I have now passed the advertising signs for the Dogleap Stages for 3 years on my way to work, and finally my curiosity got the better of me. I called in at North West Motor Factors who sold me a program, showing the stage maps for the rally. It turned out that two of the stages were within about 2 miles of our home, so obviously it would be rude not to go.
We took a drive around yesterday to see where to stand, and unfortunately a lot of the stage was inaccessible to pedestrians due to overgrown weeds. However, we found a good clearing in the middle of the stage, where we could see a good bit of the track from, so we decided to go there.
This turned out to be a good spot, and as there were 3 stages using this same track we moved around for each of them. Each spot seemed to be just as good.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in this kind of thing, in my opinion it was just as good as the WRC, if not better, as the crowds were smaller. Escort Mk IIs are the best :)
More pics here: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/simonmcc/DogleapStages