Tag Archives: Camping

Usha Gap base camp

Camped with our mates in Swaledale again last weekend at this fantastic campsite.

Usha Gap camp site is a winner, even when it rains!

Usha Gap camp site is a winner, even when it rains!

Usha Gap base camp

The weather was horrific, but when did that ever stop anyone having a good time?

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Campfires, wine and some nice steaks on the barbeque – so no worries re a damp night under canvas, this is the place to be!

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And when it stops raining you can take a lovely 5 mile walk up and down Upper Swaledale, taking in Muker and other villages; there is always the ‘Farmers Arms’ in Muker – a 10 minute walk away if you can’t face getting the washing up done.

Usha Gap is a great camp site – no electricity, you are back to nature and near some nice new toilet and washing up blocks on a family run friendly site in deepest North Yorkshire dales.

What ids not to love?

Book here…..http://www.ushagap.co.uk/

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Circuit de la Sarthe

Circuit de la Sarthe is the home of the famous 24hr Le Mans sports car race…


and June 2015 proved to be another amazing trip to Le Mans, these snaps may give you a flavour, I habe also posted an entry as  ‘Chateau Canteloupe’ the campsite we stay at.

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That’s 8 out of the last 9 years, first trip in 2007, only missing 2010

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Who knows what the future will bring, but now that Porsche have returned to the winning podium, what else could top 2015?

Here is the official result in case you were looking for it…

Race result[edit]

The minimum number of laps for classification (70% of the overall winning car’s race distance) was 276 laps. Class winners are denoted in bold.[57]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP1 19 Germany Porsche Team New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Germany Nico Hülkenberg
Porsche 919 Hybrid M 395
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo V4
2 LMP1 17 Germany Porsche Team Germany Timo Bernhard
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Australia Mark Webber
Porsche 919 Hybrid M 394
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo V4
3 LMP1 7 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany André Lotterer
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
France Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 393
Audi 4.0 L Turbo Diesel V6
4 LMP1 8 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest France Loïc Duval
Brazil Lucas di Grassi
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 392
Audi 4.0 L Turbo Diesel V6
5 LMP1 18 Germany Porsche Team Germany Marc Lieb
France Romain Dumas
Switzerland Neel Jani
Porsche 919 Hybrid M 391
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo V4
6 LMP1 2 Japan Toyota Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
France Stéphane Sarrazin
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Toyota TS040 Hybrid M 387
Toyota 3.7 L V8
7 LMP1 9 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Marco Bonanomi
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Germany René Rast
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 387
Audi 4.0 L Turbo Diesel V6
8 LMP1 1 Japan Toyota Racing United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS040 Hybrid M 386
Toyota 3.7 L V8
9 LMP2 47 Hong Kong KCMG United Kingdom Matthew Howson
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
France Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 05 D 358
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
10 LMP2 38 United Kingdom Jota Sport United Kingdom Simon Dolan
United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
New Zealand Mitch Evans
Gibson 015S D 358
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
11 LMP2 26 Russia G-Drive Racing Russia Roman Rusinov
France Julien Canal
United Kingdom Sam Bird
Ligier JS P2 D 358
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
12 LMP2 28 Russia G-Drive Racing Colombia Gustavo Yacamán
Mexico Ricardo González
Brazil Pipo Derani
Ligier JS P2 D 354
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
13 LMP2 48 Republic of Ireland Murphy Prototypes France Nathanaël Berthon
India Karun Chandhok
United States Mark Patterson
Oreca 03R D 347
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
14 LMP2 27 Russia SMP Racing Italy Maurizio Mediani
Russia David Markozov
France Nicolas Minassian
BR Engineering BR01 M 340
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
15 LMP2 31 United States Extreme Speed Motorsports United States Ed Brown
United States Johannes van Overbeek
United States Jon Fogarty
Ligier JS P2 D 339
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
16 LMP2 45 San Marino Ibañez Racing France José Ibañez
France Pierre Perret
Italy Ivan Bellarosa
Oreca 03R D 337
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
64 United States Corvette RacingGM United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R M 337
Chevrolet 5.5 L V8
18 LMP1 13 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Germany Daniel Abt
Rebellion R-One M 336
AER P60 2.4 L Turbo V6
19 LMP2 29 Germany Pegasus Racing France Léo Roussel
China Ho-Pin Tung
China David Cheng
Morgan LMP2 M 334
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
72 Russia SMP Racing Russia Viktor Shaitar
Russia Aleksey Basov
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 332
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
71 Italy AF Corse Italy Davide Rigon
United Kingdom James Calado
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 332
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
77 Germany DempseyProton Racing United States Patrick Dempsey
United States Patrick Long
Germany Marco Seefried
Porsche 911 RSR M 331
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
23 LMP1 12 Switzerland Rebellion Racing France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Mathias Beche
Rebellion R-One M 330
AER P60 2.4 L Turbo V6
62 United States Scuderia Corsa United States Bill Sweedler
United States Townsend Bell
United States Jeff Segal
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 330
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
51 Italy AF Corse Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 330
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
83 Italy AF Corse France François Perrodo
France Emmanuel Collard
Portugal Rui Águas
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 330
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
95 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Denmark Marco Sørensen
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE M 330
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
28 LMP2 30 United States Extreme Speed Motorsports United States Scott Sharp
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
Ligier JS P2 D 329
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
29 LMP2 35 France OAK Racing France Jacques Nicolet
France Jean-Marc Merlin
France Erik Maris
Ligier JS P2 D 328
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
91 Germany Porsche Team Manthey Austria Richard Lietz
Denmark Michael Christensen
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 RSR M 327
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
61 Italy AF Corse United States Peter Ashley Mann
Italy Raffaele Giammaria
Italy Matteo Cressoni
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 326
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
32 LMP2 40 United States Krohn Racing United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Portugal João Barbosa
Ligier JS P2 M 323
Judd HK 3.6 L V8
33 LMP2 37 Russia SMP Racing Russia Mikhail Aleshin
Russia Kirill Ladygin
Russia Anton Ladygin
BR Engineering BR01 M 322
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
99 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing V8 Brazil Fernando Rees
United Kingdom Alex MacDowall
New Zealand Richie Stanaway
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE M 320
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
68 Taiwan Team AAI Taiwan Han-Chen Chen
France Gilles Vannelet
France Mike Parisy
Porsche 911 RSR M 320
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
66 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport Poland Kuba Giermaziak
United States Michael Avenatti
Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al Faisal
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 D 320
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
67 Taiwan Team AAI Taiwan Jun-San Chen
Netherlands Xavier Maassen
United Kingdom Alex Kapadia
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 316
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
98 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Austria Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE M 321
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
NC[N 5] LMP1 22 Japan Nissan Motorsports United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United Kingdom Alex Buncombe
Germany Michael Krumm
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo M 242
Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L Turbo V6
DNF LMP2 34 France OAK Racing Canada Chris Cumming
France Kévin Estre
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Ligier JS P2 D 329
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
53 United States Riley MotorsportsTI Auto Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Ben Keating
United States Marc Miller
Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R M 304
Dodge 8.0 L V10
DNF LMP2 42 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
Strakka Dome S103 M 264
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
55 Italy AF Corse United Kingdom Duncan Cameron
United Kingdom Alex Mortimer
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 241
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
DNF LMP1 23 Japan Nissan Motorsports United Kingdom Max Chilton
United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough
France Olivier Pla
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo M 234
Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L Turbo V6
DNF LMP2 46 France Thiriet by TDS Racing France Pierre Thiriet
France Ludovic Badey
France Tristan Gommendy
Oreca 05 D 204
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
96 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Roald Goethe
United Kingdom Stuart Hall
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE M 187
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
DNF LMP2 43 Switzerland Team SARD Morand France Pierre Ragues
United Kingdom Oliver Webb
Switzerland Zoël Amberg
Morgan LMP2 Evo D 162
SARD 3.6 L V8
DNF LMP1 21 Japan Nissan Motorsports Japan Tsugio Matsuda
Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Russia Mark Shulzhitskiy
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo M 115
Nissan VRX30A 3.0 L Turbo V6
DNF LMP2 36 France Signatech Alpine France Nelson Panciatici
France Paul-Loup Chatin
France Vincent Capillaire
Alpine A450b D 110
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
97 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Darren Turner
Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE M 110
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
50 France Larbre Compétition Italy Gianluca Roda
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Denmark Kristian Poulsen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R M 94
Chevrolet 5.5 L V8
DNF LMP2 41 United Kingdom Greaves Motorsport Switzerland Gary Hirsch
United Kingdom Jon Lancaster
France Gaëtan Paletou
Gibson 015S D 71
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
88 Germany Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Germany Christian Ried
Austria Klaus Bachler
United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qubaisi
Porsche 911 RSR M 44
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
92 Germany Porsche Team Manthey France Patrick Pilet
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Germany Wolf Henzler
Porsche 911 RSR M 14
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
EX[N 6] LMP1 4 Austria Team ByKolles Switzerland Simon Trummer
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Portugal Tiago Monteiro
CLM P1/01 M 260
AER P60 2.4 L Turbo V6
63 United States Corvette RacingGM Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio García
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R M
Chevrolet 5.5 L V8



Muker, Swaledale

Muker, Swaledale is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to visit. Located at grid reference SD910978, on the banks of the Straw Beck near its confluence with the River Swale, at one time a centre for lead mining, the main economic activities are now woollen clothing, tourism and sheep farming.

Famous now of course for the first stage of the Tour de France, which whizzed through in July 2014 on the first stage of the race, having dropped down into Swaledale through Buttertubs pass.

In the village, the pub is the Farmers Arms, and does a great pint of Black Sheep. Muker also has a village shop as well as craft shops and a café. Originally the Vicarage, the Muker village tea shop was built in 1680 and retains much of its ‘Olde worlde charm’ today. A Park Information Point for the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be found at the Muker Village store.

Here are some shots from the weekend spent camping at Usha Gap campsite, well worth a trip at any time of the year, we will be back soon.

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Usha Gap campsite, Muker, Swaledale North Yorkshire May 2015 Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200

Usha Gap campsite, Muker, Swaledale
North Yorkshire May 2015
Leica M (type 240) Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. f4.0, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200

A bit about Muker from Wikipedia…

The traditional late 18th and early 19th century barns and drystone walls of Swaledale are the most characteristic feature of the landscape. The flower-rich hay meadows around Muker are of international importance and are carefully protected. Farmers receive grants which allow them to farm the land by traditional methods, without using artificial fertilizers.

Muker is also home to the Muker Silver Band, a brass band formed in 1897.[6] The band, which recently celebrated its hundredth anniversary, is now one of the last surviving bands in Swaledale and Wensleydale, and still maintains a busy calendar of public appearances.

2014 Le Mans, a real winner

I have linked in to my flickr file, some fun from 2007 – 2009, the early years of my pilgrimage. After a year off in 2010, we returned for back to back fun in 2011-2014, and of course we will be back in 2015, for all the fun of the fair.


Le Mans, June 2014 was a real winner of a trip this year. Sadly not for Porsche, but very much so for us, a bunch of car nuts who enjoy the recreational side of a fun camping weekend as much as the serious business of world endurance racing.

Original Porsche 550 Spyder at Le Mans 2014

Original Porsche 550 Spyder at Le Mans 2014


The highlights this year were probably Duncan’s amazing cigar smoking prowess, the crazy electric storm, downpour and carnage in the champagne tent only minutes into the race, and for me, the beautiful display of previous winning cars in the fantastic Porsche tent – sadly not to be joined by the 2014 919 Hybrid car which showed so much promise until the final few hours on Sunday.

As promised weeks ago, I have added some Porsche pictures from the archive, to remind us of what an epic weekend this truly was in 2014.

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We come to the end of the year, and we look back at the special moments, Le Mans 2014 was certainly one of those!

Beautiful Ripon

We have been camping again, following a great trip to Lightwater Valley while the tour was on, we have now returned and camped at Woodhouse Valley Farm, near Grantley, Ripon. It looked close by on the map, but needed an extreme off road cross-country expedition to find!



The purpose of these trips has been to get in with the locals and find where to potentially buy a house – and finally move back to Yorkshire.

Getting a good breakfast is key to the camping experience!

Getting a good breakfast is key to the camping experience!

So what better way to get back into the swing of things, than to pitch up a small tent, get out your folding table and fry up some bacon and eggs, while reading the Ripon Gazette

Once you have had five coffees and the first roll-up of the day, then clearly it is time to pack up, get out and do battle – and that means heading into town on two wheels or four, the choice is yours.

Ripon is a city with an amazing cathedral and a propper working market square, the centre for all commercial and social activity. There is always something going on, a band playing, a fair, a market, or a protest or celebration of some sort.

Better grab a sausage roll from Greggs and a coffee from Costa, and just sit back and do some people watching.

Ripon Brass Band playing in the market square

Ripon Brass Band playing in the market square

On seperate weekends in June and July we have found ourselves caught up in both the Armed Forces Day and the festival of St. Wilfred, founder of the cathedral, when he and his monks are paraded through Ripon town centre, followed by an array of floats, bands and local dignatories.

I will upload some pictures at a later date.