BOAT: Ruggles Lane

Location: B2101, Rotherfield, East Sussex TN6, UK
  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Location: Argos Hill, East Sussex.
  • OS Explorer Map 135, 'Ashdown Forest'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: TQ563287
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 03' 60" E000 22' 80"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: TQ559277
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 02' 80" E000 22' 20"
  • To see: the view.  
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!

I'm not sure if the name of this byway is correct as I could not find one on the map, but in absense of a name I have called is Ruggles Lane after the farm it runs past.

Starting at the northern end, leaving the B2101 at the Sheriff's Lane junction, this great byway follows filed boundaries on the western side of the lane. It's a little overgrown with foliage, but there is nothing 'hard': it was all this years growth and nettles/teasels where the worst of it. That said, this green lane is also lined with mature trees that, although they pose nearly no obstacle, must still none-the-less be negotiated.

The byway heads downhill on a shallow gradient and an unrutted surface of compacted earth, affording an extremely pleasant view across rolling fields. A few houses, a green house and an agricultural building pass to the east and the gradient then steepens downwards towards a very shallow ford in the River Rother that is not marked on the OS map. On fording the river (it's barely a stream at this point) the lane then climbs uphill and turns sharply to the west. This byway then ends on Five Ashes Road. A great, simple byway in a very beautiful area.

What green laning is (mostly) all about.

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