Trails for Wales
There’s nothing like heading off-road with your family, friends or even alone and exploring an area unspoilt by motor traffic or swathes of tarmac and street furniture.
Recognising this the Welsh Government launched a consultation to improve opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation.
Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, together with Open MTB, the new Welsh and English National Trail Organisation, see this as the perfect opportunity for Wales to adopt similar rights of responsible access laws as enshrined in Scotland’s Land Reform Act in 2003. Along with British and Welsh cycling we are calling on you to add your voice in support.
We currently have rights to cycle on just 21 per cent of Wales’ Rights of Way network – and that’s not on the most useful or suitable bits either. Rights of Way traditionally are determined by the history of the path’s use rather than its suitability.
It’s time Wales followed Scotland’s lead in changing this. It also greatly benefited the Scottish economy, with a Transform Scotland report estimating off road and leisure cycle tourism contributing between £236.2m and £358m per year.
Whether you live in Wales or elsewhere, if Wales joins Scotland with a forward thinking open access policy, then the implications for England’s rights of way could be massive, therefore if you support the idea of similar responsible access to the wonders of Wales, and looking to the future England, then support Trails for Wales.