Yorkshire lanes repaired for all after donation from 4x4 users

Originally Published: April 2019 Words: Alan Kidd

Rangers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, supported by a team of volunteers, have completed repairs to eroded sections of the ancient Roman Road in Wensleydale – aided by financial support from 4x4 drivers.

‘Surfacing and drainage works took place near Four Lanes End on what is locally known as the Cam High Road,’ explains the park authority. ‘The team then went over Wether Fell into Raydaleside to carry out repairs on Busk Lane, working from the junction with the Stake Road back to Carpley Green Farm. A total of 700 tonnes of limestone aggregate was laid and rolled at the two sites. Culverts and drainage ditches were also cleared of vegetation as part of the works.’

Busk Lane and the Cam High Road, both of which are BOATs, are among several highly popular multi-use rights of way in this area, and the work will benefit walkers and horse riders as well as motor vehicle users. ’The North Yorkshire group of the Green Lane Association (GLASS) and the North Yorkshire and Teesside group of the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) each donated £2500 towards the works,’ reports the park authority. ‘Last year, the groups donated a similar amount of money.’

YDNPA’s Matt Neale said: ‘This was essential routine maintenance which all too often can get overlooked. I would like the thank GLASS and the North Yorkshire and Teeside group of the TRF for their support. Both organisations have recognised that their recreational use of the National Park has an environmental impact, and they continue to step up to the mark to help us maintain the byways.’

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