Rights of Way - Responsible Users
Essex has a good network of drivable Rights of Way and the club is active in promoting the sensible and sustainable use of byways across Essex, working closely with Essex County Council. We run regular laning days for members, and assist with rights of way maintenance volunteer days.
At our Pub Meets (third Tuesday of each month) we will generally have people with information on drivable byways and notes of TROs both permanent and seasonal. Our Rights of Way Officer is able to assist club members in confirming the status of lanes.
Anyone who wants further information on Byways in Essex can access the online version of the Definitive Map by navigating to:
or the list of Permanent TRO’s at:
Monthly Green Laning Trips
We arrange monthly trips along the byways of Essex and adjoining counties. The days are relaxed affairs suitable for all members, family and friends. We organise groups of no more than four or five vehicles led by an experienced leader. We usually start at 10:00 and finish around 16:00 so bring your lunch along and enjoy the countryside.
Your Land Rover does not need aggressive tyres, generally all terrain tyres are perfect, but a recovery point front and rear is a wise precaution. If you have a CB radio you will be able communicate with your leader but this is by no means necessary. Don’t forget that normal highway rules also apply to byways, so vehicles should be taxed and have a current MoT and drivers be insured.
Many byways in Essex tend to be rather scratchy so if your pride and joy is still bright and shiny check with the trip organiser (usually the Rights of Way Officer) to see if the route can be modified to avoid the scratchy lanes. If you are in any doubt at all or have questions please contact the RoW Officer.
These trips are perfect for families and individuals alike, even dogs are welcome. We look forward to seeing members old and new on future trips. Oh, and don’t forget your camera! Book in Here
We are members of the Essex Parish Paths Partnership (P3) an organisation that brings together users of local rights of way to maintain and monitor the use of the lanes, and The Conservation Volunteers who support conservation in the countryside among other projects. We are fortunate that in Essex County Council we have an enlightened highways authority that understands the needs of all users of unsurfaced rights of way and works to keep Byways open for us to use. We attend special interest groups, with ramblers, horse riders and representatives of other user groups to agree the best approach to regulating use of lanes to minimise damage, and encouraging considerate use of the lanes. We have a presence on the Essex Local Access Forum a statutory body that provides advice and guidance to Essex Highways on all matters of countryside access.