Lake District Day Trip 07/10/18

Sunday the 7th of October 2018 and a few of “our little group” had arranged to meet up to drive some of the best ‘lanes in the Lake District in one day…
Alan had plotted the route on paper maps, and Brett had then transposed his pencil scribblings into a MemoryMap route for us to share around our tablets to follow the route as we drove.
Sadly, in the eleventh hour, Alan had to pull out of the trip. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
And previous to that one of our regular Cumbrian Cohorts had to pull out too, so with only three vehicles attending Brett advertised a couple of spare places, and they were soon snapped up by a couple of members of the BigJimny discussion board…

Here’s Brett’s Introductory Video as we drive up the M56 together to go meet the others…
Up the M6…
As we go up the M6 I can see us approaching the end of the route, with the start just above Kendal in the distance…
Gathered up in a retail park’s car park after filling up with fuel.
Left to Right – Riccy and Joel in J999MNY, Brett in Jalapeno, John “Sniper” from the BigJimny board, me in S200KYS, and Jason “JackOnlyJack” also from BigJimny.

Brett’s Second Introductory Video as we leave the retail park, as he says on the video Brett is leading, I’m second with a rear winch incase John needs a tug at any point, Jason behind him, and Riccy & Joel at the back as they’re two-up and therefore get the job of closing gates… ๐Ÿ˜‰
And, onto the first ‘lane of the day then…

“Otter Bank”, which as Brett says on the video is mostly flat –
But that’s always a good customary way to start the day, with a gentle warm up ๐Ÿ˜‰

Second lane then, “Bouthwaite”, a favourite of mine as it is a proper “GREEN” ‘lane –
Like a green moonscape!
You can hear on the video that my CB is transmitting but not receiving?! It’s going to be a very quiet day! No Alan and no CB ?!!
On we go in relative silence then?!
Beware of children?
This ‘lane oddly finishes in a school playground?!
Next ‘lane, nicely capturing the Byway sign with Jason’s Jimny in the background ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Steel Croft”
Relatively flat again…
Odd little fella on a gate post made from thick cable?…
Breasthigh Road / Borrowdale…
John leaves his Jimny at the top, no way he’s getting up and over and then back without a low box. (His button / solenoid later transfer box won’t engage low – give me a stick and a loud clunk any day!)
Brett drives across the ford first to open the gate…

And then films the rest of us coming through –

Riccy and Joel bringing up the rear…

Up we go…
The view down the valley to our right as we climb up…
Looking back behind me “arm out of the window” photography captures Jason with passenger John.
Gathered up after closing the midway gate…
Carrying on…
Jason and John behind me as we round a corner before climbing to the top…
And catching up with Brett at the point where his video finished above…
And then down the other side –

And turning round ready to go back over the way we came from…
Some photos from the journey down –
Brett out picking his line over the eroded storm drain.
Jason dropping down behind me…

And then back up and over the storm drain again…

Carrying on! Back over to the midway gate again…
From the video timeline –
Brett up one of the big steps
And squeezing through the narrow gate on the way up…
John’s Jimny way off in the distance parked by the gate at the start of the ‘lane ๐Ÿ˜‰

From the gate back down through the ford and back to John’s Jimny…
Hmmm, “who didn’t shut the gate?” – must have been the little group of three ‘crossers? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
“Garth Row”

A couple of stills along the way –

Parkspring Wood…
A nice scenic ‘lane…

Next… “Broadoak” or “Underbarrow”
Yup, a proper GREEN lane. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ahhhh… where are we now then?

“Town Yeat”… Mad scratchy ‘lane…
And surprisingly, John and James have both decided to drive it!
John emerges!
Ahhh, Ummm, Chicks dig scratches? a gallon of T-Cut?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Jason popping out…
Well done for doing that one guys! We did say that anyone could drive round anything they didn’t fancy… ๐Ÿ˜‰

“The Row”

As Brett has a couple of shunts to get round the end of the lane and back onto tarmac, I waited patiently to capture him with the RoW signpost in the foreground… ๐Ÿ™‚
The next one…

Brett approaches gingerly through the front gravel drive of a property, and we get out and peer down the ‘lane… it’s an UCR with ORPA dots that Alan had found on the maps, Brett had checked with the RoW officers, and we thought we’d come for a look-see…
As we were looking the lady from the house emerged and asked inquisitively what we were doing there… Brett explained it was a green lane, a UCR with public access… the lady said she’d lived there fourteen years and as far as she knew it was a bridleway and she hadn’t seen anyone drive it in all those years?… She agreed we could drive it though, and we apologised for disturbing her and began to push our way down it…

As you can see, it was indeed a bit tight! ๐Ÿ˜‰
I cut a few branches out of the way on the way down to save my snorkel and newly fitted windscreen, ready for an impending MOT soon… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Riccy at the back is a bit more careful with his Jimny and cut more branches rather than pushing through… (I’ve got a metal guard around my snorkel for this reason). Eventually they call for me and ‘Buzz’ the cordless chainsaw to come and lend a hand… ๐Ÿ™‚ Hence they dubbed it “Gardening Lane” LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then another little one around the corner from it –

Nice comments from Brett at the end of this video…
And back onto tarmac…
Another nice little find ๐Ÿ˜‰
And then back to…

Town Yeat back up!
On the video, you can see at 3:20 into it, a little Jimny pulls over for a chat with me, a little old lady driver asking questions of a big group of EIGHT foreign mostly black Land Rovers convoying around the local ‘lanes too. Hmmm, I try and reassure her that the recommended group size (in the UK) is five vehicles…

Next ‘lane then… Crosthwaite.
Only one still from this ‘lane…

Turned out to be tarmac… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Always worth a look though! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Swinging off the tarmac…

A much better find Alan ๐Ÿ˜‰
At the end of that ‘lane pointing from whence we came… awesome capture! ๐Ÿ™‚

Then “High Mill”
A few tarmac miles then, as we snake our way round one of the Meres / Waters to our next series of ‘lanes… (Did you know there’s only one “Lake” in the Lake District… most are indeed Meres or Waters ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
We’re soon disappearing off the tarmac again though ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Holmshead Farm”… Mind the dogs! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰
I was surprised John was going up here?!
You can here Brett mention that – again as per a previous trip up here – I’d hit a rock and it had bounced me close to left edge of the ‘lane where there was a steep drop! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I then waited for John a couple of times, but I needn’t of bothered! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dale End towards Elterwater

Oxen Fell
And still that little silver Jimny is following us everywhere! Remember… it’s “only” got 15mm spring spacers, AT tyres and a rear Quaife LSD (Limited Slip Diff)!

The second half of Oxen Fell

Knipe Fold Part One

Part Two ๐Ÿ˜‰
At a minute in you can hear Brett speaking to a chap that says he’s a magistrate and was taking photos of our vehicles as we shouldn’t be driving there, on the Queen’s Highway, a BOAT (ByWay Open to All Traffic)… we’ll wait to see if anything ever comes of that then?

Stang End Part One

And… Part Two

Colt House
I’ve lost track with all those ‘lanes of where I took the following photos?! –
John’s Jimny
Still doggedly following us everywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚
Then on to…

Grizedale! ๐Ÿ™‚



To the rocky drop…

All down…

Riccy back up… twin ARB Lockers ๐Ÿ˜‰

And the rest of the ‘lane…
And again at some point I took this…
Of John dropping down behind me…

Next… Force Mills
Nice fallen tree on the way…

Down to Rusland Pools…
1 October? Hmmm, it’s the 7th?…
Nice way of restricting access… you can still get through on foot or with a sure-footed horse, but no vehicular access during…
Fishies making love season! ๐Ÿ˜‰
On we go then, leaving the fishes to go about their business ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ickenthwaite One

And two…
By now we were running out of time and daylight, so we thought we’d curtail the route and head over to Nibthwaite / Parkamoor…

The start up to where…
We left John’s Jimny on the edge of the ‘lane, and he again jumped in with Jason (Jack?)

On we go…
Until we pull up behind the last of a convoy of mostly black Land Rovers with foreign plates… the ones the old lady had asked us about earlier in the day…

Brett ventured on with his camera, and unfortunately records this Defender blowing a rear diff / shaft ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The next one gets up alright though ๐Ÿ™‚

Next! Nicely done…

Then the Jimnys ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then our-Brett ๐Ÿ˜‰

On we go… up to the peak (half way up) with Brett picking up a passenger ๐Ÿ˜‰
At this point we turned round and went back down again, leaving them to it…

… the stricken Duffender on the way down… a broken shaft or diff? You don’t want that when you’re in a remote location, miles from home, especially when it’s a foreign country, Belgium?! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The rest of the descent, stopping to collect John’s Jimny…

Brett’s closing remarks…
Indeed, a great day out, a long way to go for the day but always well worth it! There’s some great ‘lanes in the Lakes ๐Ÿ™‚
THANKS to Alan for plotting the route, shame he couldn’t make it in the end, I thought I’d gone deaf at one point ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to Brett for converting the route to digital from Alan’s paper maps, and for leading and opening all them gates! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks to Riccy and Joel, always nice to ‘lane with you two ๐Ÿ˜‰
And thanks to the new lads – John and Jason… Amazing where that near standard silver JImny went with just 15mm spring spacers, AT tyres and a rear Quaife LSD! John’s ethos was to keep the Jimny looking standard but still be able to ‘lane it successfully… and you’ve met and proved that spec’ mate! ๐Ÿ™‚ And James, excellent looking Jimny that also went everywhere with ease…
An odd one meeting the big group of Belgian Landies… eight is a bit much in a group, but I suppose it depends what they are use to in their own country?…

A great day out! Looking forward to the next one already! ๐Ÿ˜‰


One thought on “Lake District Day Trip 07/10/18

  1. Another GREAT day out 4×4’ing with my buddies. Welcome to John and Jason (or is it James) who enjoyed themselves.

    We have a new “seriously” Tight and Scratchy lane at Mireside ๐Ÿ™‚


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