Byways open to all traffic

About byways

Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT's) can be used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders, horse-drawn vehicles, motorbikes, quad bikes, 4x4s and other cars.

BOAT's are sometimes called ‘green lanes’ – although this term has no legal standing. In East Sussex, BOAT's make up around 2% of the rights of way network.

Managing byways

Many BOATs have a natural or unsealed surface. This means that they can be prone to damage during wet weather.

To help protect vulnerable BOAT surfaces, East Sussex County Council may ‘seasonally close’ a byway to 4-wheeled and other vehicles during the winter months. For more information, see our,

Our use of seasonal closures, and other byway management approaches, is defined in our,