NEW FOREST & SOLENT AREA

For members in Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire

Area Rep: James Williams

My main Land Rover is a 1966 Land Rover Series 2A 109”, 2.25 petrol. I bought this from eBay back in 2008 for the grand sum of £100 from a farm in Surrey. It spent its former life working on many diary farms in Suffolk.  When ‘Harriet’ came to me she needed restoration. Since then, we have been on many adventures on and off the road. She has travelled to Land Rover rallies all over Europe, and in 2014 myself and some friends took our Series 2A’s to the Arctic Circle via Norway. She has travelled far and wide on many green lane trips & camping weekends, and has recently completed a tour of Southern Ireland. To me, she is a road trip & exploration vehicle and is there to be used.

My other Land Rover is a 1979 Series 3 Lightweight, which I mainly use for greenlaning and driving when I am servicing the 109”.

Best Land Rover experience: Too many to list! It probably must be the adventure & camaraderie with fellow club members when exploring new green lanes far from home and finally getting to that local pub in time for dinner.

Best advice if buying a leaf sprung Land Rover: Always make sure the chassis & bulkhead are as solid as possible. Everything else is easy to repair or replace. Do not be afraid to crawl underneath and have a poke with a screwdriver or tap with a hammer to prove that it is solid.

Owning a classic Land Rover is a way of life. Someone once told me. You do not break down in old cars, you just get inconvenienced.

Also, one man’s rust is another man’s light corrosion.


Contact: newforest@series123club.co.uk

2024 Events
January
Sunday 7th January
New Forest & Solent New Years Run - Salisbury Plain


Our usual run on Salisbury Plain to test the mud and see how deep the water is! You are advised to bring basic recovery gear and WD40 if you are a petrol.
Meet opposite the Co-Op Petrol Station at 10:00.
Solstice Park, Mid Summer Pl, Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7SQ
You are advised to fill up before we set out. Bring packed lunch and a flask.



Wednesday 17th January
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Thursday 25th January
Pub Meet
The Bakers Arms, Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JF

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 7pm
February
Wednesday 7th Feb
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/



Friday 16th Feb
Night Greenlaning - Salisbury Plain
Optional gathering at Toby Carvery opposite at circa 18:00 to stock up on supplies in the event of a breakdown!

Meet opposite the Co-Op Petrol Station at 20:00.
Solstice Park, Mid Summer Pl, Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7SQ


Thursday 29th Feb
Pub Meet
The Bakers Arms, Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JF

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 7pm
March
Wednesday 6th March
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Sunday March 17th
New Forest Scenic Drive
Meeting at Appleslade Bottom Car Park, Linwood, Ibsley. - 10:00
Just before you get to the Redshoot Inn on the right hand side approaching from the A338.

Finishing at a pub mid afternoon. Bring packed lunch.

Ordnance Survey Grid Ref: SU 18457 09255

Thursday 28th March
Pub Meet
The Bakers Arms, Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JF

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 7pm
 
April
Wednesday 3rd April
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Thursday 11th April
Pub Meet
The Bakers Arms, Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JF

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 7pm
Sunday 14th April

Dorset Scenic Drive - Cerne Abbas

We shall meet at circa 10:00 at OS Grid Reference: ST 78323 05947.

I have attached a map showing the start point location for those of you who aren't map geeks. :)

Or if you are really modern you can search for Bulbarrow Hill on Google or follow this link:

https://maps.app.goo.gl/TFZPhXE1GvmDweKA8

For reference this is the car park/large lay-by on top of Wooland Hill. Some of you may well have had your packed lunch here on many a Sixpenny Scenic drive in years gone by.
Bring flasks and cakes. We shall bumble around on country roads finishing at the pub in Powerstock OR Cerne Abbas. There will be NO Greenlanes. This will ALL be tarmac.


Sunday 21st April
Swanage Classic Car Show - Main Beach Car Park.
Time: 11:00 - 15:00

We aim to have a club stand present at this show. Please contact me if you plan on attending so we can allocate the right amount of space for vehicles.

. Application forms will be available in the next few weeks.


 
May
Wednesday 1st May
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Thursday 9th May
Pub Meet
The Bakers Arms, Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JF

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 7pm
Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th May

Camping & Greenlaning in Herefordshire/Powys - Wales
A long weekend camping in Herefordshire with a view to explore the local greenlanes across the border in Powys/Wale. Very relaxed. The plan is literally a case of turn up, pitch tent look at OS Map and go off exploring the countryside.

Campsite details below:

Byecross Farm Campsite, Preston On Wye, Hereford, HR2 9LJ.

I have booked myself into the Camping Field. If you wish to join, the campsite have asked that you reference my name when making your booking. See FAQ on the website.

 
June
Sunday 2nd June
Greenlane Exploration - Dorset

Meet Morisons Car Park
W Bay Rd,
DT6 4SB, Bridport, Dorset

Time: 10:00
Wednesday 5th June
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Friday 7th June - Sunday 9th June
South West Camping & Greenlaning Weekend - Devon
Yeatheridge Caravan & Camping Park
East Worlington
Crediton
Devon
EX17 4TN

More details in due course.

Book directly with the campsite and mention Land Rover Club
Thursday 13th June
Pub Meet
The Bakers Arms, Lytchett Minster, BH16 6JF

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 7pm
 
July
Wednesday 3rd July
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Thurs 18th - Sun 21st July
New Forest & Solent - Camping Weekend - Church Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Wiltshire - 18th-21st July

1)   Thursday - Nothing planned. Arrive & chill out.
2)   Friday - Nothing planned. - Some members may wish to explore local greenlanes. - I can advise. Buffet begins at 18:00 in the marquee.
3)   Saturday - Greenlane/Scenic Drive around Cranborne Chase & Dorset.
4)   Group BBQ Saturday night + Campfire.
5)   Sunday - Chill out/Pack up and bimble home.

The rest of the time we shall do as we feel which will mainly involve lazing around the campfire, drinking beer and perhaps looking under the bonnet of a few Land Rovers. Members are more than welcome to take themselves off for some gentle green laning localy if none of the above takes your fancy. Members also have the option to stay on the main campsite, although this will cost extra.

Rally Field Price: £17.50 per unit per night.
BBQ Price Per Person: £5 per person. 2 sausages and 1 burger per person.  
Locally sourced from Sixpenny Handley Butchers.

YOU'RE BOOKING IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR BOOKING FORM AND PAID A DEPOSIT.

Thursday afternoon
Arrive, relax, chill out, perhaps sample some home brew.

Friday evening
Members are invited to bring along a cake/savoury/nibble of their choice as a contribution towards the buffet. Ideally something a bit different to ensure we don't get too much of the same. Savouries/sandwiches/pies & healthy stuff are also welcome! Tea will be provided. Buffet commences at 18:00 in the marquee.

Campfire
If some of you could bring some wood that would be great. Like last year if everybody brings a few logs and or pallets etc then it helps greatly.
The more wood the better! 

Greenlaning
Some of the lanes can be a bit scratchy because of the time of year.

Greenlaning  Groups
This year we are placing the emphasis of navigation more on you. It is desirable but not essential that you bring a copy of OS Explorer Map 118 with you. Groups of no more than 5 will be heading off at separate time intervals on the Saturday morning from 09:00. We welcome Navigators and Team Leaders to come forward. 

Greenlaning  Restrictions
Quite a few lanes have height restrictions due to trees. Because of this any vehicle with a roof rack will not be suitable. I can advise you which lanes to avoid should this be a problem.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your battery is secure prior to greenlaning. Bits of the route are bumpy.

Greenlaning  Requirements
It is absolutely paramount that your four wheel drive system and low range gearbox are functional.  We have some fairly interesting hills to climb and descend.

Greenlaning  Navigation
It is desirable but not essential that you bring a copy of OS Explorer Map 118 with you.
I will have a marked up copy of OS MAP 118 with me for those who wish to take a copy of the route.
I have also mapped out the route on Ordnance Survey Getamap which means a week before the event I will be able to send an exported GPX file of the route for those of you who wish to upload it to your smartphone/GPS device.

Greenlaning  Additional Notes
Please note:  Because of the time of year some of these greenlanes will be overgrown.  Your Land Rover will experience scratching from foliage. I can advise you which lanes to avoid should this be a problem.

The 2023 booking form can be emailed to you. If you are interested in coming along then please contact me ASAP so I can send it across. The sooner I have an idea of numbers the better.
 
August
Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th August
Land Rover Series I, II, III Club National Rally - Rutland Water

Follow link for more details and booking form.

If you wish to form a convoy heading north on the Thursday please get in touch.


Wednesday 7th August
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
 
September
Wednesday 4th September
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Sunday 29th September
Amberley Museum - Land Rover Day
New Barn Road,
Amberley,
Near Arundel,
West Sussex,
BN18 9LT

This event will provide an excellent opportunity to display your cherished vehicle and meet with many other enthusiasts and their Land Rovers in the pleasant surroundings of the Museum. All models are eligible although we expect Land Rovers to arrive via road, under own power and be presented in a roadworthy condition.

Entry Fee

There is an entry fee of £15.00 which covers the vehicle, driver, and any other passengers. All passengers must arrive in the vehicle.

Any other friends or family wishing to attend the event must pre-book and pay for admission tickets via our website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk.


Amberley Museum Land Rover Day - Entry Form

 
October
Wednesday 2nd October
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
 
November
Wednesday 6th November
Pub Meet
The Fox and Goose
Blandford Road
Coombe Bisset
Salisbury
SP5 4LE

Pie & Pint /Spares swapping.

Time: 19:00
https://www.foxandgoose-coombebissett.co.uk/
Sunday 10th November
New Forest Scenic Drive
Meeting at Appleslade Bottom Car Park, Linwood, Ibsley. - 10:00
Just before you get to the Redshoot Inn on the right hand side approaching from the A338.

Finishing at a pub mid afternoon. Bring packed lunch.

Ordnance Survey Grid Ref: SU 18457 09255
 
December
Friday 6th December
New Forest & Solent Christmas Meal

The Yew Tree Inn, Odstock, Salisbury.

Time: 18:00
   
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