Spring NGLD in North Wales Print
Thursday, 02 March 2006

We set out to clear three RoW - The V gulley, Dogleg and Foxes Revenge.

Three cars, four CRAG members and one soon to be member, one fourteen year old and an eleven year old made up the workforce.

The V gulley is one of those lanes which seems really intimidating, steep sides threaten to crush your car as you carefully drive with only the sides of your tyres gripping the edge of the track. The corner had become really spun out as someone with really agressive tyres had chewed away the edge of the corner. The answer was to dig the opposite side away to take the pressure off the corner. one team took on this challenge with pick, bar and shovel.
The lower corner had overgrown with holly, never the easiest of evergreens to cut back. Bowsaw in hand, the two handed team took on this job.

Furthest up the trail saw the advance party of two chipping and snipping away at the sides of the lane for all they were worth. With loppers and saw, they took away most of the scratchy stuff, threading the trimmings neatly into the thorny hedge.

One brew later saw us visit the dog leg. A narrow lane with rewarding views dropped down the hillside in front of us. The hedgerow growing well into the lane. Further on up the track, an expert had been laying the hedge putting our efforts to shame. Undeterred, we cut back the thorn and yew knowing that we would have to return in a year or so, the hedge layer would not return for 10 years at least.

The third and final lane was Foxes Revenge. An old track which winds it's way down the Welsh hillside towards almost forgotten tarmac roads. Down in the valley, a new, large house is being built. The track is one which will deceive the unwary driver, tree roots force the car to the right and trees are passed so closely that you feel that you must scratch your car, but you don't.  Again, the order of the day was to cut and prune. the teams moved down the lane taking away new growth which might threaten walker and rider alike followed by two Milton Keynes based Range Rovers who were tracing a route from a well known magazine. They were patient.

This lane only took a few hours to complete and we were thirsty. A twenty five minute drive took us to the excellent Hand pub in Llanarmon DC where we met up with the Powys team who had come to say hello. After a long chat and much needed drink, we set off for home over the Wayfarer which was white with snow.

All in all, we had an excellent day.
Dave Rogers.

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