The first thing you need to be aware of is that to trail ride, you need to have a driving licence which allows you to ride the machine of your choice with insurance, road tax and a valid MOT if applicable. Your bike must be in a road worthy condition. If you are under age for a relative driving licence you cannot use a public highway. Private land with granted permission or a private 'pay and play' specialist area is probably your only option.

Places to ride legally include routes known as BOATS (Byways open to all traffic) and UCRs ( Unclassified roads). Some legal routes in addition may have a TRO ( Traffic regulation order) which means it is an offence to ride or drive a motor vehicle.

Illegal routes include Restricted Byways, Footpaths and Bridleways. These areas are enforced and hot spots can patrolled by Police, CCTV can also be in place. You must not ride these routes! For this reason alone, It is worth having a professional guide to ensure you stay on the legal side and optimise your time riding by finding those lanes without the fuss of reading a map or using GPS as status of lanes can change regularly.

There are many local guides available. These are the two co founders of the APTR both of which offer a service to new and experienced riders.


Boyd Emmerich operates as a local guide with years of experience in the area. He can offer training on a one to one basis or in a group. He is based in the Buxton area of the Peak District. you can contact Boyd on 07779875151 or click here for his website OTT


Andrew Richardson has over 35 years trail riding experience in the area and offers a simular service based at the opposite end of the Peak District towards the Historic Town of Chesterfield. You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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