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The Green Lanes of Herefordshire  by Heather Hurley

In the past, travel and transport through Herefordshire relied on a network of tracks and paths some of which were so used that they became the basis of the modern road system.  Less travelled ones still remain
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gacy of byways and pathways, tracks and hollow ways dating from prehistoric times to the end of the turnpike era and these are the green lanes of today. They vary considerably in character depending on where they lie – those found on plateaus, in river valleys and foothills are usually still enclosed by stock-proof hedges while those on higher levels are lined with weathered and crumbling stone walls or eroded steep banks.  Today it is often difficult to recognise lanes which passed through wooded areas due to regular replanting and woodland maintenance work.  Ancient routes following ridgeways known as tracks can be included in the category of green lanes although they are rarely enclosed.  
The article goes on to describe the different types of green lane, including ridgeways, Roman roads, hollow ways, packhorse trails, drove ways, turnpikes, bridle roads and ‘lost ways’.