Rangers carry out the repairs on the Cam High Road. Photo: Yorkshire Dales NPA

Rangers carry out the repairs on the Cam High Road. Photo: Yorkshire Dales NPA

An ancient right of way in the Yorkshire Dales has been repaired thanks to cash donated by recreational motorists.

National park rangers and volunteers spent several weeks restoring eroded section of the 2,000-year-old Cam High Road.

The green lane follows the route of a Roman road on the fells above the village of Burtersett near Hawes in Wensleydale. The track is a byway open to all traffic, which means it can be used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and motor vehicles.

The North Yorkshire group of the Green Lane Association (Glass) and the North Yorkshire and Teesside group of the Trail Riders Fellowship each donated £2,500 towards the works. Last year, the groups donated a similar amount of money.

Surfacing and drain repairs were undertaken near Four Lane Ends. The repair teams also worked on the Busk Lane track, which leads to the hamlet of Stalling Busk in Raydale.

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.

Matt Neale, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority area manager (north), said: “This was essential routine maintenance which all too often can get overlooked.

“I would like the thank Glass and the North Yorkshire and Teesside 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.

“Thank you to Leo Crone of the TRF who invited me to talk to the group about green lanes and some of the issues, and presented a cheque.”

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