UCR/BOAT: Whitnal Lane

Location: Twinley Ln, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28, UK
  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Location: Quidhampton, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 144, 'Basingstoke, Alton and Whitchurch, Odiham, Overton and Hook'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU490515
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 26' 00" W001 30' 00"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU491503  
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates:  N51 25' 00" W001 29' 70"
  • To see: not much.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
N.B., the southern (BOAT) part of this this lane is subject to a TRO between 1st November and 1st May every year. Do not attempt to drive it between these dates. 

TRO'd BOAT to the left, clear to the right.
For want of a better name (I've not been able to find one for this greenlane, otherwise called 'Byway 714' on the definitive map) I've named this lane Whitnal Lane. When the tarmac ends, a short BOAT called Jack Mills Lane leaves to the east, and this short, easy going byway starts out southwards as a UCR on a surface of compacted earth and gravel which is slightly rutted in places. The lane is for the most part well maintained and encroaching foliage is never a threat.

Heading gently downhill from 131m AMSL, the UCR curves gently to the south until it reaches a junction with two prongs: one arm which heads due south, and the other which leaves the lane to the west. The southern arm of Whitnal Lane changes status to a BOAT here and is subject to a TRO between November and May, so don't continue unless you're outside of those dates. Instead, take the western arm along to it's termination on Watch Lane (as we had to).

If you are not subject to the TRO, the southern arm continues on a nice wide course on an earthen surface for around 300m until it finishes where it meets another, far superior byway called Harrow Way. As such, Witnal Lane is part of a larger network of lanes that offers a fair bit of choice when greenlaning in this area.

These are Hampshire County Council Byways 35 and 714, treated as one entry for convenience.

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