Greenlaners looking to find information about legal byways before driving them can now view Ordnance Survey (OS) maps via the rights of way website Trailwise.
Trailwise holds information about rights of way in the UK (not just driveable byways), and makes it freely available online. Until now the information has been overlaid on top of Google Maps; now it can be overlaid on a 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map, giving a much more detailed and useful range of data.
You can view OS maps for large areas of the UK, with the rights of way highlighted on the map, using different colours depending on the status on the route’s legal status. Clicking on the highlighted route then brings up specific information relating to that right of way.
For greenlaners, it’s a useful tool for plotting your route in advance, by checking the legal status of byways, and seeing if there are any blockages or seasonal closures (known as Traffic Regulation Orders, or TROs) during the winter months.
‘This is the first part of continued development, and we are open to further ideas, and suggestions,’ says Martin Sullivan, Acting Secretary for the Green Lane Association (GLASS). ‘We have only one developer working of this project, so we are also on the look out for anyone, with the rights skills, who might be interested in helping.
‘If you are in any doubt about using a lane, then check with the local authority responsible, or refer to the GLASS (Green Lane Association) area representative.’
How to access OS maps on Trailwise
Once you’ve zoomed in on your area using Google Maps, you can click to view byways in that region. Clicking on the byway reveals information about that lame, as well as a Unique Identification number (UID). Click on the UID to see more detailed info. You’ll also then get an option to view it on an OS map.
Once the OS map is displayed, you can click ‘search’ (top left) to pan around the OS map in search of more byways.
Currently the Search button does not work on many mobile devices’ web browers, but OS is working on the issue. In the meantime, the Puffin webs browser will enable the search button to be used.
For more information about Trailwise visit the website’s Trailwise FAQ page.