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FAQs – Green what? Byway, BOAT, TRO… WTF?

The term Green Lane or Green Laning has no legal meaning, but is used as a physical description of lanes that are vegetated, gravelled or mud underfoot or enclosed by hedges – hence the ‘green’. The term is also commonly used by Councils for unimproved unclassified roads, which are recorded on the List of Streets and adoption records. There are often similar rights on these as on BOATs – Byway Open to All Traffic.

Many are now shown on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps with green dots, and on Landranger maps with red dots. However, any particular ‘Green Lane’ might be a footpath, bridleway, restricted byway, byway or road. Even if it is a BOAT it can still be subject to a TRO (a Traffic Regulation Order) which may mean it’s legal to ride one weekend and not the next!

It’s a minefield – let us worry about where we should or shouldn’t be while you concentrate on your ride!


FAQs – So what do I need

• Well first off you’ll need a bike! This can be anything from a Honda XR125 to a BMW R1200 GS Adventure, but choose your ride according to your skill level. The real joy of trail riding and green laning comes from taking your everyday bike somewhere entirely different and where you never thought it could go.

• Bear in mind that the green lanes are classed as roads so your machine must be fully road legal, taxed, MOT’d, insured and you must hold an appropriate driving licence.

• A good pair of motorcycle boots, waterproof ideally. These should be strong enough to protect your feet, ankles and shins from rocks and tree stumps… and possibly your bike falling on top of you! Motocross boots are ideal

• You’ll also need a sturdy motorcycle jacket, trousers and gloves with all the armour in the relevant places. Textile gear is preferable to leathers (you’ll never get them clean again!) to protect you from overhanging branches, brambles and the inevitable tumble

• A few essential tools and some basic knowledge to carry out any running repairs necessary to your own bike as we go. An AA or RAC Membership card is also sometimes also useful!

• Carrying some water is also a good idea – trail riding can be very strenuous, especially if it’s your first time, and you can easily become dehydrated

• Bring a camera! There’s some lovely spots out there and plenty of opportunity to take some great shots

• It’s always worth carrying a freezer bag or two to act as waterproof cases for wallets, phones, cameras or anything else you need to keep dry


When we ride and how much it will cost

We like to make things easy for you, so we run our Full Day Tours on Saturdays and our Half Day Tours on Sunday mornings. The Full Day costs £85pp and the Half Day Tour £45pp. Simples.

If you’ve got a special request, ie you’d like to do a Half Day Tour on a Saturday then Contact Us with the details and we’ll do our best to help you out.


Can you rent me a bike to use for the Tour?

Unfortunately, no. With full time jobs and busy family lives we can barely keep on top of the maintenance of our own bikes, so our Tours are on a “run what you brung” basis.


Do you run the Tours for Road-Legal Quads as well as bikes?

Sadly not. We’ve taken groups of quads around the route a handful of times, but rightly or wrongly we always draw the wrong kind of attention. Our business depends on good relations with the local communities we pass through which in turn helps keep the lanes open for everyone to use. Currently there’s also several width restriction in place along the route which means only 2 wheeled bikes can run the whole route.


Where do we meet?

As it’s nice and central to many of the lanes, we meet at Rykas Café just off the A24 between Mickleham and Dorking. Unless otherwise arranged, we’ll return to Rykas after your tour.

There’s stacks of FREE parking available so, if you want to bring your bike in the back of a van or on a trailer, that’s no problem. Just park and ride.