Common Lane Project

Common Lane is an ancient route, linking Halstock and Corscombe traversing three miles in the beautiful West Dorset countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is a public byway, suitable for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikes. Most of the lane is now passable thanks to restoration. See our Information Leaflet.  
 Why is Common Lane Special?
This historic route links with the Wessex Ridgeway, it traverses through a beautiful part of West Dorset, with Sites of Nature  Conservation Interest and Special Scientific Interest. Providing views across the best of West Dorset's stunning landscape.
 
However, Common Lane’s surface has become damaged, in some places deeply rutted and poorly drained.
 
A section of the damaged lane is shown opposite.
 
What is the Common Lane Project

The Parish Council has created a partnership between the Friends of Common Lane a local group formed to restore the lane, supported by the Dorset District Council (DCC)  and Dorset AONB.  The Friends arrange many local events, such as treasure hunts and nature walks, making a great family day out see our Map.
Common Lane Project Aims
We aim to restore the Lane as a sustainable route for a range of users, safeguarding its environment, history and nature. Creating an educational visitor attraction, which is free, accessible and open all year. Promoting the local economy and balancing the needs of a working lane with a recreational route connecting the lane with other existing routes and neighbouring projects.
 
How is the restoration being achieved?
The surface of the lane is being restored by using recycled materials and resurfacing machinery provided by the Dorset District Council. Drainage and verges are being restored by local land owners and contractors.
 
The project is supported by the MP for West Dorset, and sponsored by the Dorset Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (AONB).
 
A section of the restored lane is shown opposite.