Where are they? – #5

Cotswold Clouds sections

Has anyone got any idea where these three “used once only” sections are?

Wellie Wanted – Used for the 1976 Clouds only.
Hayhedge (Special Test) – Used for the 1983 Clouds only.
Lutheridge – Used for the 1983 Clouds only.

Please contact me by email or via Facebook.

Update: 24 October 2020.
I’ve answered my own question about Lutheridge and I’m now pretty sure that it’s in OS grid square ST8299, to the west of Nailsworth, with the section starting at ST 828995 and climbing south-west.

 

Ashmeads ‘discovered’

1938 Abingdon route through Ashmeads

A section of the route of the 1938 Abingdon trial – Ashmeads is shown in blue.

Ashmeads is one of those Cotswold hills that has been on my ‘to be discovered’ list for a very long time. It was used for the MGCC Abingdon to Abingdon Trial in 1937 and 1938, and a facsimile of the 1938 Route Card is included on pages 80 and 81 of Roger Thomas’s M.G. Trials Cars. There’s an Ashmeads House on the road along the bottom of the Chalford Valley, so why the difficulty in locating the actual section?

The route instruction prior to the section reads “Keep S O through village [Chalford] for 1 1/2 m. where sharp L up:… Ashmeads”. The route card after the section refers to passing a Post Office and Oakridge Lynch has a Post Office, whereas Frances Lynch does not. A quick study of the OS map (see above) reveals three possible routes: (#1) up the ‘yellow’ road to Oakridge Lynch; (#2) up the obvious footpath (shown with magenta diamonds) from the valley road to Oakridge Lynch; (#3) up one of the footpaths from the valley road to France Lynch. But, whichever way I tried to follow the route on the map, I just couldn’t make it ‘work’. Even backtracking the route from Bisley (off the map to the top), it wasn’t clear which Lynch the route passed-through.

I fairly quickly discounted option #1 because I would have expected the route instruction to be “L at T”. I’d also walked option #2 and, although the footpath certainly looks like a possible trials section, I still couldn’t make the route after the section ‘work’. The breakthrough came when it occurred to me to check if France Lynch had had a Post Office in the past, and Google quickly turned-up The Old Post Office (now an AirBnB rental). But, even knowing where the Post Office had been, I still couldn’t follow the route on the map.

So, yesterday afternoon, I set off to check-out option #3. There is a very obvious track that looks even more like an old trials section than the footpath to Oakridge (option #2) and, although the track forks a short distance after the start, I’m pretty certain that the right fork is the old route (the left fork is steeper but dead-ends at a field). I then followed the route card out of the top of the section, through the village, took a couple of wrong turns (those who know the villages of the Chalford Valley will know that they’re a maze of tiny roads), and eventually I found The Old Post Office.

But the Route Card still didn’t read correctly until I realised that, although I’d approached The Old Post Office from the East,  the trial route must have approached from the West. After that ‘Eureka Moment’, everything fell into place and the route shown in red on the map above follows the route card perfectly (each red circle represents a route instruction). But why did the trial follow such a convoluted route on some very narrow roads through France Lynch when the current map shows a much more direct route? Surely the road priorities can’t have changed that much in the last 80 years, or maybe they have?

[Locals might suggest that the long deviation was to allow the competitors to visit the wonderful Kings Head pub, but it’s not mentioned on the Route Card.]

Databases updated (again)

I have just completed, and published, updates to the Trials Events Database and Trials Sections Database. The Events Database now lists over 1400 events, and the Sections Database now lists over 1700 event/section combinations, with my normal caveat that both are still very much work-in-progress. You can go straight to the latest printouts from these links:

Trials Events Database printout (PDF)
Trials Sections Database printout (PDF)

Since the last update (on 1st July), and in addition to the seven events listed here, I am now up-to-date with all the information that I currently hold for the:

Exmoor, Northern, and Ilkley/Yorkshire Dales Trials.

The Exmoor Clouds is next on my list for action.

 

Databases updated

I have just completed, and published, major updates to the Trials Events Database and Trials Sections Database. The Events Database now lists over 1400 events, and the Sections Database now lists over 1600 event/section combinations, with my normal caveat that both are still very much work-in-progress. You can go straight to the latest printouts from these links:

Trials Events Database printout (PDF)
Trials Sections Database printout (PDF)

I am now up-to-date with all the information that I currently hold for the seven trials listed below (so if you know any more, or have any corrections, please Contact Me via the email address in the right-hand column):

Allen, Clee Hills, Cotswold Clouds, Kimber, Kyrle, Mechanics, and Torbay.

I will be steadily working-through the other ACTC ‘One Day’ trials over the next month or so, then moving on to the three MCC trials, and finally returning to tidy-up the sections for the ‘Historic’ events.

Databases updated

I have just published updates to both the Trials Events Database and the Trials Sections Database. The Events Database now lists over 1400 events, and the Sections Database nearly 1500 event/section combinations, with my normal caveat that both are still very much work-in-progress.

Although only a small number of new event/section combinations have been added to the Sections Database since the last update, there is a lot of previously ‘unknown’ information now added to those sections which are shown. Certainly, anyone working to a previous version should download the latest version.

Trials Events Database

As many of you will know, ACTC Chairman Dave Haizelden and ACTC Website Supremo James Shallcross have been updating the Events section of the ACTC Website to include one-page-per-year going right back to the start of the ACTC Championship in 1984, and earlier. Each page lists the dates, where known, of both the Championship and non-Championship events, and the intention is to publish as many of the Results Sheets as can be dug-out of competitors’ garages, lofts, and storage boxes.

The Coronavirus Lockdown has provided a good excuse for competitors to spend their time doing that digging-out and the number of Results Sheets available on the ACTC Website is now truly remarkable.

As well as providing Dave and James with a lot of the dates, and some of the results sheets, I have been working on a parallel exercise and can now publish my Trials Events Database. As ever, this is work-in-progress and I will be republishing the printout on a regular basis.

I have also updated, and republished, all the events pages on this website – see the pull-down menu under ‘The When’ above – but I have had to remove the spreadsheets which listed which sections were used for which year of each event. I have added so much information to these spreadsheets over the last few months that they have become far too large for sensible publication. As an example, the spreadsheets for each of the three MCC events now list 100+ sections over 100+ years – that’s a big spreadsheet!