Thanks George for another fantastic day out keep up the good work, some amazing photographs. Let me know if anyone cancels in the near future and if we can be there we will. Thanks once again
Mark & Ali (LR Defender 110) Rural Ripon and Reeth Relaxed & Scenic
Thanks for the experience, a well thought out and organised tour, nothing was a bother and there to help all the way with conditions and use of our choices of car, my first but certainly not my last!
Lee & The Mystery Machine (Subaru Forester) County Durham Rambler Relaxed & Scenic
After a couple of false starts for us in 2018, my Discovery 2 finally found himself in off-road action on Saturday with the Trails & Tracks gang, headed up by the ever-friendly George & Ian. With the ‘Beast from the East’ well behind us, we were excited to see a light dusting of snow as we drove across the moors to the start point.
The excitement continued as we ascended our first lane of the day. By this time, the snow showers were building in intensity and, back on tarmac, the conditions became ‘interesting’ as the beast bit back! The hill descent control on the Disco wasn’t playing ball (it’s a toy that I only occasionally use), so I decided on low-box to descend a long hill. As George says “take your feet off the pedals and let the vehicle do the work”.
The second lane is one I’ve frequented many times with George & Ian previously. It’s a good lane, with deep ruts, rusty gates and usually lots of mud. Today, it was a lane too far – we watched Ian try to conquer the 1st snowdrift and it was quickly clear that it was not to be. This particular lane goes probably a good mile or so and there wasn’t a chance we’d all get through, so we continued on ‘tarmac’ (well, snow!). At this point I decided discretion was indeed the better part of valour, so I jumped across into the passenger seat to allow my husband to drive, knowing it was a long way down a big hill to get back to the main road through Weardale.
You can’t take anything away from George & Ian; they did their best to battle on. Both groups made it a fair way up England’s highest green lane, where we stopped for photo’s, to admire the views and to freeze! Ian set off up the track to see if our pursuit of height was a possibility – alas, it was not to be.
Making lemonade out of lemons, we diverted to a beauty spot beside a reservoir, for more photo’s. The spray from the reservoir was literally turning to ice as it blew up over the dam walls.
Time was pressing on, so it was soon time for a stop for loo’s, packed lunches and to have a brew. The weather was deteriorating rapidly. However, some children in our party had fun sledging, whilst Millie the Labrador performed taste tests with the guests’ food.
George & Ian set off in Ian’s D2 to assess the road we’d need to travel to get to the next lane. They returned shaking their heads. The road was impassable.
As the afternoon’s activities were due to conclude in Stanhope, and the only way was via the road from Nenthead to Killhope (which ascends to almost 2000 feet), George & Ian made the wise decision to curtail the day’s events, due to deteriorating weather conditions. There followed a picturesque drive back down to dale to the finish point.
Anyone can get in their 4 x 4 and go driving in the ice and snow. It takes experts to know when to stop. Yes, it’s fun off-roading, but the lanes will be there another day. Saturday further reinforced what I already knew about Trails & Tracks and their team – safety comes first. And that, for me, is one of the secrets of their success to date and no doubt well into the future.
Fran, Simon & ArtyD2 (LR Discovery2) County Durham Ramble Relaxed & Scenic
After going on 2 weekend tours and a number of day treks and more booked with George and Ian we’ve not had a bad tour yet and on a recent tour having a number of issues pop up, both were very helpful in getting us going again and again and again; can’t recommend Trails & Track enough whether new or experienced to Overlanding / green laning.
Andy, Liz and the kids (LR Discovery2 G4) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Just had a great weekend on the Dales and Moors Grand Tour. George has an excellent knowledge of all the trails and tracks, and in a very friendly manner, gives excellent advice on how to approach the trickier parts. At no point did we feel worried that our vehicle might struggle or that it might get damaged. These relaxed and scenic tours are suitable for a wide range of 4×4’s and will also suit people with little or no experience.
Les & Jane (Defender 130 “Dream Catcher”) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Another great weekend organised by George and Ian. Really enjoyed the scenic lanes with the mix of fords and muddy puddles, will get you one of these days Ian (lol). A good overnight stay with a group of likeminded friendly folk in a lovely hotel. Roll on the next tour
Steve & Gail (and the not so shiny ninety) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Another great weekend under the stewardship of George and Ian, once you’ve tried a relaxed and scenic or two I’d definitely recommend stepping up to a Grand Tour. The accommodation, food and the odd ale or two were everything we could have hoped for and staying with the group gave everyone a chance to share some stories. More like going away with friends than a company, looking forward to Wales … … … I think!!!
Adam (Discovery Tdi / unmodified) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Had another fantastic experience with Trails & Tracks this weekend. Can’t praise them enough for their friendly expertise and knowledge. If you fancy testing your road going 4×4 then you won’t beat a relaxed and scenic tour. Thanks once again for a brilliant weekend!
Martyn & Sylvia (and Tommy the Toerag) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Had a boss day with these guys, definitely be going on another trip very soon, would recommend to anyone of my 4×4 friends.
Greg (Disco2 Overlander) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Thank you to Ian (our host) and George, fantastic day out as usual, great to see old and new faces and after looking at the many photos I wished id done the whole weekend. Keep it up chaps how do you perfect perfection. Maybe a trek on the moon !!!!!
Mark (Defender 110) Dales & Moors Grand Tour
Dark Skies Adventure was a great night out with a great group of friends. It really was a different experience in the dark, fog, drizzle with great lanes, sometimes a bit more like hound of the Baskerville than star gazing!!! We did enjoy it greatly. Thanks to Ian for leading the way on what was a really fun night ….. maybe next time we should go on Halloween 👻👻👻👻
Gail, Steve and shiny ninety (LR Defender90) Dark Skies Adventure
An excellent adventure, something different that I really enjoyed (and the weather spiced up!). Will definitely do again, as long as you have more ham and pease pudding sandwiches.
Carl (Nissan Navarra) Dark Skies Adventure
Another great unpaved adventure made all the more entertaining by the weather, looking forward to more of the same in 2018!
Adam (LR Discovery1) Dark Skies Adventure
Thanks for another brilliant day! Lots of water to have fun crossing. It’s great to have your expertly taken photos to look back on as a memento. Was it really that deep?!?! Thanks again and will be back on another tour next year.
Sion (LR Discovery3) Northumberland South of the Border
A good day out with the ever funny and informative George and a great bunch of people. As always, the day fly’s by with a good mix of lanes, rivers and fords, does exactly what it says on the tin relaxed and very scenic. Roll on the next tour
Gail, Steve and the shiny ninety (LR Defender90) Northumberland South of the Border
Many thanks for a well run trip from Wooler to Morpeth. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The whole trip was well run, ensuring everyone was comfortable with what we were going to do, and great care was taken to ensure our prized possessions were taken care off. Thanks for all of the pictures too, a lot of effort, but such good memories of all the cars, and great to see the 2 Jeeps on the run. Looking forward to the next one.
Edward & Darren (LR Defender90) Northumberland South of the Border
Just returned from our first event with trails and tracks and this will not be our last. An extremely well managed day with emphasis on safety and good communication combined with an informative and very relaxed run. What better a way to see Northumberland’s hidden scenery and fords than travelling along some of its historic lanes. For us this weekends three hundred mile trip was worth every minute.
Anna & Ross (Jeep Wrangler) Northumberland South of the Border