Breakdowns or accidents

If your bike breaks down, we will do our best to help you fix it. If it cannot be fixed, we will normally be able to arrange pick up of bike and rider. 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.

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; just at the same time as new laws have 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 are happy to abide by our Terms and Conditions. Please feel free to email if you have any questions.

If you do not enjoy the tarmac road riding, the easy green lanes, the need to be considerate of other users, or you want challenging riding all day, then trail riding is not right for you. You would enjoy an offroad experience or a competition much more than trail riding!

Enduro schools and competitive events

Enduro schools: Geraint and Dylan Jones run the Yamaha Offroad Experience and Ady Smith runs KTM in North Wales.

Trail bike rallies are ideal for the first time competitor, being aimed at the leisure trail or enduro rider. Hare and hounds are a shorter day’s riding but are more demanding in terrain.

The Hafren Dirt Bike Club organise one or two a year: the main one being the Hafren Rally in October. The club also run British Championship enduros.

MWTRA organise plenty of hare and hounds and enduros of a more challenging nature than the Hafren Rally.

The Rhayader Club organise hare and hounds and enduros.

WOR Events organise enduro events for all levels of rider in North Wales and England

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.

Cautionary tale!

"I didn’t think it would be that deep!"

In wet weather and winter, the routes we do have deep puddles with rough bottoms and some fierce river crossings. We advise riding these sitting down, because if you are standing up and the bike hits a dip or rock or slips on algae, you can’t get a foot down quick enough to save it. If the bike’s air filter gets water in it, either because the puddle is too deep or because the bike leans or is submerged, water will nearly always pass into the combustion chamber. If your bike is a fourstroke and you try to start your bike with water in it, you are likely to bend the conrod, or you may damage a valve. Either way, your day is finished and you have a costly engine rebuild. Before starting, check for water. Pull off the drain plug from the bottom of the airbox. If water comes out, check the air filter is dry. If not, take the spark plug out and see if water comes out when the engine is turned over. If it does, drain the carb, and repeat the steps until no more water comes through. Fit new plug. You may need several people to hold the bike vertical to drain the exhaust system. Please bring a plug spanner and spare plug for your bike.


© Colin and Marianne Walford
Trail Rides Wales