Green Road Map The Project
A living breathing map of Green Roads in England and Wales for the public to explore, enjoy and contribute to.
There are an estimated 350,000 miles of highway in England and Wales. Roughly 40% is path or restricted byway and off-limits to motor traffic, and the rest of the highways are nearly all made up with tarmac - black roads
Between the black roads and paths are around 6000 miles of Green Roads that are available for the public to enjoy by responsible and reasonable means of travel, including motorcycling.
If you know of a Green Road that you believe should appear on the map please see the Modify the Map section below.
The objectives of the Green Road Map are to:
- Provide a resource to find Green Roads that can be lawfully and sustainably used by responsible Trail Riders.
- Facilitate the gathering and archiving of evidence to promote the public interest by protecting the publics’ entitlement to enjoy Green Roads.
- Maintain and reinforce the reputation and status of Green Roads as public roads for to travel on by any reasonable, lawful, and sustainable means, including motorcycling.
- Reduce the likelihood of unlawful or unsustainable use by actively excluding Green Roads that are subject of significant uncertainty as to status and/or that cannot be sustainably used by responsible trail riders.
Trail Riding Part of our Cultural Heritage
The motor vehicle was invented in 1769 and first driven on a British road in 1801. The earliest form of bicycle, without pedals and propelled by foot was invented in 1817. The marriage of motor vehicle and bicycle was celebrated in 1864 when the Michaux brothers invented the motorcycle. Motorcycles were commercially available in Britain by 1896.
Hubert Egerton completed Lands End to John O’Groats by motorcycle in 1901, before tarmac had been invented, let alone used to cover most roads.
Trail Riding is the modern name given to what all motorcyclists did pre WW1 for utility and leisure, that is riding on unsealed roads for either everyday transport or for leisure and adventure.
Some 158 years after the motorcycle was invented, and over a century after it was established, Trail Riding thrives in its British birthplace and is deeply ingrained into British culture as a traditional and proper rural pastime.
Today the UK motorcycle industry makes a significant contribution to the UK economy with a turnover more than £5bn and around £1bn paid in taxes. In total, the industry supports £2.8bn of added value and 81,500 jobs, directly within the industry and indirectly through purchases from other UK industries.
The UK motorcycle industry also generates significant tourism expenditures of around £570m, which helps to support more than 13,000 tourism jobs.
The Trail Riders Fellowship
Helping motorcyclists responsibly and sensitively access and enjoy the countryside since 1970.
Supporting local communities
Working with communities to address local issues and needs
Working with local government
Helping parish, borough and county councils maintain access to the Green Road network for all.
Educating trail riders
On where it is legal to ride a motorcycle and respectfully share the trail with others.
Combatting illegal riding
Informing and educating trail riders on where and how to ride safely and sustainably
Improving rider skills
On and off bike training to promote safe and sustainable riding.
Working with emergency services
Supporting the Police and other emergency services across in a range of areas.
Frequently asked questions
Helping users of the Green Road Map website
It is not legal for motorcyles to use Pubilc Rights of Way that are footpaths, bridleways or restricted byways.
Modify the Map
If you have evidence that a Green Road has been recorded incorrectly on the map or even missed altogether please click the button below and complete the requested details.
If you would like to contact the TRF to discuss anything else please email email@example.com
Join the TRF
Becoming a member of the TRF means you will join a community of over 6000 riders in 40+ regional groups who share a passion for responsible and sustainable Trail Riding.
- Lobbying central and local government on behalf of Trail Riders
- Legally defending Green Road closures
- Green Road maintenance
- Over 6000 members across 40+ local groups
- Rider skills training
- 40+ Exclusive riding events each year
- ACU affiliated
- Thousands of member-led local ride-outs each year
- Informal local meetings for knowledge sharing
- Active online community offering help and advice
- Third party discounts for TRF members