In Wales and England, trail riders use unclassified county roads and byways open to all traffic, often described as "green lanes". These are historic routes which were not considered suitable or important when tarmac became the normal surface. Some are roads where the tarmac has not been maintained. Surfaces are gravel, rock, grass and mud, often with puddles, and the riding varies from nice and easy to extremely technical.
Trail riding days always include road work to link together the network of green lanes. Wherever possible, we use minor single track lanes instead of main roads, but there are some places where there is no alternative to a few miles along a main road. To hire one of our bikes you need to hold a full motorcycle licence and be 25 or older. If you have your own bike, you and it need to be road legal.
I’m an Experienced Road Rider but Have Never Been Trail Riding – What Can I Expect?
Your day starts with a few miles on minor tarmac road which allows you to settle in and get used to the bike. First you will encounter gravel, then some stones, rocks and mud. We will give you information on suitable techniques, and make sure you are happy with the surfaces you are riding. The route is progressive, and can be altered to suit you. Our days include hills up and down with hairpin bends, rock slabs, loose stones, grass, muddy ruts, streams and puddles. Many riders are surprised at how strenuous it is! If you think you may find it tiring or prefer a route which has slopes rather than hills and leaves out the riskier elements, please ask for the "gentle" option.
We provide clothing free of charge, so all you need to bring is a drink, spare socks, a little cash for your lunch at a cafe, and some chocolate in case you need an energy boost!
We specialise in tailoring the day to suit you best, and keep our groups small, usually four people. If you are a single rider or couple, we will do our best to match you with riders who will progress at a similar rate. We never put experienced trail or offroad riders with riders who are new to green laning. If you would like one-to-one or an exclusive day for two or three riders, please ask for a mid week date.
Please don’t say you or your friends are experienced if you are not familiar with riding in a standing position, as it just leads to crashes and injuries, with lots of delays. Also it is not enjoyable for you or your friends if you are constantly finding it difficult.
I’m Not Sure I’m Ready For This!
Trail riding is hard work compared with road riding. Wet days when the lanes are slippery can be difficult. Our "gentle" option uses single width tarmac lanes and the less demanding green lanes. We are also happy to take you on a tarmac lane tour, with amazing views, steep hills, twisty bends, and a good cafe for lunch! For either of these options please email or phone Marianne on 01686 430522.
"Thanks to you all for an awesome days trail riding. Special thanks to Colin and Lucie for taking two newbies from never riding trail bikes to be relatively confident on the bikes due to their excellent tuition. I am to be a repeat customer in the future. All that's left to say is that it was an absolute blast!!"
Richard and Chris from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
I was asked to visit a motorcycle club and make a presentation about our trail riding, so here is a link to the slideshow.
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