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 –
(The Lleyn Peninsula is the pointy out bit at the north west end of Wales, below Anglesey) πŸ˜‰
We arranged to meet up at Trawsfynydd’s Visitor Centre for breakfast as they open at 8am…
A cracking view met us we came down the steps…
Inside, we ordered breakfast and sat with another fantastic view out of the window –
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…
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.
The first lane of the day is just east of the breakfast venue, perfect planning by our Brett as usual! πŸ˜‰
On our way…
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…
Small lake to our left…
Off the slate and onto the byway…
Dropping down…

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

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

That the route is impassable by anything but a two wheeled vehicle…
I ran forward to get these photos –
About turn again then? πŸ˜‰
The next was another one that was hard to find the start of from the map…
DSCN6218.jpgBut when we did find it, we were rewarded with a nice climb up as you can see in Brett’s video –

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…
South West on the map, a UCR with ORPA dots…
Hmmm, I only took one photo?

But here’s Brett’s YouTube Video of it…!
Heading to Criccieth and then south onto thatΒ dead-end ‘lane…
Gathered for a spot of lunch, Ted having a run round πŸ˜‰

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whoops, getting lost…

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

Passed the mobile masts –
And back to the road again as in the video above.
The next ‘lane (We came at it from the south east)
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…
Byway sign
And it is indeed a BOAT so this should be passable?!
Just about! πŸ˜‰

You can here some discussion about where we were on the video above, because –
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…
Back to the coast… approaching Nefyn.
A lane below Dinas.
A bit of grief at the start of the ‘lane as we had to ask a homeowner to move her car, and then her daughter took photos of us from the doorway of their house 😦

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

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

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

Part One up to a battery change πŸ˜‰

Part Two…

Lane 13 of the day… there was another car blocking the right of way –
DSCN6265.jpg…but it looked a bit too tight anyway, so we turned around and went back the way we came again…
Whoops, caught on video, me doing a twenty-seven point turn in a tight ‘lane!
And then Brett calls out over the CB Radio to “Take us home Dave”…
So we switch from MemoryMap on the iPad to the TomTom SatNav App with Homer Simpson’s voice directing us home…

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


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

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

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

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

“Albyfield”, the second ‘lane of the day…
Some of my photos from this ‘lane –
Brett about to open the gate, and Alan’s almost there to shut it after us…
Very green lane! Doesn’t look to get much use…
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…
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?!
Onto lane three then…

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

Lane four… “Dale”

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

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

Lane seven is a classic…
An old tractor buried in the foliage… shame! 😦
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…
Following Riccy…
Down into and back up the other bank of the stream, but then, in the woods…
Riccy grounds out (235/75/15 tyres, where as Brett’s on 32″s and I’m on 31″s), and reverses back a couple of times to try and get a different line, he thinks about going back and round, but then gives it more thought, picks the correct line for his Jimny (size of tyres but twin ARB air lockers!) and soon gets up! πŸ˜‰

Carrying on in Part Two of Brett’s YouTube Video…
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…
Up and out into the distance following Brett, as we closed the gate at the top…
Driven like a pro’ Riccy! πŸ˜‰ No panicking, just thought and driving skill to get him out, no winching needed, just some intelligent though! πŸ˜‰

Part three, the end of the ‘lane from Brett’s perspective…
As you’ll hear in Brett’s video below, the BIG blue sign says

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

Lane ten, back down “Petterillgreen Cotts” πŸ™‚
Down we go…
No problems going down, gravity helps! πŸ˜‰
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)…
Gathered in a layby on the A6 heading south, for a quick drink / snack / chat…
Skirting Ulswater on the way…
And then heading north-west…
On the way… we meet a farmer on a quad with a sheepdog herding a few (stray?) sheep, back to where they should be?!
Arriving at our intended destination, the next ‘lane, number eleven, the Old Coach Road
Quick chat before the off…

Brett’s first video…
Stopped for a photo opportunity along the way πŸ˜‰ Who’s a pretty Jimny then?! πŸ˜‰
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…
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.
The sky looks a bit dark, but we manage to miss the rain all day! As Brett booked the weather πŸ™‚

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

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

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

Carrying on…

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

And Brett’s up the nice rocky climb, without running any kids over πŸ˜‰
But, behind…
Riccy kept grounding on the rocks, so we pulled him back with the front winch…
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…!
Riccy safely behind us incase he needed another tug, but he was fine! πŸ™‚

And down to the end, the T-junction that leads to UCR5003!
Riccy behind us coming down the bedrock at the end πŸ™‚
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…!
Snug there Riccy?! πŸ˜‰
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 –


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

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

Over the rocks…

Then Brett…

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

So we discuss the symptoms?

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

Further down, dropping down some rock steps…

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

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

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

So, a great weekends greenlaning!

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

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

Our route over the two days –
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 –
routeday1.jpgSo here we go then! πŸ˜‰

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 –
As is customary – from left to right – Riccy and Joel, Gary (Flanagan, not Wrench), Alan and I, Brett, so we started with the usual chat and admiring of each other’s vehicles! πŸ˜‰
Ready for the off?!

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

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

Lane two then? –

“Dove House Farm” down this year, so turning off the A65 with us warning the vehicles behind us with hazard lights on as the others pull in… Luckily the landowner’s car isn’t blocking the end of the ‘lane! πŸ˜‰
Some stills from my camera too –
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 –
And out the other end…
On tarmac for a bit, passing Milnthorpe Sands.
Turning inland again…

And onto lane four, Hazelslack – sticking the passengers into the bushes! Screach!!!
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 –
Gary disappearing in front of us (Riccy and Joel – wisely! – decided to sit this one out)

Lane ten “Town Yeat” back up again… even more mental?! LOL

Lane eleven “Underbarrow”
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…
Bunched up after shutting a gate behind us…
Catching up after another gate…
And then gathered up at the end of the ‘lane have a very rare stop / chat / drink…

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

Lane fourteen “Stile End”

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

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

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)
Where I replaced my shock-bolt at the top after driving the next ‘lane…
“Breast High Road” – you can see it snaking up in-front of us…

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

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

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

Gary and I coming down behind Brett…

Brett coming back up, filmed by Gary…

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

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

Lane 24 then? “Rosgill to Sweetholme”

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

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

Ricky and then Gary…

And then Alan and I… LOL

Carrying on…!
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!
Down the railway sleeper, and through the river…
As you can see in this series of videos –

And finally, Brett coming back over…

Raughton Head Hill 1

And 2…

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