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. We are lucky here in Mid Wales that most of the green lanes we ride have not been affected (yet). We are concerned to maintain a future for trail riding and it is extremely important that you ride with courtesy and consideration.
New to trail riding?
The majority of our days are with riders hiring our bikes. If you are a new trail rider and have joined the Trail Riders Fellowship, you can join a day with us free of charge. If you are not a TRF member, but you have a Honda CRF250L or Rally, you may also be able to join us for free. Otherwise there will be a small fee depending on the number of riders in the group. Please email Marianne, letting me know what bike you have. Our rider tips page might be helpful.
If you want a challenging day without gates and roadwork, please see our offroad page for details of competitive events and offroad riding in our area.
Please make sure everyone in your group is happy to abide by our terms and conditions.
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.
Winter trail riding
If you book during November, December, January, February and March, it can be really cold! Consider that if a problem occurred at the farthest away point, you may find yourself riding 50 miles along main roads. You can never get it right in winter, as you will be cold on the tarmac road and hot on the technical going. But if you take a rucksack, you can carry an extra fleece or jumper and warm winter roadriding gloves, so that if there is a long stretch on tarmac, you can be more comfortable. It is also worth having an enduro or adventure riding suit with trousers which go outside your boots because there will be puddles and stream crossings. There is nothing more miserable than being frozen to the bone, and every mile seems an eternity.
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 or trials bikes: they are not suitable for trail riding.
Occasionally we organise specialEvents including longer trips and "there and back" rides with baggage transfer by car.
For places to stay, please see our accommodation page.
For more information about where we ride, please see our area page.
About Colin and Marianne.
For our requests and requirements, please see our terms and conditions.
If you are new to trail riding, you might find our rider tips page useful.
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.
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. Marianne is the secretary of the Group.