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[UK] - Useful Offroad/Greenlane websites

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  1. Kevigizmo

    Kevigizmo Western Europe Moderator
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    #1 Kevigizmo, Jun 12, 2018
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    Hey Guys n Gals!

    So this thread we would like to build up a list of useful websites for UK users or Visitors to UK who can check out lanes and off-road locations in different parts of the UK

    This list comes from a discussion on another thread about map POI's and due to the legality of the greenlanes in the UK being different to other countries, a sensible idea of populating a list of "Official" websites which in theory should hold up to date info about correct lanes and any closures (TRO's - Temporary Restraining Order)

    As links are added to the thread - I'll try and keep it up to date with the website links below (so you dont have to trawl through all the pages)
    Please be aware, some sites do require a membership to access some information

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    Official Websites:
    GLASS - Green Lane Association - https://www.glass-uk.org/
    Trailwise - http://www.trailwise.org.uk/
    All Terrain UK - http://www.allterrainuk.com/newsite/index.php
    Ramblers - http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx

    Local Authorities:
    Norfolk - https://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/highways/
    Cumbria - Cumbria Hierarchy of trails
    Lancashire - Lancashire Rights of Way
    Wiltshire - Wiltshire ROWs
    Derbyshire - Derbyshire Vehicles in the Countryside

    Other Sources:
    Scotland Forestry has a number of drives and camping.
    https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/
    Leacainn is one of my favourites (Tim). Great views over Loch Awe
    https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/images/pdf/rec_pdfs/LeacainnForestDrive.pdf

    Camping in the Forest (campsites across the U.K.)
    https://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/


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    Thank you all for your input please keep them coming so we can have a nice complete list
     
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    Suggest we add links for @Kevigizmo to copy into the OP, then delete our post, that way, it's all in one post.
     
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    Just deleted my posts to keep the content focused on the OP - will delete this one too in a couple days.
     
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    Just discovered I don’t have the right to delete my own post only “remove from public view”. Unless it’s an app thing.


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  5. Kevigizmo

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    how weird!
    Will have to test it myself and circle back round to Michael if its a bug
     
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    It'll be an app thing - remove from public view = delete = same result.
     
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    So I exchanged a few emails with the Scottish forestry folk, and they said no vehicles were allowed on any tracks going through the woods, and if found will be reported to the police, I argued that if they were not gated and connected two tarmac roads then its a right of way but they refused to accept this and warned me to keep off of forestry property.
    They have also started putting up signs stating its an offence and are encouraging people to report any vehicles on trails to the police.
     
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    This has always been the case, not only in Scotland, but anywhere in the UK. Unless a public right of way, with vehicular rights, exists, stay off it with a motor driven vehicle. All public rights of way are shown on what is called the Definitive Map. Each County Council holds a copy of it, covering that County, freely available to view, under the control of that Council's Rights of Way Officer.
    Just because a road (gated, tarmac, stone, or otherwise) exists, it does not always mean a Right of Way exists. Also, be wary of relying on any map that shows a ROW, the status can change overnight in some cases - made even more difficult to keep up with given the ease with which Councils can issue a TRO.
    The Forestry Commission have always been "difficult" to deal with over land access, and will strongly object to any illegal use of their tracks through forests. I have some experience of this organising various event sin the past and it has now become almost impossible to run any event without huge insurance cover.
     
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