The joy of motorcycling has been the most consistent of life’s pleasures for me, with my love of maps and adventure helping enable the lifestyle I enjoy today. I don’t anticipate wishing that I had spent less time riding motorcycles during my final moments so try to plan, ride and explore as often as I can – though do occasionally need to break a sweat in order to finance my hobby!
I enjoy helping others learn how to identify the locations of green roads and connect them together to create routes of their own, which extends to *publishing a video repository* of my routes and rides on YouTube. I put this knowledge to good use in both revising the initial draft of the TET and supporting the excellent work of my predecessor (Brian Eland) with TET issues in Southern England & Wales.
I try to spend at least one week abroad each year riding with my friends, which has also enabled me to make many new ones whilst on the trails. The economic value of adventure motorcycling is very obviously understood in France, Italy and Spain which motivates me to help rural business in England & Wales to recognise motorcycling and the TET as important sources of income.
In spring 2019 I added a new recreational route through England’s south-west peninsula – The Great Western Trail. The 1,300km route is a trinity of sustainable green roads, places worth visiting and things to do. It’s my gift to the motorcycling community.
In my spare time I assist *The Motor Cycling Club*, *Trail Riders Fellowship* and *Bike Tours for the Wounded* with access, publicity & event work. If I need a break from motorcycling then I’ll swim in our network of lakes and rivers, which is another story entirely!
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;