Trail riding in England in Wales is an immensely rewarding countryside pursuit, bringing adventure and exploration together with technical riding skills, orienteering and land access knowledge.
However, just because you own a trail bike doesn’t mean you can ride anywhere you like. In fact, responsible trail riders technically never ride ‘off road’ as the trails and green lanes we use are actually classified as Byways Open To All Traffic (BOATS) or Unclassified Country Roads (UCR’s).
There are 208,000, miles of road in England and Wales, 115,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways, and 6,000 miles of BOATs.
You love motorbikes. You love the countryside. You love adventure and exploration. You love mixing them up and enjoying a day trail riding. Great. Whilst out on your bike you will come into contact with a whole range of other countryside users, walkers, cyclists, horse riders, farmers, countryside residents.
Everyone that enjoys our natural landscape has a responsibility to make sure that they are respectful to the land and other users. In the case of trail riding, all TRF members agree to abide by and promote our code of conduct.
Trail riding is only lawful on public roads. If in doubt, check with the Highway Authority or the TRF. Motorcycles and riders must be road-legal. Green roads are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.
Wheels can damage crops and grass. Wandering from the road onto farmland or moorland is trespassing.
As a courtesy, on narrow lanes, stop and switch off engines.
With a friendly wave or other suitable gesture.
Except those tied open for farming purposes. An open gate invites animals to stray, endangering themselves, and crops or traffic.
Ride at a reasonable speed, taking regard of conditions and visibility. This should not exceed the voluntary maximum of 25mph.
Machines must be effectively silenced. Use the throttle with discretion, as noise does offend. Green roads are subject to the same laws as surfaced roads.
Respect the countryside and those who live, work and play in it. Green roads can be valuable habitats, so take special care in spring and early summer.
Carry your membership card with you when trail riding - so that you may identify yourself as a current member of the TRF - and display a current membership sticker.