UCR: Green Lane

Location: Warnford, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Location: West Meon, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 132, 'Winchester, New Arlesford & East Meon'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU616253 
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 02' 40" W001 12' 30"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference:  SU627259
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 02' 90" W001 10' 70"
  • To see: tumuli.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
Green Lane shares its first 100m or so with Bosenhill Lane, another excellent UCR that runs north-south when it diverges from the track. Green Lane is one of the best lanes in this entire area, and basically offers everything that a greenlaner could wish for, short of a ford!

After Bosenhill Lane leaves, the lane jinks onto a north-westerly track and follows the field boundary until it meets Brockwood Copse, where it starts to come into its own. After a tight 's-bend ' the lane enters the woodland proper and begins to suffer from some ruts, which when we visited were also filled with water which made the going a little tricky on the earthen surface. At least it being overgrown is not a worry and it is a pleasant drive through coppiced woodland. The lane soon turns almost due north and bursts out of the trees into a clearing provided by some electricity cables, and it follows these up to its termination where it meets Brockwood Bottom.

At its end can be found no fewer than six tumuli of varying sizes, with the largest just over the hedge when turning right onto Brockwood Bottom. Two other large one can be found together to the west. They are all in varying degrees of preservation, with some ploughed out completely, but those interested in history should take a break and check them out.

Of a decent length, requiring thought with the ruts, and with a bit of the wet stuff and a bit of history thrown into the mix, this lane almost gets full marks.

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