Share the trail and the countryside

We are lucky to be blessed with the fantastic countryside we have - it’s a special place where there should be no place for intolerance, injustice, prejudice or discrimination. Trail Riders welcome every opportunity to share the trail and countryside with everyone.

The TRF maintains a code of conduct that all Trail Riders should follow in the use of unsealed roads, recognising that these roads are a shared space. 

The code is based on the riders’ responsibility to be always legal, to be respectful to the environment and to show courtesy and understanding to other users, and not least to honour the Countryside Code.


The TRF also recognises that Green Roads provide access to the broadest range of user groups, including those with mobility issues or registered disabled, and for these people the Green Roads might be the only means of accessing the countryside. 

The TRF and the TRF members are then grounded in the principles of sharing and tolerance. Many also explore the the countryside on foot, cycle and horse are always ready to stop and have a chat about a shared love of the amazing countryside we have. 

100 Walkers - 100 Horse Riders

How many Green Road users do you think you ride past in a year? Not a question that most Trail Riders would ask themselves. For the late James Higgs, it's one of the key reasons he road, to enjoy the countryside alongside other users. He settled down with a very large cup of tea and began editing his Trail Riding film footage to find out...

"Landscapes for everyone - We want to see our landscapes reaching out and welcoming everyone

Julian Glover – Landscapes Review

Trail Riders and Horses

Trail Bikes and Horses. Both ridden by people out to enjoy the countryside on Green Roads and bridleways. Both vulnerable road users. This series of films paints a picture of the issues and similarities between these two passionate countryside users.

However you choose to access the countryside, respect those you share the trail with and who choose to enjoy it in a different way - smile, wave and say hello!



With access to almost 130,000 miles of public rights of way, those on foot have the largest network of all the user groups. The network for all user groups could however be larger with the Ramblers estimating that as many as 49,000 miles of rights of way maybe lost if not recorded by the 2031 government deadline. Find out more about Lost ways

Many Trail Riders are walkers too, enjoying the countryside on foot with friends, family and our four-legged friends. As with other user groups Trail Riders should slow down and say “Hi” when passing those on foot – even stop and have a chat.

If you represent a walking organisation and wish to discuss any access issues, please email the TRF

Our two-wheeled soul mates


Cycling, and more specifically Mountain Biking, has much in common with Trail Riding, with many Trail Riders also being avid Mountain Bikers. The evolution of e-bikes and electric motorcycles sees history repeating itself once again by putting power into two-wheeled vehicles So, wave and say "Hi" to our brothers and sisters on two wheels, with both parties remembering to give way to those coming up the hills – it’s hard work with any kind of engine!

If you are from a cycling organisation and would like to discuss anything drop us an email


Recreational motoring on Green Roads only represents around 21% of motorised traffic on byways with the rest being landowner and agricultural vehicles.

Some recreational users choose to explore the countryside from the comfort of a vehicle, still sharing the same passion to experience the great outdoors, stunning vistas, and beautiful green spaces.

As with other user groups respectfully sharing the space and respecting the environment is key, with users giving way to other users as circumstances dictate, but always with courtesy, respect and a smile!

Organisations which represent the interests of 4-wheel users are welcome to get in touch to discuss any access issues, please email the TRF

Green Roads Map public access project

Green Roads provide unique access to the countryside that sees users respect this shared space. Sadly decades of neglect and mischief has seen the public's ability to access this special asset eroded. The Green Road Map is a public access project that seeks to improve cohesiveness and connectivity of the network for the public to responsibly explore and enjoy.

We invite organisations representing other user groups to participate and contribute to the project.

Join 9,000+ riders actively conserving Green Roads for all to enjoy today.