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NigelC
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Postby NigelC » Wed May 15, 2019 12:57 pm

Two things to bear in mind...

    Only ride where a Legal Right of Way is established for Vehicular traffic
    Confirm that no Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has been applied that has rescinded that Legal Right of Way

For a simple broad overview of Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) in the UK there is this map...

https://www.bywaymap.com/

A more detailed view is given by OS maps, although even they do not categorically define a legal right of way but give a reasonable indication of BOATs. These are shown as red -+-+- markings on 1:50 000 and green +++ on 1:25 000 (the crosses are slightly elongated).

A simple way to view OS maps on-line is to use Bing maps and select their Ordnance Survey overlay from the menu in the top right hand corner, e.g...

https://binged.it/2HlCL0g

For the second point, TRO's, it is necessary to check with the local county council responsible for the area. Both Surrey and Hampshire have interactive maps available on their web-sites...

http://surreymaps.surreycc.gov.uk/public/viewer.asp
http://localviewmaps.hants.gov.uk/Local ... /ROWOnline

I don't believe that the Surrey one shows realtime live TRO data. For that, you have to check on the web site separately.

Once you are out on the lanes it's awkward trying to lug a PC around with you :D so phones or SatNavs are better!

For any Android or Apple phone it is possible to download the OS Maps App...

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/o ... nline.html

This will give you the equivalent of Bing but with GPS location data overlaid. You can also download the relevant area where you'll be riding ahead of time, incase there is no 4G data signal.

A lower tech and cheaper option, if you don't have the actual paper OS map, is to use this website, which also displays OS maps...

http://www.streetmap.co.uk

The great thing about Streetmap over Bing is that you can print full A4 map sheets that can be fully previewed in a separate tab before printing. If you do use this approach please consider saving your maps each time for future use, to reduce wastage.
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Re: Navigation

Postby silvergull » Wed May 15, 2019 5:16 pm

Thanks really useful, elsewhere on this site I have posted a list of all byways in Surrey, with TRO's specified where they apply, This list is the latest version, August 2018, since when no new TRO's have been introduced, this is the current list. so its easy to check up. Please do take the time to check to avoid riding illegally. bc
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Re: Navigation

Postby silvergull » Wed May 15, 2019 9:04 pm

Word of warning on the byways.com map. Never looked at this before, but on zooming in, there are errors, it is way out of date by many years: I only looked at Surrey, but it shows byways which are not open showing as if they are, and some which are showing as closed, which are open. So, at best very misleading. Best is to use the SCC interactive map, which is correct, as is the Hampshire CC interactive map,. Also it does not show UCR's which form a useful and legal part of the network. An o/s map is also only an indication of a byway and does not mean that any byway shown can be used, just to be clear. bc
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