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4×4 Community Pull Together During Worst Weather In 50 years

Unsung hero’s from Devon and Cornwall have spent almost 48 hours straight driving NHS staff and patients all over Cornwall and Devon free of charge during the red weather warning.

Neil Bradford and Claire Bryant are well known for their charity work among the Land Rover community, they run Facebook groups ‘Charity Mania 4×4‘ and Land Rover Charity Events along with Polly Bryant using Land Rover based events to raise money for charity, so it was only natural that they would respond to the NHS appeal for 4×4 owners to help staff get to and from work.

As ever we are extremely grateful to all our staff for their ongoing incredible work during the severe weather and we sincerely thank anyone who is able to donate some extra time and skill to keep our patients safe and well this weekend.

Finally I’d like to add that we are hugely grateful to all those 4×4 drivers who have helped us so far. If any other 4×4 drivers can help this weekend please contact the Exeter Transport Hub on 01392 403913 as soon as possible.

Claire BryantGroupIf anyone is able to help please do. I know it’s started thawing but still need 4×4 to access most areas”

Thursday 1st March:

As soon as the bad weather started pushing in, the Land Rover Charity team got to work helping out where needed. Thursday as the snow began to settle Neil Bradford started helping those in need.

Using his Land Rover 110 to aid South West Water Workers in Kingsteignton, Neil collected their manager before going to the Totnes to collect safety equipment and supplies for workers who were stranded at work on Dartmoor nr Holne.
After dropping off safety equipment in Holne he then drove the manager back to Kingsteignton and workers home to Dawlish.

The day was by no means over, after leaving Dawlish Neil rescued two elderly women along who had become stranded whilst looking after their granddaughter. The elderly women had got stuck in a dangerous position, after the stranded vehicle was pushed to the side of road he then dropped the ladies home in Langston Cliff.

Not only was there chaos on the roads, but trains had also stopped running leaving people stranded and in need of a lift home in the snow. Some people had began to walk the 3.5 miles from Dawlish to Teignmouth in the treacherous conditions. Neil began ferrying stranded rail passengers up until 10.30pm.

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Friday 2nd March:

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Land Rover owner, Malcolm Pelmear was busy ferrying nurses during storm Emma and asked Neil to help out the next day. The pair were up at 6 am Friday morning and spent the day taking nurses to and from Newton Abbot hospital and picking up other walkers along the way.

One of the walkers that was picked up was a young dad who had to get essential food to his kids.

Saturday 3rd March:

Today the volunteers were up at 5.30 am to do it all again. The 4×4 community has really pulled together during some of the worst weather conditions in almost 50 years. Neil Bradford, Claire Bryant, Malcolm Pelmear, Ben Walker, Dave Horswell, Mathew Taylor, Rowan Lawson Sutton…. These are just a few of the local heroes that risked going out in the blizzards and treacherous driving conditions to help out others in need.

Blizzards driven by strong winds, causing drifting snow and bitter cold have caused death and disruption as the weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” clashes with Storm Emma to create some of the worst weather in almost 50 years.

The Met Office issued a red warning on Thursday across Devon and Cornwall and declared a ‘Major Incident’ as temperatures plummeted and snow fell up to 50cm in some areas.

Schools closed, hospital appointments were cancelled people were left stranded. Drivers, that ignored warnings not to go out, or had no choice but to travel in the snow and ice, were left stranded on roads right across the UK in freezing temperatures.

Emergency services struggled to clear heavy snow and abandoned vehicles that had broken down or crashed. Many rail and air travelers also endured found themselves stranded.

There were 4×4’s out in force, not only in Devon and Cornwall, but all over the country helping people out, recovering vehicles, delivering supplies, offering lifts, helping the emergency services. It is fantastic to see how the 4×4 community pull together in a time of crisis and put themselves and their vehicles at risk for the good of others. Of course we would love to name you all, but obviously that’s impossible. Everyone that has helped has been truly amazing and need a huge thank you.

If you have a video or a story to share then please share it in the comments.


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Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour 18th-27th August 2018

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour hosted by Land Rover Charity events and charity Mania 4×4 will take place from the 18th to the 27th of August 2018.

Meet at 10am leave at 11am
Everyone will be given a clue sheet for the route you choose Routes are A all road and B all road and some green lanes C easy green lanes with some roads D medium green lanes with some roads E harder green lanes with some roads, you will need to follow the directions to get the clues; collect words, numbers, symbols; all the while you can enjoy the scenery and explore the local community.

Start Haytor Top Car Park TQ13 9XT. Meet from 10am leave 11am End The Royal carvery Hotel you can purchase food here.

£5 per truck to take part – any Land Rover or 4×4 vehicles can take part as long as road legal. Our charities this year are Children’s Hospice South West; LARF CORNWALL and CORNWALL SEARCH & RESCUE

Itinerary – Cornwall 2018
A route plan will be available on arrival – sites are ‘wild camping’ – toilets and water will be available. A utility tent where you can freshen up will be provided – bring your own travel shower if required.

All arranged outings and meals are optional

Day 1 Saturday 18th August Meet and greet
Arrive at The Countryman Inn, Launceston PL15 8NL (nr North Petherwin) from 10am.
Live Band Saturday Night.

Day 2 Sunday 19th August
Function Room booked for Sunday lunchtime from midday – 2pm if you wish to join in for Carvery or Special Board available – (charge applies)

One of the local landowners will lead us out for a leisurely drive around the area to include a few green lanes – setting off approximately 4pm.

Day 3 Monday 20th August
Depart The Countryman Inn by 11am

Travel to site 2 nr Penzance TR19 6EJ. We will take in some of the coast road to explore the North Cornwall coastline. Alternatively you can drive directly to the site.

Day 4 Tuesday 21st August &
Day 5 Wednesday 22nd August

Days free to explore the area. Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 6 Thursday 23rd August
Depart by 11 am. Travelling to site 3 Pendoggett PL30 3HQ.

Day 7 Friday 24th August
Day free to explore the area.
Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 8 Saturday 25th August
Depart by 11 am. Travel to Pentille Castle PL12 6QD via Bodmin Moor.

Day 9 Sunday 26th August.
Day free to explore the area
Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 10 Monday 27th August.
Time to say farewell to your new friends or spend some time exploring either as groups or individually before heading off.

Tickets are now on sale at £60 for one Land Rover for all the tour or £20 per a day not per person please don’t forget before you purchase your ticket this is for wild camping every Land Rover will receive a plaque

For booking tickets or questions about the event please contact Neil or Claire here.

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Cornwall Land Rover Tour Charity Event 2018 Tickets Available Now!

Cornwall Land Rover Tour Charity Event 2018 Tickets Available Now Along With Dates And Details.

Neil Bradford and Claire Bryant are well known for their charity work within the Land Rover community and welcome members new and old to come join the Land Rover Cornwall Tour.
The event will take place in several locations throughout Cornwall over the course of Ten days with the aim of raising money for three Cornish charities – LARF, Cornwall search and rescue and Children’s Hospice SW Little Harbour.

Cornwall Land Rover Tour Dates:

The Cornwall tour runs from the 18th through to the 27th of August 2018 and starts in Launceston and finishes at Pentille Castle with other stops in between, the actual locations are as follows:

Cornwall Land Rover Tour Sites:

First stop: The Countryman Launceston for 2 nights.
Second Stop: Penzance near TR19 6EJ for 3 nights.
Third Stop: Pendoggett PL303HQ for 2 nights
Final Stop: Pentille Castle PL12 6QD for 2 nights.

Claire and Neil are currently organising optional days out in each of the four areas which you will be welcome to join in with; alternatively you are more than welcome to follow your own ideas and go on your own adventure – you are under no obligation to join in with the arranged outings but they are guaranteed to be fun. Details on the extra activities will follow soon and will be posted on the Charity events facebook page.

Ticket Information

Tickets £60 for the whole trip or £20 per day. Contact Claire Bryant for BACS payment details (Charity bank account) we will be posting a lot more about this on the group page.

Other Charity Events:

Things we will be doing from now until November 2018 on this group tag and plays treasure hunts mystery tours and invitation for shows and fetes and the big one Cornwall Land Rover tour 2018

Sunday February the 25th Land Rover 4×4 vehicles quest and green lane day invites have been sent out great day out for everyone

Pentillie Land Rover defender day on the 8th April we will be there showing our Land Rovers like we did last year

Land Rover Devon border reunion on the 4th to 7th of May at Haynes park parkham NR clovelly all will receive an invitation turn up on the Friday or Saturday after 12 on the Friday anytime on the Saturday will post more information soon

Tag and play on on Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May two day event pay and play Saturday tag and play Sunday it’s the bank holiday weekend we will have free camping it’s where we had our last stop on the Devon tour at northhill 4×4 everyone will receive an invitation to this one

Sunday June the 17th treasure hunt and green lane day

We have been asked by Sara Cartwright from the Ashcombe fete committee to come along again this year to show our Land Rovers on the 29th July all welcome

Shows and fetes in July and August dates to be confirmed

Cornwall Land Rover tour from 18th to 27th August tickets are on sale more information to follow on group page

Discovery birthday weekend 20th 21st October 2018 all LRs welcome to join in more information to follow

Tag and play Cornwall end of October

25th November 2018 Land Rover all 4×4 mastery tour and green lane day roast dinner fancy dress everyone will have a route plan for this one this time like we normally have invites will be sent out more information to come

Other things will be added as and when invited Cornwall tour tickets are now on sale please contact Claire Bryant we would like to update you all on the sites we will be using so you know what areas we will be staying in.

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Vintage Land Rover Emerges At Cornish Beach Almost 30 Years After Being Taken By The Tides

These remarkable pictures show a vintage Land Rover emerging at a Cornish beach 30 years after it was taken by the rising tide.

The Land Rover has resurfaced three decades after it was taken by spring tides at Gwithian beach, on the southwest coast.

Shifting sands and big spring tides have revealed part of a Ronnie Hanney’s Land Rover that got stuck there when he and his family had driven down to the shore almost three decades ago and unfortunately got stuck.

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The most prominent part of the vehicle, the rear passenger side wheel still has a fully inflated tyre has briefly appeared before, however last week the chassis could also be seen as more of the Land Rover was uncovered for the first time.

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The Land Rover – with ‘Merry Christmas Cornwall’ painted on the side – was already 22 years old when it became stuck in soft sand.

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Despite trying to save the car with a tractor, the tides moved in and the cheery vehicle, which had been decorated with tinsel and Christmas messages, was doomed to its beachy grave.

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Gina, who was 16 at the time, recalled: ‘It was one of the most embarrassing days of my life.

Wheely stuck: Despite trying to save the car with a tractor, the tides moved in and the cheery vehicle, which had been decorated with tinsel and Christmas messages, was doomed to its beachy grave


‘We had parked up down by the shoreline, but we were in soft sand and when we tried to move the back wheels just kept spinning.

‘The tide had turned and we couldn’t get out in time, so I ran back up to the slip to try to find someone to help while people started to gather on the headland to watch.

‘Once the water reached the Land Rover we couldn’t do any more and we had to leave it.

 ‘The funniest thing was, when my dad went back with a spade the next day to dig it out, all that was sticking out of the sand was the chassis and four wheels.”

In a report at the time the local ‘Cornishman’ newspaper said: ‘The sand flats below Hayle Towans claimed an unusual wreck earlier this week when a 22-year-old Land Rover dropped into a hole and refused to budge.

‘Mr Ron Hanney of Water Lane, Hayle, owner of the disaster stricken vehicle, rushed home to get a tractor and pull it out, but the tide won the race.’

Though he was understandably upset at the time, Gina admits that after a few years her father, who died aged 69 in December 2015, saw the funny side of it.

She added: ‘In a way it’s nice that he has left a legacy that is now part of Hayle, as he loved it here.

Facebook user Alexander Robertson said: ‘Well they are all-terrain amphibeas exploring utility vehicles. I wouldn’t expect anything less from such fine British engineering.’

Daniel Small Convicted Of Land Rover Thefts

Devon & Cornwall Land Rover Thieves Found Guilty Of £200k Crime Wave


Members of a family-run theft ring which targeted farms and small businesses all over Devon and Cornwall have been found guilty of varying charges relating to the thefts which had an estimated value in excess of £200,000.

Daniel Small, aged 60, was a key link between his two sons Daniel and James and other members of the gang, who helped dispose of the Land Rovers and other farm vehicles which they stole in 28 raids.

Small was found guilty after a two- week trial at Exeter Crown Court and will be sentenced alongside his two sons, who both admitted to two counts of conspiracy to steal last year.

Despite claiming to be a born again Christian who turned his back on a life of crime, mobile phone evidence proved beyond any shadow of doubt he was linked to the burglaries and thefts.

At the trial, Donald Tait, prosecuting, said: “Daniel Small senior did not often leave home, but was in touch with the others by telephone.

They stole anything that was not nailed down and as you know, his two sons have both pleaded guilty to being involved in this unlawful enterprise.

The principal people were Small and his sons and we say he was the principal organiser. All this stealing caused a lot of heartache to a lot of people.

There was a lot of inconvenience where farmers were involved. It affected their businesses. You can imagine the disruption when a livestock seller is unable to take their stock to market.”

Small stored stolen property stored at a neighbours farm in South Barton Farm, Wembury, owned by his friend Barry Stephens, aged 59. Nothing incriminating was found at his own yard, where he bought and sold cars and vans.

During the trial, the court heard how the gang had targeted farms and businesses across Devon and Cornwall, during a six-month crime spree in which they stole Land Rovers, horse boxes, trailers, quad bikes, rigid inflatable boat and jet skis.

Mr Donald Tait, prosecuting, said:”This case involves the large scale theft of motor vehicles, particularly Land Rovers, which are much sought after, and a number of items of agricultural equipment such as trailers and horse boxes.

The case even features a rigid inflatable boat and some jetskis. We say there was stealing on a grand scale so these men could make money out of other people’s property. The value is well in excess of £200,000.

The investigation was named Operation Grail and started as an inquiry into acquisitive crime in South Devon and East Cornwall predominantly as well at the South Hams and Teignbridge.

It started with a series of thefts of Land Rovers from various locations. It became apparent they were taken out of the county and police came to the conclusion the thefts were connected.

The mobile phone evidence used to link Small to the thefts used in correlation with automatic number plate surveillance on the A 38, M5 and other main roads showed many of the stolen Land Rovers were taken to a traveller’s site near Bridgwater.

Barry Stephens, aged 59, of South Barton Farm, Wembury, has admitted receiving a telescopic lift, an Ifor Williams trailer, a quad bike and a Transit tipper truck which were recovered from his property.

Maurice Isaacs, aged 44, of Puriton, denied the second conspiracy count but was found guilty.

Stephen Benney, aged 31, also of Puriton, was cleared of conspiracy on the orders of the judge after evidence showed Isaacs had been using his phone at the material times.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a video recorded phone call to Isaacs from the custody suite at Heavitree Road Police Station in Exeter, asking him to dispose of their shared mobile phone.

Four other men have admitted related offences and all ten will be sentenced later this year at a hearing which is expected to last at least a day.

Judge Erik Salomonsen released Daniel Small Senior, Isaacs and Benney on bail.

Victims Of The Crime Wave:

Thorn Farm, Bridgerule, Holsworthy.
Coombe Farm, Lifton.
Callisham Farm, Yelverton.
Haytown, Horrabridge.
Westmac, Bittaford x 2,
Tor Town Farm, Moortown, Tavistock.
Station Yard, South Brent.
Romford, Essex.
Beacon Riding School, Bittaford x 2.
Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, Plymouth.
Yappers Farm, Tamerton Foliot,
Edgecumbe Road Motors, Lostwithiel.
Slipson Hill Farm, Yealmpton.
Whitley Farm, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge.
Parkway Industrial Estate, Plymouth.
Plymouth Van and Car Sales, Valley Road, Plymouth.
Well Park Farm, Dean Prior.
Wiswell Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor.
Barton Farm, Avonwick, Totnes.
Meads Farm Harford, Ivybridge.
Tin Park riding stables, Cornwood.
Lutton Farm, South Brent.
Dorwill Cattery, Ivybridge.
South Barton, Brixton.


Toyota Surf Cornwall Byway

Standard Toyota Surf On St Columb Byway Cornwall

We have a standard Jeep Cherokee in the group and now it looks like the latest truck to join 4MuD is a very standard Toyota Surf. We just had to take its cherry, so we went for a little wade on a Byway in St Mawgan, followed up by a stream crossing, a drop in and a nice lane in St Columb, Cornwall.
Needless to say the trucks owner (Richard) has got the bug and can’t wait to come out again and put his truck to the test.

Snow On Dartmoor

Police Ask Drivers To Avoid Dartmoor During Snowy Weather

Snow is falling on the high ground Devon and Cornwall and the local constabulary have taken to social media to ask drivers to avoid Dartmoor this evening due to the heavy snow that is currently falling there and the amount of vehicles getting stuck in the Princetown area reportedly.

Dartmoor becomes a hotspot during snow showers and when the area began getting snowfall from around midday today the so called ‘Snow Tourists’, as they are being called by the locals started to flood in and began getting stuck.
The locals claim that the ‘Snow Tourists’ eave a trail of devastation on Dartmoor after coming to enjoy the snow, this spurred a code of conduct to be drawn up in an attempt to limit the amount of carnage caused on the moors.

Locals to the area have not only complained about the litter and the stranded cars, but there is concern over the inconsiderate and anti-social behaviour of the visitors. Double parked cars, blocked roads, trampled fields and inconsideration to the animals that live on the moors are just some of the complaints.

Dartmoor Forest Parish Council has now compiled a list of rules for any visitors coming to enjoy the white stuff, it includes guidance on parking, driving, entering fields with livestock and respecting private property.

Cllr David Worth, co-chair of Dartmoor Forest Parish Council,  issued a warning to dog walkers about keeping control of their animals as farmers had the right to shoot any canines disturbing their lambs.  He said, “This is a time for family fun and tourists are welcome to come and enjoy the snow while it lasts.

“However, visitors are asked to abide by a few simple rule to avoid making life a nightmare for local residents.

“Park your cars responsibly and avoid blocking the road or restricting access. Emergency vehicles need easy access at all times to the moorland communities.

“Do not attempt to drive down narrow moorland roads that have not been gritted. You will get stuck, either on the road or in the ditch.

“Do not attempt to drive down village side streets that have not been gritted. You may cause an accident.

“Do not enter any fields with livestock. Sheep are heavily pregnant at this time of year and will miscarry if they become stressed.

“Keep close control of dogs. Farmers are entitled to shoot any dog worrying sheep, especially around lambing time.

“Respect private property. Not everywhere on the moor is access land.

“Leave gates and property as you find them. Farmers will normally shut gates to keep animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water.

“Use gates only and do not climb over dry stone walls or fences. These are easily damaged, allowing farm animals to escape.

“If you are asked to leave private property by the land owner, Dartmoor National Park Ranger or the Police, please comply with the request politely and quickly.

“Do not resort to verbal or physical abuse.”

Ashcombe Suffle 2017 Cancelled

Ashcombe Scuffle 2017 Postponed Due To Bad Conditions

Ashcombe Scuffle is an annual charity event for 4×4’s and quad bikes, set in a 100 acres of pay and play off-roading bliss with steep hill climbs, bogs, water splashes, winch challenges and lots more.  “Enough to entertain and amuse a hardened 4×4 veteran or allow anyone with a driving licence to have a go at seeing what their vehicle can do.”

With a choice of routes which vary in difficulty, you could set your own pace.  Due to the woodland conditions on the grounds, this year’s events have had to be cancelled. Forestry work stops play, however, bookings for small private groups that were booked for 2017 are still being honoured, it’s believed no new bookings are being taken though.

Ralph Rayner posted the following statement on Facebook explaining the reasons behind suspending the 2017 scuffle event:

“Dear members,

As many of you are aware we have had serious issues with woodland damage partly caused by the many events we have run in the last few years combined with high winds and soft ground conditions.

Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to suspend the Ashcombe Scuffles in 2017.

At this time there is extensive forestry work going on in the woods with re-building of forest tracks and replanting to follow. Regrettably, this means that we have to let everything settle down and recover fully. I’m very sorry but this is the only sensible option open to us.

Private Group bookings (for small groups) are still valid this year. These dates have been already been fully allocated for 2017.

We will reappraise the situation next year.

Best wishes and most of all many thanks for your very kind support and participation.”

Hopefully we will see the return of the Ashcombe Scuffle Off Road Event in 2018!  Here’s a video from the 2016 winter event!




Colin Butt Will Be Sorely Missed

Tributes to Colin Butt Killed In Hill-Climb Near Exeter

The 66 year old man tragically died during a hill climb event at Clifford Bridge, on the edge of Dartmoor, near Moretonhampstead, shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday has been named as Colin Butt, from Cullompton.

Mr Butt was thrown out of his Marlin kit car during the 88th MCC Exeter Trial along with his passenger who was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Butt on social media,  “I can’t believe this!?! Rest in peace Colin Butt. A huge loss to motorsport in the SW!” reads one Facebook post,  “A true inspiration to us all and never forgotten. Our thoughts are with Wayne and his family at this sad and difficult time.” says another. Others describe Colin as ‘one of the nicest blokes’ who ‘loved his racing’,  it is clear hes death came as a huge shock to the motorsport community.

A Motor Sports Association spokesman said: “The Motor Sports Association (MSA) – governing body of four-wheel UK motorsport – confirms that one competitor has died and another was injured in an incident on the MCC Exeter Trial. The competitor who has tragically died was a driver, while the injured competitor was the vehicle’s passenger.”

“A trial is a low-speed type of motorsport in which competitors aim to drive as far as possible up a hillside course.”

“As with all serious incidents in or around UK motorsport, the MSA is now working with the event-organising club and the police to establish precisely what happened on this occasion.”

“The MSA sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and offers the injured competitor its very best wishes for a full recovery.”

Over 300 cars and motorbikes were taking part in the 2017 event across various parts of the South West, part of the events are rough, there are several sections on private land where the vehicles use rough tracks. Roger Ugalde, clerk of the course for the MCC, said: “We don’t know why it happened. The car has been taken away by the police for forensics to be carried out.”

“It’s thought something like this might have happened in the 1950’s but since then there has never been a fatality at an MCC event,” he added.
Image by Farleigh Castle VMXdN

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Blind Lane Saved By TRF After £30,000 Repair Bill Threatened Closure

Blind Lane has a poor history and had an even bleaker future, that is until Devon Trail Rider Federation (TRF) stepped up to the plate. With ruts as deep as four feet, collapsing hedges, TTRO’s, and an estimated £30,000 repair bill and limited funds that wouldn’t stretch that far, without the Devon TRF’s intervention and the kind generosity of three men, this lane would of almost certainly been lost forever.

Ian Collins has been a member of Devon TRF for over ten years and during his time with the organisation he has created a ‘Greenlane restoration’ team, comprised of good willed volunteers. Ian’s group have built up a good working relationship with the local authorities which makes negotiations and planning much easier.

Blind Lane has been blighted with problems since way back in 2009, erosion by water pouring of the tarmac road above the byway has carved a gorge as deep as four feet in places which in turn has undermined the hedges and caused them to collapse. All the materials then get washed onto the road below the greenlane, it was estimated around 45 tonnes had been washed out and onto the road. The erosion was so serious that a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) was placed on the lane in 2012 by the public rights of way (PRoW) wardens.

The Council inspections deemed the site beyond economical repair, with estimates of around £30,000 for repairs  and a limited funding it seemed almost certain that this lane was to be closed for good. The Devon TRF met with the local authorities and after speaking with the warden and agreement was reached, the TRF offered to supply the materials and labour to restore Blind Lane.

Blind Lane Repairs

Blind Lane Repairs

DTRF member Chris Cole donated 12 tonnes of road form stone which was used to build weirs within the gully running the length of Blind Lane. Chris Selway, a local farmer, has land that runs along side Blind Lane, he provided use of his tractor which was used to move the massive stone into the byway to build weirs at roughly 20 ft intervals, a further 200 tonnes of material was used to repair the lane.
John  a third volunteer, owned a 3 tonne digger which was used to dig and level stone.
Brian, another DTRF member who only lived 1/2 mile away from the lane owned a 4×4 five tonne dumper.

Blind Lane Repair Volunteers TRF

Blind Lane Repair Volunteers TRF

Thanks to the joint co-operation between DCC, DTRF and of course the volunteers the TTRO was lifted at the end of 2016. The lane is still an ongoing project to keep it properly maintained, it is also worth noting that this lane will not stand up to 4×4 use, but thanks to the efforts of all those involved another great lane has been saved.

Source: Moving Mountains -TRF


Series 3 Land Rover Tips Over On Cornish Byway – No Mans Land Looe

Almost exactly two years ago we headed East for a days greenlaning with some friends from Tavistock area, one of the first lanes we did proved to be a bit slippery and John Barrasins Series 3 slipped down into a deep rut and tipped onto its side.
We had done this lane before a few times with no issues, but this time we would need winches and some teamwork to get moving again.
It took about 20 minutes to get the series back on all four wheels and it was only a matter of seconds before it had become cross axled and we were all at a stand still again. We managed to get the series 3 (Lamb) on the move again with the use of some waffle boards however this wasn’t the last thing to go wrong on this lane this day!

At the end of this deeply rutted byway is a large step where the edge of the main road has washed out. Chris Higman managed to break his transfer box and bust a front shock whilst trying to exit the green road which ended his day laning.

One of my favorite greenlanes and I cant wait to get out on it again, it is washed out, but the substrate underneath is hard resulting in some permanent deep ruts, it also gets very tight and scratchy during the summer when the Gorse bushes grow out. Steve Penfold has been up and down it in a standard Jeep Cherokee with no problems.

Treworga | UCR | greenlane | Byway | Cornwall

Unclassified country road in Treworga, Cornwall, deep water at one end, wouldn’t advise attempting on your own!

Freewater Byway Off A3078 Between Probus and Tregony Cornwall

Freewater Byway just off the A3078 between Probus and Tregony is a good greenlane with some deep ruts.
The lane has a stream crossing at one end, and some low hanging branches, will be a tight scratchy lane in the summer months.

Green Lane Nr Trewithian Cornwall – St Just In Roseland

Nice green lane near St Just in Roseland, trewithian, Cornwall driven by Nick Osborne in his Defender 90 16/02/2018. This lane has a little bit of everything, few rutted areas, some steps, a stream, nice solid lane and a good drive.

Laddock Byway Cornwall BOAT

Myself and Nick Osborne doing a BOAT (byway open to all traffic) at Laddock. Nice scratchy little lane in the summer months, usually find that there are trees down during the winter months that need chopping up and removing!
This lane could be done on road tires, good solid track for most of the lane.