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Dirt biking is an exhilarating sport that's popular with thrill-seekers and adventurers alike However, finding a place to legally ride your dirt bike in the UK can be a challenge. In this blog, we'll explore the different options available to dirt bike riders looking for legal and safe places to ride in the UK.                                                                                                                                            

Dirt biking is an exhilarating sport that's popular with thrill-seekers and adventurers alike However, finding a place to legally ride your dirt bike in the UK can be a challenge. In this blog, we'll explore the different options available to dirt bike riders looking for legal and safe places to ride in the UK.

  • Motocross Tracks

Motocross tracks are purpose-built venues that offer a controlled environment for dirt bike riders. These tracks are designed to provide challenging terrain for riders of all skill levels. There are numerous motocross tracks across the UK that are open to dirt bike riders, with some offering dedicated beginner areas for those new to the sport.

Riding on a motocross track is a great way to improve your skills and meet other riders. These tracks are also regularly maintained, making them safe for riders of all levels.

  • Enduro Tracks/Trails

Enduro trails offer a more rugged and challenging terrain than motocross tracks. These trails are often located in forested areas and quarries and offer natural obstacles such as rocks, logs, steep inclines and water crossings. Enduro riding requires skill and experience, but it's a great way to push yourself and test your limits.

There are numerous enduro trails across the UK that are open to dirt bike riders. However, it's important to note that these trails may require a permit or membership to ride.

  • Private Land

If you’re lucky enough have permission from the landowner, you can ride your dirt bike on private land. This is a great option for those who have access to a large property or who know someone who does. However, it's important to obtain permission from the landowner before riding and to be mindful of any restrictions or rules they may have.

  • Green Lanes

In the UK, a green lane is a public or unclassified road that is open to motor vehicles but has a predominantly unpaved surface, often with grass or vegetation growing in the middle of the track. These lanes are typically located in rural areas and are used by various vehicles, including 4x4s, dirt bikes, and agricultural vehicles.

Green lanes are sometimes also referred to as "byways open to all traffic" (BOATs). They are typically marked by posts or signs at the entrance and may be designated as part of a larger network of off-road routes.

Green lanes offer a scenic and often challenging route for off-road enthusiasts, and they are popular with hikers, cyclists, and horse riders. However, it's important to note that not all green lanes are open to all types of vehicles. Some may have restrictions on vehicle types or sizes, or may be closed to motorised vehicles altogether at certain times of the year.

In addition, green lanes are subject to the same laws and regulations as other roads in the UK, and it's important for users to respect the environment and other users of the lane. Riders should also make sure that their vehicle is properly insured, taxed, and road-legal, and should check local regulations before setting out on any green lane route.

  • Off-Road Events

Off-road events such as enduros, rallies, and trials provide a legal and safe environment for dirt bike riders to test their skills and compete against others. These events are often held on private land or designated off-road areas and offer a challenging and exciting experience for riders.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are numerous legal and safe places to ride your dirt bike in the UK, including motocross tracks, enduro trails, private land, green lanes, and off-road events. It's important to always ride in a legal and safe environment and to obtain any necessary permits or permissions before riding on private land or green lanes. With so many options available, dirt bike riders can enjoy their sport while respecting the rules and regulations that keep everyone safe.

www.dirtwheels.co.uk is an invaluable resource to finding all of the above. It is currently the largest online directory of legal places to ride your dirt bike, MX and Enduro Tracks/ Trails, Green Lanes Guides and Enduro Tours all conveniently listed with pictures, and reviews to hell you find your perfect adventure in the dirt.

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