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Default Land Rovers greenlaning in the Lake District (UK) with Trailmasters

Ever since we got the Range Rover Sport, I had this itch for offroading/greenlaning. I learnt about the term greenlaning after coming to the UK. It is a popular activity and I wanted to be a part of it. Unfortunately some of the tracks that I saw on the net were quite technical and I did not want to break the Range Rover Sport. Things became dormant till we we got the Defender 90 a few months back. The urge was back and I started following up with a few groups. Unfortunately most of the good tracks are up north and quite a bit of distance from London.

A glimpse before we start!
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After studying online found that Lake District would be a good place to start. Saw an article in Land Rover Monthly where a couple suggested to start with a reputed company like Trailmasters. There was an upcoming Lake District tour arranged by Trailmasters and I immediately booked it. The cost per car is 200 for 2 days of greenlaning. We had to book our own hotel and Rajsri promptly booked a place called Autumn Leaves in Windermere.

I was extremely excited for the event and bought a steering guard for the Defender from Maltings 4x4. It is a Terrafirma steering guard. John from Trailmasters had said that a stock Defender could easily do the trails, but I certainly did not want to take any chance with an appreciating asset! I wanted the differential guards as well, but could not make up my mind on which ones to order. On hindsight, it was a mistake.

The Steering Guard from Terrafirma
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The problem in UK or maybe specifically in London, the garages are always full. They do not have time to do odd jobs. Unfortunately the FNG where I always go was shut down for reasons unknown and the owner was missing. I could not contact him, so started looking for other places to get the steering guard fitted. None of the garages that I went to was willing to do it. I found it really strange. Maybe someday I will find out the reason. So I decided to install the guard myself. The instructions supplied were lucid and I had no trouble initially. I was able to open the steering damper and install the left hand side bracket.

The bracket on the left
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But then I was stuck as I did not have the proper tools or strength to loosen one bolt on the right hand side.

Could not open that rusted nut and bolt on the right
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Back to square one and I had no time left. I was frantically thinking of going to Halfords and buy the tools necessary, but even then I was not sure if I would be able to do it. As a last resort I took the car to the the premises where my FNG was located. I had seen a few other garages in the same complex and I thought someone might help. It was a good decision and I found the right garage. The guys were really nice and quite eager to install the steering guard. After seeing their struggle to loosen the bolt I realised that I could not have done that alone. Some things are best left to professionals.

After installation
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The Trip

On a beautiful autumn morning we left London for Windermere in the Lake District. Stopped for lunch at a service area.

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By the time we checked into our hotel it was late afternoon. We dropped our luggage, had a cup of coffee and left the hotel immediately as we were running short of time to visit the The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. It closes at 5 pm and we reached there at 4, just enough time for the tour. It is an enchanting world where Beatrix Potter's magical stories are brought to life in 3D and also tells us about her conservational efforts in the Lake District. Both Rajsri and I are big fans of Beatrix Potter and it had been on our checklist for a long time.

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After the tour we had a lovely cup of tea with scones and cream in the cafe. From there we roamed around the district and went to the hill top. We had been to Windermere in 2018 and it felt lovely to be back again. The weather was gorgeous and the countryside looked beautiful. We took the narrowest of roads through the trees that we could find and it was serene and tranquil with the only noise coming from the hum of the stolid engine of our Defender.

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My Defender can call me dissolute when it comes to other Defenders, but I cannot help it. I ogle at Defenders and cannot stop myself from clicking pictures. At the hilltop I saw this Defender 110.

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We came down to Bowness and started looking for a good place to have dinner. Unfortunately most of the restaurants that we called up said that we needed prior reservation. Meanwhile the light was beautiful just after the sunset. I wish I had better photography skills to capture it.

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Finally Rajsri found a place with fantastic ratings and reviews which could accommodate the two of us. It was Villa Positano. We had a good vibe immediately after entering the place. People were chatting and laughing, talking to each other and even conversing with people from other tables. At first I thought that they were the true Italians. Then after sometime we saw a sign board - "No wifi, please talk to each other".

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The place we were staying was quite small but had got great reviews due to the breakfast. Unfortunately we had to leave very early for the greenlaning meet and had to skip breakfast. We had been told over email to carry adequate food and drinks as the lunch stop would be inside a forest. It had started raining by the time we left the hotel. The meeting point was in Ambleside, about ten minutes drive from our hotel. By the time we reached there, almost all the participants had reached. After a quick introduction and pictures, we were on the way. Sam was the team lead in his Land Rover Discovery 3. He was accompanied by his partner Linda and two dogs named Dolce and Gabbana. Most of the other guys in the group had done greenlaning before. I was the newbie and hence the plan was that I would follow the lead car.

The Team
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The lineup -

1. Land Rover Discovery 3 - Sam and Linda
2. Land Rover Defender 90 Station Wagon - Sumitro and Rajsri
3. Land Rover Defender 110 Ex Military - Gary and Susan
4. Land Rover Discovery 4 - Peter
5. Land Rover Discovery 2 - Dan
6. Land Rover Defender 110 Utility - Peter and Angela

After driving for about 10 minutes we took a detour where the signboard said - "Unsuitable for motors". Sam came down and told me to put the vehicle in low range second gear.

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The track was beautiful, but scary as well. The tyres kept slipping as we tried to move forward. After a while I got stuck. It had nothing to do with the terrain or the vehicle, it was driver error. It had been a very long time since I had offroaded in a completely manual vehicle. Sam came down again to guide me. He said that I had to straighten the wheels and though it might sound strange, I had to go down towards the slope instead of trying to avoid it. It sounded scary sure as there was a stream flowing on the side. However once Sam did the spotting for me, it looked easy!

Spotting!
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Following the leader
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After an hour or so, we stopped at a place for tea/coffee. Since I did not know anyone, it was a good time to catch up with the others. The people were very friendly. We were lucky to be out with a bunch of such nice people doing things we love!

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The Discovery 4 had a bit of a hard time negotiating the first trail and the sidesteps got hit. Gary and Sam tried to fix it by putting their weights on it.

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From there we kept on doing trail after trail, each one quite different from another. The surroundings were different, the challenges were different. My confidence with the Defender kept on growing with each trail and became quite comfortable with the car. The only thing that I missed was having differential guards. Life would have been a lot more peaceful on those trails if I had got them installed.

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Soon it was time for a lunch stop. There was a wide opening under the trees in a forest and all the vehicles parked there.

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As we had stopped we saw another group of greenlaners doing the same trail.

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We were carrying sandwiches and cup noodles along with hot water in a Thermos flask. Lunch was a quick affair and soon we were on our way again. Trail driving continued till half past four in the evening.

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It was pouring heavily at that time, so we could not say goodbye to each other properly. Anyways we would meet the next day.

There was no phone connectivity at the place and we told Sam that we would follow him till Ambleside. From Ambleside we went towards our hotel. As I had said before, the room was too small and we did not want to spend time there. So freshened up quickly and went for a drive towards Ullswater. The countryside was looking beautiful.

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The tracks that we covered -

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Evening was very busy in Bowness, but Rajsri somehow managed to book a table in an Indian restaurant called Mela. Rajsri is such a good cook that we usually do not have urge to eat Indian food outside, but this time Rajsri insisted that she wanted to. It was actually a Bangladeshi restaurant. The food was really good and the hospitality was fantastic though the ambience could be better.

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Day two started early again and we met at the same place as the previous day. After a quick catchup we started and the formation was the same. I was following Sam's Discovery 3. The road that Sam took was beautiful and we went past Coniston Lake and entered into a trail. This was the most beautiful trail that we did during the entire weekend. It ended up in a hilltop with a view of the Coniston lake. The road up to the place had a fair bit of challenges but nothing too hard.

On the way up we stopped at a place beside a flowing stream. The place was looking magical.

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A picture with the team lead Sam
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We continued on our way to the top and stopped at places to click pictures.

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Centre of attraction! We had another onlooker as well
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The rain had stopped by the time we reached the top. We saw part of a rainbow as well.

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Spot Gary!
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We took a lot of pictures there, posting a few out of them. I had planned to fly the drone as well but it started raining by the time I could get it out.

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We got down from the top via the same way and continued to other trails.

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We stopped at place called the Fox for lunch. Initially when I had heard about it I thought it would be a public house and was quite excited. Once we reached there I realised it is called the Fox as there is a statue of a fox

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Martin with his Defender 110 getting ready for a trip to Morocco next year!
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Lunch time was cut short due to rain and we were on our way again into the trails unsuitable for motors. One trail was particularly challenging and I was just praying that the underbody does not get hit.

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At the end of the day we reached a place where there was a shack full of cakes and brownies. It was time to say goodbye to all as well.

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The tracks -

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It was two days of sheer fun with some scary moments for sure. The people were lovely and I am looking forward to be greenlaning with them again. The surprise of the trip was the Discovery 4. The gleaming vehicle looked posh and quite out of place in those trails, but it did all of them with ease. The person who coined the term "Horses for courses" surely did not know about these big Land Rovers and Range Rovers. One of these cars is the only horse you need for every course. They can be blazing fast on the highways and give Defenders a run for money in the trails.

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Awesome stuff! I came across greenlaning as a term from some folks on Instagram, based in the UK and then looked it up. Some of the terrain in Post#4 look all set to damage the car if the right line isnt chosen. Add to that the rocks are wet and slippery and you could slide over easily causing the damage.

Love these locales, although i can imagine with the wet weather it may not be as comfortable as it looks.
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What a lovely, enticing write up. A curiosity; we have so many of our members who are based abroad who share their experiences of these tough, exotic SUVs but never really seen one on Nissan Patrol, arguably one of the best SUVs for tough terrains. Is it losing popularity or not fashionably famous now, one wonders!!
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Awesome Blackpearl! Read it in one go. Generally when moving in a group, taking pictures becomes less of a priority but you have taken such beautiful pictures. How do you think the Bolero 4wd and the previous gen Thar perform on these trails?
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wonderful write-up and beautiful pictures, especially of the LR beasts. I have never heard of greenlaning before, but it looks quite adventurous. Thanks a lot and happy driving.
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One of the most challenging roads (again in that general area) I've ever driven in my Renault Laguna was the Hardknott Pass:

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Awesome, it was an engaging read. The boulders looked scary at places.
Was waiting for the full report. Saw the teasers earlier in you Facebook. Demand is, please add some more videos! Loved the wheel placement of the vehicles while negotiating the boulders.
Hope you didn't spot any Alto parked in this trail.

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Fantastic read and drool worthy pictures BlackPearl. As a noob person in respect of four wheel drives, the wheel placement over the boulders indeed look a work of perfection. Slippery rocky roads, slushy roads with inclines make your description of the trail an interesting one. You surely had fun going by the looks of the pictures. Wish you many more such trails. Thanks for sharing.

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Some of the terrain in Post#4 look all set to damage the car if the right line isnt chosen. Add to that the rocks are wet and slippery and you could slide over easily causing the damage.

Love these locales, although i can imagine with the wet weather it may not be as comfortable as it looks.
Thanks benbsb29! Yes I was quite scared in some parts of the trails. One has to know precisely where the low hanging parts of the car are. Weather was a dampener on the first day, it was good in parts on the second day.

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What a lovely, enticing write up. A curiosity; we have so many of our members who are based abroad who share their experiences of these tough, exotic SUVs but never really seen one on Nissan Patrol, arguably one of the best SUVs for tough terrains. Is it losing popularity or not fashionably famous now, one wonders!!
Thanks neerajku. I have hardly see any Nissan Patrols here in the UK. Apart from Land Rovers I have seen a few Land Cruisers, Jimny, Ford Rangers and L200s.

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Awesome Blackpearl! Read it in one go. Generally when moving in a group, taking pictures becomes less of a priority but you have taken such beautiful pictures. How do you think the Bolero 4wd and the previous gen Thar perform on these trails?
Thanks Gunin. Actually I had thought of giving a comparison with Bolero and Thar, but then forgot. I think the Thar would have done these trails quite easily. Regarding the Bolero, a little bit of extra ground clearance would be helpful. I think it can easily do it with bigger tyres and U Pipe protection underneath. I also think that the Bolero has lot more articulation than the Defender or Discovery 1/2. It would not lose traction in places where we could see wheels slipping on the Defender and the Discovery 2. I wish I could bring the Bolero here and drive on the same trails. I am sure it would have surprised a lot of people with its capability!

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wonderful write-up and beautiful pictures, especially of the LR beasts. I have never heard of greenlaning before, but it looks quite adventurous. Thanks a lot and happy driving.
Thanks sureshkumar!

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One of the most challenging roads (again in that general area) I've ever driven in my Renault Laguna was the Hardknott Pass:
We did Hardknott pass in our little Mini Cooper in 2018 and then again in 2019. Here is the post and a picture from that time.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/inter...ml#post4454252 (The red hot hatch - 2006 Mini Cooper)

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Awesome, it was an engaging read. The boulders looked scary at places.
Thanks Samba!

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Hope you didn't spot any Alto parked in this trail.
Ha ha, I think it is high time you get a proper 4WD with low ratio and go to places where you will not see an Alto parked to break your heart

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You surely had fun going by the looks of the pictures. Wish you many more such trails. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks ABHI_1512!

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Just one thing rankles though, a smoking hot pizza is meant to be eaten with bare hands and not with knife and a fork
Ha ha, of course. The knife was used just for cutting the pieces. Don't worry, we have not been anglicised that much yet that we would start having naan with forks and knives

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Beautiful countryside, happy bunch of knowledgeable people, extremely capable cars, and weather that the Brits claim to be typical of their island.

So what was different between greenlaning and Kolkata Offroaders outings? No one opened an Azad Hind Dhaba at the spot where the lunch stop happened!

Edit: Forget the Alto. How well would your Thar or Bolero 4wd have handled the course?

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Default Re: Land Rovers greenlaning in the Lake District (UK) with Trailmasters

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Ha ha, I think it is high time you get a proper 4WD with low ratio and go to places where you will not see an Alto parked to break your heart
Lol, I was just thinking to do the opposite, buy an Alto and park at 99% of the places where an SUV with a low range can venture. Atleast I can have a sadistic pleasure 99% of the time at fraction of a cost. Let the costly SUVs enjoy the rest of the 1%.

Now, before the mods infract me for going off-topic, I should stop!

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So what was different between greenlaning and Kolkata Offroaders outings? No one opened an Azad Hind Dhaba at the spot where the lunch stop happened!
Must be the pics of his vehicles in action clicked by me! Hope for this I get an invitation to visit his place soon!

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