Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Green lanes code

Narrow country road surround by fields and deciduous woodland

The Green Lanes Code was developed by motorised vehicle users, horse riders, cyclists and walkers. 

Please be responsible and follow good practice


  • Be sure you can see or be seen by others
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop where:
    • Limited visibility
    • Narrow sections
    • Rocky, rutted or loose surface
    • Sensible for other users
  • Do not exceed maximum speed limits:
    • 5mph for 4 wheeled vehicles
    • 15mph for motorbikes


  • Be road legal (tax, insurance, condition)
  • Ride to your ability taking into account:
    • seasonal changes
    • nature of surface of the track
  • Join a group to gain expertise
  • Do not use roads too narrow for your vehicle
  • Do not use winches

Group size

  • Keep to a small group size:
    • 4 for 4 wheeled vehicles
    • 6 for motorcycles
  • Hold back if another group is ahead

Please respect others & the environment

Giving Way

  • Respect the hierarchy of use
  • Vehicle users give way to all users
  • Cyclists give way to horse riders and walkers
  • Horse riders give way to walkers
  • Keep to the left
  • Leave room for others to pass
  • Be prepared to wait


  • Keep to the track
  • Follow signage
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Travel quietly and unobtrusively
  • Avoid damage when the ground is soft from:
    • Cantering and galloping
    • Weight of 4 wheeled vehicles
    • Motorbikes on steep hills

Look after

  • Fasten gates that you open
  • Avoid damage to trees, hedgerows and walls
  • Take litter home with you

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