Shropshire Green Lanes
David & Maxine Ball, Mike Sharp and I did the recce for this trip back on the 21st October. The reason we do these recces is so that we can make up a route of lanes that are suitable and what isn’t possible so we have an idea ahead of time as on this particular recce I think we turned around 15 times (I wasn’t concentrating at the best of times and I was half asleep) but Dave was very patient.
When the day arrived we were all ready and prepared, well until we got to the car park and I hadn’t got my maps so I borrowed them off Dave and then we decided after looking the maps to alter the route a little and make the most of it.
We met at the Wenlock Edge Car Park at 0930, Sunday 11th November, as we like people to ‘pre book’ with us by FB, text or email this is so we know how many vehicles to expect so we can plan the groups ahead of time as we can only have a maximum of 6 vehicles to a group. Luckily we had 6 vehicles in total turn up which is what I was expecting.
1000 approached and we worked our way to the first lanes which was only down the road.
When looking for routes I like to look at how much time you spend on tarmac to actual Byways and Rights of Way and look for the shortest route on tarmac as possible. This day worked really well as we spent a short time on the road but most of it was spent on the green lanes, however as we were over the Long Mynd the tracks over there can’t really be classed as roads as it is so beautiful there.
We worked our way down to Diddlebury, 1100 was approaching and we wanted to find a suitable place to stop and pay our respects by observing the 2 minute silence. 1050 and we found a spot on a Byway. We parked up, got the kettle on and payed our respects as we heard the local church bells ring. Following this we continued with our journey towards Church Stretton. If you have never been, I would recommend going!
We made our way through and headed over the pass, we worked our way south of the Long Mynd, down the hill past the Midland Gliding Club in Asterton. It was now near 1250 and people were getting hungry so we made the decision to complete the next 2 lanes as there was a car park at the end of this climb… half an hour later we made it to the lunch stop at 1315. This was an interesting little climb which we all found very enjoyable.
We stopped for 30 minutes for a hot drink and a bite to eat then continued our trip across the Mynd heading north past Rattlinghope to finish the day at the Bridges Pub in Bridges at 1600.
In the 6 hours that we were out we covered 50 miles completing approx. 20 lanes at an average speed of 9 mph… Some of these lanes were a little over grown but nothing scratchy, there were some fantastic views and one lane was Gatten Gamble which is a section on the Clee Hill Car Trial.. Nice Lane!
I really look forward to running these days out. Now were as a club a members of GLASS planning and finding out information has been made easy.
I am looking to put more trips on in 2019 however I will not be around until April and I am hoping you will see one appear on the calendar in this time.
We have talked about possibly doing a weekend trip away, this would be fairly local, such as Wales so that you could do just one day or make the most of it and either camp or B&B.
If you have been green laning in the past and there is a trip you would like to see happen I would like to hear from you.
We could arrange getting together and going through the maps and either running it together or us running it for you. If you do decide to host a day out you will have the full support of the club.
We do ask a small fee of £5 to cover the cost of the club GLASS membership and any fuel/tool etc. to cover recces involved.
It would be great to get someone in this role if you are interested, again we will support you. I would like to thank Mike Sharp, David Ball and Richard Parry for their help and time with the recces and support on the day should we need to run more than 1 group. I look forward to where the lanes will take us in the future. I have added a few notes of the GLASS website about the code of conduct, any Q’s please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thanks for now, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!
The GLASS Code of Conduct
We expect all of our members to follow our Code of Conduct. It is also a very sensible and logical guide for other people that drive unsurfaced roads.
Use only rights of way with known, proven or provable vehicular rights. If challenged, discuss; if not resolved, and then leave as requested until status is rechecked.
Keep to the defined track. Detour only to pass immovable obstructions. Report any obstructions (including low branches) to the highway authority and the local GLASS Area Representative. Be critical of your own abilities and equipment when assessing an obstruction; it is your right to abate a non-lawful obstruction, but do not commit yourself to a bigger task than you are equipped for.
If the route is not obvious on the ground, ask locally, or check on the maps held at the highway authority offices or consult the local GLASS Area Representative.
Travel at a quiet and unobtrusive pace and as slowly as practicable; we recommend a maximum of 12 mph when in a 4x4 and on an Unsurfaced Right of Way (URoW). Ensure your vehicle is fully road-legal, URoW are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.
When travelling in groups keep to a small number, four or less in sensitive areas, in other areas up to six vehicles MAY be acceptable. Guidance should be sought from the relevant GLASS Area Representative. Weather and ground conditions should also be taken into account. On routes in good condition, split larger parties up and either use a different route or allow a good interval, at least 30 minutes, to elapse before following. With adverse weather and/or poor ground conditions avoid committing a second group to follow the same route.
Do not travel on URoW when they risk being affected beyond a point of natural recovery once the weather improves. If need be, walk some or the entire route first to determine its suitability. Do not use URoW that maybe damaged by the wheel pressure applied by your vehicle.
Avoid damage to trees, hedgerows and boundaries. Some roads carry vehicular rights but are physically too narrow for 4x4s.
Do not practice recovery techniques on any URoW. Use a winch only with extreme caution, and use only the correct equipment and techniques.
Be courteous to other road users - pull over and stop your vehicle for walkers, but pull over, stop your vehicle and switch off the engine for passing horses. Thank those who move over for you.
After consultations with Country Landowners Association and National Farmers Union HQ’s, “best practice” dictates that gates if they were found to be secured in an open position should be left open and those which are found shut or swinging should be shut behind you; the landowner might appreciate being told about a gate insecurely propped open if you see them.
Keep dogs and children under supervision. Watch out for injured or trapped animals, and report all suspicious events to the landholder.
Guard against all risks of fire. Take your litter home and that left by others if you see it, wherever practicable. Plastic bags can suffocate livestock if swallowed.
Help to keep all water clean. Remember that wildlife faces many threats and URoW are valuable habitats, take special care in spring and early summer. Follow the Country Code, it is for your guidance only.
Be considerate of group sizes at meeting points or food stops.