Northumberland Weekend – Day Two Sunday 09/09/18

Day Two of our weekend in Northumberland… Day one is here if you missed it.
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This was the whole weekend’s route, and…
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This bit was Sunday’s route…
Brett and I had a nice breakfast in our hotel, and then we set off when the others arrived, as they lived fairly local…
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Ah, hmmm, only after Brett had given me a nice Sunday morning jump though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Brett’s Day Two Introductory Video ๐Ÿ˜‰

And another as we leave the hotel…
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As you can hear on Brett’s introductory video, Phil had bodged his exhaust (again) to get him running for the day… ๐Ÿ˜‰
First stop… a petrol station / convenience store to fuel up, both on petrol and food for the day ๐Ÿ˜‰
On our way to the first ‘lane of the day then…
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NOOOoooo! Brett’s transfer box, having been to two of the leading specialists in the country, again jumped out of drive, so we had the stick out, rods repositioned, and stick back in quickly on the end of someone’s drive! Whoops!
(As I’m writing this Brett is returning from the second specialist who has had the box in pieces again and located a bent selector rod, and removed the two-wheel-drive-low mod’ too – I found mine troublesome and had it removed also some time ago)
And, one we go… Brett leaving the box in four wheel drive and turning the free wheel hubs on and off as required, as that stops it jumping out of drive he discovered.
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Again, a nice gentle ‘lane to start the day… whilst Brett has a good moan to the camera about his transfer box woes… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Lane Two then… “Dotland”

As usual, Brett’s Video of it ๐Ÿ˜‰
Nothing to taxing, but on the way… use them or lose them! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Next, “Peth Foot”

With a nice little ford at the start –
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When we got to the end…
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Rob disappeared under Phil’s BigJimny…
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The exhaust bodge had worked itself loose, so they removed the middle section of the exhaust and carried on without it… bit noisy, but better than heading home disappointed! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Onto the next ‘lane then “Strothers Dale” (with a Harley Davidson sounding Jimny behind me!) LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s Video of us, going…
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Around the side of the farmhouse…
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And the farm buildings…
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A nice T&S ‘lane!
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Next! Highclear…

Brett’s YouTube Video, another nice ‘lane…
Next?… we’re into the forest –
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Nice!

Brett’s Video of the first bit…
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As Brett (Dukes) mentions on the map… “Dukesfield” above us ๐Ÿ™‚
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Out of the forest and onto what looks like sand?!
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And heading for moorland…

Part Two…
The I stalled and needed a jump from Phil to get me going again…

Part Three…

Part Four… passing some rather young looking ‘crosser riders?
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Looking back after the gate as some grading works.

Part Five…
Where a walker has a go, saying “You’re a disgrace to the countryside”, but then fails to give any valid reasons, as we’re driving on a legal byway, on the right of way, and at a reasonable pace… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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Back on the tarmac and entering County Durham…
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And over more moorland, but on tarmac this time ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Interesting snow-poles to show the snow ploughs where to go when the snow is deep!
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Reaching our destination, the next series of ‘lanes…

North first

Then south

Continued…
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And then we stopped here to look at the ‘lane that goes east connecting the middle of the loop…
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Brett went for a long walk down it to have a look, but came back saying it was impassable, which is unusual for him, as he’ll usually have a go at anything! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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The rest of us having a little break ๐Ÿ˜‰

Carrying on… Brett explaining his findings from his walk…
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Next, another long ‘lane…!

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To the ‘top’ where…
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We’re (apparently) at the highest point of any greenlane in England? ๐Ÿ™‚
That calls for…
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A group photo! ๐Ÿ™‚

On we go…

And…
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To the gate at the bottom and back onto tarmac…
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Our next destination…
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Here, where we’re about to…
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After waiting for the crossers to come up…

Starting to descend…
DSCN8431.jpgUmmm, there’s a fair drop to the left of us?!
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And we’re pretty close to the edge?!…
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Umm, it gets worse?! (or better depending on your outlook?!)
Look at the way the trucks lean left on the undulating ground… towards the ravine… Gulp!

In Riccy’s video with his Go-Pro on a gimble (self levelling device) you can see the angle of the vehicle more…
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Towards the gate from my perspective…

Carrying on after the gate…
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Another seat clenching moment… as they say on the video, the rocks push you left towards the gulley where the stream runs into the ravine…! Locker on for me and push forwards quickly…

At the bottom, phew!
There’s a chunk missing there, but it’s on…

Riccy’s second half of his video…
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Down to the house, tarmac, safety…. Phew! An awesome ‘lane, heart-in-your-mouth arse clenching the seat. a thrill to do it, but I’d be even more nervous doing it again?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ !
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Looking back, that’s where we came down…
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Next, through Garrigill / Crossgill…
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That’s a new one… “Unsuitable during flood conditions”…?
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Ahhh… a concrete “Irish bridge” / ford… with no sides and a dropoff? Hmmm, no, no good in a flood?!

Brett’s Video of the ford and the climb up afterwards…
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Dropping down into the next village…
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And then a series of ‘lanes around Blagill.

Huddgillrig to Foreshield (Bridge) first…
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That a way… ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Nice GREENlane…!
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That’ll be the aforementioned (Bridge) then ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next then… West Cocklake to Blagill
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At the top of the north section and heading west then, passed another byway sign.
In Blagill there’s a couple of tiny routes with one or two pink ORPA dots on –
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As we came off the byway on the right of the map…
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This one disappears off the tarmac and into the trees, through a small ford and out to a farmyard …

And then…

Brett’s turn…
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Then there’s another little cut-through through this gate…
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Up through the woods…
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And up onto the road again…

As seen in Brett’s YouTube Video
Joel on traffic duty! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Next then?… Clargillhead to Moscow (?!)

At the bottom the guys turn left whereas the route says right? There’s some discussion on the CBs about how boggy and marshy it can be, but we turn round and go for a look…
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But we have to pull in to a derelict farmyard…
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As another group of 4x4s are coming the other way…
Four stop just beyond the farmyard where we’ve pulled in, but there’s another group of three behind them, and watching through my binoculars one seems to be stuck? We wait for five minutes but they don’t progress along the ‘lane so we ask the other group to move over a bit, and we go back the other way, no point having so many vehicles on one ‘lane, and there’s plenty more for us to go at rather than waiting for the second group to progress towards and passed us…
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On towards Kirghaugh Boat anf ford then…
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Hairpin right needs a shunt…
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Brett around the corner and passed the byway sign…
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Left through the gate…

And that’s where we join Brett’s Video…
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And off the ‘lane…
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Under a railway bridge…
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Last ‘lane of the day / weekend then? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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A long one to finish off with? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brett’s Video of it…
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Gathered in a grassy lay-by on the side of the road…
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Brett removes his front propshaft for the journey home, so that he can leave the transfer box in four wheel drive so it doesn’t jump out of drive on the long journey home…
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And I reattach my front anti-roll-bar for the journey home…
We all have a good chat and a shake of hands before going our separate ways…

Brett’s closing remarks as we leave the rest of the guys…
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Out of Memory-Map offroad mapping and into Tom-Tom Sat Nav on my trusty iPad and at 16:40 it predicts I’ll be home for 19:19… more like 19:30 with a fuel stop, so I text the missus and tell her 20:00 just to be on the safe side…
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Following Brett over the nice and windey A66 –
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Hang on! We’ve passed a few great byways on the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL
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One way at a time pontoon bridge along the way…
And… I’ve been meaning to record this for a while… after driving home for three hours in a bucket seat, doing just under 70mph most of the way following Brett, this is what happens when I get home…

LOL, nice one Homer ๐Ÿ˜‰

And finally, as is the norm’… MANY THANKS to –
Riccy – for plotting, liaising and leading ๐Ÿ˜‰
Joel – for opening and holding open countless gates ๐Ÿ™‚
Brett – for videoing all the ‘lanes ๐Ÿ˜‰
Phil and Rob – for just being them, a great pair of canny lads! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope Alan’s feeling well enough for our next trip, as Brett said on his closing remarks video, a day trip back to the Lake District to meet up with this lot again on the 7th of October to drive all the best and favourite ‘lanes in a day trip?!?! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

Northumberland Weekend – Day One Saturday 08/09/18

Saturday the 8th of September 2018, and a few of “our little group” of Jimnys had arranged to spend the weekend in Northumberland driving mostly new ‘lanes to us –
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Riccy – beig local(ish) had plotted the route and liaised with the local counties Rights of Way officers and Glass Area Reps to make sure the route was legal and passable in our little Jimnys… The above map is both Saturday’s and Sunday’s routes, the Saturday route map is below… carry on reading ๐Ÿ˜‰
So Saturday morning, I set the shop up and left my wife in charge (who am I kidding? she’s always in charge! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) with our eldest daughter helping, and waited for Alan, my usual passenger / navigator mate… Only he turned up early? and parked in in front of the Jimny, blocking me in? Awww, turns out he wasn’t feeling well / up to it, so I had to go it alone…
I met Brett as arranged at the start of the M56 from where he made his first introductory video –

As we travelled up the M56 and onto the…
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M6 for our journey north to meet the others…
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Who forgot to book the weather?! As we travelled up the M6 it lashed it down in places, poor visibility from the rain and spray that comes with it…
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It soon brightened up as we travelled north though, seeing signs for Scotland, and approaching our destination of Carlisle…
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Left to right as per the norm’, Brett in the green Jalapeno Jimny, me in the S200KYS blue Jimny Alan-less, and Riccy and Joel in the dark grey J999MNY, with Phil and Rob parked behind them on the other side in the big black FUN Jimny…
McDonald’s was that busy that Brett and I skipped breakfast as we had food with us…
So, we went to set off… earlier in the morning when I’d gone to set off my Jimny’s battery had been depleted from standing I assumed, but even by then after a three hour drive up north, it still just clicked when I went to start it, so I had to jump start it off Brett’s battery to get me going?! That didn’t bode well for the weekend?! I’d have to drive carefully without stalling anywhere awkward!!!
Anyway, off we went…

Brett’s introductory video of the day, as we head off for the first ‘lane of the day at…
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“Linstock”, it’s mostly –
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… flat, but a good introductory ‘lane as is usually the case on our first lane of the day…

Brett’s YouTube Video of it.
Back on the tarmac after that and on our way to the next ‘lane, Phil asks over the CB if we can pull over somewhere safe…
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His temporary fix to his exhaust to get his Jimny ready for the weekend – as the new exhaust had failed to turn up on time – failed, and his Jimny was a little to loud to proceed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, as is the norm, in “Top Gear” style, we abandoned him and carried on, with his mate Rob abandoning him too, and he jumped in with Brett for the rest of the day…
Onto ‘lane two then, that starts at “Greenhead”…
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The first bit is just a yellow C-road as in…

Brett’s YouTube Video
But then leads on to a BOAT just after Lowtown –
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Off tarmac and over a cattle grid onto the BOAT
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My favourite blue sign “Unsuitable for Motor Vehicles” (ideal for Jimnys!)
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Rising up…
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And as you can hear Riccy say in Brett’s video below, we were then driving on the top of Hadrian’s Wall! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brett’s Video of us atop the wall ๐Ÿ™‚
A tiny stretch of tarmac and we’re then onto…

Layside / Parkhead
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Taken along the way, looking back at Brett and Rob behind me…
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And gather up by one of the many gates!
Towards the end of the video you can hear Riccy remark about a Roman fort in the distance –
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Quick zoom in with picture editing software…
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On towards the next ‘lane…
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And we pass an impressive Lime Kiln by the side of the road…
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Next “Thorngrafton Common” BOAT
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At the start…

Where Brett’s YouTube Video takes over…
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And looking backwards at the end…
We then skipped the next planned ‘lane for some reason? Too flat?! “Fell Cott” BOAT…
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And proceeded to the next one “Walwick Fell”
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Passed the few cottages on the UCR before the pink ORPA dots start (on the map above)
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Where Brett’s video starts –

Going back through the video…
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Coming through the gate and up the bank…
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Skirting the edge of the field… You could hear on the video that the dots on the map don’t appear to be in the right place in relation to the GPS route on the ground…
And again in –

Brett’s YouTube Video. the route visible on the ground again doesn’t match the dots on the map –
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The crosshair is quite off…
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But again quite clear on the ground?
It leads us straight to the gate too –


DSCN8232.jpgTight onto the tarmac…
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Looking back down from the road…
Speaking of which, a bit of tarmac to the next ‘lane…
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Where we pass some nosey cows getting in the frame when I’m trying to take a photo of the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall again… Photo-bombed by cows?!
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Next ‘lane! Low Moralee, another BOAT

Brett’s YouTube Video of it…
Exiting through someone’s property, surrounded by a flock of stone sheeps?!
And we’re soon onto the next ‘lane…

Ravenshaugh / Horneystead, with a concrete bottomed ford…
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Carrying on…
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And out at the grand farmhouse at the end of the ‘lane…
We then skipped the next ‘lane passed ‘Crossridge’ for some reason?
And onto –
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Shillafield

Brett’s YouTube Video of it…
A couple of photos from the ‘lane –
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A bit of tarmac and we’re soon onto the next ‘lane…
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Border County Ride, or on Brett’s Video –

“Rawfoot”

Continued…

And then over Rede Bridge
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Nice medieval bridge…
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And on we go…
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Towards the end of the ‘lane.
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Next ‘lane goes to Tone Hall…

Brett’s Video of it…
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Next! Barrasford Parkย  to Great Swinburne

Brett’s Video of it…
And some photos –
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Crossing an access road to a Quarry…
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Next, a BOAT over the end of a reservoir towards Cheviot Farm

Brett’s Video of it
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As on the video, the reservoir is very low…
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So the ‘bridge’ bit at the end of the reservoir has no water under it… this time of year.
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Next ‘lane then… “Hallington” to “West Side”.
As you’ll see in the video, there’s some humorous bales at the start of the lane –
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Here’s the video –

And a couple of photos from this ‘lane –
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Now then… next is the ‘lane we’ve been waiting for! Chollerton (Chollerford on the videos?) Steps…
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Oooh…
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… that would look lovely on my garage wall, I remarked! ๐Ÿ˜‰
(I didn’t!)
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Up we go… I’ll let all the videos take over now…

Brett’s Video of the first bit…
At two minutes in you can see me struggling with the first step…
Twice the steering wheel whipped around and I twisted my hand badly…
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But I eventually got up as in this still taken from Brett’s Video above…
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On the second step I got up on the second attempt with the nearside front tyre a foot or so in the air…!

Riccy’s Video looking from the top…
His video, driven expertly by Joel, gets up easily with it’s twin airlockers and rocklobster box…
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And a still from Riccy’s Video with S200KYS waving a wheel ๐Ÿ˜‰
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My view of the second step coming up…
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The lads having a post-mortem looking back down…
All up? Off we go then…

Carrying on in Brett’s Video.
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Next! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Codlaw Hill

Brett’s Video of it…
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“Elrington” next, another BOAT

Brett’s Video Part One

And Part Deux ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Next Langley Castle Farm…

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West Lands End
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As you can hear Riccy say on the video below, this one is voluntary restraint during wet soggy weather…

and the second half…

Passing an organised (paid?) tour on the ‘lane…
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“Lough Green”

Herding this lot to one side…
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They bunch up and glare at us going passed! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰
We then meet another group of Land Rovers, and I blummin’ stalled reversing back, so one of them kindly jumped out with a jump-pack to get me going again! ๐Ÿ™‚
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On they go… and so do we…

Brett’s Video of the rest of the ‘lane…

And his end of day one summary…
Before we head off to…
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Our beds for the night…
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Gilsland Spa Hotel, Brett had found it on a hotel booking site for half of what they quoted when he phoned them direct to enquire ๐Ÿ˜‰
We showered and changed and then went into “town” to meet the others, but… there were only two pubs in town and only one served food, and when we asked for a table of seven they looked shocked, hurried around and then said they could fit us in after an hour and a half’s wait… So we had a pint and the others, the locals, decided it would be easier to go home for tea… And when we mentioned that to the manager she said she could fit Brett and I straight in then, so we had a bite to eat and then headed back to the hotel for a couple more pints…

Day one over then, see you on day two’s blog… ๐Ÿ˜‰