Ill start by saying, yes I was in the wrong but still it was a genuine accident.
out green laning today on our bikes, we got a bit lost looking for a lane in the back end of nowhere, and being the clever souls no one had thought to bring a map but anyway, we eventually came up on what was very obviously landy tracks leading up onto the fell side, and a well used track at that with a byway type sign that had weathered blank. We took it thinkin it was the lane we were after, and after a mile or so ran across the gamekeeper. He was fairly obviously unhappy with us bein there so we stopped and switched off and I approached to ask if we were in the right place.
I was met before I'd even opened my mouth with a load of abuse, and when I tried to explain the situation he got even shouter and started having a go saying he's seen me up there before and those other "orange bikes" and if I didn't f*** off he was gettin the shotgun out and pushed me. I tried to explain that despite the fact he's seen orange bikes before it certainly wasn't me as its the first time is ever been out laning on the bike, and why would I be asking for directions if I knew where I was? More f-ing and blinding and more pushing with threats of violence, shotguns etc. in the end I just walked away and got back on the bike and we went back the way we had come.
Now I know I was certainly in the wrong for being there, but I did nothing to suggest I was looking to "tear up the place" we were fairly visibly unsure as we were riding very slowly and looking around, I approached him in a polite manner and asked if we were in the right place and refrained from swearing at him as much as possible until the shoving started, we were on what was visibly a well worn track cut by a a landy or similar vehicle and I tried to explain our predicament.
Now I know that many will doubt that I was genuinely lost an just illegally laning, but those that know me should know I hate illegal laning , and being from a farming family, understanding of the impact on the land that it has.
just a grumble to let of steam