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As above really, is there a resource where I can find all the "off-road" style lanes in the UK where I could legally drive a 4x4?

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It seems appropriate to add the link to the meta on 4x4 issues: I'm not convinced that a question like this is on-topic, particularly since you are basically asking about driving cars around, but it deserves more discussion. – Greg.Ley May 14 '12 at 16:08
@Greg.Ley - this is more of an access issue - green-laning is fairly popular outdoor activity in the UK, but there are restrictions on where you can legally partake in the activity. – HorusKol May 15 '12 at 6:00
@HorusKol - Interesting. I'm not familiar with "green-laning." Are you saying that this question is akin to asking whether one can ride their bike/4x4/scooter/whatever in a Wilderness area or national park in the US? Because that would be a totally legit access question in my mind. – Greg.Ley May 16 '12 at 16:45
@Greg.Ley It's similar - green laning tends to refer more to disused back country lanes rather than open land, but the concept is relatively similar. – berry120 May 16 '12 at 19:43
up vote 6 down vote accepted

They are marked on OS 1:25K Explorer maps as "Byways open to all traffic".

But it's a good idea to research your route beforehand as some (like the Monk's Trod) are now closed by traffic regulation orders - primarily because of the damage caused by off-roaders.

Key from OS map

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