Grass in the middle of the road


I always take grass growing in the middle of a single track road to be a good omen. It is a promise of quiet, traffic free riding, and perhaps, something a bit out of the ordinary compared to the usual road ride. This morning, I thought I had learnt a new fact. Listening to the radio, the DJ had commented on the number of roads, encountered while on recent travels, with grass growing down their middle (BBC 6Music for you I suppose). A short time later, a listener sent a message saying the grass in the middle of the road is called a “Long Acre”. Interesting, I thought, perhaps I’ll blog my new knowledge later.

So here I am. Except, my new knowledge, initially accepted at face value, is not quite true. Before writing I googled “Long Acre” only to find the it refers to the grassy strip on each side of the road, i.e. it is another term for a grass verge.

Back to google and more searches, but no success. So I changed tack and tried variations on single track roads and ruts. Surely there is a name for the bit in between two ruts? Well if there is, it has defeated my brief Sunday afternoon research.

You are probably bored and I am still no wiser what the name for grass growing in the middle of the road is. However, if you do happen to know, please share and satisfy my curiosity!

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Riding a bike around Cambridgeshire looking for some hills
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2 Responses to Grass in the middle of the road

  1. Robert says:

    I am about to purchase a property which is at the end of a long dead end road. There is a grass center line down the middle of the road which if not careful you bottom the car on it, what I need to know who is responsible to remove this and if it is removed what happens to any damaged that occurs.

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