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” 😉
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 😉
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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?! 😉
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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 😉

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 🙂
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And back down again, it’s a dead-end but a great gentle scenic ‘lane to start the day off 😉
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 😉

Lane seven is a classic…
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An old tractor buried in the foliage… shame! 😦
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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! 😉

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! 😉 No panicking, just thought and driving skill to get him out, no winching needed, just some intelligent though! 😉

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” 🙂
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Down we go…
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No problems going down, gravity helps! 😉
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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 😉 Who’s a pretty Jimny then?! 😉
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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 🙂

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! 😉

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 😉
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! 🙂

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 🙂
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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?! 😉
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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? 😉

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… 😦
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 😦
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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 😉

So, a great weekends greenlaning!

One thought on “T&S Group’s Lakes Weekend – Sunday 30/07/17

  1. A great Day2 of our LDW (Lake District Weekend) – shame about my two front Bearings, but hey ho these have lasted around 2yrs, so maybe 25 trips!!

    20tjh August is Lleyn Peninsula, North Wales – can’t wait 🙂

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