One of the many lessons that Lockdown taught us as a family was that we can actually ride our MTBs directly from our front door – who knew that our local trails were quite so good? Well, admittedly they’re not properly ‘technical’ but they are off-road, good and muddy! However, there’s a key bit of land near us that is nigh on impossible to pass, for two reasons: firstly, there are 3 bridleways into this area but none are connected – meaning that you have to ride on footpaths to bridge the gap. Secondly, the footpath police are extremely knowledgeable and active in this area and are keen to challenge bike riders. And that’s a real problem for us! I bet you’ve got footpaths near you that are as wide as bridleways, have no stiles to cross and you wish were bridleways too.
So, here’s the answer! Cycling UK have put together a website which links a map for you to mark your favourite ‘would-be-bridleways’ with email addresses for the relevant County Councils to make them aware. You really need to do this on a computer because the map is quite fiddly but the whole thing is quite easy to use and only took me a couple of minutes to complete. Wouldn’t you just love to have more permissible bike routes to ride from home? I absolutely would. Take a look at the link now.