Trails for Wales
Wales has some fantastic landscapes, just begging to be explored by bike – from enticing lost lanes winding through valleys, to forest tracks or moorland trails climbing up to misty mountains.
But the problem is, it’s not always clear where you can go, and it can be hard to put together a route. Only 21% of rights of way are open to cyclists, and they don’t always link up.
Following years of campaigning by Cycling UK, OpenMTB and other outdoor access groups, in 2019 Welsh Government promised to allow cycling and horse riding on most rights of way, and enable more activities on open access land.
That was a huge win, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Four years after the announcement, not much has happened. Access is in danger of dropping off the agenda.
Cycling UK is working to build support in the Senedd for access reform, and remind Welsh Government of their commitments to increase access to the countryside.
The benefits of off-road access
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 secured a commitment to increase access in Wales.
We can only do this thanks to the support of our 70,000 members. We have big plans for off-road cycling across the rest of the UK - but we need your help.
If you want to play a part in helping more people discover the joy of cycling in our forests, glens and moors, then join Cycling UK today. We'd love to have you along for the ride!