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Friday, 02 October 2009

Today was the day that under the Treadlightly initiative (http://www.treadlightly-uk.org/) members of CRAG, Glass and the Trf came together to work on a popular lane nr Rhayader, Powys, Wales (SN 961 685). The Byway can be difficult to read in places due to footpaths and other tracks criss crossing the Byway at various junctures. In places there has been 'off piste' activity which is actively discouraged by all grooups and individuals that support Treadlighly-uk.

Ethan and myself arrived at the rendezvous point in good time for our 9am meeting. In total 9 volunteers with varying amounts of ability but huge amounts of enthusiasm turned up to join in the days planned works.

After loading up with posts for our task of Waymarking the correct route the 2 Marks, Ethan and myself headed off along the tarmac to the western end of the Byway (SN 921 706) while the other volunteers coordinated by Duncan Green and Mark Margetts started at the eastern end.

From the western end it is easy to see the repair work carried out very recently by contractors on behalf of Powys CC, this will help keep the byway usable for all users motorised or otherwise for some years to come. Our task though was to find the areas previously marked out for the signposts and then to put them in place.

The first 5 posts were put in to a depth of 1-1.5 ft as we hit bedrock at that depth. The other posts our team put in went much deeper.

After post 7 went in Ethan and myself had to leave, so we bid our farewells to the 2 Marks and headed east on the Byway. We soon met up with the team working towards us. They were working hard to signpost the 'bombhole' to the side of the Byway which seems to be a magnet for the kind of irresponsible drivers and riders that have no respect for the countryside or its rightful owners.

 This volunteer work was done under the Treadlightly 'banner' which has proved extremely effective in the USA. The work was carried out with a view to making the Byway accessible and easily followed for all users. Each signpost had a newly developed sign nailed to it which encourages respect for other users.

So we enjoyed a good morning in the mountains before a 3.5 hour drive home and a KFC for tea .

However on the east side of the mountain as we left were a group of people who were driving an unregistered quad bike without the landowners consent. I stopped the rider who said she didn't have the landowners consent and they thought it was 'free' land. After telling her that what she was doing was illegal and would be reported to the police she continued to ride around on it. 100 metrres further on was a car and trailer nad others connected to the quad. I stopped and talked to these (after noting the reg number) to tell them they shouldn't be there but thay did not seem bothered. Anyway they can be reported to the Police along with any others that use this byway without respect for other users. The byway will be monitored closely in coming months for illegal users.

Treadlightly is bringing together under its umberella the user groups that want to educate users of our byways in responsible, legal and respectful use of our dwindling numbers of byways. Those that choose to ignore such efforts will likely be reported to the Police.

If anyone has the opportunity to volunteer for this kind of work in the future then can I recommend you do it. It should prove beneficial for you and our hobby.

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