BOAT: Oak Hill Lane

Location: Damsel Ln, Preston Candover, Hampshire RG25 2, UK
  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Location: Preston Candover, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 144, 'Basingstoke, Alton and Whitchurch, Odiham, Overton and Hook'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU629429
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 10' 56.29" W001 06' 02.47"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU612420
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 10' 28.79" W001 07' 31.87"
  • To see: the view.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
This great little BOAT starts just south of the impressive building that is Moundsmere Manor, where it heads west from an unnamed country road. It is relatively easy going: the earthen/grassy surface is only lightly rutted at present, and it's relatively well drained. Neither does the undergrowth ever close in sufficiently to present a problem to paintwork (see picture below). We drove Oak Hill Lane in a westerly direction.

Its initial 150m or so is actually classified as a RUPP, and it is only after a bridleway branches off to the north that it changes status to a BOAT. The lane follows the line of least resistance along a shallow valley, heading ever downhill. The hedgerows and trees that line Oak Hill Lane open up every so often to reveal a beautiful view across fields and uphill (see above), either northbound up towards Inham's Copse or south towards the Coombe Plantation. 

At around two thirds of it's total length, and just after a farm track with bridleway status (so don't drive on it!) breaks off southwards, this surprisingly straight lane jinks slightly onto a more southerly bearing and ends where it meets a country lane a few metres east of the pleasant Hampshire village of Preston Candover. This lane scores as high as a 4 as the views it offers over rolling farmland truly compliment it. Although it is by no means short, if only it were slightly longer!

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