Oldham to Holmfirth 04/06/17

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

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

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

Brett’s YouTube Video – the introduction 😉

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

Brett’s YouTube Video – shows the climb better!

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

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Brett’s YouTube Video – of the descent…

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

DSCN5270Next, over a reservoir dam…

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

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

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

DSCN5273Taking us around and over the top of Mossley…

As in Brett’s YouTube Video 

DSCN5274Along the way, a bit hard to see in the above photo, but two parent birds proudly march their offspring along the pavement and back towards the pond behind the gate…

DSCN5275On we go…

Brett’s YouTube Video – Micklehurst towards Greenfield

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

Brett’s YouTube Video – on towards Tunstead…

DSCN5277And then dropping down…

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As seen in Brett’s YouTube Video

DSCN5279Looking back at ‘my favourite sign’ at the bottom…
And then back on the tarmac, to my amazement, Brett pulled over…

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

DSCN5280And we stopped for breakfast! Brett’s hand showing the size of Steve’s Bun!

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

DSCN5282Next ‘lane. swinging off an A-road…

DSCN5283And climbing up…

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

harropdaleSee how the map suggests the route bends immediately right?

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

DSCN5286So that he could safely winch himself up and then back down the steps behind him…

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

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

DSCN5289A bit tippy!

DSCN5288Alan gets his prehistoric tiltyometer out… 26o

DSCN5290Water damage, or axle twisters 🙂

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

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

DSCN5292Dropping down to the village in the distance…

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On what looks like an old broken up cobbled road…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of the descent…

DSCN5294Odd little ford along the way…

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

DSCN5295And a few photos from my camera…

DSCN5296Following Steve up.

DSCN5297This is it, heading north on the map…

DSCN5299Two reservoirs to our right, we’ll be driving over the dam of the upper one…

DSCN5300A thundery shower broke out…

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

DSCN5301Dropping down a cobbled road again…

Brett’s YouTube Video – down to the dam.

DSCN5302And the rain stops 🙂

DSCN5303Over the dam…

DSCN5304And onto the next ‘lane…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of it, down to the car park and the A-road…

DSCN5305Next ‘lane then?

DSCN5306Oh dear… 54 weeks?!?!

Brett’s YouTube Video – We follow it anyway, upto the actual road closure, and then turn round and take the diversion to get to the other side of the closure…

DSCN5307… and rejoin the route… passing yet another dam.

DSCN5308So we’re now here on the map at the red crosshair, and about to head north, east and then north again along the BOAT and then UCR with ORPA dots.

DSCN5309Left and up then! The chap on the mountain bike followed us up…

DSCN5310Great climb up…

DSCN5311Some nice rock steps along the way…

DSCN5312The mountainbiker is still behind us! Some stamina!

DSCN5313Reaching the top…

DSCN5314And then turning right into a nice axle twister…

DSCN5315Looking back at it…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of up to this bit of the ‘lane…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of Steve and I coming through the axle twister (nice articulation there, pleased with that!)

DSCN5316And then we parked  up for a break and a chat, and the fella on the mountain bike came over for a chat too… It was an amazing bike with electric assistance, should of got a photo of it really! 😦

Brett’s YouTube Video – on we go!…

DSCN5317No through road? Awww…

DSCN5318Ok for Jimnys though! 😉

DSCN5319Holmfirth… heading north on the map… this is apparently where they filmed “Last of the Summer Wine”

Brett’s YouTube Video – of this great little ‘lane… ending up squeezing passed…

DSCN5320… this white van… very tight!

DSCN5321Another no through road, for the average vehicle!

DSCN5322On we go!

Brett’s YouTube Video – of the next ‘lane…

DSCN5323Here, heading north west…

DSCN5324Down we go…

DSCN5325Next, “Meal Hill”

DSCN5326Up we go, Steve just having climbed over the storm drain’s ramp at the bottom…

DSCN5327More nice steps… Brett takes a shunt at it, as he’s leading and we’ve never been here before, he’s working out the lines to drive as he’s going…

DSCN5328Up…

DSCN5329And Up…

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Brett’s YouTube Video – of the ascent of this ‘lane…

DSCN5331Then, we spotted a BOAT that wasn’t on the route, but we were passing close by, and it would be rude not to drive it! 😉

DSCN5332“ByWay” sign as turn in, but it looks graded…

DSCN5333… but only to the entrance to a field… the rest is nice and green!

Brett’s YouTube Video – of it.

DSCN5334And then a looong straight ‘lane.

DSCN5335Bunched up at the beginning of the next one…

DSCN5336Brett says over the CB (on the video below) that it’s a “Jimny ‘lane” meaning it’s nice and tight…

DSCN5337Nice climb!

DSCN5338Old fallen tree being supported by a younger one… nice that! 😉

DSCN5339Nearing the top…

DSCN5340Yup, it certainly is a Jimny ‘lane! We have to squeeze passed a silver one where we come off the ‘lane…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of this fantastic ‘lane…

And that, was the end of the route… It had only taken us about four hours with breakfast and a break or two along the way…
So, we decided to turn round and do most of it backwards! 🙂

DSCN5341Back down the axle twister where we met the electric mountain biker…

DSCN5342Dropping down after it…

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Brett’s YouTube Video – of the descent back down…

DSCN5344Back down the nice gulley…

DSCN5345Tippy!

DSCN5346And I managed to ground out on my diff, but slipped it into low and switched the ARB air locker on and managed to get off with my own steam…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of the descent…

DSCN5347Lined up for another quick break in front of yet another reservoir.

DSCN5348Down we go, from whence we came…

DSCN5349Back through the water damage…

DSCN5350Towards where Brett had winched earlier…

DSCN5351Getting tippy again…

DSCN5352To you Alan!

DSCN5353And back down the rock steps…

DSCN5354Nose down, here we go…

DSCN5355And back to the tarmac of the A-road…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of it! 😉

DSCN5357Back up another…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of up where we’d been down earlier…

DSCN5358And then, back onto the first ‘lane of the day, now the last ‘lane of the day…

DSCN5359Back to the end of the residential street?!

DSCN5360DSCN5362And back up the concrete step from the stream…

Brett’s YouTube Video – of the last ‘lane of the day…

 

and then his closing comments…

Indeed, another excellent day’s greenlaning! Really needed that, it’s been a while since we’ve been out, and a small group again as we’ve all got busy lives…!

MANY THANKS to Brett for once again organising, liasing, checking, plotting, leading, video’ing….!

Thanks to Steve from coming all the way up from Bishop’s Stortford, just above London (!) to join us for the day! Star * !

And, of course, thanks to my ‘laning buddy Alan for navigating, closing gates, and keeping me company, awake, and for buying me breakfast!!!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Oldham to Holmfirth 04/06/17

  1. You people are wrecking these beautiful lanes which we have in the Pennines and you need stopping. For any pedestrian on the narrow lanes you have driven along your presence is intimidating. Why don’t you just walk along them?…..you might even see some wildlife that will normally have fled when you are ‘greenlaning’.

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    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for the comment, I will always post comments left rather than filtering them, and will try and answer them in a polite reasoned manner…

      You’ve basically said in your post what I would answer to that, the greenlanes we drive are roads, either UnClassified County Roads (UCRs) or ByWays Open to ALL Traffic (BOATs), as a walker in the Pennines you have access to hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways, we choose to drive the much smaller percentage of legal Rights of Ways that are available to us, and research them very carefully before venturing out and blogging our little groups responsible use of these routes, so why do walkers / ramblers then choose to walk down the middle of these ‘roads’, and then get upset when they come across vehicles coming down that road? You wouldn’t walk down the middle of the M6 motorway and then be surprised to meet vehicles on it…

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