Green Laning

To protect the future of greenlaning, the environment and the safety of people and vehicles, it is vitally important to follow the greenlaning rules.

Please Observe the following Code of Conduct.


1 Use only rights of way with known, proven or provable vehicular rights. If challenged, discuss; if not resolved, then leave as requested until status is rechecked.

2 Keep to the defined track. Detour only to pass immovable obstructions. Report any obstructions (including low branches) to the highway authority and the local GLASS Area Representative.

Be critical of your own abilities and equipment when assessing an obstruction; it is your right to abate a non-lawful obstruction, but do not commit yourself to a bigger task than you are equipped for.

3 If the route is not obvious on the ground, ask locally, or check on the maps held at the highway authority offices or consult the local GLASS Area Representative.

4 Travel at a quiet and unobtrusive pace and as slowly as practicable; we recommend a maximum of 12 mph when in a 4x4 and on an Unsurfaced Right of Way (URoW). Ensure your vehicle is fully road-legal, URoW are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.

5 When travelling in groups, keep to a small number - ideally four or less. Split larger parties up and either use a different route or allow a good interval to elapse  before following.

6 Do not travel on URoW when they risk being affected beyond a point of natural recovery once the weather improves. If need be, walk some or all of the route first to determine its suitability. Do not use URoW that maybe damaged by the wheel pressure applied by your vehicle.

7 Avoid damage to trees, hedgerows and boundaries. Some roads carry vehicular rights but are physically too narrow for 4x4s.

8 Do not practice recovery techniques on any URoW. Use a winch only with extreme caution, and use only the correct equipment and techniques.

9 Be courteous to other road users - pull over and stop your vehicle for walkers, but pull over, stop your vehicle and switch off the engine for passing horses. Thank those who move over for you.

10 Gates if they were found to be secured in an open position should be left open, and those which are found shut or swinging should be shut behind you.

11 Keep dogs and children under supervision. Watch out for injured or trapped animals, and report all suspicious events to the landholder.

12 Guard against all risks of fire and help to keep all water clean.

13 Take your litter home and that left by others if you see it, wherever practicable. Plastic bags can suffocate stock if swallowed.

14 Remember that wildlife faces many threats and URoW are valuable habitats, take special care in spring and early summer.


Pay particular attention to the four “Ws”


  • Weather: Do not to travel on by-ways when the weather has affected them as they risk becoming damaged beyond a point of natural recovery when the weather does eventually improve.  If it’s raining, a lane will soon become a bog.  If it does not recover naturally it will be closed for repairs, possibly for several months and then we have one less lane to use for our recreation.

  • Weight: Do not use roads, which may be seriously damaged by the wheel pressure of your vehicle. It is worth noting that Land Rovers are sometimes too heavy for routes in a poor state of repair. We do not support the use of heavy vehicles on by-ways.

  • Width: Do not use roads that are too narrow for your vehicle. You should always avoid damage to trees, hedges and boundaries.

  • Winches: Use winches only when other methods have failed.  When using winches you must avoid damage to trees, walls, hedges and minimise the damage to the road surface.  

Off Roading and Green Lane Code of Conduct

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