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Nearly as cheap as MickEssex...
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That's who I use these days - decent job at a fair price.



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TDV102 wrote:
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That's who I use these days - decent job at a fair price.
They had quoted 4 times that before Christmas when I had my modern MOTd so I'm well happy. :D


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Today it was time to take Matilda into the North York Moors.

I took her over Rag Robin Turn a road which has an 'Unsuitable For Motors' sign at the start...

It doesn't say No Through Road, Private or like when it crosses the Cleveland Way which has the cars and motorbike restriction signs. It is however one of those roads that once you start it always seems better to keep going forward than going back. There were about 6 gates to go through.

Some of the ruts in the gravel tracks beyond this stage were quite deep but being narrow Matilda managed to run a wheel on either side with the other on the middle ridge. Some of the steep hills were a challenge but she did very well. I'm sure a few SUVs or modern '4x4s' that would have struggled.

If you want to look on a map it is basically between Kepwick and Hawnby.

After Hawnby I started videoing the road over the Moors. It is 8 mins long, I tried to cut it shorter but there was so much to see. At the end I give her a shallow tyre wash in the ford at Brompton.



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Nice to see it being used.

In the lakes I took the view that if they were "Unsuitable for Motors" they were legally driveable if you were up for it as if they could stop you with a No Motor vehicles except for access they would have done.

Adventurous doing it solo, we usually had a 2 or 3 and kept a safe distance so if one got stuck the other was still on good ground.

Have you ever seen the book on the Himalayan Minor?

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The Kepwick to Hawnby drovers road is one of my all time favorites. Last time I was over there the descent into Hawnby was virtually impassible due to the state of the road - I was scraping the sump and floor! - has that part been improved? If it hasn't you are one brave Minor owner.



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TDV102 wrote:
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The Kepwick to Hawnby drovers road is one of my all time favorites. Last time I was over there the descent into Hawnby was virtually impassible due to the state of the road - I was scraping the sump and floor! - has that part been improved? If it hasn't you are one brave Minor owner.
Up to where the Cleveland Way crosses it is tarmac but beyond that it is rough farming tracks with ruts about a foot deep in places. The trick was to keep high with one wheel on the raised central section and the other along the edge. Only once did the back wheel start to slide off the edge but I pulled it up quickly.

As for the hill at the Hawnby end that was interesting! You could see past floods had cut deep channels into the gravel road but added to that were small boulders from the towering cliff sides scattered everywhere. The hill must be the steepest I have gone down, I used 1st gear and foot hard on the brake as we weaved our way down. I was bl@@dy marvellous..!!!


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Last time I did it was in a Mk 2 Cavalier - less ground clearance and it was almost impossible then. Had to weave all over to avoid the biggest boulders. Should be OK in the CX5 I have now...probably.



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Today Matilda had a more sedate drive through the back lanes of North Yorkshire. We ended up in a village called Appleton Wiske where they have one of those old time general stores and post offices. Matilda started her life owned by a post master so I gave her a photo call in front of the store. I gave it a retro 1970s slide look.


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Well if it wasn't for the number plate and the two of a kind roof rack I would have believed it was an old postcard.

You have an eye for composition, they are certainly better than some in books I have.

One of these days you will bump into Vast Minority coming the other way. :D

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Another lovely day in North Yorkshire so off we went for a drive in Matilda. Ended up in Masham, a small market town midway between Ripon and Leyburn. Despite being market day we found parking and a wonderful carrot cake at a town square cafe. For such a small town it has two working breweries, the Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons. ;)

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Are the breweries not owned by brothers?

They make excellent products widely available in the North, support your local businesses :D

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Black Sheep and Theakston are owned by separately by brothers of the Theakston family. Both make excellent 'proper' Yorkshire beers. Black Sheep Best Bitter on hand pull is wonderful stuff



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Unfortunately I can try neither due to the painkillers I've been taking for the past 25 years so I'm glad I can enjoy the homebaked cakes the locals make, even if I shouldn't...


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I'm not supposed to as I have coeliacs. But I still do!



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