Sustainability of green roads

We promote a positive image of trail riders, and many of the local people we encounter frequently are friendly to us. Trail riding has become considerably more popular during recent years; at the same time as the NERC Act 2007 substantially reduced the green road network in many parts of the country. We are lucky here in Mid Wales that most of the green lanes we ride are unclassified council roads and have not been affected (yet). We are concerned to maintain a future for trail riding and it is important that you ride with courtesy and consideration.

Please make sure everyone in your group is happy to abide by our Terms and Conditions. Please feel free to email or phone 01686 430522 if you have any questions.

Our area is scenic and great to ride in, but it does have an awful lot of gates! On a typical day we open and close about a hundred – good in winter for keeping you warm! If you want a challenging day without gates and roadwork, please see the Offroad Page for details of competitive events and offroad riding in our area.

Breakdowns or accidents

If your bike breaks down, we will do our best to help you fix it. If it cannot be fixed, we assist with pick up of bike and rider if we can. If you have booked more than one day and your bike can’t be repaired, you may be able to hire one of our bikes. Price will be proportional to our usual rate, less the fee you have already paid. Likewise, if you have an accident and cannot ride any further, but do not require emergency services, if possible, we will pick you and your bike up, and take you to hospital or to your accommodation. Please note that this service is not always available if both Colin and Marianne are out riding.

Honda CRF250Ls

The bikes we provide for hiring are Honda CRF250Ls, and we welcome riders with their own Ls or Rallys joining our days. Ls are a little different to enduro bikes, and are great little bikes for the type of terrain we ride in. Certain days are free of charge for TRF members; please enquire. (To join the TRF see below).

NOISY BIKES!

IMPORTANT!

Your bike must not be excessively noisy. Many of the unsurfaced roads go through farms and beside rural dwellings, and to ensure continued use it is important that we are considerate. Trail bikes with standard silencers and most enduro bikes with standard exhausts and silencers are OK. If you want advice, please email or phone 01686 430522.

Other Things to Consider

Although our area has great scenery and good variety, there are a lot of gates which need opening and closing (about a hundred on a typical day.) There may also be some long stretches of tarmac road which cannot be avoided. We usually go to a cafe for lunch. Most of our routes pass petrol stations in conjunction with the lunch time stop. If you ride a bike with a range of less than 60 miles, please let us know so that we can make plans for your refuelling. Please note that we do not guide riders on converted motocrossers, as they are not suitable for trail riding.

TRAIL RIDERS FELLOWSHIP

The TRF is the National, voluntary and non-competitive body formed in 1970 by people who enjoyed exploring ’green lanes’ by motorcycle. Our aim is to conserve our heritage of green lanes for everyone to enjoy. Trail riding is an ’active recreation’.

Visit www.trf.org.uk for more information.

The Mid Wales Group of the TRF organise a few events each year. The Mid Wales Meander and The Hafren Hunt are on 31st August and 1st September 2019; you can do both or either, and the Santa Run will be on 7th and 8th December 2019. Again you can do both or either day. The Red Ride is for owners of Honda trail bikes, CRF250Ls and Rallys, XRs, CRF230s, Africa Twins (experienced riders only) and possibly Montessa Four-rides. Date for 2020 will be announced late in 2019.


© Colin and Marianne Walford
Trail Rides Wales