on YouTube and then working out where they were from Streetview, etc, before checking the routes with the Rights of Way officers..
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Dropping down… before…
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…carefully passing a house.
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And then emerging out and back to tarmac…
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Brett’s YouTube Video of this great ‘lane.
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Next… just ORPA dots
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A great ‘lane! Heading back to tarmac again…

Brett’s YouTube Video of it πŸ˜‰
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Next… BOAT (ByWay Open to All Traffic) heading south
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ByWay sign
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Heading off the tarmac…
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I remember this being graded some years ago 😦

Brett’s YouTube Video of the first half of it, up to where we stopped for a pits stop (I might have mis-spelt that!)

And the second half πŸ˜‰
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After that, heading west over another BOAT…
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Another ByWay sign…

Brett’s YouTube Video of the ‘lane… seems I didn’t take any decent photos of it…
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Then heading south-east over the ORPA dot route above…
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Again, I remember this being graded years ago, but still a nice drive!

Brett’s YouTube Video of it πŸ˜‰
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Tight left here, off a main road…
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And down a tight ‘lane…
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To another empty little Ford…
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Brett behind us… I’ve never seen this little Ford so low! 😦
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And then up the undergrowth on the other side…

Brett’s You Tube Video of this nice little Ford.
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Blimey! That’s a BIG one! Another blue sign for the collection πŸ˜‰
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Now there’s a view for you! Dropping down into the Clwyd valley… home sweet home πŸ˜‰
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Dodging a group of elderly ramblers coming the other way…
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The cows are all lying down? That rain must be coming?…
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Towards the end of the ‘lane…
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Next ‘lane, heading north out of Pwll-glas to Efenechtyd to drop south-west down that ‘lane on the left of the iPad screen… Another new one? πŸ™‚
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At the start…
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Nice!
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Hmmm… at this point we get out and have a walk…

Brett’s YouTube Video up to where we stop and he suggests having a walk…
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Maps out! And we double-double check we’re in the right place… We’ve had the nod from the council on this one as a new one too…
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So, we leant on the gate and had a natter for ten minutes… πŸ˜‰
Before…
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Deciding to go for it! It looked tight, there’s was a track down the middle that the motorbikes use, but it looked wide enough for a small 4×4 like a Jimny, and was a UCR with ORPA dots, and we’d had the nod from the Rights f Way officers… What the hell… πŸ˜‰
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Not too bad (see Brett’s video below too) and it soon levelled out into a diff polisher!

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And then wild again!
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Getting there…
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Out at the farm at the end… Phew! πŸ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of Alan’s excellent new find πŸ™‚
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Next – Pen-y-maes to Clocaenog…
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Off the tarmac and straight ahead…
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And then off the track and onto the ‘lane proper…
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And then down an avenue of trees…
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I remarked to Alan somewhere round here that Wednesday Wanders are not supposed to out-do our usual Sunday trips! πŸ˜‰
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Fantastic ‘lane that!
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And then through the shallow Ford.

Brett’s YouTube Video of this cracking ‘lane…
Oh, hang on, his video seems to stop?, but then…

Continues later on…?
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Entering the Clocaenog Forest πŸ™‚
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Nice long BOAT…
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Through some forest… And,…
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… through the gate and into the fields…
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Jalapeno behind me as Alan shuts the gate…
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Run Flossies, Run…!
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All the way in front of us to the gate… dumb animals! πŸ˜‰
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… to keep the Flossies in!

Brett’s YouTube Video up to the gate…

And the rest of the ‘lane… πŸ™‚
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Then heading north to come back down south-west to Hafotty Bach on the map above
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Chasing baby pheasants!
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Up through the dark wooded ‘lane, NOT into the farmyard…
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Through the awkward three little gates…

Brett’s YouTube Video to this point.
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Good homemade signs if you’re heading in the other direction πŸ˜‰
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Pick a gate Al’, any gate πŸ˜‰
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Old Roller hiding in there somewhere… Shame!
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Is it me or is it getting gloomy? That threatened storm is on it’s way?…

Brett’s YouTube Video of the rest of the ‘lane…
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Yup, here goes the rain!…

Brett’s YouTube Video of the first half of…
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Bryn Ocyn BOAT, graded a while ago, it used to be a three foot water trough about here…
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Here we are on the map πŸ˜‰

The rest of the ‘lane… Whoops, including some banter at the end! Didn’t know Brett was recording then? 😦
That was the end of the route, but it was still early, so we decided to do some more ‘lanes on the way back –
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Alan getting wet opening the gate…
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Across the fields and into the woods beyond…
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Another gate sorry Al’ 😦
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Hmmm, a bit more overgrown than usual?!
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Where’s the ‘lane Al’?!
We then went over a road to another ‘lane, but I didn’t take any photos as I was too busy trying to spot and stay on the next ‘lane… Luckily…

Brett was recording πŸ˜‰
Next!…
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A gentle BOAT to finish?
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And out the gate at the top…

Brett’s YouTube Video of it πŸ˜‰

Brett’s closing remarks…

Home to St. Asaph and the heavens opened!!!
A fantastic “Wednesday Wander”, lots of new ‘lanes, ticking more off my Landranger 116 Map! πŸ˜‰


 

Lakes Weekend #1 – Scenic Group

 

Day One – Saturday 01/07/17

“Our little group” have had a weekend in the Lake District for the last few years, and starting last year we split into two groups, one the “scenic” group and the other the “tight and scratchy” group, which I went with last year… Luckily, this year, the two groups trips were on different weekends, so I can go on both!routesat.jpgThe route for the Saturday then… the plan was to meet up at “Phil’s LayBy” just off junction 36 of the M6, indicated with the red arrow. And then we’d travel west to begin the route. (The blue arrow was where Gary and Colin were staying in a B&B, and the black arrow was Alan and I’s Days Inn motel)DSCN5550.jpgAfter a couple of hours travelling and chatting, Alan & I arrived at J36 just before 10am as planned…DSCN5551.jpgAnd met Richard “Riccy” off the BigJimny board and his mate and passenger for the day Joel… We admired and discussed his Jimny for 5 minutes, before…DSCN5552.jpgGary and Colin arrived…
So we all had a good introductory natter before turning round and heading west to start the route…
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First ‘lane of the day then… Starting off gently, which is the norm’…
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Off the tarmac πŸ˜‰
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A few gates along the way…
Gary leading, then Riccy and Joel, then Colin, then Alan & I bringing up the rear and shutting the gates…

Riccy’s YouTube Video of the first part of this ‘lane…

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From the other side… nice view!
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On we go…

Riccy’s video of the last part of it.
A good ‘lane to start the day…
Next!
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High Nibthwaite, to start the climb up the side of Coniston Water towards Low Parkamoor…
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Here on the iPad GPS / Memory Map
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A third of the way up we have to pull over as a KANKKU Land Rover was coming down (they are a company who charge people to go greenlaning in the area)
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On we go…

Here’s my video of the highlights of the climb up.
(We kept stopping for Colin to place his GoPro on a tripod to record us climbing up, I’ll add his video when it’s published on YouTube)
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Gathered at the top enjoying the views –
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Then, what comes up… must go back down!
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Riccy πŸ˜‰

And the view from his Jimny coming back down…

And down to the bottom…
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Next couple of ‘lanes then…
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Catching up after shutting gates…
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Nice views to our right…
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Stopping for a look at where a good friend of ours rolled his Jimny a few years back… 😦
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Lined up at the end of the ‘lane.
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Next ‘lane – “Grizedale”
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Here’s my YouTube Video of the initial climb up…

And Riccy’s too!
Carrying on…
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Through a water trough as the mountain-bikers watch us…

Riccy’s video of the first bit of the drop back down up to where…
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… as this is the Scenic easy-going trip, we then pulled over for a cuppa and a bacon butty!
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And then, Mick Clayton! came passing by with his group, and stop for a handshake and a quick natter… Good to see you Mick! πŸ˜‰
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Nice break, and off we go again…

Riccy’s video of the rest of the descent…
And then, onto the next ‘lane –
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Oxen Fell

Riccy’s two videos over Oxen Fell

Riccy crawling up with both air lockers engaged πŸ™‚

My YouTube Video of the best bits of the climb up and over to Stang End.
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Anti-4×4 message on one of the gates on the way over 😦
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Catching up with another group of KANKKU vehicles dropping down to Stang End.
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Nice one of Colin dropping down a big step πŸ™‚
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Looking back at the bedrock we’ve just come over… and,
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Looking right to UCR5003 “Stang End”… Good job we’re not going down it today, as there’s some kind of offroad marathon taking place…
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Day One, Saturday, over then… we left the others – Colin and Gary in their B&B in Kendal, and Riccy and Joel home north for the night, and made our way to our stay for the night at the Days Inn motel in the M6 south services at Killington (Lake) Reservoir. We booked in, asked the nice lady on reception if we could sneak out of the service road north up to the A road rather than having to go all the way south down to the next Motorway exit, and then we showered and freshened up before heading into Kendal to meet Gary and Colin for a Chinese and a few beers – don’t worry! Alan drove me safely back to the motel as he’s teetotal!

Day Two – Sunday 02/07/17

A good night’s sleep and we were up for breakfast and out again…
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Awful view from my room’s window πŸ˜‰
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NO ENTRY – Except Authorised Vehicles” – it’s ok, we’ve had permission πŸ˜‰
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Sunday’s route then… Again the black arrow was our motel, the blue arrow where Gary and Colin were staying, and the red arrow was were we met Riccy and Joel, a little hamlet called Kentmere to begin day two’s route…
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Stile End and then Sadgill…
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Warning…
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Big Black Boss Bovine blocks the proceedings!
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Cute Carves to our right though! πŸ˜‰
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On we go…
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Pausing for some group photos…
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On we go…
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Down the Z-bends the sign warned of πŸ˜‰

Riccy’s video of this bit…
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Whoops! Colin bumps Gary up the rear and cracks his bumper! “Hammond!” LOL

Riccy’s video of the bump and the aftermath!
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Pulled over for a group of Landys going the other way… they must have had fun getting up those Z-bends?!
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Up and back down Sadgill then?
But Gary’s feeling queezy with a belly full of fried food (on top of beer!) so elects to have a rest at the bottom, so I’m delegated to leader…
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Nice view to my right looking back down…
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Colin behind πŸ˜‰
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Walker and Waterfall.
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At the first gate watching Riccy and Joel coming up…
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Lovely little bridge after the gate…
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Not sure if you can make them out on the horizon, but a lucky group of Landys must have got a pass to come down… read on…
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At the locked gate… you need a combination to come through – downwards only for 4x4s – after getting a pass from the council…
Down we go then… about turn!
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Nice “arm out of the window” photo catching the others behind…
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Stunning!
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Riccy’s video of the journey down…
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Back down to the bottom, and Gary’s got the kettle on! πŸ™‚
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Breasthigh Road next then! πŸ™‚
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Just off the blind bend…
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Awesome!
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Barrowdale Ford to get onto the ‘lane…
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Riccy coming up behind…
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Lined up beyond the gate…
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Long crunchy climb up…
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Looking back at the guys behind, and the A6 in the distance…
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Gary’s down there somewhere? Sat in his chair enjoying the views in the sun…
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Over the top…
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And down the other side…
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I stopped before the storm drain with it’s raised kerb edging on the top, and let the others decide if they wanted to go over it or not…

So I did it on my own in the end… better safe than sorry!
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Riccy’s awesome Jimny nicely parked on a rock waiting behind…
Then with the other two turned round, back over we go…
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Back up the steps…
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And down the other side again…
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Back down to find Gary…

Riccy’s video of us coming back up and over the top.
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And onto the last ‘lane of the day…
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But Gary notices one of my rear shocks swinging freely… a bolt has snapped… so out come the tools!
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And it’s soon back where it should be…
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And we’re soon off again…
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Down the BOAT and then west across the yellow C-road to rejoin the A6…
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Lined up for the last chat of the day, a shake of hands, and we’re all off our separate ways…
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Just gone three and heading home for a reasonable 5:30pm with a fuel stop, still time to have late Sunday Lunch with the family…
An awesome weekend! Thanks to everyone! Especially Gary for plotting and leading πŸ˜‰

Here’s Colin’s amazingly edited highlights of the whole weekend –

Awesome that Colin! πŸ˜‰

Oldham to Holmfirth 04/06/17

Sunday the 4th of June, and a few members of “our little group” had arranged to meet up and drive a route that took us basically from Oldham to Holmfirth , just under Huddersfield…
routeOnce again, our Brett had plotted the route, with a list of ‘lanes from the area GLASS (Greenlane Association) Rep’ Justin Brown and lee Burstow, a greenlaning acquaintance from the area. Many thanks to them (they get a mention in Brett’s opening video comments below too). The route was to take about 6 hours, so we arranged to meet up for breakfast at 8am in aΒ McDonald’s in Oldham, to start the route at 8:30am…

Brett had been texting me his location along the journey there, as we often meet up along the way, but my mobile was in my pocket, and I only answered when we had got there first, with a two word comment “Slight Problem…“, Brett responded asking what the matter was?…DSCN5260Ummm, the McDonald’s we’d arranged to meet out was being demolished ready for a new restaurant to be constructed, and would be re-opening on the 12th of July… Hmmm, no way I was waiting six weeks for breakfast?!DSCN5262.jpgThe others arrived, from left to right, Steve “RexTheCat” Moncrief in his huge red Jimny arrived just after us, then Brett our leader / organiser in the green Jalapeno Jimny, and of course me in the blue S200KYS Jimny, with my ‘laning buddy Alan in ‘his’ passenger seat… He remarked later in the day that this was indeed his 30th trip out with me together…

So, no breakfast today then? Can’t say I was that bothered, I’m not exactly a fan of the plastic McDonald’s breakfast… but I hadn’t brought much lunch with me on the basis that we were having a breakfast… but I thought I could eat my lunch earlier and pick up a sandwich later from a petrol station?…

Brett’s YouTube Video – the introduction πŸ˜‰

DSCN5263So, coming out of Oldham, heading east and our first ‘lane of the day is this ORPA (Other Route with Public Access)…DSCN5264At the end of a residential street, the tarmac ends, and some broken concrete edging leads us through an empty stream…DSCN5265… and into a fantastic climb up into the sun!

Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – shows the climb better!

Then we’re quickly onto the second ‘lane of the day, a(n) UCR with ORPA dots heading south…DSCN5266Dropping down over old stone cobbled roads…

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Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – of the descent…

DSCN5268Sacrilege! At some point someone’s tarmac’ed over the old cobbles?! But nature strips it back over time… πŸ™‚

DSCN5270Next, over a reservoir dam…

Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – over said dam and down the ‘lane until we meet…

DSCN5271…an immovable deliberate blockage… I thought we could winch the tow loop up with a winch rope and maneveur the trailer into the gateway behind Steve in the photo above, but then we’d only meet up with an even more angrier landowner ahead… So we about faced and worked round it…

DSCN5272Here’s where the blockage was at our red crosshair on the above map…
So we made our way back and around the blockage…

DSCN5273Taking us around and over the top of Mossley…

As in Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ 

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Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – Micklehurst towards Greenfield

DSCN5276Starting the next ‘lane, we’re still bringing up the rear behind Steve…

Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – on towards Tunstead…

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As seen in Brett’s YouTube Video

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And then back on the tarmac, to my amazement, Brett pulled over…

cafeThe man who never stops for long… had spotted a cafe!

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And then the Full English-es arrived!
Awesome, a proper breakfast, proper mugs of tea! Not cardboard cups with UHT milk! πŸ˜‰
Bellies full… on we go! πŸ˜‰

DSCN5282Next ‘lane. swinging off an A-road…

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Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – of his view… he’d turned right as the map suggested – below – but in hindsight the ‘lane curves left and then right, the route to the right is actually ‘off-piste’, hence getting the winch and ground anchor out to safely maneveur Brett’s Jimny back down the tippy steps behind him…

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DSCN5284So, following on to the video above, I got my ground anchor out from behind my driver’s seat and positioned it into the bank above Brett’s Jimny…

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DSCN5287The guys giving a good scale to the steps… Brett had inadvertently turned right here as the map suggested, when we should have turned left and then looped round to the right…

Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – he then filmed Steve and I coming up…

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DSCN5288Alan gets his prehistoric tiltyometer out… 26o

DSCN5290Water damage, or axle twisters πŸ™‚

Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – from just after the rock steps…

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Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – of the rest of the ‘lane after we’d got to the top and turned left onto this UCRΒ with ORPA dots.

DSCN5292Dropping down to the village in the distance…

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On what looks like an old broken up cobbled road…

Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – of the descent…

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Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – of the next excellent ‘lane!

DSCN5295And a few photos from my camera…

DSCN5296Following Steve up.

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DSCN5300A thundery shower broke out…

Just as we met the only four gates of the day. as you can see in Brett’s YouTube Video

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Brett’s YouTube VideoΒ – down to the dam.

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