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Sunken lanes?

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Sunken lanes?

Most of the novels I read are set in medieval Ireland and England and it seems like the characters are always walking down "sunken lanes," located in the countryside, usually between stone walls / hedgerows. We will be in Ireland next spring and we would like to walk down some of these lanes. If any of these still exist, could you tell us where to find them? Our itinerary includes Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, and whatever counties have Cashel and Clonmacanoise.

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31. Re: Sunken lanes?

Green roads:











Some people use the term. Some people do not use the term.

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32. Re: Sunken lanes?

Perhaps you haven't looked carefully enough in California....(Even in New Hampshire, there are old roads, stone walls and cellar holes, still hidden in the woods.)

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33. Re: Sunken lanes?

As someone who has lived in rural Ireland (different parts of rural Ireland I might add) I have never come across any rural person who uses this term. There is a big difference between a term being listed on a few websites and being used in everyday life in rural Ireland. Perhaps it is there for the benefit of tourists who actually know what the term means.

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34. Re: Sunken lanes?

Poetic licence aside I have never come across a path which has been worn half a mans height because of pedestrian use.

Some old market lanes I know across the Yorkshire moors might be a foot below the surroundings, Due to a couple of hundred years walking livestock over the same routes, on firm ground rather than bogland on the water tables.

There are paths deliberately made below ground level or between stone walls on some landed Estates so that the lairds and masters didn't have to see their minions crossing in line of vision. Perhaps one form of literary reference to "Sunken" paths.

There are now a number of designated paths across rural Ireland, I regularly pass the East Clare way and the West Clare way. And often used to tramp off along unlisted lanes and boreen, locally and over the Connamara. Ireland has many such paths and "ways" which can be found on the OS walking maps.

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