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Postby Red Oktober on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:00 pm

Hi guys .....

what is an unmetalled road

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and can i drive on it legally
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Postby fuzion on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:07 pm

I think its just a non surfaced road, Carl, ie a track.

How is it marked on the OS map?
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Postby Red Oktober on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:09 pm

um ...dunno

i was just driving that way and i saw it out the corner of my eye ....as you do :lol:
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Postby fuzion on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:10 pm

Where was it?
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Postby Red Oktober on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:11 pm

about half way between newton abbot and totnes


just going off to look on MM :wink:
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Postby fuzion on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:12 pm

Funny that, so was i :wink:
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Postby Red Oktober on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:18 pm

when you have found "ipplepen"...follow the main road to "red post"

theres loads of these little red dots all over the place
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Postby fuzion on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:23 pm

They are ORPAs : Other Route with Public Access.

Most of the lanes we drove in North Wales were the same :wink:

There are also a few BOATs off the A381 :D
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Postby cyb on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:25 pm

bloomin heck.....

I've never seen that sign before anywhere :shock:

but basically an unmetal road is any track that does not have an tarmac suface - and I believe you should check before driving in the past some have been (wrongly) classed as bridleways.
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Postby Red Oktober on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:28 pm

fuzion137 wrote:They are ORPAs : Other Route with Public Access.

Most of the lanes we drove in North Wales were the same :wink:

There are also a few BOATs off the A381 :D


does that mean i can drive them legally....or do i have to get the landowners permission first
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Postby Red Oktober on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:30 pm

cyb wrote:bloomin heck.....

I've never seen that sign before anywhere :shock:

but basically an unmetal road is any track that does not have an tarmac suface - and I believe you should check before driving in the past some have been (wrongly) classed as bridleways.


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Postby fuzion on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:31 pm

and I believe you should check before driving in the past some have been (wrongly) classed as bridleways.


Basically the only definitive way to find out is to ask the council ROW officer.

Having said that, i do drive some of my local ORPA's and haven't been challenged by anyone, yet :roll:
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Postby cyb on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:34 pm

Red Oktober wrote:
fuzion137 wrote:They are ORPAs : Other Route with Public Access.

Most of the lanes we drove in North Wales were the same :wink:

There are also a few BOATs off the A381 :D


does that mean i can drive them legally....or do i have to get the landowners permission first


you do not need land owners permission, a road is a road but you really need to make sure its not been re-classified, just because a map shows you its a boat don't mean it is. And unfortunately its up to you to make sure you have legal access
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Postby Red Oktober on Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:16 am

here are some steps on an unmetalled road
:D Youtube link :D

and an ordinary unchallengingly flat lane
:( Youtbe link :)
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Postby **ROB** on Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:52 am

some good vids there carl :wink:
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Postby Red Oktober on Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:56 am

the first one with the steps ......the step bit gets ever-so-close to the side steps on the car ..i get about an inch to play with :wink:
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Postby fuzion on Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:01 pm

Cracking vids Carl :D
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Postby Drift on Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:06 pm

I saw them :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:
Nice one Carl :lol:
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Postby Dubsport on Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:31 pm

If its the one i think it is does it ground out further up?
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Postby Dubsport on Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:35 pm

Quite a good site
http://gis.devon.gov.uk/basedata/viewer ... e=footpath

Unmettalled roads are unsurfaced roads. They have the same laws as a normal road.

Did you find the one opposite red post garage with the over hanging tree and the little ford at the bottom?
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