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i have known the Cat and Fiddle pass for many years from when as a Teenager I used to cycle over the pass to Buxton with my cycling club.

Then it was the Motorbikes, and then when I went to live in Derbyshire it was a regular day out in the car.

Peter.

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England thy beauties are tame and domestic

To one who has roamed over mountains afar

Oh! For the crags that are wild and majestic 

The steep frowning glories of Dark Lochnagar

Lord Byron

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Hmmm, much as I enjoy such interesting roads and appreciate their scenic beauty  I have to say that much depends on my mood. Roads such as these appeal to the gentler side of my personality and I very much enjoy them when opportunity permits.

However, sometimes, I have to let my other, more aggressive, persona hold sway and for such occasions my favourite driving venue is the central streets around Rome. They can be a lot faster than you may at first think and so long as you operate on the basis of any space one foot shorter than the length of your car is yours you can have a fine old time.

However, I would only take a Jaguar there if it were dark blue.

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13 hours ago, cubist said:

However, sometimes, I have to let my other, more aggressive, persona hold sway and for such occasions my favourite driving venue is the central streets around Rome. They can be a lot faster than you may at first think and so long as you operate on the basis of any space one foot shorter than the length of your car is yours you can have a fine old time.

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You're a very brave man!

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On 11/23/2017 at 9:00 AM, Jaguar Owners Club said:

You're a very brave man!

Not really. All government owned and operated cars in Rome are typically dark blue and the locals tend to avoid them like the plague. I was always a !Removed! nuisance at the airport car hire offices because I would insist on getting a car of that colour.

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1 hour ago, cubist said:

Coo, we have a very sensitive text monitor on this site. I was only using the same as adjective as Michael Caine in the Italian Job. Ho hum.

Automated, Steve. It casts a wide net!

Peter.

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The road in the Highlands o Scotland are a pleasure on which to drive.  But there are rules on the narrow road with passing places that the Scots are proud to observe, and they now how to use the passing places.

In 1967 SWMBO and myself were driving across Ranoch Moor on our was back to England and had passed a passing place when no cars were coming towards us.  We were about 200 yards past the passing place we had driven past and about 50 yards from the next one when a Singer Gazelle came round the corner and drove past the passing place in stead of stopping.  I stopped and a passenger in the offending car got out and told me I had to reverse back the 200 yards as the driver of the Gazelle was not a very good driver and even the 20 yards he had to reverse was too difficult for him.  I was quite firm and told he passenger that the driver had no business on those roads if he could not reverse 15 yards.  I was told that he was not going to move back and I had to.  He then went back to his car  -- he owned the Gazelle.

I did the only thing that a sensible Lancastrian would do.  I went to the boot of my humble Vauxhall Viva HB, not out my nat little meths Burner and made two cups of coffee for myself and SWMBO.   As we were drinking it, and Land Rover with a large Scottish Gentleman driver drew up behind me, removed some planks from the back of his LandRover and also got out a tow chain.  Then he walked up to the Singer Gazelle and told the incumbents that he was going to cross the ditch and tow them off the road onto the moor. He walked back, told me what he was going to do, and stared to manoeuvre his Land Rover onto the planks when a miracle happened.  The Singer Gazelle owner got out and changed seats with the driver and quite reversed the the few yards to the passing place.  He then came and told me I was the rudest man in Scotland.

The Scottish Gentleman said that the Singer Gazelle owner was the stupidest man in Scotland,

SWMBO said that she didn't know I could be so obstinate .  We had only been married a few months!!

Regards, Peter. 

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Good for you Peter,excellent response to a boorish individual.

I am fortunate enough to have a Danish wife and have frequently driven in the countryside in Denmark which is so beautiful in the summer that I always compare it to driving through a garden.

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4 hours ago, Metelyk said:

Head off to a Scotland for the joys of the NC500.  Beautiful.

I have heard the NC500 being quoted quite a lot recently, and certainly is drawing me in.
I suppose the time of year you visit is crucial, Andy?

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I drove it in September after school holidays had finished. It was quieter and we had pretty good weather. I’d definitely recommend avoiding bank hols and summer hols to be honest as it would be far to busy to fully enjoy the roads and scenery.

 

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