BOAT: Old Lane

Location: Horndean, Hampshire, UK
  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Location: Chalton, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 120, 'Chichester'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU696146
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N50 92' 70" W001 01 10"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU699146
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N50 92' 70" W001 00' 60"
  • To see: not much.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
A very short green lane, this one. Running east from its western end, the byway leaves Catherington Lane and runs between some old farm-labourers' cottages and a water reservoir. Starting as tarmac, continuing very briefly on some shingle and soon offering a grass-covered surface at the point where a public footpath leaves across the fields to the south, this byway heads gently and soon more steeply downhill, and becomes narrower all the way.

In fact this narrowing means that, for a 4x4 at least, Old Lane is not really worth the interest of visiting: it's not scratchy but for such a short byway there is just no point trying to negotiate it, especially since the 'dog poo bin' at the very eastern end complicates matters further, and besides, the byway ends in a housing estate (Southdown Road), and who wants to see that?! Pass this byway by, we reckon, and head to green pastures elsewhere.

Just annoying!
To Hampshire County Council this is Horndean Byway 39.

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