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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
2923km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
14 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
Dover & Newhaven
5Exit point from country
Newcastle
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


ROUTE OVERVIEW

Unmetalled public roads and byways in England & Wales (commonly known as green lanes/roads) follow historic pilgrimage, military, drovers, funeral and trade routes between settlements – often criss-crossing the UK’s most scenic rural landscapes, and in some cases dating back to prehistory.

The network of green roads available for public use by motor vehicle has diminished considerably over the years, principally due to the efforts of a small anti-access industry which has successfully misrepresented public access in order to profit from landowner apprehension. The UK TET incorporates scenic routes through areas of ancient and outstanding natural beauty in the rural communities worst blighted by a lack of access.

The UK benefits from the Trail Riders Fellowship which (along with other user organisations) exists to conserve public entitlements, champion sustainable use and facilitate co-existence with farmers, equestrians, cyclists and walkers.

The TET enters the UK through the ferry port of Newhaven and winds its way across the south of England through sunken ‘holloway’ lanes, quaint villages and the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, where it emerges onto the rolling expanse of Salisbury Plain. Trails here typically have a hard dirt/stone surface though some make use of compacted chalk, which is very slippery when wet.

From Wiltshire, the route heads north through Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean before crossing the River Wye into Wales near the ruined Tintern Abbey, where the route becomes steeper and rockier.

The remoteness and stunning beauty of Wales yield to industrial heritage where the route re-enters England near the Midland town of Whitchurch, before crossing stunning valleys flanked by dry stone walls in both the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

The mountains and clear waters of William Wordsworth’s Lake District precede the final moorland crossing of England’s watershed which leads to the North Sea port of Newcastle, where overnight vehicle ferries operate to Amsterdam.


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