Thrunton Trail Association
Thruton Wood is not like other Forestry Commission
sites, its privately owned and Forestry Commission
lease the land from the land owners. Now this brings
interesting elements to the use of the forest and
more importantly mountain biking…
Mountain biking is permitted with the following
• Mountain biking must NOT be publicly advertised.
• Mountain bike routes must not be way marked nor
advertised on social media or the web
• Trail maintenance must only be done by the official
group only (Thrunton Trail Association)
• Commercial operations are not allowed without
prior consent of Forestry e.g Guiding. (No shop or
private individual can profit from guiding in the
woods without permission).
The land owner can and will STOP public access
at any point in time if they feel the above are not
being adhered too.
The really special thing about Thruton is the trails
are as close to natural as possible. We don’t build
trail centre type trails built with gravel 100% of
the way down the trail, and because of this wear and
tear on the trails can be a big problem, so adopting
the points above help to reduce advertising of how
great out trails are and minimises use.
We really would love to keep our trails like they
are for as long as possible.
Promotion of Thrunton via social media using videos
etc will only increase traffic on the trails. This
then means we need to use more and more hard pack
which we don't want. Please help us out and try
refrain from doing this.
If you want and have an idea for a trail, join via
our membership page and have your say, we can then
liaise with Forestry to see if its possible and then
and plan the build.
With regards to trail maintenance, there are a few
things we need to ensure we do or don’t do.
• We cant use powertools, e.g chain saws, this is
not permitted due to our insurance and the health
and safety reg Foresty have in place.
• No Wood. We cant build with wood, wood rots and
when it rots the trail with crumble and potentially
cause an accident.
• Build day attendance has to be recorded along with
accidents for our insurance purposes and to comply
with our agreement with The Forestry Commission.
I hope the above is a good insight into the
relationship between Forestry Commission, the land
owner and Thrunton Trail Association. Any questions
feel free to drop us an email on