North Wales 17/09/17

Sunday the 17th of September, and a small contingency from “our little group” had arranged to meet up and drive some (favourite) ‘lanes that our- Alan had plotted for us…
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We arranged to meet at the Whistle-Stop cafe on Rhuddlan’s HTM Industrial Estate for breakfast at 8:15am, as they open at 8:00am.
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From left to right then… errr, Me & Alan in the blue S200KYS and Brett and Dave-T “the Handyman” in the green Jalapeno…

Brett’s customary introductory video… Yup, just the two of us today?! 😦
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As Brett said at the end of his video, the first ‘lane of the day is “Moelfre”
Alan goes to open the gate…

Then, as you can see in Brett’s video above, Dave-T comes to help, and I pop my head out to remind Alan he’ll have to get in, or walk up the field! LOL
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In the middle of the tunnel of bushes we spy a small sign tied to a cut back bush…
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“This roadway has been cleared by volunteers from North Wales Trail Riders Fellowship” – Good on you boys! The TRF is the motorcycle-bound version of our GLASS – the Green Laning ASSociation…
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Nice photo from Dave-t showing us pushing through the bushes at the end of the tunnel… I remark to Alan that it’s a lot different leading for once (Brett usually gets the honour) as all we can see is a wall of foilage, it’s better being behind when it’s been flattened! πŸ˜‰

Carrying on… a very short video before we’re through the gate and out for a look at…
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… the usual little trickle of a stream now in full flood…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane…
You can hear Dave-T ask where the mounds of earth came from, it’s actually a Badger’s set on the right of the ‘lane, and the little black-and-white buggers have thrown all the earth out to make their tunnels / house πŸ˜‰
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Supplementing the video… Dave-T catches us bridging the washed out bit… Remember but Brett says about it being “more interesting coming the other way”, as we were coming back via this ‘lane the other way on the way home later… πŸ˜‰
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This is the big step in the middle of the ‘lane / video.
DSCN6389.jpgNext couple of ‘lanes then… here on the right…
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Nice and overgrown…

Brett’s Video of it, and then onto the start of Pant-Idda
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Dave-T captures us sneaking around a tree stump to get onto the ‘lane proper…
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My favourite bit of the ‘lane! It’s like a steep sided trough with a muddy bottom…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane…
Again some stills highlights of the video –
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This is all we could some from the front! Bushes!
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All you can do is aim for the middle! πŸ˜‰
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Yup, that’s the ‘lane straight ahead!
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The gate at the end of the ‘lane is somewhere level with those trees… keep on pushing forward!
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Alan heads down the middle to open the gate…
Back on the tarmac and it sounds like we have a problem 😦
There was a grating noise as we drove along… So I disappeared underneath for a look…
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Thanks to Brett for these next four photos!
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And found the cause of the noise! A bit of wood stuck underneath the front! So we carried on…
BUT!… The propshaft or transfer box were still making a noise… and it got worse when I pushed the transfer stick left 😦
Bugger, I thought the transfer box had gone… so I disappeared underneath for a look…
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On my rubber mat I keep inside the rear door this time…
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Aha! What’s this?…
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Sigh of relief! It’s “just” some thick metal wire wrapped around the intermediary prop between the gearbox and transfer box –
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A pair of snips from Brett and we’re soon back on the road again…
DSCN6409.jpgWhat we call “cow-lane” after meeting a few stray cows down here once…

Brett’s video of us leaving the tarmac…
Today though, it’s…
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“Sheep Lane”! LOL… and as usual the Flossies run straight ahead, albeit this time they didn’t really have anywhere else to go…!

Still following the sheep on Brett’s Video until…
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A low slung branch is down…
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So out comes the trusty cordless Bosch chainsaw, whisper quiet so it doesn’t attract unwanted attention! πŸ˜‰

Just like that!

Up towards the end of the ‘lane…

Still following the sheep!
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Until at the end of the ‘lane, where the above gate was open, Alan and Brett managed to usher them into the side and then drive them back down the ‘lane, and shut the gate behind them to keep them safe… they’d hopefully wander down and rejoin the flock…
Next!
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One dot / Stumpy ‘lane…

Down…

And back up again…
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Brett filming us, and Dave-T driving his Jalapeno…
Next…
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“Hendre”

Up!

And then back down again…
I wonder where we’re going next then?…
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“Henryd”!!!
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Through the tight gate at the bottom…

After several attempts…
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…out comes the winch rope… Shame! It’s been ages since we’ve had to winch up Henryd 😦
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Nice photo from Dave-T again πŸ˜‰
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Tree strop and…
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Up she comes!…
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Up and get the winch rope off the tree strop and spool it back in…
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It’s got a lot rougher than when we were last here (making excuses now!)
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Looking back at the lower bit and the corner…
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Brett next then?

And a few goes he too…
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Spools the winch out…
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And up comes Jalapeno too…!

Up the rest and through the midway gate.

And up to the church at the top!
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Again some still highlights from Dave-T this time-
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Through the tiny midway gate…
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Nice photo of the church in the middle of nowhere Dave πŸ˜‰
davethenryd14.jpgAnd the view from the top πŸ™‚
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And an even better view! πŸ˜‰
And then, what goes up, must come down…

I got a quite tidy line – for once – and took one shunt to get round…
Brett however managed to get a bit tippy, his back nearside wheel was in the air, so wisely he called for a winch…
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Out goes my rear winch line…
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And up to a snatch block around a big tree…
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To haul Brett back up round the corner, then together communicating over the CBs we shunted him back and forward a few times until he safely got round and down the corner…
“Henryd” – it’s a love / hate relationship πŸ˜‰
Kiss the tarmac at the bottom and on we go…
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Down above Eglwysbach
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Awkward one this, as this gate is at the bottom of someone’s garden!

Beyond the gate is the start of Brett’s first video of the descent…
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Nice view from this point…
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On we go…

Brett’s video of the middle bit…

And to the end of the ‘lane…
Next!…
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“Pennant”
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Where the chain we’d cut off some years ago (with permission / instruction from Conwy’s Right of Way officers who warned us the landowner might lock the gate) still hangs loose on the post…

A couple of minutes in I stopped as I was hugging the bank on the right as I couldn’t see anything but the bushes over the windscreen, so I needed to be as close as possible to the bank on the right, but I ended going up it and we ended up at a precarious angle, so we had to reverse down and correct our way forward…
Some stills from the way down –
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You can see my camera pop out of the window on the video to capture the guys behind us, just after we emerged from the bushes…
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Where the wall of rock is to the side of us…
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LOL, aim for the middle again πŸ˜‰
Next over to above Llanwrst –

“T&S” – Tight and Scratchy!
Next… “Gwinger” –
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Haven’t done this one for three years, Alan remarked it was one we did the first day he came with me…

Brett’s Video of it…
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My only photo of it…
Parking and panoramic viewing point on the way to the next ‘lane –
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Bit of glare there!
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Worth stopping for the view πŸ™‚
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“Hafotty Fawr” a little UCR with ORPA dots on the map…

But as Brett’s video shows, well worth the drive, particularly as it’s on the way…
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Looking back at the guys behind us…
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Next ‘lane…
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Nice signage!

Brett’s video of the first half of the ‘lane…

And then the second half πŸ˜‰
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Ending with me capturing the sign and Brett’s Jalapeno Jimny with “arm-out-of-the-window” photography πŸ˜‰
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Next we went to visit the ford near Llangernyw…
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But we decided on past experience / knowledge of the depth of it, it wasn’t worth the risk today!
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Our next intended ‘lane was the ford to the left of the words Mynydd y Gyrt on the map above, but what we tend to refer to as Bryn Aled (nearest place on the map tends to be how we refer to a ‘lane)
BUT… as a member of the Facebook “St. Asaph Flood Awareness” Group, I knew a lady that had posted that she had never seen the river so high in the area, so we went over the bridge at Bryn Rhyd-yr-Arian to look down on the river to gauge it’s depth and flow…
We decided it probably wasn’t a good idea, as the ford was at the bottom of a long slope down the valley wall, and once down there we would be pretty much committed to fording the river, or winching back up the valley for ages…
So, we decided to drive along the BOAT along the banks of the river –
DSCN6478.jpgΒ A bit soggy today!
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After one of the gates…
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Another photo from Dave-T of the other three of us staring at the river and pondering…
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On we go…
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Passing the end of the ford ‘lane we stopped for a look and found the end where it meets the tarmac stringed-off with orange farmer’s twine?!
Ah well, not for today anyway, so on we go to the next ‘lane… another favourite –
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“Bont-y-Gwyddel” a nice long tight and scratchy ‘lane πŸ˜‰
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Little gate at the start, and it just gets narrower after that…!

Brett’s Video of the first half… Five minutes in you can see them hit something?! Ouch! We then stop later at a small clearing to patch Dave-T’s hand up where he smacked into Brett’s iPad when they had the bump! 😦

On to the end and round the Mercedes at the bottom…
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And back into daylight πŸ˜‰
DSCN6487.jpgWhoops! Somewhere in there I lost a rear light lense… good job I’ve got a couple of spares in the garage! πŸ™‚
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Next… back to do Moelfre the other way… downhill…
DSCN6488.jpgLots of standing water as we re-enter the ‘lane… Which is were –

Brett’s video begins πŸ˜‰
Passed the badger sets at 1:30 into the video…
Down the big step at 2:30 in…
And then at 3:00 in I bridge the washed out bit…
At 3:20 Brett slips into it 😦
So we reverse back to winch him out πŸ™‚
But all that happens is that I winch my own Jimny back towards Brett’s…!
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Brett’s position…
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So we rig up Brett’s winch to a sturdy tree, and… then back to the video –

A quick tug at the end and they’re out!…

LOL… Collecting a big tree branch as we go!!!
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At the end we pull over to let Brett go first for the video πŸ˜‰
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We didn’t see the gate on the ground in the morning, so on the way back after spotting it we re-erected it as best we could…
And, that was about it… I needed to be home reasonable as we were going out for a family meal to celebrate our youngest daughter’s 19th (!) birthday… Just a couple more little ‘lanes on the way back to St. Asaph…

A white UCR off Glascoed Road.

And then down the ‘lane at Groessffordd Marli – Brett’s welsh pronunciation is getting better! πŸ˜‰

Brett’s closing remarks…
And mine… Yup, a great day, in a way it was a shame there was only the four of us in two vehicles, but on the flip side it made for a good day’s adventure, plenty of team work navigating the ‘lanes, cutting back branches, winching… and all on some of our favourite tight and scratchy ‘lanes… I can only think that some of the others didn’t want to come for that reason? But I, and Brett, built our Jimnys for this type of greenlaning, we don’t mind pushing through the bushes, the odd scratch or dent, that’s what the vehicles are there for, a great day out with mates…
THANKS! to Alan for plotting the route, navigating, opening all the gates, winch-bitching when needed, and keeping me company and awake with chit-chat and banter! Thanks to Brett and Dave-T for closing all the gates, filming and narrating the videos, getting stuck and rescued, crashing into trees?!, and generally having a good laugh and sharing a great days greenlaning, I personally think it was one of the best we’ve had for a while, all the elements of a great day! Cheers, see you on the next trip / blog, as Brett said on his video Sunday the 22nd of October when we return to the Lake District for the day to drive some of the best ‘lanes it offers… Until then, we’ve got some repairs and maintenance to do… πŸ˜‰


 

One thought on “North Wales 17/09/17

  1. An absolutely brilliant day, it was raining (ok pissing it down) at the start of the day, but when the rained stopped the Sun made some brief appearances and we even managed to take our wet gear off. As described in the Blog, all the river crossing were deemed too dangerous to attempt (better safe than sorry, just for getting wet). Henryd was at its worst, and both awkward bends proved difficult for me today – Dave has a slightly better turning circle as he has slightly smaller tyres (maybe 29’s where I am 32’s) and mine catch on the inside/upper chassis rails.

    So, our next Laning trip is Lakes Day Trip -up early as we’re meeting at M6 J41 at 8:30am and it’s around a 2.5hr drive for me and Dave, but starting at J41 means we get to do Borrans Hill, Petterillgreen Cotts, and Newbiggin (aka Bumpy Lane)

    IISTSOY?

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