The journey begins. The team head south through Scotland
The first English green roads in Northumberland
We crossed it. Honest!
One of the more frustrating uses of green roadsSome absolutes do still sadly persist. Fly-tipping appears to be more widespread this year – something which can presumably be traced back to the selfishness of people unsympathetic and impatient to the financial constraints of local authorities. The only positive point to come from this is that TRO’s which exclude motorcycles also appear effective in deterring fly-tippers. Examples of this include Slaley Forest in Northumberland and the Fosse Way in Wiltshire. As ever, the more remote (and sometimes dead-end) lanes that we rode were often the most interesting and fun. Many lanes are at risk of being reclaimed by nature because today’s rider only seems comfortable riding the ‘usual’ lanes with which he and his friends are familiar. If each Group occasionally undertook an ‘old school’ exploratory ride armed with secateurs and folding saws to ‘beat the bounds’ then overgrown lanes might become a thing of the past, with their historical use re-established through adventure, teamwork and camaraderie.
The length of Great Britain and an English trail ride that will be remembered by all. A fantastic achievement.