GLASS Snowdonia Driving Day 02/09/17

Saturday the 2nd of September… Saturday? Hmmm, another Saturday off from the shop then? πŸ˜‰
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A GLASS (Greenlaning Association) Driving Day in Snowdonia. So I set the shop up in the morning, and then left my wife and youngest daughter Bethan in charge, and left at 7:30am when my mate, regular passenger, navigator, Alan arrived… We then made our way over to the Rhug Estate just west of Corwen where we’d arranged to meet Brett –
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A quick fuel stop along the way and then we were on our way to meet the others in the Coed-Y-Brenin forest…

Brett’s customary opening comments πŸ˜‰
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Stunning views along the way, and it looks like being a lovely day weather-wise too!
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Looks like we’re here?! πŸ˜‰

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At our base for the day…
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“Meet and Greet” first, where we all have a chat and get acquainted… A couple of nice little dogs in attendance, including “Tripod”, as he’d lost a back leg, but still managed to get around just fine… But, when he wants a scratch he has to lie on his back and use his one good leg to have an itch… Ah bless him! So I gave him a hand and scratched the side he couldn’t reach… So I gained a friend for the day! πŸ™‚
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Ah, but hang on guys, we only just met, so you’re not getting my bacon butty! πŸ˜‰
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Everyone having a good natter!… We’re outnumbered by Land Rovers though πŸ˜‰
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Display board of the proposed one-way system around the ‘lanes from Betws-Y-Coed over to Dolwyddelan (and the castle) and then (back) over to Capel Curig… that’s the way we tend to do it anyway, so ney-bother there… πŸ˜‰
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Some discussion over the Ford we’re overlooking, which features on the Wet Roads website –
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I thought it looked familiar! Wet Roads is a great resource for all the fords in the UK.
Anyway… having had a good chat and a bacon butty, a couple of cups of tea, it was time for the off… We grouped up with Mark and Ted from our last blog of the Lleyn Peninsula, Mark’s father-in-law Ian in an equally well equipped Discovery, and our leader Tom in his huge red 90″ Land Rover…
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Alan and I at the rear as usual on gate duty… Tom leading, Brett second, Mark and Ted and Ian in front of us…
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Heading North up through the forest (west of where we started from our base for the day – you can just make out the red tracer line of our journey), we thought we maybe driving a Total OffRoad route we’d done in the area previously…?
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Our impressive little convoy… Alan and I had a chat that it was strange we were a group of five (which we use as our maximum number of vehicles) when GLASS say four, and indeed had previously said they wouldn’t feature photos from our blogs as they showed five vehicles ‘laning together? Go figure? πŸ˜‰

DSCN6284.jpgCouncil Road” signage? Not seen that before?
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Over a stone bridge high over a river’s gulley…
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… and then sharp left and upwards…
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Crossing forestry roads and back on the trail…
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Out to the edge of the forest and heading up to a property in the middle of nowhere –
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Carefully passed the house (tight corner)…
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… and out passed the property owner’s Jimny – not before she gave us a lecture about shutting the gate! – she’ll be needing that Jimny in the winter! πŸ˜‰
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Stunning views along the way…
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Lots of logging going on.
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Nice sweeping bend catches the others and the nice stream…
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More stunning views…
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I held back to get this great photo…
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Ian’s Disco’
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Hmmm, we’ve been here before, but thought it was impassable?…
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We walked it…
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Looking back at Tom’s Ninety…
A couple of local farm lads turned up looking for a missing dog, and said it was legal but we’d just get stuck and make a mess of the land, my thoughts exactly…
So we turned round and went around to carry on with the route…
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Through Forest trails…
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Inquisitive Welsh Blacks on the way back to our base…
Whilst eating burgers (I had three!) we were again discussing the ford in-front of us… There was a log across the entrance to it, which I assumed to be a deliberate blockage, but we were assured it had washed down and landed there…
So burgers and tea devoured…
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Brett positioned his Jimny, and the guys slung a strop around the tree…
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So that Brett could access the ford just downstream of the weir… I shouted from the bank that he shouldn’t go alone though πŸ˜‰
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And Alan and I fell-in behind πŸ˜‰

Brett’s YouTube Video of the crossing both ways…
We then had a map briefing for the afternoon’s route, and we set of as a foursome of Alan and I, Brett, Mark and Ted and Ian in the two Discovery’s…
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Alan and I leading, plotting as we went from the quick pencil arrows on our map…
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First bit then, up north and then west a bit and then south down the other leg…
DSCN6313.jpgLeaving the tarmac C-road…
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Nice little used route?
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Up to the gate, where… as we were a bit ahead, I climbed onto the waffle boards on the roof to get this photo looking back to the estuary behind us…

Brett’s YouTube Video, where you can see me stood on the roof with the camera…
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Through the gate and on we go…

Short video there from Brett…

On we go!
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Up to the gates at the top, where we head south again…
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More great views…
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From Brett’s camera for a change πŸ˜‰
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Another

As we come back down again…
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The estuary on our left as we come down…
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Next ‘lane then!
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Narrow road!

Brett’s Video shows how narrow it was, especially following a Disco’!
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We were well ahead of the others (Disco’s) by now so stopped and I ran to the headland to get the above photo…
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It was quite tight in a Jimny, nevermind a Disco’!
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With a tight outcrop of wall on the right and a fantastic view to our left, we stopped to wait for the others to catch up, and as you can here at the end of…

Brett’s YouTube Video, for a photo opportunity –
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Brett’s view…
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And looking back at his Jalapeno πŸ˜‰
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And at the headland and Barmouth bay…
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And my view of the four of us…
On we go…
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The gates are getting narrower? We had to take this one off it’s hinges to get the Disco’s through…

As you can see on Brett’s YouTube Video!
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To the next gate…

Again in Brett’s YouTube Video…

More narrow ‘lane until we get to the next gate, where it’s clear…
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We even tried the other Disco (without wheel spacers) –

But that wasn’t going either!

So about face we go!…
Nice comment from Brett that we’re “a group of four and not two groups of two” πŸ˜‰
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Down we go…
We resolve to go back as a group of Jimnys and get through the whole ‘lane…
(We were here about ten years ago and got stuck for around six hours at the end of the ‘lane, so we’re keen to go back and conquer it!)
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Barmouth railway crossing in the distance…
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Next a BOAT out of Tal-y-bont…
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The one photo I took… Luckily…

Brett took a video! πŸ™‚
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Last ‘lane of the day then! North East and then North West, just above the previous ‘lane…
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Turning North West where the two ‘lanes meet…
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It started as marsh grass…
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In this series of photos from Brett’s camera…
And then his video –

and it just kept getting got worse as we went along…
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And ended up as a bit of a swamp…!

Brett’s closing remarks…
Indeed, a good day’s ‘laning, just a shame we had to about-face on a few ‘lanes that the GLASS Rep’ thought would be do’able?


 

One thought on “GLASS Snowdonia Driving Day 02/09/17

  1. A great day out with GLASS – and maybe we should attend as many meetings as we can to promote our Jimny group, and that GLASS isnt just for Land Rovers. Many Thanks to Dafed Taylor for organising this. It was a real shame that there must be hundreds of GLASS Members in the North West and there was only mabye a dozen turned up. Thanks to Tom in his RED 90 for leading in the morning, who claimed he had driven Hendry up and down (but he didnt want to come with us on our next trip there, on 17th September. We have three spaces up for grabs if anyone wants to 4×4 in the Tight and Scratchy lanes of North Wales, to include the now infmour Henryd (we prefer you to have a winch – probably not use it, but Henryd changes every trip we do).

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