Planning a ride out is an often overlooked but enjoyable and important aspect of trail riding. Putting a route together that takes you from point A to point B (and probably back to point A) via the most interesting green lanes, taking in a petrol station or two and using as little tarmac as possible is a skill in itself. It can be done with OS maps, the ‘definitive map’ available on council websites, high tech GPS devices and of course local knowledge.
For those new to trail riding it can be a daunting process, complicated by the fact that some BOATs are temporarily closed from time to time, or unfortunately closed forever. Fortunately, the TRF is the best place to learn where you can and cant ride. Members meet monthly in regional groups around the country to share routes, discuss road closures and share the odd adventurous tale or two. By joining the club you will have access to your local group where you can pick the brains of riders with decades (multiple decades in some cases!) of knowledge and arrange to join a ride out led by an experienced member. It is without doubt the best place to start.