So there we were riding along The Moresdale Road near Reeth, which is a BW, I'm in front nearing Schoolmaster Pasture (if anyone knows it) & I notice a small truck coming towards me. It looks like an en ex army type of affair, probably about a 2 tonner, dark green with a canvas cover over the back. Anyway I slow down to get past & so does he, except he blocks the whole track so I have to stop anyway. He's got his window down & shouting 'get off the **** road then'! To which I say'eh?' & he repeats himself a number of times before I remind him it's a bridleway. He then says 'oh is it, & who builds the **** thing then, what the **** do YOU contribute to it'? (I mean, effing & jeffing constantly) My mate & son are there by now & Steve tries to tell him we have every right to be on there as it's a BW, Loonies having none of it & continues with his tirade, which I can put up with until he calls me a 'four eyed ****! (a number of times) I think he may have gone down this road to get a rise out of me but as I get called worse most days at work it didn't happen. I think I started smiling at this point so he just kept calling me names, proper insults etc. He started to drive off & I shouted, 'thanks, cheers for that!'
Got home & phoned a mate of mine who's a Sgt with Durham Constabulary who told me It's a public order offence & to definately report it which I have done, the woman on the phone was really helpful (& interested) & said they'd get back to me with what was happening but that someone would be looking into it more closely.
I hate to think what this crank may have done if there hadn't been 3 of us (or if WE'D been nasty types who could've dragged him out of the truck & kicked his lips off)
I got the registration & a brief discription of him (J728 XAJ, late 30's early 40's, short brown hair, no distinguishing features, bit non-descript really) Just watch out if your'e up there.
Mods, sorry about the swearing, just quoting.