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Those with an interest in MTBs have been urged to join the calls to turn Wales into an off-road haven.

The Welsh Government has proposed to adopt similar rules to countryside access as those in Scotland. The government is running a consultation on the proposal “Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation” until October 2nd. CTC Cymru, Open MTB, Welsh Cycling and British Cycling have joined together to praise the move and urge the trade and off-road fans to join the Trails for Wales campaign.

Currently in Wales the Rights of Way system is based on recorded historic use of routes instead of suitability. As a result, cyclists have rights to use just 21 per cent of the network, with permission to ride along narrow rocky sheep tracks on steep ground but denied access to thousands of miles of public footpaths lying on metalled farm and forest roads.