Alan’s First Trip in the buggy 29/08/21

I’d been planning the next couple of trips in the buggy to go SW of Denbigh in the buggy and cover…

… this kind of area on my Project 116 map.

I’d planned a “Wednesday Wander” and a full Sunday route, but talking to Alan yesterday – Saturday the day before this trip – he mentioned he’d be up for a first trip in the buggy now that COVID rules were starting to get relaxed…
So this morning, Sunday the 29/08/21. I loaded both routes onto my old iPad that I use for navigating in my 4x4s…

And thought we’d pick and choose from a few of these ‘lanes… πŸ˜‰

Alan arrived at 10am, just after my bacon butty, and we set off…

To get to Denbigh we started by driving along the long BOAT along the edge of the Clwydian valley… I was slightly concerned tat this being Alan’s first trip in the buggy what he’d think of it…

There he is! Our Alan. opening the first gate as we climb up from Aifft to join the long BOAT…

On the BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic – the highest level of vehicular Right of Way)

Slight haze behind us down in the Clwyd valley…

Not the most exciting / taxing ‘lane, but some stunning views to our right, a good start to the day, and to ease Alan into the quirks of the buggy! LOL

We passed a few couples of walkers along the way, and Alan was amazed at the response from walkers / ramblers to the presence of the buggy… no animosity, just grins and lovely polite comments…

Dropping back down towards the end of the ‘lane…

We then studied the map and picked a few ‘safe’ lanes to drive on out own (in one vehicle I mean) …

First –

The BOAT at Segwryd…

Yet another gate sorry Alan!

Nice GREEN lane down hill…

Watch out flossies!

Another gate at the bottom…!

Next… another BOAT “Rhydgaled”…

Flat and Stoney, but on the way, and another green pin in my Project-116 map…

Yet another gate! I bet Alan’s regretting coming back out with me by now?! πŸ˜‰

Two years of COVID restrictions means the route is harder to spot on the ground!

A couple more gates… Sorry mate!

Daft sheeps running straight along in front of us?! Will they ever learn?!

The main bunch head off to the right, but one stubborn one remains!!! πŸ™‚

Towards the tarmac in the distance…

Next ‘lane…

Ummm, that was tighter than expected?! Lack of use and good weather has meant it’s well overgrown! We hoped to carry on up the hill, but that was also overgrown, the farmer obviously goes from field to field in the clearing in the middle, so…

… we turned round and battled our way back through! LOL

The next ‘lane was a NEW one for us… this is Trailwise2 Reference SH9364-04, an unclassified road, with no user notes on it, so we thought we’d go and have a look as we were in the area…

And what a little cracker it was, unfortunately I only got one photo towards the top of it –

But well worth the visit, a pin in the map for me, and another ‘lane on Alan’s register… We nearly went around again to video it! πŸ˜‰

Next, probably not greenlaning, but I’d plotted a route for myself, so it went over the Denbigh Moors area taking in some lakes and reservoirs along the way…

Aled Isaf Reservoir…

Where you actually drive over the dam, so worth a visit I thought!

The control station in the middle…

And the outlet below…

The buggy… and Alan ducking for cover!

Not much water in there though?!

We stopped here for a quick bite to eat, and Alan got the map out for a look…

And then a couple of ladies walked passed and remarked on the buggy… I recognise that voice I thought?! Renee’ Foxon walking with a friend… how random! In the middle of nowhere and you meet a couple of friends / customers / local business owners! A nice chat, and they walked over the dam and back as we had a munch and a chat πŸ™‚

Also in the same area at the same time… was a soft-top Jimny! We’d had a chat, we pulled up beside them and said “that’s how this started out”, referring to the buggy, and they were amazed… They were having a good wander too! πŸ™‚

On we go…

Passed Llyn Aled and then up to “Lost Lake”…

En route…

More dumb flossies / sheeps!

And lots more gates…!

Stunning view (of the buggy!) πŸ˜‰

A long way up…

On we go…

Reaching the top… and I lost brake pressure? The pedal fell to the floor?

With four Land Rovers coming back from the derelict house by the lake… they stopped to offer assistance, have a laugh and take the piss! LOL πŸ˜‰

The calliper slider bolts were missing?! The calliper had jumped off, and the piston had popped out 😦

So we clamped the brake hose, and ty-wrapped the calliper safely to the chassis’ body mount, and limped home with three brakes…!.

Many thanks to Graham Fowler for the above photo! He was leading the Land Rover group at the ime they met us… πŸ˜‰

A couple of snaps of “Lost lake” first though…

A hidden gem, it’s actually on the map as Llyn Alwen…

A great day out with Alan though! We chalked up a few lanes, a few new pins in my P-116 map board, and had a good catch-up chat along the way…

Some quick repairs to make though… luckily I’ve got four callipers in the garage waiting for the next project! πŸ˜‰

Home for a shower, and a slap-up homemade Indian with a couple of Stellas…

Soon be ready to get out again! πŸ˜‰

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