BOAT: Cambridge Lane

Location: Hanging Birch Ln, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0, UK
  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Location: Lions Green, East Sussex.
  • OS Explorer Map 123, 'Eastbourne & Beachy Head, Newhaven, Seaford, Hailsham & Heathfield'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: TQ566187
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N50 94' 60" E000 22' 80"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference:  TQ562189
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N50 94' 80" E000 22' 30"
  • To see: not much.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
This short greenlane is more full on than first appearances would suggest! (It's always the small, quiet ones that you have to look out for...)

Beginning as a metalled track serving as a driveway to private houses, once these have been passed the surface reverts to earth and leaf mould and become heavily rutted. It is also crossed by tree roots and what may be the top of a concrete pipe, so in short it is a very tricky lane to pick your way through. It's not made any easier that it's quite a narrow lane, although at no point does the foliage close in so much that it's a threat to paintwork.

Climbing uphill throughout, the worst of the ruts are at the northern end of the lane, just before it meets Burnt Oak Lane. Here, the ruts can be straddled with a little clever driving and correct positioning, but be warned that some of the holes there are very, very deep and whilst we had little trouble in the bone-dry conditions we experienced in mid-October 2011, when it's wet this lane resembles a river more than a right-of-way!

There are easier and more worthwhile lanes to drive in this area, but take care if you decide to drive this one!

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