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.
DSCN8338.jpgFirst ‘lane of day two then… “Diptonmill”

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˜‰


 

One thought on “Northumberland Weekend – Day Two Sunday 09/09/18

  1. Is Northumberland the new Lake District … A fantastic day and weekend 4×4’ing with great mates!

    As i write this early on Wednesday morning, Jalapeno is rebuilt and ready for 7th October

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