BOAT: Green Lane

Location: South Downs National Park, United Kingdom
  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Location: Clanfield, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 120, 'Chichester'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU683180
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N50 95' 70" W001 02 30"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU692165
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N50 94' 40" W001 01' 60"
  • To see: The Rising Sun pub.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
We drove this byway from the northern end. Starting where it leaves the country road between East Meon and Clanfield, the byway immediately plunges into trees. Their foliage does encroach onto the byway in places but it is never too far and seldom so bad that it becomes a stressful experience. The one proviso is that there is a very large fallen branch on the western edge of the track towards the end of the byway. When we visited it was completely hidden by stinging nettles and it claimed its due by leaving a large hole in a wheel arch. See the map for its precise location, and take care at towards southern end.

The surface of the byway is firm enough: compacted earth on top of chalk and is almost completely unrutted. Being an drove road, the byway does occasionally cause one to adopt an unusual attitude but it's never even close to being dramatic; indeed, it's an easy drive.

Continuing around the curves in a southerly direction, the byway is crossed by a footpath on reaching North Cottages, the denizens of which clearly value their privacy judging by the sign they have erected on a nearby tree! On crossing the byway the foliage closes in just a little (scratches and that 'nails on a balckboard' noise may result!) but it's clear enough and the green lane is relatively straight for the remainder of its run. It returns to the tarmac on Hambledon Road in Clanfield.

Celebrate a successful expedition by raising a glass of ale at 'The Rising Sun', a delightful pub just round the corner from this byway in Clanfield.

To Hampshire County Council this is Horndean Byway 702.

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