Wales & Wye Laning
Wales & Wye Laning

To make sure you stay on the correct green laning route, Wales (region 3) or UK 1:50:000 v.5 OS maps available from Memory Map are recommended. If you are visiting the area or need assistance please contact us in case we can help advise on your route.

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Main more well known laning routes within Wales include (amongst many other lanes).

Nant-Y-Moch Reservoir & Goginan areas

Nice mix of ORPA and BYWAYS, some areas to avoid especially in bad weather. A fairly serious washout requires some attention in future or very careful spotting to make sure you don't fall down the lengthy crevice. Not for the faint hearted in some places but fantastic scenery. Generally good for all 4x4 vehicle types with a firm mud or compacted shale/stone surface, don't forget those bridging ladders though if the washout's are bad.

Strata Florida (Ceredigion / Powys borders)

Very well known, well used northern part ORPA. Plenty of river and stream crossings so snorkels are ideal at some time of the year. Not best attempted in bad weather or after heavy rainfall, beware of cross currents at all times. Odd washout, but don't be tempted to stray off the legal route. Fantastic desolate scenery. Generally good for all 4x4 vehicle types. Mainly bed rock track with a few boggy sections to catch you out. Still one of the best in the area.

Soar-Y-Mynydd (currently under tTRO for safety in 2014)

Lesser known ORPA ideal to fit in at the end of Strata Florida. Ideal at most times of the year with a few boggy sections towards the bottom. Enjoyable scenery. Generally good for all 4x4 vehicle types. firm mud or compacted shale/stone surface. Ideal starter track for inexperienced laners when ran West to East. Due to massive erosion this lane is now closed and impassable until repaired.

Brechfa Forest

Fairly well known all forest route, mainly ORPA with a few small sections of BYWAY. One small river crossing can swell in bad weather with a small bombhole in the middle, steep rocky steps on exit, best driven in upwards direction and watch those steering arms. Not best attempted in bad weather or after heavy rainfall due to steep hillsides. Odd ruts on top can catch some old skool leafers out. Generally good for shorter 4x4 vehicle types due to 2 tight hairpins at Abergorlech end, official route is not always obvious so do not stray onto forestry as many areas can be dangerous.

Happy Valley

Well known valley and coastal BYWAY's. Ideal at most times of the year. Not best attempted in very bad weather or after heavy rainfall on one section, don't be tempted to stray off the legal route and annoy local landowners on the estuary leg. Fantastic coastal and mountain scenery. Generally good for all narrower 4x4 vehicle types. Mainly bed rock track with a few tricky narrow sections to catch you out. Ideal if your in the area to also take in the other "Bomber Lane" ORPA's near Cadair Idris to make a full day of laning.

Claerwen Reservoir

Nice BYWAY consisting of a lower and upper section. The lower section can be very boggy in wet weather and is best avoided, exit correctly through the ford, out of the farm gate into the car park before progressing up the short tarmac hairpin section to the upper byway. Ideally check in with the Elan Valley rangers as the area is an SSSI site. Access beyond Claerwen Farm is private and the bridge should not be passed without the landowners permission. A flat, non challenging compact shale track which is accessible in all weather.

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Details on request for Gloucestershire & Monmouthshire areas

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