Where we ride

TRF members only ride legal rights of way: we primarily use what we call Green Roads which are marked on maps as either Byways open to all traffic (known as BOATs) or other routes with public access.

Byways will normally be signed accordingly but signs may often by missing, damaged or obscured by vegetation, so always check you are on the right route if in doubt.

Of course, we ride black roads too but whenever, and where ever, we ride, we always observe the Highway Code, TRF’s Code of Conduct and the Countryside Code. You can find out more on the TRF website here.

We cannot, and do not, ride on footpaths, bridleways or restricted byways, unless special permission has been granted: for example, when we support equestrian events which are held on private land.

There are 6,000 miles of UK byways for us to explore but the best way to learn exactly where you can and cannot ride in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area is by joining our group: we can help you mark up maps and you can join us on our regular ride-outs where we can familiarise you with some of our favourite routes.

What maps should I use?

Most of our members use GPS devices together with paper or digital Ordnance Survey (OS) maps with routes pre-marked onto them: the most popular are the pink Landranger series (1:50k) or higher resolution orange Explorer series (1:25k).

Paper editions of OS maps now usually include a digital mobile download version and many members use GPX mapping applications such as ViewRanger.

The most commonly used maps for our local ride-outs are shown below:

  • OS Landranger series mapno. 141-4, 152-5,
  • OS Explorer series map – no. 208-11, 224-30, 234-7.

Consulting the ‘Definitive Map’

Once we have consulted our maps, we may need to refer to the Cambridgeshire County Council ‘Definitive Map’  to check if there are any temporary or permanent legal closures (often referred to as Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs)) or voluntary restraints affecting these Green Roads we intend to ride.

TRO or voluntary restraint signs are usually displayed at the entrance to those byways affected, and may be accompanied by seasonally locked gates, width restrictors or barriers which prevent public access to four wheeled vehicles but allow motorcycles and other authorised users (e.g. farmers) to pass.

If we are riding further afield, then we would usually consult fellow TRF groups for their advice and guidance of course!

Why is the ‘Definitive Map’ important?

Printed OS maps can soon be out of date and the definitive map, as the name suggests, defines the legal status for a right of way at a given time: for example, if a TRO has recently been applied, or has changed, this may mean OS maps or other sources are incorrect, so it is always wise to check for changes or omissions when planning a route.

In Cambridgeshire, a large number of byways are subject to seasonal TROs which prohibit public access by four wheel vehicles between October and May but which permit access to others users (e.g. key holders, motorcyclists, horse riders etc.).

Locked gates or barriers may be provided at each end of the affected road to prevent access and these may locked at other times if repairs are required or use of the road is causing excessive wear.

The definitive map describes those TROs in force and the restrictions that apply, so it should always been consulted if appropriate.

The Cambridge Definitive Map can be viewed just Click Here

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