Lake District Day Trip 10/12/17

Sunday the 10th of December 2017, and we’d arranged to meet up in the Lake District just south of Carlisle to drive the best ‘lanes all in one day…
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As usual, Brett had plotted the route and sent it out to us all so we could follow it on our iPads.
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We’d arranged to meet up at 9:30am, so that meant a 6:15am start for me and Al….. errr, hang on? Where’s my faithful companion / gate boy / winch bitch / navigator / long term ‘laning buddy… Ah, bother! Last minute he couldn’t make it, so I had to go it alone…
The silence was deafening! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s introductory video, he’s also riding with Billy (no-mates) today!
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We met the others in the small hamlet of Welton, close to our first ‘lane of the day…
Left to Right, as is customary, Me & Billy in the blue S200KYS Jimny, Riccy & Billy in the J999MNY Jimny, Brett & Billy in the green Jalapeno Jimny, Gary & Billy in the silver Jimny with a black bonnet and Phil and Rob in the big FUN Jimny… At least one of the group has a friend to come with them… the rest of us are with Billy… LOL
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First ‘lane of the day then?… just to the right on the map above, Borran’s Hill Ford…

And Brett’s second introductory video as we head for the ford, Brett reiterating the lack of friends today, and the fact that Phil and Rob are at the back as there’s two of them, so Rob us on gate-shutting duty today ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s video down to the ford…
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Here’s the ford, the exit is up a railway sleeper at the top of the opposite bank with a sharp right turn onto the lane in the distance…
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Brett leading the way…

Brett’s video of the crossing, and onto the lane and leaving enough room for the rest of us to line up behind him…

Me next…

Riccy
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My photo of him coming through…
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And up the bank…

Gary next
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And then…

Phil and Rob…
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There’s the FUN reference…
On to ‘lane to then… “Petterilgreen Cotts” just up the road…

Brett’s video of the first bit… up to calling for the chainsaw to trim a fallen tree back a bit…
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Trimmed!
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And back to the Jimnys…

And on we go…
To the top where we meet some pheasant breeders coming the other way, so we reverse back to allow them access to their pens…
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On our route we were intending to come back down this ‘lane, but we thought it wise to give it a miss today.
Lane Three then… Barrow Mill Ford –
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ROAD UNSUITABLE FOR VEHICLES BEYOND FARM DEEP FORD
First though…

… we have to wait for the flossies to cross the narrow bridge! They take some convincing (sheep aren’t known for being bright!), as when they see the shimmering water they apparently think they’re heading for the yucky sheepdip, so they all back up! LOL
Nice deep ford though, worth the little wait, and it’s amusing watching the sheep file across the bridge!
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Phil and Rob last, they weren’t on Brett’s video as they were surrounded by sheeps and couldn’t move!

Lane four – Pallet Hill
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Here on the map…

And then onto ‘lane five ‘Newbiggin’… the shaky ‘lane!
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And in this spectacular photo (if I do say so myself!) you can see why, the field seems to have been deliberately ploughed / tilled to shake any vehicles around…

Phil & Rob getting a shaking! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The rest of the ‘lane after the bumpy bit…
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A little bit of scenic tarmac along the way to our next ‘lane, along the side of Ullswater ๐Ÿ™‚
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And then rising up to the start of… the Old Coach Road
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This beast was in the car park, a modified Toyota RAV4… nice!
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Just enough time to make a brew before we’re soon off again…
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Passed a working party from GLASS (The Green Lane Association) of which most of us are members…

And we rejoin Brett’s videos ๐Ÿ˜‰

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As Brett says, stunning scenery!
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And somewhere along here Rob captured this stunning photo too ๐Ÿ™‚
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And the Jimnys!
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A better angle from Gary’s camera ๐Ÿ˜‰

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To the gateway where some other volunteers are repairing the gate

Passed some wild ponies, and you can see that from passed the gate we’re the first ones up here today, as Brett’s Jimny becomes an ice-breaker… This video goes up to the start of the washed out are, so he gets out for a look…

You can see at the start of the video above that Rob was videoing, this isn’t on YouTube (yet?) for me to link into the blog, but I did take a couple of screen grabs from it –
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This one surprised me, as I was worried my new springs were a bit stiff?! No worries there! Chuffed with that articulation!
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Oooh, that looks almost tippy there though! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Carrying on, and it’s getting more and more washed out…DSCN6914.jpg
Up round this bit…
Downhill to the gate it looks worse still, so we get out for a look…
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Nice place to park though! ๐Ÿ™‚
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rob7.jpgThe others behind me…
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It was a job getting out of the door! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Ahhh!…
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The power of nature is amazing, what a flow of water can do?!
Walking back up to the Jimnys…
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Brett demonstrates how deep those troughs really are!

Only one way down then… ably guided by our-Rob we have to edge around the worst bit…

My turn…

Riccy…

Then Phil…

Then down the snow filled ruts of others before us, through the gate, and then…
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… finally, towards the end of the Old Coach Road…
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Until…
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Riccy behind me shouted on the CB that my shock had come astray… again! This happened last trip but the top mount sheared off the chassis, this trip the temporary bolt I fitted through the shock repositioner sheared, so a ‘quick’ fix on the trail –
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Some time wasted, but once again I managed to make a temporary repair and keep it going for the rest of the day…
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Back onto tarmac, and varying the route slightly from the planned one, we’re off along Coniston Water… to drive up Higher Nibthwaite –

Brett’s video of the first bit…
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Awesome view along the way…

The first climbs up…
That’s me honking behind and shouting “Don’t forget to lock your hubs!” ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The second nasty bit where both Brett and I took a couple of attempts!

Phil powering up it though!

To the top, and arranging for the inevitable –
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Group Photo! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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As you can see, we’re losing the light, time is ticking away… it took two hours to drive the Old Coach Road, and my repair didn’t help things either! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
So we decide to cut short the route and squeeze in another four ‘lanes before heading home though… Gary decides to call it a day though, he’s had a new addition to the family and is keen to get home to –
gary2.jpgTheir new puppy “Caz“. Gorgeous, can’t blame you for heading home Gary ๐Ÿ˜‰

Down we go then…

To the gate at the bottom where we bid farewell to Gary…
And we head off to the next ‘lane –

Gawthwaite, the other way to the usual way we drive it.
Up to the…
DSCN6953.jpgCollapsed little bridge… one thick slate piece has completely fallen into the stream, and another is left at an angle…
We lay a waffle board across, but as Brett edges onto it, the earth at the end slides down the slate, and as he backs off it quickly…
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His other front wheel slips off the side of the thick slate bridge!
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We quickly get my winch rope onto the back corner of his Jimny through a snatch block off a tree, and try and winch him out…
The axle is on the bridge though, and his front nearside wheel dangling over the edge makes it impossible to winch back… even with Riccy and I roped together, the winch pulls us both forward instead of Brett’s Jimny out…
So more thought is needed…
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We eventually use Brett’s winch to pull his front round off the bridge, with his Hi-Lift jack first inserted under the bumper to get the axle off the bridge, and the wheel level with the thick slate bridge so that as he winches the jack brings the wheel onto the bridge, then the others shout for me to winch in and pull his Jimny’s back round as well so all four wheels are back on solid ground! Phew! We thought we’d be there for a while, but with our combined ideas he was out fairly quickly…
That’s enough! We’ve lost the light and it’s time to head home!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Out we go back the way we came!…

Brett’s closing remarks ๐Ÿ˜‰
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A bit late, but should be home for 8pm…
Another excellent days greenlaning! Thanks to everyone that came along… without their mates! LOL
Thanks to Brett for plotting and leading as usual, and videoing of course, and thanks to Rob for the photos I’ve lifted via Facebook ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers! See you for the next one! Christmas ‘laning the day after Boxing Day, see you then!


 

3 thoughts on “Lake District Day Trip 10/12/17

  1. Another fantastic BLOG (many thanks Dave for staying awake until 1am on Monday – just make sure you are awake at 5:30am to go to work) … No falling snow anywhere the whole day, unlike our familieshad at home … but plenty over Old Coach Road – A great day was had by all, even with my Big Brown Trouser Moment on Gawthwaite – another reason NEVER to go out laning alone!!

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  2. You mentioned about off-piste activity and how you don’y condone it and think that the people that do it are crazy, yet you went off-piste yourself to get past the wash out sections. Why not turn around like I did?? Better still, you can see how much the road has suffered because of the weather, turn back and help the volunteers that trying to keep this lane open!! I hope nobody uses these videos as an example and think that its acceptable behaviour.

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