Greenlaning Locally 19/07/17

A “Wednesday Wander”….

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

Brett’s now customary Introductory Video πŸ˜‰
The first was a little used yellow road that goes over a bridge over the A55 –
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… it wasn’t very visible! LOL
DSCN5814.JPGUp the yellow…
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And over the single lane bridge, which seemed to have been built to allow access to one house when the A55 was originally built?!
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Looking west down the A55 to the Burger King on the brow of the hill… I’ve driven under this bridge hundreds of times and often wondered where it went… nowhere much! πŸ˜‰

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brett’s YouTube Video up to the gate…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brett’s YouTube Video of it πŸ˜‰

Brett’s closing remarks…

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


 

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