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A few local green lanes

Post  lin and tony on Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:58 pm

Don't know if anyone is interested, but we intend to go out green laning on 31st Oct.

Unfortunately, I know that cuts out a fair few - there's something important on on the 30th for some... Can't think what!

Anyway, it will be some of the lanes we did Stourport weekend plus a few more that we ran out of time for. This will not be the organised, well planned route we had in and around Newark, neither will the breakfast be of the same standard!!!!

If you are interested, either pm me or leave a message on here.
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  RICK on Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:19 pm

YES Tony put my name down for that. Hopefully I will be sober and still Mrs T, still will be very happy..
Where do we go for breakfast?
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  ZED on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:18 pm

Sorry, we can't join you's. It's our 6th Wedding Anniversary on the 30th, so we'll be out wining & dining somewhere...... will be far too for driving the next morning!

And on the 31st itself we'll be at a halloween party at Abbots Oak Country House

Hope you have a great time, and we'll try to make the next one,
Elaine&Richard J
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  lin and tony on Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:09 pm

RICK wrote:YES Tony put my name down for that. Hopefully I will be sober and still Mrs T, still will be very happy..
Where do we go for breakfast?

You cant really be serious...?!
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  TRR Motorsport on Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:37 pm

Sorry, we won't be able join you either as we'll be setting off for the British Rally Championship awards evening.

And Mrs W deserves a new evening dress!
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Post  muttley on Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:59 pm

Would love to join you but unfortunately......we will be south of the Tamar.
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  Mk3rob on Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:36 pm

That will be Drakes Island in Plymouth sound then

or

France
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  muttley on Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:40 pm

Just bowled over by the place........
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Post  TRR Motorsport on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:25 pm

I searched everywhere for the Plymouth Hoe but just couldn't find her!
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  lin and tony on Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:23 pm

Well, have had a couple of takers.
Will be leaving here at 10am(ish) next Sat. (Last orders for breakfast - sausage/bacon/egg butties - will be 9.30. Last washing up done at 9.55!)
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We did it!

Post  lin and tony on Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:58 pm

LIN &TONYS green lane day.





What have we let ourselves in for? Its midnight on Friday night and we are at a wedding reception in Newark. Had a great time and thinking weíve got to be up @ 8 in the morning to cook breakfast, change wheels on Taz as we had made arrangements with Colin and Mike Smith to go green laning.

We put on forum we were doing this outing and, as we knew as Rick and Rose were getting married on the Friday (congratulations) then - 1.we picked wrong day as lots of scampers would be @ reception and would be too knackered to join us. 2.We did not want to change date as we already had confirmation that people would be coming.

WRONG! During the evening we were informed that there will be other scampers joining us. Great news! (But Linís panicking now - how to feed them. Iíve every faith in her.)



We left reception and took Colin and Debs home. Colin gave me a wheel that had a puncture he wanted mended for green-laning. Another bloody job!! (Which I will be grateful for later!) We left their house 1.30ish(AM!) - an hours drive home, shower in bed for 3ish - got to get up at 8.

Alarm goes - 8oclock (go away!) Up we get. Dawn had tidied up some of the house but still a few bits to do to make it look reasonable. So, to the breakfast. Lin goes to the local butcher to get the bacon and sausages. I have brain wave and get bbq out. Put on the 2 griddles to save mess in house. Mike & Wendy Smith turn up bearing gifts - eggs (yeh Ė fresh, free range!) They also bring Mikeís sister and partner(Nettie and Nick) with a land rover ( me thinks recovery vehicle!) so the cooking commences. Colin and Debs arrive.

We have a phone call. Rick and the gang are on the way! I have cunning plan, I leave Lin to cook while I change Tazís wheels and do Colinís puncture.(See, told you I was grateful for the job Ė womanís place in the kitchen, the menís place in the garage Ė but donít tell Lin I said that!) Lin is saved by Wendy and Debbie, they help (take over more like!) with the breakfasts and washing up. THANKYOU!!!! Along with Rick and Rose are Charlie, Andrew, Steve, Fred and Wayne - a friend of Fredís. We offered Rick and Rose a champagne breakfast but Rose declined - she didn't think it would go with the bacon and eggs. After a few coffees and changes of wheels to m&s, weíre off - 7 vehicles in convoy. The sun is shinning - just right.

Linís done the planning and has a route all planned, using some of the lanes we used on the scamp picnic weekend and a few more. We arrive at the first lane - fun but not much to write about. A few challenges but no probs. Thatís the story for most of the lanes - apart from the traditional - Colin dropping his exhaust over the countryside. Weíve come to expect this now. We went down to the stream - was not as deep as I thought it would be, but still fun. We found a few more lanes that had to be investigated which were good and worth another try in wetter conditions. One we found had a great opening. We could drive 2 cars abreast! Then we reach a gate and still loads of room, we drive single file. As we get to other end of field, 2 men were watching us and, as we approached them, they came towards us. I kept going and this wide lane got narrowwwww! Mirrors in, head down, off I go and it got narrower and narrower! I felt sorry 4 the Landrover at this point(ha ha!) Any way I get through and park up, waiting 4 the others and, one by one they make it, now for the Landrover! All I can say is - path is wider now than it was before we started and Landrover has lots of pin stripes. Back to the 2 men - reports from other scampers. They were not impressed with our presence. What a shame! This little lane cost Fred his mirror.

We stopped 4 dinner at a local pub.Sat out side - very pleasant, then off again. Lots more lanes mud and bumps. Colin wanted to use a lane we had used on an earlier trip which involved a lane which we still have not mastered. It has steel pipes about 6ft high across it going down to a stream and is where I got stuck a few months ago and had to christen my winch. This time it was Fredís turn to get stuck, but with some shoving he got out. As we approach the pipes, which are on a hill, I got another one of my brain waves. I think I will turn Taz round as I know thereís not much room to turn round at the bottom with 2 cars, let alone 7! And, yes, I got stuck! (bollocks!) Anyway, with people pushing Iím free and back down towards the pipes. The others park up and walk down. Now here there a differences of opinions - some say they (Scamps) can get through, some say they canít. We still donít know. Itís getting late, darkness approaching so weíll have to try another day. Now, to turn 6 vehicles round on a single track, but they do and we get back to terra firma. We then have to say goodbye to Mike, Wendy, Nettie and Nick before Mikes dog trashes the house (again) because of fireworks. Then we have a 7 mile drive back to our house where people put their road tyres back on. We have coffee and say our good byes.



It turned out to be a great day I really enjoyed it. Thank you for those who had a late night/early morning and made the effort to join us. You can sleep tomorrow. You all made a difference. Only 2 mishaps and one of those doesnít count - thatís Colinís exhaust - and the other Fredís mirror.

Canít wait to next time - not to far away, in time, I hope.

Once again thank you so much to Mike 4 eggs and a special thanks to Debbie and Wendy for helping to cook breakfast. x
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  Rum Tum Tugger on Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:27 am

Some say they (Scamps) can get through, some say they canít

Useful trick: find a measurement somewhere on your body that matches the car's overall width. For example, if I put my elbow on one side of a gap and can't reach the other side with outstretched fingers, it's wide enough to get through.

Ground clearance and sharp corners are other matters.
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Post  Woodstock on Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:51 am

A big thank you to Tony and Lin for organising a great day. I think I can safely say that we all had a great time. It did help with the weather being on our side.

Yes, Colin did lose his exhaust a few times, but the day wouldn't be the same if he didn't !!

I understand that it is our turn to organise an event next. We are thinking of making it on Saturday 14th November. It will be around the Whitwick area where we live (Leicestershire). Would anyone be interested? Confirmation and details to follow .....
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  lin and tony on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:08 am

Rum Tum Tugger wrote:
Some say they (Scamps) can get through, some say they canít

Useful trick: find a measurement somewhere on your body that matches the car's overall width. For example, if I put my elbow on one side of a gap and can't reach the other side with outstretched fingers, it's wide enough to get through.

Ground clearance and sharp corners are other matters.

A useful tip Bob - on this occasion however, it was headroom that was causing an additional problem to the width - there is a large steel water pipe that goes over the track with rutted sandstone beneath, and trees either side -will try to upload a pic of 'the men' standing by it - We were aware of it cos we had tried the lane out before with Colin and Deb. (The lane has been closed by the council at the other end anyway )


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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  lin and tony on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:27 am

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Sorry - sometimes I can add the pics themselves - othertimes I can't!
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Post  charlie thorpe on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:46 am

A great day really enjoyed myself, Was meant to be starting my new job Monday put it forward until Tuesday so i could come green laning and boy it was worth it. Thanks to Lin And Tony for organising such a great day, Also thanks to everyone making it a good day.

Hope to see you all soon...

Take Care.

Charlie.
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Re: A few local green lanes

Post  lin and tony on Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:56 am

Glad you could all make it! (Was surprised that so many from Newark did come - bearing in mind the chosen day!
Glad we didn't change it to today though - would not have been quite so warm! - bet those lanes will be fun tomorrow! -that would upset those -'it's a shame people come along here in cars' people!

Good luck with the new job Charlie!
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Green laning.

Post  Mr Bridger on Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:39 pm

Thanks to Linda and Tony for a great day out, the weather turned out nice and the lanes varied from easy to I might need a push on this one.......

The pub lunch was fine and the chocolates afterwards were a nice surprise, thanks Rosie.

3 cars from Newark made the effort and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Will miss the next one due to working that weekend..........
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Green laning at the weekend

Post  Andrew Paterson on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:14 pm

Hi every one who went on the last weekends trip down the green lanes.

Thankyou Lin and Tony for the breakfast and the cups of tea it was one of the best breakfasts i've ever had!!! (Good, honest organic food)

I hope every one enjoyed the day out I certainly did. So did Wayne, thankyou for a great day out.


We hope to see you all again soon,


Andrew and Wayne.
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