WWL typically arrange a free green laning group meeting for other 4x4 owners to attend, and provide full details for the local drive. Below are just some of the
legalities that are checked or arranged in advance. Normally the day will consist of a weekend meeting point with a 4-8hr green laning drive, this is also likely to include normal public tarmac roads
aswell, hence your 4x4 has to be road legal for any greenlaning event. However for those that could do weekday meetings, this is often much quieter. Depending on attendance, groups would be split
into a maximum of 5 vehicles, in certain areas 6 maybe acceptable.
From beginners to more experienced laners, all are welcome to attend. Many people who attend travel considerable distance with their 4x4 to appreciate the green lanes Wales has to offer. Please only use your 4x4 on either private land (with the owners permission), pay & play tracks, or a public "byway open to all traffic - BOAT" or "Other road with public access" - ORPA". These are normally indicated by arrow symbols enroute and may be subject to further "traffic regulation restrictions - TRO's".
You will be advised if your trip is an entry level or technically challenging outing and the days plan will be discussed with your team leader. If you are unhappy with any lanes you can always meet at the end and are under no pressure to continue. However with a friendly and experienced team with you, you can always guarantee an enjoyable trip within your abilities. Scratches and minor vehicle wounds unfortunately go with the hobby, and whilst we try not to avoid any damage their is the odd occasion where it is to be expected. To cover the group leader, a signed basic disclaimer may be required from you. Responsibility for any trips cancellation is up to the days group leader, if ground damage or bad weather is expected then this will be considered, and to ensure sustainability the route may be adjusted to suit. It would not be ideal to arrive in a new £25,000 Defender!
Regular stops to regroup and check vehicles, take photos, tea breaks or just a natter are normal, with the emphasis being on the challenge of completing the green lane without damage to yourself, vehicle or local environment (12mph is appropriate) and generally enjoying the company and scenic surroundings. This ensures everyone enjoys themselves, and rules and guidelines are adhered to for the byway to ensure everyone finishes safely. Always drive your 4x4 sympathetically to minimise damage all around.
A RED arrow is generally unrestricted, but these should be confirmed in all cases. Both types of byway may also be used by walkers, cyclists or horseriders so
please give way and take care. Byways are subject to standard road laws and legality so your vehicle should be taxed and insured. Do NOT use your 4x4 on Bridleways, Footpaths or RUPP's and always
travel at slow speeds to minimise impact on the environment and your vehicle. Failure to do so may spoil it for everyone and aid the closing of the lane in future.
In 2006 many of these and other types of byway (such as roads used as public paths - RUPPS) also came under a new law called the "Natural Environment & Rural Communites Act - NERC's", which vastly reduces the amount of greenlanes available to drive in the UK.