Land Rover Defender Flips On Its Roof In Snow And Ice 1

Land Rover Defender Flips On Its Roof In Snow And Ice

A Land Rover Defender driver escaped without major injuries today when the vehicle overturned onto its roof, the driver struggled to cope with the treacherous conditions caused by the ice and snow that has gripped the nation this morning.

Suffolk Police attended the crash which occurred near Hundon earlier this morning. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

In a tweet, officers said: “Out to another single vehicle RTC near Hundon. Driver is okay but not even Land Rover can handle some of these conditions.”

The accident took place on the eastbound carriageway near the junction with the A1017, close to Spring Grove Farm. Traffic was affected between Withersfield and Haverhill.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “First job of the day is to relieve nights from a crash on the A1307 near Withersfield.

Driving a 4×4 does not make you invincible in snow or icy conditions and proper care needs to be taken, you can read more about driving a 4×4 in snow and ice safely in our guide.

The UK is set for more snow overnight and into Friday, so take extra care when traveling and remember to only go out if it is absolutely necessary in extreme snow and ice.

Driving A 4×4 In Snow:

Keep in mind that 4WD/AWD will still spin off a road on Ice the same as a regular 2WD vehicle. Once moving (on any slippery stuff) newbie 4WD owners have a tendency to drive faster than they should and possibly not as carefully and slowly due to a false sense of security. All of the above driving tips should be observed at all times, just because you have a 4×4 does not mean you can drive faster than you would in a 2WD car.

All motor vehicles need traction for safe steering – 4WD/AWD does not provide extra traction for steering.
All cars need traction for safe braking – 4WD/AWD does not provide extra traction for braking.

When To Use 4WD: Read more tips on driving in snow and ice in your 4×4

How To Plot A Route For Greenlaning The Easy Way 2

How To Plot A Route For Greenlaning The Easy Way

How to plot a route for greenlaning? It’s the most frequently asked question by newbies when they first discover the joys of traversing BOAT’s (Byways Open To All Traffic).

Greenlaning has grown in popularity over the past few years, more and more people are taking up the activity but it’s getting a bad rep by the press. The reputation of greenlaning is being literally dragged through the mud by those that do not find the legal routes to drive, or mistreat them.
We believe that by educating people how to locate a legal byway and how to use them responsibly is the way forward, hopefully more people can enjoy the hobby without fear of being Off-Piste.

Greenlanes, Byways, Greenroads, whatever you wish to call them are having restrictions placed on them all the time, whether they be voluntary, temporary or permanently, so checking the legality of a lane is essential when plotting a route.

Finding a greenlane isn’t necessarily as easy as whipping out a Land Ranger OS map and looking for Public Byways, as the information on these maps can be out dated. Last week we checked out a byway on an OS map that has now been declassified to a footpath, so always check first. We recommend that you get access to Trailwise.

What Is Trailwise?

TrailWise brings together Rights of Way information in the United Kingdom to aid those carrying out research into old roads and highways. It is especially valuable for finding lost roads and un-recorded lanes. TrailWise also helps people find out where they can drive green lanes.
GLASS (Greenlaning Association) have created  TrailWise Rights of Way Catalogue. You can use for FREE, however if you subscribe to GLASS you get access to more features for an annual fee.
Trailwise enables users to search for greenlanes in any chosen location. Free users get a 3km search radius, whilst subscribed members get access to a much wider search range and additional features. Trailwise features a very handy “maps browser”, which searches a database of green lanes and places an overlay onto a map.

Support TrailWise

If you plan to use TrailWise extensively it’s well worth registering as a member of the Greenlaning Association (GLASS). Membership is open to anyone for an annual fee of £32.00. Your subscription not only gets you full access to Trailwise, the fees help GLASS fund the upkeep of byways, and fighting to keep them open.

As well as getting access to the mapping service you will also benefit from the following:

Membership Benefits

  • Regular digital bulletins
  • 2 magazines per year
  • Members website
  • Legal challenges to lane closures
  • TRAILWISE (National catalogue of rights of way)
  • Access to area reps for route planning and advice
  • Direct contact from area reps
  • Members web forum
  • LARA member – A voice at Government level
  • In depth knowledge

How To Use Trailwise:

Google search Trailwise or visit Trailwise here.

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Click on maps (or search)

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Note: Having a Full membership gives you access to comments made by other members on a greenlanes, you will also be able to add your own comments for other people. The comments will give an indication of what a lane is like, maybe warn of potential obstacles, condition of the lane, suitability for certain vehicle types etc.

Select an area you wish to plot a route in, wherever you click will show a Grid Reference in the bottom left corner.
Once you’ve made your selection, you need to search for tracks in view and then confirm your search area.
Click the search ‘Search for tracks in view’ button.

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As you can see in the image above that search revealed nothing in that area, so I can click the search button again to search 3km around that area.

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Widening the search has revealed a lane. Remember this feature is only for registered members.

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Click on the lane and it will bring up information on the right hand panel, this shows traffic restrictions, a UID (UID = Unique IDentification number, a method of uniquely naming track sections within the system, calculated from the position of the track) and the name of the lane.

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Extending the search in the area has revealed lanes with dead ends, these are highlighted on the map with little dead end symbols.

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Above is a lane with comments to help give other users an idea of what the lane is like.

Alternatively you can text search lanes within a specific area and range.

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The text search feature enables you to search for lanes in a specific area, find tracks by name and find tracks with restrictions in place.

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Using the Trailwsie Exporter, you can plot a route and export it for use on Memory Maps or Anquet. To use this feature you must be have a current membership which grants you full access to all of Trailwise functions.
You can download the exporter by clicking the link below:

DOWNLOAD the latest version of Exporter (1.03) from

It is worth noting at this point that you can also get full access to Trailwise by joining other organisations which we have listed below.

Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF)
Countryside Access for the Less Mobile (CALM)

Range Rover Driver Stranded On South Walney Nature Reserve 12

Range Rover Driver Stranded On South Walney Nature Reserve

Cumbria Wildlife Trust are highlighting what damage off piste drivers can actually do, this comes after a Range Rover driver got stuck in the sands off the Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve on Sunday 25th February after venturing onto the protected beach illegally.

The Range Rover was driven across the nature reserve, ignoring ‘No Entry’ signs, on to the protected beach and into the sand which is populated with seals. The vehicles occupants even went as far as to remove a log barrier to gain access to the area which is protected under several conservation designations:

  • A Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Special Area of Conservation
  • Special Protection Area

Sarah Dalrymple the South Walney Warden had this to say:

“It is illegal, dangerous and damaging to take cars onto the sands. There is damage to the vegetated shingle from the vehicle itself, then there will be further damage from the vehicles that are going down to remove it, and if it cannot be removed there is serious risk of pollution from the petrol tank and oil as it rusts away. If the vehicle cannot be recovered it will potentially remain as eyesore for years”. She added, “I am appalled that some people think this is acceptable behaviour. The police are now dealing with the matter.”

The driver has caused damage to the vegetated shingle beaches in Lighthouse Bay which are an unusual wildlife habitat and where an individual community of striking plants has developed over hundreds of years. Plants, yellow horned-poppy, sea campion and biting stonecrop all grow here. In spring birds such as oystercatchers and ringed plover will nest on the shingle beaches and could be affected by the oil and petrol leaking from the vehicle if it cannot be recovered.

There is no access to the beaches at South Walney Nature Reserve for vehicles or visitors all year around, in order to prevent disturbance to the seals and the breeding and wintering birds. Beautiful public beaches can be visited at the north of Walney Island at Biggar Bank and West Shore.

All images are property of Sarah Dalrymple

Wealden police warn about Defender thefts

Land Rovers targeted by thieves in Wealden villages Police warn

Police are warning Land Rover Defender owners to be vigilant around the Wealden villages after two Defenders were stolen and a third attempted theft in Mayfield and Rotherfield during the past weekend. A white Defender was stolen at some point Saturday night from St Leonards Lane, Mayfield, it was later recovered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the vehicle was reportedly damaged and the contents of the vehicle were stolen, including a Makita drill.  A red Defender stolen from Town Row, Rotherfield, in the early hours of Sunday was found at Poultwood Golf Course, Higham Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, it had been used in a burglary.

There was also a failed attempt to steal a Defender from Station Road, Mayfield, on Sunday afternoon, thieves caused damage to the vehicle but were unable to steal it. Officers believe that these incidents could very well be linked linked and are warning Land Rover owners to think about how and where they park their vehicles overnight.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at any of the rural locations in East Sussex or who may have other information is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting serial 143 of 25/02. Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

'Defender Your Defender' Campaign Launched By Police After Land Rover Thefts Rise 13

‘Defender Your Defender’ Campaign Launched By Police After Land Rover Thefts Rise

A campaign to help Defender owners protect their Land Rovers has been launched by Police forces all around the country after a spate of thefts of the iconic vehicles.

The sudden rise in thefts of Land Rover Defenders has been attributed to the popularity of the vehicle, the sudden price hike since production ceased and the ease of breaking the vehicles for the parts which has led to the ‘Defend Your Defender’ initiative being launched by the police.

Police state that many of the vehicles are shipped abroad either complete or stripped and sold for spare parts.

Officers said motorists could reduce the risk of their pride and joy being stolen by taking a few simple steps.

How to ‘Defender your Defender’


Park your Defender out of sight, for example in a garage is ideal, however if you have to park on the drive, it is suggested they are covered by security lighting and CCTV.

Use a forensic security marking kit for vehicle parts.

Fit a tracker system.

Install a hidden battery isolation or cut-off switch.

Use high visibility signs to deter thieves.

Photograph any unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if the vehicle is ever stolen.

Layer security, the more layers of security that you install the more deterred a thief may be.

Anyone with any information on any Land Rover Defender thefts should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Happy Valley Voluntary Restraint Being Ignored By 4×4 drivers

Off road vehicles are still being driven on parts of Snowdonia despite there being a voluntary restraint on the byway known locally as Happy Valley.

The voluntary restraint on Happy Valley byway in Wales would run until April according to a tweet by GLASS. Stakeholder members requested the ongoing voluntary restraint on Happy Valley, the restraint includes both motorbikes and 4×4 vehicles.

Snowdonia National Park Authority say that byways in Cwm Maethlon, near Aberdyfi, Gwynedd have been substantially damaged and they do not have the funds to cover the repair. Gwynedd council has arranged for transportation officers to visit the site and assess the situation.

Green Lane Association (Glass) has pledged money and asked drivers that drivers of 4×4 vehicles and off road motorcycles stay away from the ‘Happy Valley’ byway.

Storm Doris caused damage to the Byway last year which has been made worse by some isolated incidents of illegal and inappropriate use by 4x4s.


A group of 4×4 drivers were using the ancient roads last August when one of the vehicles got stuck causing damage to the green lanes. One of the drivers from the group said one of the drivers had got badly stuck and some “regrettable damage” was done to remove the truck, adding drivers would be willing to help pay for the repairs.

I can fully understand that this will upset some people, had we known of the problem beforehand we would have avoided the route altogether,” he said.

This is a very short section on a very long, challenging and beautiful route, the vast majority of which can be driven without doing any harm.

It would be a shame if access was denied to the whole route because of this one section but none of us wish to make the situation worse.

On the flip side the Park authorities feel as though they have been put in very frustrating position.

Consideration is not given to other users, fragile habitats and the environment of the national park are being destroyed as tracks become wider resulting in more damage.

Repairs are too costly for the authority and landowners to implement and traffic regulation orders can result in significant costs.

It said Glass, a group that promotes sensible driving in the countryside, had agreed to contribute towards the costs of repairs to one section of the road.

The authority will also work with the group, landowners, Gwynedd council and North Wales Police to prevent the “damaging and anti-social behaviour”.

Gwynedd council said: “Officers from the council’s transportation service will be visiting the site to assess the condition of the route and to consider the options available to manage the flow of traffic.”

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Limited Edition £150k Land Rover Defender V8 Sold Out Already

Land Rover’s most powerful Defender ever built sold out within the first month it was announced.

Land Rover are celebrating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the iconic Defender by releasing 150 Land Rover Defender Works V8. Every one of which has already been sold, within one month of the special edition off-roader being announced. It’s hardly surprising, however, when you consider that this is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover Defender ever built.

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Each one of the special edition Defenders are being hand-built by Land Rover Classic, under the bonnet of the re-engineered Defender lurks a 5.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol V8 which kicks out 400 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, making this significantly more powerful than a standard Defender, which produced 120 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The 5.0 litre V8 can do 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 106 mph.  The limited edition Defender also features an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sports mode, along with uprated brakes, improved handling kit and exclusive 18-inch alloys with 265/65/18 tires.

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Defender Works V8 will be available in 90 and 110 wheelbase versions with a choice of eight colors and a contrasting black roof, wheel arches and grille. The interior has been updated with Windsor Leather trim covering the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats, along with LR Classic’s own infotainment system. Customers that ordered a Defender Works V8 were charged a cool £150,000 by Land Rover. Now that it’s sold out, this final Defender’s value will no doubt increase over time.

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Land Rover Explore Smartphone Launches April 26th

Land Rover Explore will be available from April the 26th, the rugged smartphone aimed at those with a love for the great outdoors.

We all use our smartphones on a daily basis, they have apps for everything these days. Whenever I go out greenlaning I use my Sony Xperia Premium to record the byways and take pictures, the only problem is that its not exactly built for the great outdoors.  Land Rover have built a smartphone that is designed specifically for those with a love for outdoor pursuits.

The device, known as the ‘Land Rover Explore,’  is water-proof up to 1.8 meters, and salt water will not even damage it. The phone has been styled after Land Rovers own Discovery, despite its durability it still looks like a sleek device. It also features a custom skin for quick access to utilitarian information and custom apps for outdoor activities. It can be used even when you’re wearing thick gloves and includes some essential emergency features including a compass and an SOS light.

Unlike a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone it can also handle being dropped, extreme temperatures, thermal shock, and intense vibrations. The handset features dual-SIM support and comes with a massive 4,000 mAh battery that Land Rover claims will give you two days of usage with the screen constantly on, or one day of activities which involve constant GPS tracking, perfect for a phone designed for the great outdoors.

Exploring is a unique experience – only you can define your own adventure. The award-winning Land Rover Explore: Outdoor Phone has been made to help you explore further, for longer and with added confidence. Find new routes, tracks, trails and paths – step out and embrace the outdoors. The Explore will help you live your adventures to the fullest. It’s waterproof, drop tested and built to withstand temperatures from the mountain to the surf, with a battery that won’t cut your day short. Take control and stay connected with a phone that’s as tough and durable as you are. Its sleek design makes it a piece of outdoor gear that fits the rest of your life too.

Additional battery packs are available, including the Adventure Pack 3,600 mAh and the additional battery 4,370 mAh.

The device is “designed for people who live for adventure and need a phone that can survive whatever it’s put through

Other specs include the deca-core MTK Helio X27 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 16-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel front camera, and Android Nougat with a planned Oreo update sometime in the future. The Adventure Pack also includes a 25 x 25 ceramic patch GPS antenna, protective case, and stainless steel carabiner with canvas strap.

Technical Specs:

  • 4000mAh plus additional add-on Battery Packs
  • IP68 Splash, Water and Dust resistance
  • Drop-proof to 1.8 metres with factory fitted screen protector
  • Premium grade, detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger
  • Android™ ‘Nougat’, with scheduled upgrade to ‘Oreo’
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, expandable via microSD™
  • Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with Dual SIM functionality
  • 16 MP Rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4 x digital zoom
  • Bright 5 inch FHD display, Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 5 protected, optimised for outdoor use
  • LTE Cat 6

The Land Rover Explore is set for release April 26th and will cost £599. The Adventure Pack is apparently included for that price.


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Off-Road Motorbike Seized and Crushed in Amble Crackdown

Police have seized and destroyed an off-road motorbike as part of an operation with Northumberland County Council to crackdown on illegal off-road motorbike riding in Amble.

A motorbike has been seized and destroyed by police during an initiative to prevent illegal and anti social off-road bike riding in Northumberland.

According to the Northumbria Police force, illegal bike riding has become a “recent trend” in Amble and needs to be stopped.

In response, one bike has been seized and destroyed by the police force, a further two riders were warned that their bikes could be seized and destroyed if they continue to offend.

Neighbourhood inspector Elizabeth Hall said: “Failure to comply with this warning may result in a sizeable fine, penalty points or disqualification, and the seizure and destruction of the vehicle.

“Local police are now aware of the issue and have taken steps to address this, and officers are carrying out regular patrols in the area in order to target offenders and prevent risk of harm and annoyance to the local community.”

“This work will continue and we would encourage residents to report incidents and provide information of persons involved in confidence.”

Officers have been working with Northumberland County Council and local constabulary to tackle the off-road riding.

Anyone wishing to report an incident or with any information can contact police by calling 101 or reporting online at


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What is Greenlaning and How To Do It Safely and legally

There are a set of guidelines which explain what greenlaning is and how to do it safely and legally. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) have released a set of guidelines to ensure 4×4 motorists drive responsibly on the UK’s largest military training area, Salisbury Plain. These guidelines can be applied to greenlaning in any areas, so they are worth a read:

When can I access Salisbury Plain training area (SPTA)
SPTA is an extensively used training area. Military training can limit public access and is scheduled throughout the year. For up to date access information contact 01980674763.

The timing and extent of live firing is available on the telephone or online (see useful info/contact numbers). Locally, red flags (day time) or lamps (night time) warn the public of areas in which live firing is in progress. Please read and abide by local site notices and directions.
The Salisbury Plain military lands byelaws were written in 1981; a period when greenlaning was in its infancy. Now a popular and more accessible recreational activity, the impact on both the military and public rights of way (PROW) network is increasing.
Although the MOD has made considerable investment into the road network on the Plain, just like PROW, some will be harder wearing than others.
Military roads are installed first and foremost to provide an essential network allowing the military to traverse the Plain.
We therefore urge greenlaners to approach the use of the Plain in a respectful and sustainable manner, following the good practice guidelines set out in this leaflet, to minimise their impacts. This will ensure SPTA can function as an important military training area whilst remaining an enjoyable location to experience greenlaning.
Useful info / contact numbers
Plain Watch
— To report suspicious or dangerous activity
please call 01980 674700
MOD Firing times
— 01980 674763
SPTA Head Quarters
— 01980 674679
SPTA Byelaws
SPTA Newsletter
Wiltshire PROW Map
Country Code
Green Lane Association (
Treadlightly (
Trail Riders Fellowship (
Wiltshire Council
Wiltshire & Swindon Countryside Access For Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) is the largest military training area in the United Kingdom. At 94,000 acres it is the same size as the Isle of Wight and covers a ninth of the county of Wiltshire. SPTA has an extensive network of public highways and is nationally recognised for its greenlaning opportunities.

Where can you drive/ride?
Public Rights of Way (PROW) Motor vehicular use is limited to byways open to all traffic (BOAT), and unclassified and classified roads. Public footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways are not for use by motorised vehicles. A map of the Wiltshire PROW network can be found online
SPTA Byelaws allow you to drive / ride road legal vehicles on Ministry of Defence (MOD) roads made up for vehicular use where access is not excluded or restricted by sign, barrier or other means. MOD permissive roads can be and are closed at any time.
You must not leave PROW or MOD roads in your vehicle. Please be aware commercial events utilising MOD roads requires a licence obtainable from SPTA Headquarters.
Good Practice Guidelines
•Use only BOAT, unclassified and classified roads and permissive MOD roads.
•Give way to military vehicles and personnel. Comply with any directions given to you by military personnel / MOD staff and be prepared to take an alternative route if required.
•Give way to walkers, horse riders and cyclists and be prepared to stop your engine to let them pass.
•Ensure that you and your vehicle are fully road legal. Vehicular access on SPTA PROW and MOD roads is subject to the same regulations that apply to all public roads.
•Keep to the defined track. Areas of SPTA are used for live firing and to go beyond defined MOD roads or PROW could be extremely dangerous. If the route is not obvious contact Wiltshire Council.
•Travel at a quiet and unobtrusive pace. When travelling in groups keep to a small number: four cars or six bikes maximum.
Larger groups should split up and use alternative routes rather than using the same trails to avoid causing excessive damage.
•A speed limit of 30 mph is operated on MOD roads and it is strongly recommended that this is limited to 20 mph when travelling on PROW.
•Pay attention to “The Four Ws”: Weather – do not travel on PROW during or following periods of extreme wet weather as they risk being damaged beyond a point of natural recovery. Remember that not all routes are appropriate for vehicle use at all times.
Weight – Do not use PROW that may be seriously damaged by the wheel pressure of your vehicle.
Width – Do not use PROW that are too narrow for your vehicle. Avoid damage to trees, hedgerows and boundaries.
Winches – The use of winches on PROW or MOD roads is inappropriate and should not be required.
•Follow the Countryside Code.
•Remember that wildlife faces many threats and PROW can be valuable habitats. Take special care in spring and early summer.

Although this guide was written for the use of Salisbury plain, most of the rules apply to all greenlaning no matter the area.
Always make sure you check the legality of routes against a definitive map of the area, these can usually be found online with a quick Google search and inform you if the byway is closed.

Try to avoid going out laning by yourself unless you are 100% certain that you can manage the lane without putting yourself in danger of getting stuck.

Always let someone know where you are going. It pays to inform other people of your whereabouts just in case something should happen.

Plan your route in advance, making sure that all routes all legal byways open to all traffic BOAT’s and do not have any temporary restrictions in place.

Carry recovery equipment and tools, make sure you have a spare tire.

Common sense should prevail whilst pursuing an outdoor activity such as greenlaning. Keep in mind that you will come across people on horses, pushbikes, and walkers so keep your speed to a minimum to prevent accidents and damage to the byway surfaces.