Lakes Weekend #1 – Scenic Group

 

Day One – Saturday 01/07/17

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

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

And then up to the point where we stopped for the photos belowDSCN5565.jpgStopped for a photo ‘op… all the Jimnys lined up 😉 DSCN5567.jpg
From the other side… nice view!
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On we go…

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

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

And the view from his Jimny coming back down…

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

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

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

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

Riccy’s two videos over Oxen Fell

Riccy crawling up with both air lockers engaged 🙂

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

Day Two – Sunday 02/07/17

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

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

Riccy’s video of the bump and the aftermath!
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Pulled over for a group of Landys going the other way… they must have had fun getting up those Z-bends?!
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Up and back down Sadgill then?
But Gary’s feeling queezy with a belly full of fried food (on top of beer!) so elects to have a rest at the bottom, so I’m delegated to leader…
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Nice view to my right looking back down…
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Colin behind 😉
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Walker and Waterfall.
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At the first gate watching Riccy and Joel coming up…
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Lovely little bridge after the gate…
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Not sure if you can make them out on the horizon, but a lucky group of Landys must have got a pass to come down… read on…
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At the locked gate… you need a combination to come through – downwards only for 4x4s – after getting a pass from the council…
Down we go then… about turn!
DSCN5673.jpgNice view of the waterfall from my window on the way down…
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Nice “arm out of the window” photo catching the others behind…
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Stunning!
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Riccy’s video of the journey down…
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Back down to the bottom, and Gary’s got the kettle on! 🙂
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Breasthigh Road next then! 🙂
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Just off the blind bend…
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Awesome!
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Barrowdale Ford to get onto the ‘lane…
DSCN5684.jpgAgain, Gary waited at the bottom for us, so I lead again…
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Riccy coming up behind…
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Lined up beyond the gate…
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Long crunchy climb up…
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Looking back at the guys behind, and the A6 in the distance…
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Gary’s down there somewhere? Sat in his chair enjoying the views in the sun…
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Over the top…
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And down the other side…
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I stopped before the storm drain with it’s raised kerb edging on the top, and let the others decide if they wanted to go over it or not…

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

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

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

Awesome that Colin! 😉

2 thoughts on “Lakes Weekend #1 – Scenic Group

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