Lake District Day Trip 10/12/17

Sunday the 10th of December 2017, and we’d arranged to meet up in the Lake District just south of Carlisle to drive the best ‘lanes all in one day…
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As usual, Brett had plotted the route and sent it out to us all so we could follow it on our iPads.
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We’d arranged to meet up at 9:30am, so that meant a 6:15am start for me and Al….. errr, hang on? Where’s my faithful companion / gate boy / winch bitch / navigator / long term ‘laning buddy… Ah, bother! Last minute he couldn’t make it, so I had to go it alone…
The silence was deafening! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s introductory video, he’s also riding with Billy (no-mates) today!
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We met the others in the small hamlet of Welton, close to our first ‘lane of the day…
Left to Right, as is customary, Me & Billy in the blue S200KYS Jimny, Riccy & Billy in the J999MNY Jimny, Brett & Billy in the green Jalapeno Jimny, Gary & Billy in the silver Jimny with a black bonnet and Phil and Rob in the big FUN Jimny… At least one of the group has a friend to come with them… the rest of us are with Billy… LOL
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First ‘lane of the day then?… just to the right on the map above, Borran’s Hill Ford…

And Brett’s second introductory video as we head for the ford, Brett reiterating the lack of friends today, and the fact that Phil and Rob are at the back as there’s two of them, so Rob us on gate-shutting duty today ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s video down to the ford…
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Here’s the ford, the exit is up a railway sleeper at the top of the opposite bank with a sharp right turn onto the lane in the distance…
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Brett leading the way…

Brett’s video of the crossing, and onto the lane and leaving enough room for the rest of us to line up behind him…

Me next…

Riccy
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My photo of him coming through…
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And up the bank…

Gary next
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And then…

Phil and Rob…
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There’s the FUN reference…
On to ‘lane to then… “Petterilgreen Cotts” just up the road…

Brett’s video of the first bit… up to calling for the chainsaw to trim a fallen tree back a bit…
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Trimmed!
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And back to the Jimnys…

And on we go…
To the top where we meet some pheasant breeders coming the other way, so we reverse back to allow them access to their pens…
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On our route we were intending to come back down this ‘lane, but we thought it wise to give it a miss today.
Lane Three then… Barrow Mill Ford –
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ROAD UNSUITABLE FOR VEHICLES BEYOND FARM DEEP FORD
First though…

… we have to wait for the flossies to cross the narrow bridge! They take some convincing (sheep aren’t known for being bright!), as when they see the shimmering water they apparently think they’re heading for the yucky sheepdip, so they all back up! LOL
Nice deep ford though, worth the little wait, and it’s amusing watching the sheep file across the bridge!
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Phil and Rob last, they weren’t on Brett’s video as they were surrounded by sheeps and couldn’t move!

Lane four – Pallet Hill
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Here on the map…

And then onto ‘lane five ‘Newbiggin’… the shaky ‘lane!
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And in this spectacular photo (if I do say so myself!) you can see why, the field seems to have been deliberately ploughed / tilled to shake any vehicles around…

Phil & Rob getting a shaking! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The rest of the ‘lane after the bumpy bit…
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A little bit of scenic tarmac along the way to our next ‘lane, along the side of Ullswater ๐Ÿ™‚
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And then rising up to the start of… the Old Coach Road
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This beast was in the car park, a modified Toyota RAV4… nice!
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Just enough time to make a brew before we’re soon off again…
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Passed a working party from GLASS (The Green Lane Association) of which most of us are members…

And we rejoin Brett’s videos ๐Ÿ˜‰

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As Brett says, stunning scenery!
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And somewhere along here Rob captured this stunning photo too ๐Ÿ™‚
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And the Jimnys!
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A better angle from Gary’s camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

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To the gateway where some other volunteers are repairing the gate

Passed some wild ponies, and you can see that from passed the gate we’re the first ones up here today, as Brett’s Jimny becomes an ice-breaker… This video goes up to the start of the washed out are, so he gets out for a look…

You can see at the start of the video above that Rob was videoing, this isn’t on YouTube (yet?) for me to link into the blog, but I did take a couple of screen grabs from it –
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This one surprised me, as I was worried my new springs were a bit stiff?! No worries there! Chuffed with that articulation!
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Oooh, that looks almost tippy there though! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Up round this bit…
Downhill to the gate it looks worse still, so we get out for a look…
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Nice place to park though! ๐Ÿ™‚
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It was a job getting out of the door! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Ahhh!…
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The power of nature is amazing, what a flow of water can do?!
Walking back up to the Jimnys…
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Brett demonstrates how deep those troughs really are!

Only one way down then… ably guided by our-Rob we have to edge around the worst bit…

My turn…

Riccy…

Then Phil…

Then down the snow filled ruts of others before us, through the gate, and then…
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… finally, towards the end of the Old Coach Road…
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Until…
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Riccy behind me shouted on the CB that my shock had come astray… again! This happened last trip but the top mount sheared off the chassis, this trip the temporary bolt I fitted through the shock repositioner sheared, so a ‘quick’ fix on the trail –
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Some time wasted, but once again I managed to make a temporary repair and keep it going for the rest of the day…
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Back onto tarmac, and varying the route slightly from the planned one, we’re off along Coniston Water… to drive up Higher Nibthwaite –

Brett’s video of the first bit…
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Awesome view along the way…

The first climbs up…
That’s me honking behind and shouting “Don’t forget to lock your hubs!” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The second nasty bit where both Brett and I took a couple of attempts!

Phil powering up it though!

To the top, and arranging for the inevitable –
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Group Photo! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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As you can see, we’re losing the light, time is ticking away… it took two hours to drive the Old Coach Road, and my repair didn’t help things either! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
So we decide to cut short the route and squeeze in another four ‘lanes before heading home though… Gary decides to call it a day though, he’s had a new addition to the family and is keen to get home to –
gary2.jpgTheir new puppy “Caz“. Gorgeous, can’t blame you for heading home Gary ๐Ÿ˜‰

Down we go then…

To the gate at the bottom where we bid farewell to Gary…
And we head off to the next ‘lane –

Gawthwaite, the other way to the usual way we drive it.
Up to the…
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We lay a waffle board across, but as Brett edges onto it, the earth at the end slides down the slate, and as he backs off it quickly…
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His other front wheel slips off the side of the thick slate bridge!
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We quickly get my winch rope onto the back corner of his Jimny through a snatch block off a tree, and try and winch him out…
The axle is on the bridge though, and his front nearside wheel dangling over the edge makes it impossible to winch back… even with Riccy and I roped together, the winch pulls us both forward instead of Brett’s Jimny out…
So more thought is needed…
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We eventually use Brett’s winch to pull his front round off the bridge, with his Hi-Lift jack first inserted under the bumper to get the axle off the bridge, and the wheel level with the thick slate bridge so that as he winches the jack brings the wheel onto the bridge, then the others shout for me to winch in and pull his Jimny’s back round as well so all four wheels are back on solid ground! Phew! We thought we’d be there for a while, but with our combined ideas he was out fairly quickly…
That’s enough! We’ve lost the light and it’s time to head home!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Out we go back the way we came!…

Brett’s closing remarks ๐Ÿ˜‰
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A bit late, but should be home for 8pm…
Another excellent days greenlaning! Thanks to everyone that came along… without their mates! LOL
Thanks to Brett for plotting and leading as usual, and videoing of course, and thanks to Rob for the photos I’ve lifted via Facebook ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers! See you for the next one! Christmas ‘laning the day after Boxing Day, see you then!


 

Oldham to Holfirth 19/11/17

This is a re-run of the route we did back in June
So a similar route had been planned –
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North-West of Manchester then.
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So I set the SatNav on the iPad to guide us in, and it said 1 hour 20 mins, and arriving at about 8:15am, as we’d arranged to meet up at 8:30am, so that gave us time for a petrol stop on the way too…
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Brett text’d me a couple of minutes before we arrived to say he was there, and as we pulled up behind him, the others arrived and pulled in in front…
So from left-to-right : Alan and I in the blue S200KYS Jimny, Brett and his daughter (the lovely) Becky in the green Jalepeno jimny, and Riccy and Joel in the grey Jimny.
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Time to disconnect the Anti-Roll-Bars. all three of us have them… safer on the road, and better articulation offroad.
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And then onto the first ‘lane of the day…
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A nice frosty morning!
Hey, before we start, you’ve forgotten something Brett! –

Brett’s Introductory Video… he nearly forgot then didn’t he? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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A fantastic ‘lane this up into the silhouette of the rising sun…

Whoops, he’s forgotten to lock his hubs as well…!

The second ‘lane, and Becky now driving (as it turns out for the whole of the day! Brett only got to drive the first ‘lane!), cracks the ice on all the large puddles –
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We’re at the back as usual shutting the gates (not many today though) and can see the ice all broken up.

Lane three, down a cobbled old route

Lane four, previously blocked by a farm tanker trailer…
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Now has a more permanent blockage…!

Lane five ๐Ÿ™‚
As you can hear at the end of the video Brett & Becky were discussing whether they had drive or not… It turned out the transfer box stick had popped out, so we stopped for a while and stripped the stick out, realigned the selector rods with a big screwdriver and then reassembled everything… Luckily, it has happened to us for a while, but does from time to time! LOL

Onto lane number six then! Lot’s of dogging going on on this ‘lane! A small group of motorbikers stop behind us to leave a gap between us and them ๐Ÿ™‚

Lane seven.
I did take some photos of these ‘lanes, but I thought I’d keep the photos to a minimum, as they are all repeated within the videos, and as I said at the top of this blog, we did this route fairly recently too.

Lane eight.
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Sign looking back at the bottom… Yup! Unsuitable for Motor (Car)s! You can hear Brett mention it on the video above… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Turning into Lane nine…

What a driver TLB (The Lovely Becky) is, Huh?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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It certainly looks tippy!
Carrying on…

Bit flatter along here, Brett and Becky stop to talk to a walker who can’t believe we’ve come up from the road below!

The last third…
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A couple of photos of the last bit…
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Carrying on…

Through the little ford…
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And then onto a fantastic ‘lane –
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Watched by a big shire horse behind the gate… and apparently the home owner, more on that later on in the day and the blog…

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Photo from the climb up…

And then along the top of the reservoirs below us to our right –
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Here at the crosshair roughly in the middle of the iPad’s screen…

On we go…

Dropping down to the reservoirs…
And the chap with the black Labrador asked if we’d taken a wrong turn somewhere?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Down to the Jimny at the bottom.

And then across the reservoir dam…
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And then we’re soon off tarmac again –
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As in Brett’s next video –

Our next route. over another dam –
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Is still blocked off with diversions round it…
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So we make our way back to Holmbridge to drop down the yellow C road to just above Crossley’s Plantation…
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Passing the ranger while turning left onto the ‘lane…

Excellent driving from TLB again ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And Riccy behind showing some nice flex as he goes around the corner and into the axle twisters…

Carrying on…
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Another sign for the collection at the start of the next ‘lane…

Brett’s video of it.
The next one…
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… is a no through road? ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the beginnning of the video you can see a tour bus, as this is “Last of the Summer Wine” country ๐Ÿ˜‰
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We then pulled over for a break in a (closed) pub car park…
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And Brett pulled out a (diabetic) Birthday Cake for me! It was my fiftieth a few days before this trip! Very nice rich chocolate cake, and made with sweeteners rather than sugars, as I’m a diabetic… what a nice thought! Cheers Brett! ๐Ÿ˜‰

On to ‘lane seventeen then!

Lane eighteen, Meal Hill, to the point where we have to stop for some repairs, again…
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Whoops!
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Nice place to stop though!

Soon repaired and off we go…

Lane nineteen, a BOAT around a farm….
And then we reached the end of the route, so we turned around and went back the way we came taking in some of the best ‘lanes on the way back, doing them the other way round…
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Ahhh, along the way though, my Jimny developed a knocking noise from the rear…
On investigation the offside rear shock has come away from the crossmember bracket, taking some of the steel with it… bugger! That will be a job to get to!
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That’s torn it! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ah well, only one thing to do…
Carry on! LOL it’ll be alright, the spring is the right length to stay in place… hopefully!

Back down ‘Ramsden’.
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Nice shot of Riccy on the axle twisting section
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And towards the bottom… twisting up nicely again…

New little ‘white road’ discovered along the way ๐Ÿ™‚
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Over the dam…

And then that little white gets us back towards the reservoir run.
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The others turning left as we shut the gate…

Up above the reservoirs…
And then back to the UCR by the shire horse we drove earlier upwards…

Where the chap at the bottom writes our number plates down, supposedly so someone can send us the bill for driving a legal byway, a UCR…?
I stopped a good six feet infront of him so he could write my registration down to, and also explained that it was an unclassified county road we were driving fully legally, not sure what he’ll do with our registrations, but we’ll keep you posted…
Anyway –
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Some nice angles coming down there…
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It seemed more than 22 degrees though?!
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Back through the little ford… well we did! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back down the rutted bit to the A road below…
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Riccy and Joel in front.
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Nice angle…
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29 degrees this time…

And then the first great ‘lane of the day becomes the last great ‘lane of the day…
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And back out and onto tarmac…
We gathered for a chat, shake of hands, reconnect the anti-roll-bars, and then headed off on our separate ways home…

Brett’s closing remarks, indeed ahead of us somewhere as we stopped for fuel and a cold Diet Coke…
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My trusty SatNav said we’d be home for just before six… time for a kebab, shower and a good soak in the hot-tub! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Jimny now awaiting repairs ready for the next run, to the Lake District in three weeks time…
An awesome day, thanks to everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚


 

Greenlaning Locally 29/10/17

Sunday the 29th of October 2017, and Brett, Alan and I had arranged to meet up and go and drive some local ‘lanes around my area… so Landranger Map Number 116 basically!
Alan had plotted the route for us, and I’d plotted it on MemoryMap for myself and Brett to follow as we drove –
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We arranged to meet up again at the WhistleStop Cafe in Rhuddlan –
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So, just the two Jimnys, Alan and I in my blue S200KYS, and Brett with his daughter (the lovely) Becky for the day out with her Dad. ๐Ÿ™‚
Another excellent Breakfast devoured and we were off –

Brett’s customary introductory video.
First (two) ‘lane(s) of the day then –
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“Pant-glas” Between Llanasa and Axton. coming down south is a BOAT, and then going East it’s actually on the Landranger map as a RUPP (Road Used as a Public Path) that were mostly reclassified under the NERC Act, but this one remains driveable as there’s a ByWay sign pointing up it –
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This is at the end of the RUPP on the map, I didn’t take any other photos as it’s flat, but a gentle introduction to the day, and, here’s Brett’s video of it –

Lane two – from Llanasa down to Gronant, is a BOAT –
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Starts out nice and flat…
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View of the coast to our right, a sea of caravans!
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Dropping down to the coast…

Here’s Brett’s video of the ‘lane…
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Armco barriers? There’s a deep old quarry to our right…
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And here we are at the other end of the ‘lane…
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A few hundred yards down the road, and we’re onto another…
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A funny little BOAT going downhill to the end of the dual carriageway below. You can just see the end of the last ‘lane at the bottom left edge of the iPad’s screen.
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Popping out an the odd crossing at the end of the dual carriageway on the map above…
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Odd as it’s a horse-specific crossing! Even these button panels are high to suit the rider on horseback…

Brett’s Video of this ‘lane.
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Next ‘lane, from Gronant up to Gwaenysgor…
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Up to the trees ahead and then left…
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Under a fallen tree with the sun making a dramatic photo ๐Ÿ™‚
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And then up to the Police Communications compound at the top that gives this area the name “Radar Hill”.

Brett’s video of the climb up…

And then, Brett’s video of us driving down from Radar Hill to Gwaenysgor.
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Map showing the close proximity of these first 4 (5) ‘Lanes…
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Brett and Becky entering the gate to the next two ‘lanes…
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East of Tremeirchion, first BOAT goes south and then the next one East…
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A really green lane!
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Brett and Becky behind us…

Brett’s first video of this ‘lane

And the second ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Start of the second BOAT
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Lovely ‘lane this one…

Here’s Brett’s video of the first bit up to a gate…
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Look at that for a greenlane photo! ๐Ÿ˜‰
That epitomises greenlaning for me, I love the gnarly, tight and scratchy ‘lanes, but I also love the scenic ones too, that’s one photo I’m going to print!
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Approaching the top / end of the ‘lane…

Brett’s video of the second half of the ‘lane.
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This is a ‘lane Alan is currently researching…
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It appears on the Landranger map as black lines so it’s a “path” but not really classified properly, so that’ll be queried with Flintshire’s Rights of Way department before we drive it… The other end appears the same, so it looks driveable, we just need to check the legality of doing so…
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Particularly as it appears as a(n) UCR on the Explorer series maps?…
Lane 7 then…
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Near Brynford (Holywell)
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Another byway…

As Brett’s video shows, it’s much more boggier and rutted than I’ve ever seen it before?

We then drive over the golf course and over a small access bridge over the A55 North Wales coastal expressway, Brett remarks over the CB where are we going, and as you can hear on the video, I just wanted to have a look at the old course of the BOAT as it has been split in two by the A55 road –
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So the bit in the orange oval is the old part of the BOAT

Up the right hand bit and then doubling back to underย  Pen-y-Ball Top, I stopped as I could hear a click from my right front wheel ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And then to the (dead-) end of the ‘lane, where I discovered my wheel nuts were loose?! So a quick lend of Brett’s rattle gun to tighten the remaining ones up, and I retrieved a spare one from my parts box that sits with the tool box under the internal rollcage… Fixed!
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The end of the BOAT, beyond the hedge is the A55 full of traffic…
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Next, “Narrow Lane” which isn’t! Narrow, or a Lane! It’s on the map as a BOAT, but…

… is wide and pot-holed!
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Looking back at the same portion of map again, this is in the bottom middle to the right of the word “Calcoed”, a BOAT?!
Next, a new ‘lane?! This close to home?
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At the red crosshair, planning to drive south-east…

Brett’s video shows us arriving at the potential ‘lane, and me getting out to talk to the adjacent landowner…

And then the next video shows us turning around, and then stopping at the top for a chat. The landowner had said it was too narrow (and rocky?) at the top for vehicles to pass through. As can be heard on the videos we (Alan) did have a letter from Flintshire CC’s RoW dept to say it was a legal vehicular route, but I think Alan had given me the letter and I’d mis-filed (lost!) it… Without it I didn’t want to drive the ‘lane infront of the adjacent landowner… So I’d turned round…
But then, a group of five bikers approached us as we were chatting! So I flagged them down, and it turned out Alan knew the lead motorcyclist from the trials he organises, so we had a good chat, and they too said it was a bit narrow at the top, but bikes regular used it…
So, that confirmed it was a legal right of way, so we drove around to the other end of the ‘lane to have a look, and met the bikers again, coming off the ‘lane, and they again said it was a bit narrow… Hmmmm, but so are our little Jimnys compared to most 4x4s?…
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At the other end, Alan (pictured) and then Brett go for a walk down the whole length of the ‘lane back to where I spoke to the adjacent landowner in the huge tractor…
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So we’re now here at the other end…
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Ummm?! The gates open? Here we go…
The guys have walked it and think we can fit through in our little Jimnys…

As Brett says on his video, it is narrow! Ok for Jimnys though! And best driven at this time of year from the farm in a North-Westerly direction as we did on the video… In the summer we may try it in the other direction when the ground is firmer…
A nice new find Alan! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Lane 11 next then, at Lixwm that appears to be wrongly signed as a footpath, but that sign should be pointing through the field to the right…
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It even looks like a footpath!

Here’s Brett’s video of it…
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Looking back at Brett & Becky
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Another ๐Ÿ™‚
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Passing the end of the bridleway, here –
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In the orange circle looking west, to our right as we come off the ‘lane above…
The next ‘lane was a surprise as it was a yellow C road on the maps but had an “Unsuitable for Motors” sign at the start of it? –
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Here’s Brett’s video of it…
Some C-Road?!
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That’s this stretch of ‘road’.
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Next three ‘lanes then, all UCRs with ORPA dots…

The first “Rhewl”
A quick bit of tarmac and then –

“Pant-y-ffuon”

And then finally “Garneddwen”…
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Next! Another BOAT, here –
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Heading North (so downhill) above Nannerch…

Brett’s video of it ๐Ÿ™‚
One more ‘lane and we’ll stop for lunch Brett ๐Ÿ˜‰
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This one –
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Above Kevin Keegan’s old house…

Up to the top, through the gate, and..
DSCN6628.jpgA spot of lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Next! A nice big long BOAT along the edge of the Clwyd valley…
DSCN6629.jpgLeafy start…
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But it soon opens up to views of the valley to our left…

Hang on? That was enthusiastic waving from a walker / rambler?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Oh my god, what a place to meet… Malcolm Price, my Dad’s old partner in Castle Steel… we stopped for a handshake and a quick catch-up, they’d walked the length of the ‘lane from the car park at the other end near the TV mast… Good to see you Mal’! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

On we go…
Ending up as Brett says, for a blog photo of the scenery with the Jimnys in the foreground –
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Worth the stop though?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

On we go again… to the little car park at the end.
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We then turned east at the car park to go down another ‘lane…

And then looped back to the car park again, to go west…
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Another Byway…

And down the other side…
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Great views on the way down.
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A short run of tarmac through Denbigh, and we’re soon onto our next Byway –

A bit of a stand off at the end, but they move the tractor in the end ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Next ‘lane at Nantglyn…

And…
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… out comes my little cordless chainsaw to chop this into pieces to get it off the ‘lane…

On we go again… until… Hmmm, I can’t drive over this Brett? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Looks a bit big for my cordless chainsaw?
Nope! 36V Bosch gets through it and chops it up into manageable pieces to get it off the ‘lane…

On we go!
Next… Hafod Dafydd! This time, after Alan had seen recent TRF videos on Youtube, it appears the bottom end is now driveable, and not full of slurry as seen previously…

Fantastic ‘lane that!
Last but one coming up then…
On the way there we were overtook by a couple of rally cars, waving as we indicated it was safe for them to pass us.

Gate!

More and more gates! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Our last ‘lane of the day was supposed to be at Rhydgaled, but we decided to give that a miss and head home….. via “Moelfre” as Brett had commented by email when I’d sent him the route “What no Moelfre?”, so we added it on the way home especially for him…
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Top-down today, easterly direction…
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Down passed the badger’s sets humps…

Brett’s video of the first bit…
Pausing to cut up and move a small branch…

Up to the bit where we have to get a wheel on each side and drive over a gulley… Only –
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A tree has fallen…
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And although we’ve cut and removed all the smaller branches, the trunk is too low for us to pass under whilst bridging the gulley, so we’ll have to drive into it with our left wheels…

So I tried to climb the left bank… but then reached for the tree strop…
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After a couple of failed attempts, out comes the spade… to dig the diff out!

Next attempt and after a quick tug she’s free and out…
With many thanks to Brett! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Then Becky’s attempt…

Up first time!… What a woman! ๐Ÿ™‚
And in homage, here’s my video! –

LOL… Well Done Becky! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s closing remarks… ๐Ÿ˜‰
I didn’t mean to spray his windscreen! I was stuck in four wheel drive, and then when it did chunk out I missed a gear, got it into first and ragged it, and (accidently!) sprayed Brett’s Jimny with mud… Whoops!
He is speaking to me again now though! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And another pin in my Landranger 116 map!… The circle is a ten mile radius from my house… There’s still a few more pins to collect though ๐Ÿ˜‰

MANY THANKSย … to Alan for planning, plotting and liaising with the relevant council’s RoW departments, and for navigating and opening all the gates, and clearing trees and winch bitching! Thanks to Brett for videoing, closing gates, and letting Becky drive most of the ‘lanes… And thanks to Becky for showing us up on the last ‘lane “Moelfre” by getting through the gulley first time! And for driving all day, and looking as lovely as ever…!

Another great day! THANKS ALL! ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

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?! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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This is the big step in the middle of the ‘lane / video.
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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…
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Nice photo from Dave-T again ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And an even better view! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Ending with me capturing the sign and Brett’s Jalapeno Jimny with “arm-out-of-the-window” photography ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

On to the end and round the Mercedes at the bottom…
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And back into daylight ๐Ÿ˜‰
DSCN6487.jpgWhoops! Somewhere in there I lost a rear light lense… good job I’ve got a couple of spares in the garage! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Next… back to do Moelfre the other way… downhill…
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Brett’s video begins ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
So we reverse back to winch him out ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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… ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

GLASS Snowdonia Driving Day 02/09/17

Saturday the 2nd of September… Saturday? Hmmm, another Saturday off from the shop then? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ah, but hang on guys, we only just met, so you’re not getting my bacon butty! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Everyone having a good natter!… We’re outnumbered by Land Rovers though ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And Alan and I fell-in behind ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Another

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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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) ๐Ÿ˜‰
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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 thatย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Through the gate and over the little bridge
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Quick photo of the Jimny ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mark and Ted for coming along ๐Ÿ˜‰ , and thanks to Alan for the company, navigating and closing all the gates behind us ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

T&S Groupโ€™s Lakes Weekend โ€“ 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” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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And back down again, it’s a dead-end but a great gentle scenic ‘lane to start the day off ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lane seven is a classic…
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An old tractor buried in the foliage… shame! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ No panicking, just thought and driving skill to get him out, no winching needed, just some intelligent though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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” ๐Ÿ™‚
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Down we go…
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No problems going down, gravity helps! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who’s a pretty Jimny then?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Ending up home at 00:30 !!!
Not a good end to a great weekend’s greenlaning ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ “Public Way”
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Thwarted on the next planned road, so we ‘HAD’ to go back via Garth Row the opposite direction ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
The video ends just where Colin shunted (the other) Gary up the rear bumper on our previous trip… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Made it look easy too ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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My room was in the granny annex just behind my Jimny… Alan and Brett were upstairs over the bar ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of this first ‘lane, including us hunting for the sign… LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Now there’s a view for you! Dropping down into the Clwyd valley… home sweet home ๐Ÿ˜‰
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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? ๐Ÿ™‚
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At the start…