How to find these routes
The easiest way is to join your local TRF group. Membership is £45 a year and your money goes towards protecting the lanes as well as seeing you become a fully fledged member. The Fellowship operates a network of local groups throughout England and Wales, with most organising trail rides on a weekly basis. You’ll join a like-minded local group who will take you to these lanes and show you where you can and can’t go. Most members run adventure bikes and are happy to help other riders learn how to make the most of trails. Visit www.trf.org.uk for more info.
Green-laning and the law
Trail riding is not ‘off-roading’. The routes used are all public highways with vehicular rights. Bike and rider must therefore be fully legal. Green lanes are sensitive environments and the TRF has a Code of Conduct to ensure the right to use them isn’t compromised by careless behaviour. Find it on the TRF website.
Where you can go
The routes used consist of Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT) and Unclassified County Roads (UCR). Other unsurfaced lanes and rights of way are not usually open to vehicles. BOATS are marked as such on Ordnance Survey maps, while UCRS are shown as Other Routes with Public Access. Contact the local Highways and Rights of Way Department and check with the local TRF group to be sure of your rights before riding as some routes may be closed by Traffic Regulation Orders. Visit ordnancesurvey.co.uk for info.