The Sunken Paths of Europe

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.
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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)


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