BOAT: Stoatley Hollow

Location: Haslemere, Surrey, UK
  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Location: Shottermill, Surrey.
  • OS Explorer Map 133, 'Haslemere & Petersfield'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU896337
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 09' 60" W000 72' 20"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU890340
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 09' 90" W000 72' 90"
  • To see: not much.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
This is a pretty short byway that runs along the northern edge of the sprawl of housing in this corner of Haslemere. We drove it from east to west. Leaving Bunch Lane the track initially serves as a metalled driveway to a sizeable cottage, but on passing the aforementioned it leaves the tarmac behind and the earthen/leaf mould surface begins. This byway appears to be little used and, although mostly unrutted, it is a holloway and has a slight natural drainage channel down the middle of it. The foliage on either side of the lane for the most part keeps itself to itself and is not a factor.

It's pretty easy going therefore, except for the relatively steep hill climb it presents which becomes rather slippery in wet weather: traction control was flicking on and off despite it being relatively dry when we drove it. No sooner has the summit of the hill been reached then the prepared surface resumes its service of the houses on either side and the track abruptly ends on Farnham Lane. Not really worth going out of your way for, and only worth it if you're driving in the Devil's Punchbowl anyway.

For Surrey County Council it is BOAT 105 and is part of the Greensand Way.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

22/12/2013 ran up-hill on way to Devil's Punchbowl. Exactly as description. Good giggle of a hill.

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