BOAT: Merritt's Farm Lane

Location: Bushywarren Ln, Ellisfield, Hampshire RG25 2, UK
  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Location: Ellisfield, near Basingstoke, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 144, 'Basingstoke, Alton and Whitchurch, Odiham, Overton and Hook'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU649460
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 12' 36.86" W001 04' 17.78"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU646453
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 12' 11.91" W001 04' 33.18"
  • To see: Basingstoke? Nah.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
Merritt's Farm Lane (as I have named it) is a pretty unremarkable lane, hemmed in on both sides by high hedgerows. It presents no challenge to pretty much any vehicle that would want to use it. It's certainly wide, and well kept with regards to the undergrowth. However, wide, shallow ruts are appearing due use by farm vehicles in the exceptionally cold and wet conditions we've been experiencing in early December. It might be best to wait until the dry weather arrives to drive this lane to avoid making it any worse than it needs to be.

This short BOAT begins by turning south from Bushywarren Lane. The lane curves very gently towards the south-west and at around a third of it's total length enters the coniferous woodland of Merritt's Copse, the bulk of which lies to the east of the lane. On emerging from the woodland, it continues following the field boundaries for the remainder of it's length and finishes where it emerges onto Bell Lane, just east of the tiny hamlet of Ellisfield.

To make it worthwhile driving this lane, it is best visited in conjunction with Kit Lane and Winslade Lane.

Statistics:
Total Distance: 1.95 km (1.2 mi)
Total Time: 5:59
Moving Time: 5:27
Average Speed: 19.52 km/h (12.1 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 21.46 km/h (13.3 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 203 m (666 ft)
Max Elevation: 232 m (761 ft)
Elevation Gain: 57 m (188 ft)
Max Grade: 2.6 %
Min Grade: -2.2 %

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