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Percy Verance23/05/2019 21:01:15
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It seems in a recent poll, the section of M6 which passes through the eastern part of Cumbria was considered one of the best drives around. Strange. I spent quite a bit of time pounding up and down that bit when I drove a company Skoda. I can't recall there being anything special about it, but then I do live here.... At the time I thought I'd avoided having to drive a company car by telling my (then) Area Manager how much I detested driving company cars. What did he do? He went and got a Skoda, all but identical to my own car apart from the colour........

What's your favourite bit of road, and why?  M6 just south of Tebay, on the eastern fringes of the Lake District here....

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By far one of the worst  stretches of road I've ever had the misfortune to drive on was the A1 as it passes near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. In particular the Black Cat roundabout. That place is just madness. Without doubt, the closest thing to a near death experience. Nobody gives an inch......

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 23/05/2019 21:19:05

Paul Marsh23/05/2019 21:09:22
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The best bit of the M6 is Jct 8. Spend many a happy time there, just sitting there watching the hours pass on the clock when in "car park Mode"....

Percy Verance23/05/2019 21:11:21
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I think it's called a traffic jam Paul....... Very popular in Summer, especially Bank Holidays.

It really used to brass me off when I drove past miles of cones, and all I saw was a wheelbarrow on the hard shoulder.

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 23/05/2019 21:25:00

Geoff Peacock23/05/2019 21:42:15
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Don't go south of Preston on the M6… ever!!!!!!!!

stephen craggs23/05/2019 21:47:37
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Percy, you were lucky to see a wheelbarrow. I used to do a h##l of a lot of miles on the motorways for my old job, and got sick of the miles of cones with not a sign of any work going on. Over her now it is a pleasure when you see a cone, you know just a few metres further there will be someone doing maintainance on the road or verge followed a few metres along another cone. They dont waste them over here.

Percy Verance23/05/2019 22:12:33
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It isn't something I do much these days now that I no longer work full time Geoff.........

The places I seem to drive to now are readily accessible on A and B roads thank goodness. And most are within 30 minutes or so of my village. Just had my car MOT'd, and was shocked at how many miles I've done in the last 12 months. 7114....... Still, it's probably because I have more time on my hands.

I saw the aftermath of a few nasty smashes in my time. Shakes you up a bit......

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 23/05/2019 22:38:03

Nigel R23/05/2019 22:19:30
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Does the road have to be in this country?

There are a few passes in the South of France that are lovely.

David Ashby - Moderator24/05/2019 08:02:08
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Posted by Percy Verance on 23/05/2019 21:01:15:

It seems in a recent poll, the section of M6 which passes through the eastern part of Cumbria was considered one of the best drives around. Strange. I spent quite a bit of time pounding up and down that bit when I drove a company Skoda. I can't recall there being anything special about it, but then I do live here.... At the time I thought I'd avoided having to drive a company car by telling my (then) Area Manager how much I detested driving company cars. What did he do? He went and got a Skoda, all but identical to my own car apart from the colour........

What's your favourite bit of road, and why? M6 just south of Tebay, on the eastern fringes of the Lake District here....

m6 cumbria.jpg

By far one of the worst stretches of road I've ever had the misfortune to drive on was the A1 as it passes near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. In particular the Black Cat roundabout. That place is just madness. Without doubt, the closest thing to a near death experience. Nobody gives an inch......

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 23/05/2019 21:19:05

 

 

 

The scenery, particularly past Tebay, is very impressive. J36 to Penrith has to be the most scenic section of motorway in the UK.

 

 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 24/05/2019 08:05:10

rcaddict24/05/2019 09:51:23
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J36 is to windermere is it not - j40 to penrith

Flying Flea24/05/2019 10:31:39
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Love the photo, I think it's looking south from Tebay. A local lass told me that just on the right hand side just out of shot is a heart shaped wooded area, where a pilot of one of the fast jets went in, his wife had the trees planted as a memorial to him. You often get the Typhoons coming through the valley very low, it's quite a sight. If you do get stuck in the traffic there it is a nightmare, the locals will quite happily drive for miles to avoid getting stuck on that bit.

The worst M6 stretch seems to be Warrington to Birmingham either way, always accidents or roadworks.

p.s. my mistake that should read on the left hand side as you look at the photo.

Edited By Flying Flea on 24/05/2019 10:33:21

David Ashby - Moderator24/05/2019 12:04:04
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Posted by rcaddict on 24/05/2019 09:51:23:

J36 is to windermere is it not - j40 to penrith

I meant the stretch of motorway between.....

rcaddict24/05/2019 13:14:24
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i know j36 very well as i spent an hour and half there waiting for breakdown truck after i got oil warning light come on in my MH - - turned out it was a warning light telling me it was time for an oil change - - what a plonker I am

 

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but a relieved plonker !!

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Percy Verance24/05/2019 13:32:13
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Yes Flying Flea, the photo is looking South about 2 miles South of Tebay. Photo taken from the A685 Kendal - Grayrigg - Tebay road. This section is one of the very few where the M6 is at two different levels. The third *road* you see on the left of the Southbound lane is actually the main West Coast rail line. 

I've noticed that heart shaped area of trees many times, and wondered if there was a story with it. Now I know. I was unfortunate enough to be travelling South on the A6 heading for Shap immediately after the RAF Hawk jet on a training flight crashed in the village in 1999, costing the lives of both airmen. Jeez, what a mess..........The RAF even dug out the whole impact area to a depth of 2 foot or so because they didn't want to leave any fuel contamination. I passed through Shap again within 2 days, and the whole village was swarming with RAF bods. They carried on collecting debris relentlessly until they had the complete weight of a Hawk in pieces.......they were even up ladders checking gutters.

A plaque is now mounted in the rebuilt wall adjacent to the point of impact, in memory of the two airmen.

RC addict. Orange light - warning, but do something about it asap. Red Light - STOP!

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/05/2019 13:55:41

rcaddict24/05/2019 13:53:06
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that was the thing percy - it was a flashing red light not orange - breakdown guy said that was the way fiat's and alfa's were !!!! - quick reset and onward

Percy Verance24/05/2019 13:57:04
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At least you'd be able to make a brew while you waited....... yes

I once had a red oil warning light on one of my Skodas a month out of the showroom. Plenty oil showing on the dipstick. It turned out to be a faulty sensor.......

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/05/2019 13:59:16

Martin Harris24/05/2019 14:45:37
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Posted by Flying Flea on 24/05/2019 10:31:39:

A local lass told me that just on the right hand side just out of shot is a heart shaped wooded area, where a pilot of one of the fast jets went in, his wife had the trees planted as a memorial to him.

Sadly as it's a nice story, unless fast jets predated the Wright Brothers somewhat, this isn't likely to be the case as the wood dates back to at least 1841...

Stephen Smith 1424/05/2019 17:12:16
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Not a big fan of the metric system prefer 1/4 UNF to M6

cymaz24/05/2019 17:21:22
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Why do drivers do 80-90 down the M6/M5 ( tenuous I know), then when they arrive at their holiday destination can’t find any speed above 39mphangry

Bob Cotsford24/05/2019 18:08:56
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80-90? Not round Birmingham, I can no longer remember when there weren't roadworks on all the surrounding motorways!

Percy Verance24/05/2019 18:10:02
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Martin

I certainly hadn't heard of a jet crash in that area, even though there are one or two well researched publications dealing with air crashes in and around the Lake District. That said, low flying training does take place up that very valley.

The Hawk which came down in Shap was a strange one. I've seen no report findings anywhere to determine what happened or why. The crew were at the time part of an exercise to prepare trainee pilots for combat tactics etc. Quite why neither the Instructor or Student appeared to be in control seems a mystery. After crashing through the gable end of a thankfully empty cottage, it appears one of the crew attempted an ejection rather late, and both he and his seat were found in a field several hundred meters away from the area of the impact. At the time I drove past a small inflatble type tent had been placed over his body by the police. The other airman's body was initially identified after his credit card was found........

This wasn't the first air crash in/near Shap. Sometime in the 70's a USAF fighter jet came down on open ground south of the village.

I just looked it up, it was an F111 and it crashed on 5th May 1975.......it crashed as the result of a bird strike. Pilots ejected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/05/2019 18:39:28

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