I encountered this sentence when reading "A Morbid Taste for Bones" by Ellis Peters:
Cadfael turned towards the cry, thrusting through thorn-branches, and came out in a narrow oval of grass surrounded every way with thick bushes, through which a used track no wider than a man's shoulders clove, the long way of the oval.
I under stand that the clause "through which a used track no wider than a man's shoulders clove" refers to "thick bushes", but what is the role of "the long way of the oval"? Is it the indirect object of "a used track"? So "a used track cleaves through the bushes into the oval"? But it does not have a preposition before it.
Thank you for your help!
This is what I imagine based on @TRomano's comments:
The black curves are the bushes, and the blue path is the track.