LARA, the Motoring Organisations' Land Access and Recreation Association, offers advice in areas of land access and planning issues that affect many greenlanes and byways. It has released two publications to clarify some of the restrictions, and the reasons why many lanes are being closed or restricted.
Traffic Management Hierarchy is a guide providing a scale of how serious the condition of each byway is, and the restriction imposed upon it. Loosely speaking, a byway with a red classification is a no-go, amber may be suitable for some vehicles and green is okay for most. It's by no means clear-cut but it does make it easier to keep in tune with the condition and status of your local byways and what laws are likely to be imposed. The new handbook comes in two parts, with the second describing in length the responsibility of local authorities for the general upkeep of lanes and the orders they can impose to do so.
The second publication, Unsealed Unclassified Roads, aims to provide as much digestible information possible about - you guessed it - unsealed, unclassified roads and, while very informative, it does make your head spin slightly, but it's worth reading to stay up to speed with your rights off the tarmac..
For more details, visit laragb.org.