A sunken lane (also hollow way or holloway) is a road or track that is significantly lower than the land on either side, not formed by the recent engineering of a road cutting but possibly of much greater age.
Various mechanisms have been proposed for how holloways may have been formed, including erosion by water or traffic, the digging of embankments to assist with the herding of livestock, and the digging of double banks to mark the boundaries of estates.
La Meauffe, France – By Romain Bréget (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Erbrée (Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France) – By Olybrius (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Sunken lane in Clovelly, England. (Photo: Andrew/Flickr)
By Certo Xornal from Ribeira, Galicia, España (Profunda congostra) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Mill Lane, Halnaker, England. (Photo: Bethany Ciullo/Flickr)
8 thoughts on “The Sunken Paths of Europe”
Some of these give me strong Alice in Wonderland vibes. All very beautiful. Keep up the great work.
What an interesting place. Really nice images!
day i’ll experience them 🙂
Hi, really very nice and interesting. And here you can see another path like this in Eastern-Poland which I have visited some years ago.