24th July 2004
It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and the temp was high.
Chris Moore had arranged to come up from Tamworth so I could show
him some of the lanes that the Peaks have to offer. This was my
first 'proper' outing in the Jimny, with freshly repainted roll
We met up at Baslow (anyone spot a trend..?!) and headed off to
the first lane, a byway going across Burbage Moor(e?)
Chris has a very VERY tidy black Samurai with a rare 1.3 fuel injected
engine! hes fitted 3" lifted springs and 215 Colway MTs as
well as a front mounted winch. An awsome machine it it too.
Chris goes (read: is forced) down Stannage Edge first
And shows some lovely articulation from those Calmini springs
Followed by my new toy, and what a FLEXy beast she is too
Rocks? what rocks?!
After Stannage Edge, we grab a (hugely overprice) bite to eat,
and move onto Roych Clough. As we arrive (after a minor detour,
thanks Jeff!) we find that it has been TRO'd. AGAIN!
So off on another detour and we get to the bottom of the steps.
We go UP the steps (or crawl up them thanks to my rockcrawler gears
;o) and then down Chaplegate.
Half way down we stop for a quick natter and a ogle at the scenery,
just as another group of 4x4s catch us up.
At the bottom we let them pass as we study the map to decide where
we want to go next. Chris wanted some more lanes of the 'interesting'
variety. So that decided it, we set off for Buxton, and then headed
Once again I send Chris up first, and after some serious tyre smoke
he makes it!
And then back down
This lane sets us up nicely for Tenterhill
What a picturesque spot this is.
Notice the stream at the bottom which wets the tyres just before
a nice steep climb up some loose, smooth rocks.
Picking the right line is essential. Err... did you hear that Chris?
Aproach and departure angles are certainly not an issue!
After this lane we start to head back to Ashbourne to pick up a
couple of easy lanes. At the start of one we meet a Land Rover Lightweight
also out for an afternoons laning. We stop for a natter and decide
to do some lanes together. We take turns in opening the gates, and
as the LR pulls over to let us pass, he gets, errm 'stuck'! haha!
Being an old 2.25 petrol carb model, it floods on this incline
After a bit of muscle work, its free again and we carry on to do
a couple more lanes. The last lane is a REALLY scratchy one, which
you'd have struggled to have walked down in some places! We dont
take any pictures as it was impossible to open the doors at some
points down this track. After this we head off home.
Another satisfying days laning in the Peaks!