It’s great having friends in high places, literally! Edward has a farm that’s quite high up in the West Pennine Moors, and over the years his farm track and hillsides have been the backdrop to many a photoshoot for various magazines.
As it hadn’t rained for a couple of days and the sun had decided to make a quick appearance, I took the opportunity to take Deux Smurf up for a quick mooch and snap some photos of a couple of products that I’ve been testing recently.
Driving through a gate from Edward's drive, the first obstacle was to drive down the track, over a bridge, then up the other side onto a large sloping field. Engaging the centre difflock I gave Deux Smurf a bit of welly and motored up the opposite bank. Unfortunately I eased off the throttle slightly as I wasn’t certain in which direction I wanted to go, and as you can see by the photos, I lost momentum and ground to a halt, as you can see below.
After reversing back down onto harder ground I floored it again, and this time without slowing down I made it up the banking and across the field to the hard track that takes you through the centre of the farm and into a large shale quarry. I stopped off at a few places and took some photos but I decided not to venture too far off the beaten track as the fields were still very sodden and the part worn General Grabber AT tyres were quickly clogging up.
A few years ago Edward built a track into one of his fields so a turbine could be erected, and that was my aim, as from there you can see all the way to Snowdonia. Alas, Deux Smurf was struggling to find grip, or should I say the tyres were.
By this time there were some menacing clouds appearing in the distance so I decided to call it a day and make my way back to Edwards drive, and after locking the gate I meandered up to the house for a brew and a chat.
Edward is toying with the idea of trading his Audi Allroad in for something newer, so we discussed his wants and needs and came up with a couple of options. It looks like I’m going to be busy next week visiting garages and going on test drives, I do like spending other peoples money!
Trundling home in the mud splattered Smurf I decided that the next purchase will be a new set of tyres!