BOAT: Shell Lane

Location: Colemore and Priors Dean, Hampshire, UK
  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Location: Colemore, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 133, 'Haslemere & Petersfield'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU711305
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 06' 90" W000 98' 60"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU705305
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 07' 00" W000 99' 50"
  • To see: The Pheasant pub.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
In here, somewhere, is a byway!
This relatively short, unnamed byway (please comment below if you know of a better name for it) starts by leaving a country road on a due western track, and almost immediately runs into trouble. This greenlane clearly sees little use as it is almost completely unrutted, and little wonder: it's really quite dramatically overgrown! There is literally just enough room on either side to force a Defender down it, but you can forget about protecting the paintwork: scratches are an inevitability. It really needs to be cut back, and soon.

Proceeding downhill on a gentle gradient, at about the halfway point the greenlane is very nearly totally blocked by a fallen tree. It's been chainsawed back to a stump but even so there is literally millimeters to play with between it and the bank on the other side. We got through without damage but only just!

Once negotiated the byway opens up for a couple of meters where a farmer's track crosses our trail (a welcome breath of fresh air!) but soon plunges back into the jungle for the last few meters. The byway thankfully ends just south of Manor Farm in the hamlet of Colemore. Stressful, and best avoided until it is cleared.

For a cracking selection of real ales and some great food, you could do far worse for your compulsory aprรจs-laning tipple than The Pheasant public house in Lower Farringdon, to the north of the western end of this byway on the A32.

To Hampshire County Council this is Byway 18.

Total distance: 0.66 km (0.4 mi)
Total time: 14:42
Moving time: 13:44
Average speed: 2.68 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 2.87 km/h (1.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.00 km/h (5.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 22.38 min/km (36.0 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 20.88 min/km (33.6 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 6.67 min/km (10.7 min/mile)
Max elevation: 239 m (784 ft)
Min elevation: 210 m (690 ft)
Elevation gain: 12 m (40 ft)
Max grade: 0 %
Min grade: 0 %
Recorded: 02/07/2013 17:04

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