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Myth busters

Many green lanes show very little signs of use, contrary to the media image of convoys of 4x4 destroying the countryside. Sadly this has become popular belief, so much is the power of the press.

Myth busters

Many lanes can take sustained use of rercreational vehciular traffic. Even lanes with a soft surface can take a certain amount of traffic leaving very little evidence of their passing. With a change of attitude and co-operation, we can all co-exist without TROs.

Myth busters

Not all green lanes are tight and narrow. Many have widths of over 40 feet, much like the rest of the minor road network. Just because they escaped being covered in tarmacadem doesn’t make them any different.

Myth busters

Byways are for all classes of user. It is the highest class of right of way and recreational vehicular users should respect all other users. Restricted Byways are for all users except recreational vehicular users, but there are sometimes exceptions to this rule.

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The definition of a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) is a highway over which the public have a right of way for vehicular and all other kinds of traffic but which is used by the public mainly for the purposes for which footpaths and bridleways are used.

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Many unsealed roads are actually surfaced. This one is a flint track, the flint coming from the surrounding fields. Each parish would have been responsible in the past for the upkeep of their roads. Many still more sustainable than their tarmac cousins.

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Did you used to green lane in the 80s or 90s or early 2000’s? Do you know anyone who did? If so please email our Magazine Editor via our contact page under GLASS Officers. Thanks.

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Tiberthwaite Wall


The Green Lane Association (GLASS) recently received an appeal from a ranger for the National Trust in the Lake District National Park. They urgently needed money to save the historic dry stone walls which border the popular Tilberthwaite green road. The walls were in danger of collapse, which could have been dangerous for walkers, cyclists and horse riders as well as motorised users.

GLASS works proactively with other organisations to protect the countryside and keep green roads open and safe for all users. An appeal was immediately launched and shared with other user groups. Today the target of £4,000 was reached. This was achieved with donations from GLASS, the Trail Riders’ Fellowship (TRF), 4x4 groups, trail bike groups and cyclists, as well as a number of anonymous donors. We believe this is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when user groups work together.

Thank you!

The National Trust team has already started work renovating two walls.