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    Just been messing about trying to find the road that gave me such a fright as mentioned above.
    I found the ruined abbey - Byland Abbey - and followed the road in "Street View" to a village called "Wass". Where it seems the main road turns sharp right, but I carried straight on.
    There are a lot of road signs prohibiting lorries and ALL traffic in icy conditions. I must have missed the lot! though there is no gradient sign.
    Looking also at the main road up Sutton Bank where caravans are banned. It looks nothing like as scary as the road I had found. If I had had to pull up for oncoming traffic I reckon I would still be there!
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    Just been messing about with Google Earth to find the scary road/lane I mentioned above.
    I managed to find the (impressive) ruined abbey I mentioned. It turned out to be Byland Abbey. Following the road from there led me to a village called "Wass". There the main road does a sharp right turn and I carried straight on. There are signs prohibiting lorries and traffic in wintry conditions but no gradient or narrow road signs.
    I must have missed the lot!!
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    I've just had a look at the road on Street View - it looks pretty scary to me. No passing places to be seen. It must have been a relief to get off it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolitre View Post
    Just been messing about with Google Earth to find the scary road/lane I mentioned above.
    I managed to find the (impressive) ruined abbey I mentioned. It turned out to be Byland Abbey. Following the road from there led me to a village called "Wass". There the main road does a sharp right turn and I carried straight on. There are signs prohibiting lorries and traffic in wintry conditions but no gradient or narrow road signs.
    I must have missed the lot!!
    Jim.
    Makes mental note: if touring in this area in the future avoid Wass. I shall use some Somerset phraseology as a mnemonic: 'Wass that gert big 'ill doin' there? or as Adge Cutler would have said 'Thee's gotten where thee cassn't back'n, asn't?
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    It seems that i found another road only a little to one side of the same escarpment as Sutton Bank and perhaps even more vicious and much narrower.
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    Wassa madda Jim? The TT bikes would be doing 120mph up there.
    My first endeavour to follow you on Street View gave me a route via Dover and Calais to Holland and takes 9 hours and 8 minutes in current traffic conditions.
    Then I realised I had one too many A's and one too few S's.
    The one you took to Mass looks very nice, a wide open lane. Or at least, enough room with no hedges each side. One lane we went down earlier this year was so narrow the hedges each side pushed our door mirrors back into the doors. That's the sort of thing that makes you wish you had a panel van conversion rather than a coachbuilt. Then you think well I had better go and get one of those SatNavs that you can put your vehicle dimensions in thus avoiding narrow lanes.
    So I went to Halfords and got a U2 SatNav.
    I'll have to return it though, because I Still Can't Find What I'm Looking For, and The Streets Have No Name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasgas View Post
    Wassa madda Jim? The TT bikes would be doing 120mph up there.
    My first endeavour to follow you on Street View gave me a route via Dover and Calais to Holland and takes 9 hours and 8 minutes in current traffic conditions.
    Then I realised I had one too many A's and one too few S's.
    The one you took to Mass looks very nice, a wide open lane. Or at least, enough room with no hedges each side. One lane we went down earlier this year was so narrow the hedges each side pushed our door mirrors back into the doors. That's the sort of thing that makes you wish you had a panel van conversion rather than a coachbuilt. Then you think well I had better go and get one of those SatNavs that you can put your vehicle dimensions in thus avoiding narrow lanes.
    So I went to Halfords and got a U2 SatNav.
    I'll have to return it though, because I Still Can't Find What I'm Looking For, and The Streets Have No Name.
    Seems to me you were further off track than I was. I never got within 300 miles of Dover. Never mind Calais!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasgas View Post
    So I went to Halfords and got a U2 SatNav.
    lol.....I have a Bon Jovi Sat Nav: no matter how far I drive it just keeps telling me I'm halfway there. (I'll get me coat lol)
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    in England I tend to pay for campsite if alone...in Scotland much easier to find a good place whether alone or not. I have a few places in my "wild camp memory" ie in my mind...where I am happy to camp alone and feel safe

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