Trails for Wales
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the campaign - because of you, millions of people will be able to discover more of the Welsh countryside by bike.
It’s been four years in the making, but the Welsh Government has announced that it will make changes to public access , creating an assumption of access rights to give cyclists and horse riders many more opportunities to enjoy the countryside.
Cycling UK started campaigning for this back in 2015 along with OpenMTB, and was one of the founding organisations of Open Access Wales that continued campaigning for access in 2017. Open Access Wales was formed of outdoor focussed organisations including Ramblers and the British Horse Society – proving that whether you love walking, horse riding, climbing, canoeing or riding a bike, we can all unite behind a common goal.
These proposals, when implemented, could be the most significant changes to rights of way legislation since Scotland’s Land Reform Act in 2003. It’s a great day for Wales and lovers of the outdoors that they have listened.
Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK Head of Campaigns
Cycling UK has championed off-road cycling for over half a century. We won the right to cycle on bridleways back in 1948, influenced ground-breaking legislation that effectively gives you the right to roam by bike in Scotland and ensured that public access was included in the criteria for future agricultural payments in a post-Brexit England.
We can only do this thanks to the support of our 65,000 members. We have big plans for off-road cycling across the rest of the UK - but we need your help.