Green Laning

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23 Oct 2010 17:48 - 23 Oct 2010 17:49 #5302 by mlines
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Just a few words on Green Laning....

Our Greenlanes are under threat. There are people who want to see all 4x4s banned from the countryside. A small minority group are behaving recklessly and giving all 4x4 users a bad reputation. Please follow our Greenlane Code to help keep our lanes a public right of way for all of us.

First and foremost: Greenlanes are NOT a 4x4 Play Site! (Though this should be obvious, unfortunately this still has to be said to some people.) They are there to be driven with care and consideration. If you want to tear about, up to your doors in mud, getting stuck and making loads of noise, then join your nearest off-road club and go to their off-road play-days at specially designed sites. These are well worth the small charge because you also know you're allowed to drive there and get as muddy as you like! Green-laning is meant to be pleasant and relaxing, not thrill-a-minute.

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We only drive green lanes with known vehicle rights - after studying an OS map, we may check the definitive map at the local County Council or contact the local councils rights of way officer. Even if it has tyre tracks down it, this could be a landowner or farmer's right of access and does not make it any more legal for us to drive.
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We avoid the use of over aggressive tyres. If we are using a lane that requires such then should we be there?. Deep harsh tractor treads or Super Swampers may get you through but destroy it for others.

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We try to avoid badly rutted tracks or lanes that risk being damaged beyond a point of natural recovery. It will only make them worse and provide ammunition for those who would like to see us banned.

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If the lane will not be useable by all other users after we've driven it, WE DON'T DRIVE IT! Even if we can get our vehicles down there it does not mean it is okay to drive it – we think about walkers, cyclists, people with pushchairs and wheelchairs.

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Drive slowly (max 12-15mph). This is to prevent damage to both the ground and to you and your vehicle - on off road terrain, things can get out of hand very quickly. Travel "as slow as possible, but as fast as necessary."

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Travel in groups of four or five vehicles or less. We pull over and stop if we encounter walkers or horses

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Driving tips :-
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Keep your thumbs on top of the steering wheel, to prevent a sprained or broken thumb if the wheel suddenly snaps.
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Avoid riding the brakes and clutch, which can lead to brake failure.

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Negotiating terrain :-

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Travel straight up or down a hill or gradient.
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Cross obstacles at an angle, one wheel at a time.
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Don't straddle large rocks.
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Avoid mud if you can while remaining on the road or trail.
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Turn into ravines or large depressions at about a 45-degree angle.
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Straddle ruts, even if they are wider than your vehicle. This will keep your vehicle level.
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Cross streams slowly, ideally at a 90-degree angle to the stream.
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Treat other users with respect, even if they do not extend the same courtesy to you. Although you have as much right to be there as they do, remember that you are in a much-maligned minority and impressions count!
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Don't damage trees or hedgerows, except for cutting back overhanging branches within legal limitations. Generally held to be a minimum width of 3 Metres.
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Take recovery gear and a spade in case you get stuck. We only use winches when unavoidable. Take care not to damage trees or fences. Always use protective straps on trees or other objects.
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Never travel alone - you might get stranded. Take a mobile phone. Be prepared. Ensure your vehicle is in good order - not the 'Oh dear that rattle that I have had for the past month turns out to be terminal', excuse. A spare fan belt and a gallon of water is most useful if you need them when stranded 3 miles from the nearest road. Better still - drive accompanied.

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Open gates should be left open - and closed ones shut after you've gone through.

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Take your litter home - helping to clear other rubbish from lanes always goes down well with other users.

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Supervise dogs and children at all times, especially when you're near livestock.

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Avoid waterways unless you're certain there is a public right of way.
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Travel & recreate with minimum impact. Remember - Keep it Clean and Keep it Green.

Have fun!

Martin

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23 Oct 2010 18:51 - 23 Oct 2010 18:52 #5303 by Gromit
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Open gates should be left open - and closed ones shut after you've gone through.

Not necessarily so, when I was a GLASS Rep I used to tell people, even if you find a gate open, close it unless tied back or wedged open.
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24 Oct 2010 10:21 #5320 by Reloaded
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Good post Martin!

Most of it common sense but well worth putting on a forum regarding the recreational use of 4x4s.

Gromit - yes you're right on the gate thing, when out walking or driving I'd shut a gate left swinging open, but not one that was secured in the open position.

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25 Oct 2010 20:01 #5372 by kirkynut
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Gromit wrote: Open gates should be left open - and closed ones shut after you've gone through.

Not necessarily so, when I was a GLASS Rep I used to tell people, even if you find a gate open, close it unless tied back or wedged open.


Mmmm!

The farmer who wants his sheep/cows to roam from one field to the other and has left the water trough in one but not the other might not agree when his sheep/cows are thirsty due to the gate being shut.

You never know if a rambler might have left it open after finding it shut though. Oh yes you do - they can do no wrong - silly me.

I agree with Martin's post, especially the bit about not responding to other users as we have been sworn at etc when doing nothing wrong (by a lady on a horse churning up someone elses field off of the right of way) and you will only start an argument. I gest with my comment about Ramblers but they sure don't like us, so keep your thoughts to yourself and smile to them when you see them as you will only fuel their argument.

Dog walkers like to be thanked when they stop and hold their dog to one side for you.

I think it is also important to report 4x4's that you see go off the right of way to protect our rights as legitimate users. A local person will tell you the number of the local Police or most have generic 0300 numbers now, so you could call them on your mobile when out of sight of the offenders. It may be possible for them to catch them in the act then.

What good press that could create too!

Kirkynut

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24 Dec 2011 19:14 #29179 by Nobby22
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Always leave gates as you left them. Nothing more annoying than opening a gate and leaving it open, because you are going to be going back and forth with a machine , and comeing back to find its shut. Doesnt seem much of an inconvenience but its a pain in the arse! Also as kirkynut says a farmer may leave them open for his animals. Just dont leave a shut gate open, thats when animals get out and you end up with a very angry farmer who will do his best to get people off his land.
As Martin says leave a gate as you found it.

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25 Dec 2011 07:53 #29187 by Gromit
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A gate wide open or propped open should be left open but one found half open or swinging should be shut as this has obviously been left open by some idiot .

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25 Dec 2011 19:16 #29202 by jo king
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I normally tie the gates to the roof and trade them in for scrap!!! :woohoo: JOKE :) :laugh:

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25 Dec 2011 19:22 #29204 by reaper
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sorry but why has a thread over a year old been reopend just to agree with what has allready been said ?

i dont get the logic

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