What is Greenlaning?
You may have seen references to Greenlaning and wondered what it is all about.
Greenlaning is driving Public Rights Of Way (PROW) where Mechanically Propelled Vehicle (MPV’s) rights exist. Primarily these are Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs), UCR’s (Unclassified County roads) / ORPA (Other routes with public access).
Many of these rights of way date back 1000s of years when man first made tracks in order to connect from one farm / village to another and are scattered throughout our wonderful countryside.BLRC / GLASS, promote the sensible driving of these Green Lanes. Often Greenlaning is termed Off-Roading. In actual fact nothing could be further from the truth. Green Lanes are public roads that have an unmetalled surface and to drive them you have to have a road legal vehicle, driving license, insurance, car tax and MoT certificate.
REMEMBER DRIVE AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE AND AS FAST AS NECESSARY
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Wet Roads ** PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE NOT NECESSARILY RIGHTS OF WAY OR OPEN TO USE BY MOTOR VEHICLES.
Green Lane run’s
Breckland landrover club’s Rights of way officer aims to organize Three Green lane runs on the last Sunday of the month. We have five proven
routes to choose from put together by a previous Row’o making a full family day of it stopping at a pub for dinner and a well enjoyed pint.
Most routes are easy, scratchy and non scratchy with a firm base, although some lanes can catch the most experienced of us out every now and again.
During the year we try to organise a out of county green lane run and a weekend / five day break in Derbyshire, Wales or who knows where?.
All lanes are checked for TRO’s (Traffic regulation orders) using the GLASS Website on regular basis prior to driving, although the odd one may suddenly crop up and throw a spanner in the works.
Green lane clearance takes place usually twice a year working with N.C.C. This includes cutting back hedge’s, digging drainage culverts filling in ruts and litter picking.
During the wet winter months we have agreed with the Council / Lara not to use certain lanes until the drier weather, This is known as a voluntary restraint and works well preventing a possible long term TRO.
What do I need to go Greenlaning?
Wether you drive A well serviced and maintained classic 1948 series 1, or a modern day Discovery 3 HSE. Some basic tools will come in handy consisting of a spade, work gloves, bow saw, 3 to 4 recovery shackles, recovery rope, WD 40 for the petrol engines a assortment of tools, Torch, Fully charged mobile phone and full set of 1:50,000 Ordnance survey maps for the area your in.
Recommended Emergency items
First aid kit, Fire extinguisher.
Winch, Snorkel, Laptop / PDA running memory map with GPS receiver and a CB radio.
Above all else, British Farmers have a tough time as it is, Please ensure you wash your landrover thoroughly to avoid any disease spread i.e. Foot and Mouth, Swine fever and Bird Flu.