Trails for Wales


Mountain Bikers in 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.

The consultation finished on 02 October. During the course of one month 4,050 people wrote into the Welsh Government in support of Trails for Wales - thank you!

Recent Campaign Activity

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Rights of Way not fit for purpose finds Off-Road cycling survey Press Release
Cycling UK and Open MTB today (Friday 17 November) issued the preliminary results from their Off-Road survey which found 74% of the participants consider the current rights of way unsuitable for off-road cycling.
Cycling UK Trails for Wales Campaign
The future of cycle access in our countryside Blog
This week, Cycling UK supported British Cycling and a number of other partners in writing to English and Welsh ministers calling for a review of rights of way and access provision. With pilot projects to test the feasibility of different models of improved access for cyclists proposed as a way forward, our off-road cycling advisor, Kieran Foster, sets out the case for greater responsible access.
Assembly Member candidates urged to support Active Travel Press Release
Cycling UK President and Channel 4 newscaster, Jon Snow, has written to Assembly Member candidates asking them to pledge their support towards improving investment and leisure access for cycling, should they be successful on 5 May.
Want to see if your candidates support cycling? Then Vote Bike could have the an
Will you Vote Bike this May? News
In exactly a month’s time on 5 May across the UK, voters will head to the ballot boxes and through Cycling UK’s Vote Bike we’re helping them to identify their pro-cycling candidates.


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