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 πŸ˜‰
So Saturday morning, I set the shop up and left my wife in charge (who am I kidding? she’s always in charge! πŸ˜‰ ) 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 😦 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! πŸ™‚

Brett’s Video of us atop the wall πŸ™‚
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…
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From somewhere called “Cock Play” ?!

Brett’s Video of it…
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Next! Barrasford ParkΒ  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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Here…

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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! πŸ˜‰
(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 πŸ˜‰
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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! πŸ˜‰ Codlaw Hill

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

Brett’s Video Part One

And Part Deux πŸ˜‰
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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 πŸ˜‰
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! πŸ™‚
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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 πŸ˜‰
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… πŸ˜‰

One thought on “Northumberland Weekend – Day One Saturday 08/09/18

  1. Day1 Northumberland until Chollerford (Chollerton) Steps was a tad flat but certainly well worth the day! It’s always good to go to places we have NEVER visited before … Great Route Planning and Leading by Riccy ably assisted by Gate Boy Joel. We will return next next, probably in April when the snow has melted and added to the FORDs – I can’t wait :0)

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