You’ve all seen or even walked through a sunken lane and you’ve probably wondered why and how these roads are formed? You can be sure that humanity didn’t build them that way, but nature itself formed them due to various causes. It’s been said that these holloways may have been formed due to erosion, water traffic or maybe they were digged so that farmers could herd their livestock. Another idea proposes that they were created for setting the boundarries between estates. They could all be true in different occasions, but we’d like to think that nature did all of the work on its own.
1. Manche, France.
West France is home to many sunken lanes, which were formed during the World War II.
2. Bretagne, France.
The bocage landscape in Lower Normandy was used during the Battle of Normandy.
3. Nantes, France.
The Sunken Lane at Hawthorn Ridge west of Beaumont Hamel in northern France, is remembered as an assembly point for British troops.
4. Wadhurst, England.
Sunken lanes are a characteristic feature of the landscape of southern England, especially in the chalk areas of the North and South Downs.
5. Wadhurst, England.
The english name ”holloway” derives from ”hola weg”, which means sunken road.
6. Halnaker, England.
Many sunken lanes in England have been metalled and some others have maintained their green scenery.
7. West Somerset, England.
Some of these lanes are up to 30 feet deep, so they seem a bit scary with all that high vegetation surrounding them.
8. Clovelly, England.
Sunken lanes can be found in Germany, Spain, Belgium, U.S.A and Syria.
Sunken lanes were used during the first and second World War as shelters and defence points mostly because they were too narrow and tall. Nowadays, only a few of them are fit for car traffic and they are mostly used for pedestrians passing.