Out the back way to Meddon there is a straightish stretch posing as lane. I say ‘posing’ because Devon lanes don’t generally deal in straight stretches. Devon lanes are generally middle of the road, and the hedges are negotiable, but usually after one’s reversed a fair distance, usually into a gateway, usually not more than a foot deep in mostly mud. No problem for local people born to the lanes, but if you come from away, somewhere where reversing is not part of the dominant culture, you will, on evidence, fetch up in the hedge… unless the hedge is protected by a ditch.

If this happens, you ...


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