NEC Classic Car Show 2016 Part 2

Here’s the second post from the Classic Car Show,  there are two galleries in this, one for Land Rovers and the other for Minis.

Land Rover



Just to highlight one – this is Shorty – a cut down city version – drivable but not so easy to work on without doors especially trying to get under the dash!



Now the others –




NEC Classic Car Show 2016 Part 1


Last weekend I went to the NEC for the Classic Car Show.  As usual, plenty on show although we thought there were less cars on display and more of the accessories and “jumble”.  All interesting, though the entry price of £28 each was a bit steep, even for a Friday and so a “quieter” day.

It was a good day, we spent about 6 hours going round the stands, picking up the obligatory plastic bags of freebies on the way.  There are quite a few photos so I split the post into two parts.  There is of course a gallery dedicated to Land Rovers and Minis, no apologies!

First though some photos of a car I had never heard of or seen before, the Fafnir Aero Engine Racer.  It was produced originally by a needle manufacturing company in Germany and this one was made in 1914 and is road legal even with a 10.5 litre Hall-Scott airplane engine replacing the usual 4 cylinder.

There are three galleries in this post – a further two in part two


Gallery 2


Gallery 3


Holmfirth Food Festival 2016


This weekend we had the annual Food Festival. I have posted about the Festival for the last few years and it has grown each time and become better organised, this year with proper parking and routes through the town.  It’s a good weekend, no more needs saying, so here’s a gallery.

WHW Ben Nevis and Final Thoughts

Just for fun, three of us decided Sunday to go up Ben Nevis.

Ben Nevis is 1,345 metres (4,412 ft) above sea level, it is the highest point of the British Isles. The path is well marked and we chose to go up the path that follows an established rocky mountain track. It goes through some truly breath-taking scenery, all the way up to the summit.

That day the Marie Curie Foundation was fundraising and there was a steady trail of people going up.  The weather was due to be quite wet by lunchtime and we didn’t start off until 9.30 so we knew we might lose any views to low cloud or mist but felt it was worth the attempt anyway.  We’d only been on the track a short while before we met some people coming down.


It’s quite a steep climb up large stone block steps for a while and then uneven ground which zig zags its way to the top.  About two thirds of the way the cloud rolled in and it started to get wet.  We carried on, Fluff in the lead and he made it to the summit about 20 minutes before us, Gareth having to slow down to keep me going!

The summit was in full raincloud and freezing so no views but there was still a queue to take photos at the Trig Point.

After a quick change into the Beating Bowel Cancer T shirt for a photo it was back down to get below the wind and rain for a refuel and then all the way to the bottom.

The trip was about 3.5 hours each way.  We ended at the Ben Nevis Inn at the bottom of the path where we met two ladies who had done the Three Peaks that weekend, but we still felt we had achieved something!  A drink (tea!) and then back to the B&B for hot showers and out for a meal.

Final thoughts on the trip as a whole

From my point of view, there were some lessons to be learned

  • Take a lighter backpack, mine was the Berghaus 35+8 and with the internal frame was a bit heavy before it was loaded.
  • Take less kit, I thought I had learned this lesson from other walks but it needs more refining to make sure carrying a case down hotel corridors etc
  • We did three days of 10 miles one after another which left us at our destination early so we could have done more miles and cut some from the longer days.

The total raised for sponsorship through the my donate page was £763.75 including Gift Aid.  This is in addition to money raised by Tommy and Dave, so not bad!

Finally, Thanks to all for taking part, the company was good as usual.  Thanks to Tommy for booking the whole thing and organising travel etc and also to Mary for feeding and watering the Devon team on the trip up and down to Scotland.

WHW The Last Day Kinlochleven to Fort William 15 miles


We left the b&b as soon after breakfast as we could because the town was hosting another run today which was going to go along our route for the first couple of miles. We climbed quite steeply out of the town for about a mile through woodland and joined an old military road as climbed to a height of 1100 feet. It was good weather so we were quite hot when stopped at the top for a quick drink and then started our walk along the Lairigmor.


We stopped at a ruined building along the way and then on to the halfway point(7.5 miles) for a lunch break before walking through some wooded valleys and finally getting a view of Ben Nevis.

It felt as though we were near the end but there was still 5 miles to go as we descended to Fort William and approached the town along the road which made tiring going.  We stopped at the old end point of the path for a photo before going to the hotel to check in, change and then heading in to town for a final photo at the  new ending of the path. It was then a celebratory drink and curry before going back to the hotel for a well earned sleep.


WHW Day 7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 9 miles


This morning we left around 9.15 for the last short walk, before the 16 mile last day tomorrow.  Just to make it interesting, there is a section halfway along called “The Devil’s Staircase as we climbed to the highest point on the West Highland Way, 1850 feet above sea level.  Once you get to this part, it’s a long steady descent to almost sea level to get to Kinlochleven where we are staying.

We arrived against lunchtime and found the town is hosting a series of running events over the next three days.  Today was the “Vertical Kilometer” so we were able to watch the start as the runners set off ,  it the Finnish was Athens top of one of the hills we had come round on our way here.

It’s an old Aluminium town, but no is based around fell running and climbing activity, it has the worlds largest indoor ice wall for climbing, so went in to have a look but decide it was just a coffee for us!

WHW Day 6 Inveroran to Kingshouse 10 miles

The path from Inveroran almost immediately joins an estate road built by Thomas Telford and starts a long steady incline so we could make good time. It is an exposed route with no cover for bad weather but the sun came out and it was soon hot as we passed the only possible shelter at a ruin called Ba Cottage before we climbed again and headed towards the Glen Coe Mountain Resort.  we could see our hotel, which was again isolated but did have the main A82 run alongside it.


We arrived at lunchtime so a few of us walked back a couple of miles to the Resort and went on the chairlift for a look round.  They were mountain biking down the mountain paths which was an interesting watch as sat high above the riders both on the way up and the way down.

Back in the hotel, we were 3 to a room, in a pretty basic place which is currently having a new hotel built in the grounds before they knock this one down and rebuild it. Again, deer roamed around the hotel, some coming for food from the guests.

WHW day 5 Tyndrum to Inveroran 10 miles

We had a good start at Tyndrum leaving the Dalkell Cottages after breakfast and making our way to the old road which hasn’t been in use since the 1930’s.  It climbs alongside Beinn Odhar where the path leaves the road and crosses the railway. Effort we again follow the old track on to the Bridge of Orchy.


When we arrived at the hotel here, we thought it a good place to stop before continuing on to our stopover.  Sadly the bar was closed as the Electricity Board were doing repairs to cables along the hillside so power was off everywhere!

We moved on the last couple of miles to the Inveroran Hotel, which is very isolated, no signal for phones, no internet but working power (and bar).  Whilst we were sitting outside, wild deer could be seen nearby, some of them approached the hotel during the evening.

Fairly basic accommodation but excellent food and service in the restaurant and a great breakfast to start the next day to Kingshouse.

WHW days 3 & 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan 15 miles and on to Tyndrum 14 miles

NOTE  a gallery has now been added to yesterday’s post  click here to see it 

We started the day at the Oak Treen Inn for breakfast  and then got a lift back to Rowardennan to start the day.  This was due to be the hardest day of the path. The path is on the opposite side of the Loch to the road so this made it difficult if anyone needed an escape route!  The first part was to get to Inversnaid for lunchtime which proved to be fairly straight forward although the path  was very much a case of up and down along the lochside passing the “prison” of Rob Roy MacGregor who is very much a part of the history of the area.


We stopped for a quick break at the hotel near the Falls of Inversnaid before setting off to Inverarnan, our stop for the  night. Just after we started the rain came in, at first light but by early afternoon it was really heavy with paths flowing with water and the small brooks flowing down into the loch becoming much more difficult to cross.  We came across a few different groups and we all helped each other past the difficult parts.

We stopped for a time a bothy to get some brief shelter before carrying on but it was slow and difficult all the way.  We were losing the light  and it was 7.30 by the time we reached our destination.  Brian was a real hero, he was suffering with his knees and yet he kept on through the poor paths and the difficult weather.  We couldn’t wait to get a meal and get to bed that night at the Drovers Inn ( pub of the year 1705 )

The next day we set off from the pub to get to Tyndrum.  An easier day, some rain at the start  but quite good going and time to stop for some quick lunch at the local shop in Crianlarich before continuing to Tyndrum. The route today left Loch Lomond and followed the Glen Falloch through farmland valleys and crossing the A82 a few times along the way as we left Glen Falloch and followed the Strath Fillan valley to the lead mines of Tyndrum. A much better walk today and with the diversion to Crianlarich, a total of more than 14 miles.  Tomorrow promises a better day with fine weather and a distance of just 10 miles to the Inveroran Hotel.




WHW Day Two Drymen to Rowardennan 15 miles

Today was a long day at 15 miles but we did get to walk alongside Loch Lomond.  A couple of miles out of Drymen, the route split with an option to walk around the back of Conic Hill and detour to the top described as “strenuous but rewarding”, or walk via Milton and along the road to Balmaha where we planned a halfway stop.  Balmaha was also where we were staying overnight, getting a taxi back here from Rowardennan at the end of the day.  As a group we split to take different routes meeting up at lunchtime to carry on.

The views from the top of Conic were in fact as rewarding as they said, capturing a great spread of the Loch and the surrounding countryside.


After the lunch break, we walked on a further 8 miles or so through Birch, Rowan, Oak and Scottish Pine forests. There were a couple of steep climbs and the last couple of miles was hardwork,  it eventually we got to the Rowardennan Hotel where we were picked up by taxis to go back to the Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha for the night. Tomorrow is another long one at 14 miles.