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United Kingdom

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
2631km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
13 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
England and Wales’s weather is famous (infamous!) - if you don’t like it, wait an hour! The TET can be ridden at any time of year although snow may be present in winter on higher sections. Be prepared for mud and rain at any time of year! In more remote areas, infrastructure can be tourist based and closed over the winter.
4Entry point into country
Newhaven Ferry Port, East Sussex
5Exit point from country
North Shields, Tyne and Wear
6Language(s)
English
7Currency
Pounds (£)
8Emergency telephone number
999
9Drive on the...
Left
10Laws regarding wild camping
It is illegal to camp without the landowner's permission - even on moorland or in forest. However, if care is taken to be discrete, leave no rubbish or traces of your presence and you move on early, you can usually get away with it in remote areas. There are a multitude of campsites dotted around and many youth hostels and independent hostels as well as bunk barns, bed and breakfasts and pubs.
11Trail riding and the law
You can only ride on public highways - whether they be tarred or unsurfaced.

You may not ride on footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways, cycle tracks or open land.

Be aware that the legal status of roads changes from year to year and month to month.

Signs are usually posted at the end of roads stating that they are closed. It is your responsibility to see and obey these.

Whenever riding on the public highway your bike must be road legal, insured and you must be licenced to drive it and wear a helmet. Normal rules of the road apply.

There is considerable pressure from a variety of groups on the continued existence of unsurfaced road use by motorists in the UK. These groups seek every opportunity to produce evidence of misuse, illegal use or inconsiderate use.

Please help UK riders to maintain their access to the few unsurfaced roads remaining by showing respect to other road users by slowing/stopping, waving and smiling, avoiding damaging use of the trails, travelling in groups of 6 or smaller, travelling at speeds less than 25mph (40kph) when on unsurfaced roads and leaving gates as you found them.
12Bike events on or near the TET
Isle of Man TT: May/June

Welsh Two Day Enduro: June

Scott Trial: October

STOP PRESS...

11 Jan 2017
No known issues

ROUTE OVERVIEW

There is an enthusiastic and well established trail riding fraternity in the UK.

Legal dirt roads in England and Wales are commonly known as “Green Lanes” or “Green Roads”. They follow pilgrimage, military, drovers, funeral and trade routes between villages, towns and valleys crisscrossing some the UK’s most scenic and historical landscapes with a heritage dating back in some cases to prehistory.

On this sometimes crowded island there are multiple demands on the green roads from farmers, motorists, walkers, cyclists and horse-riders and over the years the number open to motorcyclists has shrunk considerably. The Trail Riders Fellowship is a national organisation championing the sustainable continued use of these remaining roads and encourages coexistence with other users.

You will find that the percentage of the TET that is on dirt roads in England and Wales is considerably less than other countries’ sections but this is more than made up for by the beauty of this ancient land.

The TET enters the UK through the ferry port of Newhaven and winds its way across the south of England through narrow lanes and quaint villages before breaking out onto the rolling expanse of the Salisbury Plain passing the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge.

Trails here can either be hard back or, if wet, very slippery. It then runs north and west crossing the Severn Estuary entering the mountain fastness of the Principality of Wales.

Staggering views and remote trails characterise this country. Reentering England, the TET traverses the industrial Midlands before entering the Peak District and reaching the valleys, drystone walls and sheep covered hillsides of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The high mountains and clear waters of Wordsworth’s Lake District await you next before finally crossing England’s watershed for the last time through remote moorland and down to the North Sea port of Newcastle.


WHAT NOT TO MISS

British pubs and open fireplaces

Draught Bitter beer in a straight pint glass

Pork scratchings (preferably as accompaniment to bitter)

A full English breakfast in a cafe (fried eggs not poached)

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding Sunday lunch with “all the trimmings”

A cream tea - a pot of tea, a scone, jam and clotted cream served at about 4pm

Fish and chips wrapped in paper (vinegar optional) eaten whilst sitting on a wall

Live music (folk, blues, acoustic, whatever but ideally in a pub!)

Scrumpy cider