Can I ride on a beach?

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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by Richard Simpson » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:18 am

Remember there is no such thing as 'public land' in the UK. All land is owned (some of it, including many beaches) by local authorities or other organisations promoting public access (National Trust etc).

There are normally local bylaws governing under what circumstances you can drive on the beach, but it is usually only allowed to launch and recover boats etc. Some local authorities allow parking on beaches in designated spaces.

The area between high and low water is, I understand, owned by the Crown. So you'd have to ask Her Maj!

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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by mark1150 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:22 am

davsato wrote:as far as i know doctorzippy is right, this reminds me of a shooting rights row we had years ago.
'then', (dont know about now), yes the land exposed by the dropping tide is technically owned by nobody as its not permanent and you can do what you want within reason. this is where it differs from your problem craig- we could technically, shoot wildfowl all along any stretch where we could also comply with the law and thats where they got us, we couldnt get far enough away from a public right of way or someone in the water, there being so many footpaths and private residences around here. (you must shoot more than 50' from and shoot away from a public right of way or private land you dont have permission to shoot on. doesnt sound much but try it down here!)

for you, i would say go for it, stay on the tideline and if anyone complains give them what for, your bike is a lot cleaner and safer than 90% of dog owners that leave presents on the beach for kids to play in
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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by V-Rider » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:25 am

Richard Simpson wrote:The area between high and low water is, I understand, owned by the Crown. So you'd have to ask Her Maj!
Sorry, WHO?! :whistle:
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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by steve xr33 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:33 am

We used do it years ago in Devon & Cornwall its a big no no ! as we live down here
cops take a dim view of it Give Cornwall TRF shout they will take you around some great lanes & across the river Tamar(some of the lanes are bloody hard :woohoo: Nice beaches down there was camping near padstow at the weekend hope this helps
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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by GUNDOG » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:34 am

Don't forget the WD40.......
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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by Norm De Plume » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:49 am

Richard Simpson wrote:The area between high and low water is, I understand, owned by the Crown. So you'd have to ask Her Maj!
I'm with Richard on this one, riding below high-water can still get you in trouble, but just a different sort of trouble. However, you could always pop over to Essex and have a go at the Broomway, a 6 mile long right of way that you aren't going to ride if the tide is in!

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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by ChasF » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:55 am

All I know is that it is strictly against the law here in France and strongly enforced. I had always assumed that it was the same situation in the UK.

Entering the Weston-s-mare beach race will probably satisfy the urge

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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by davsato » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:49 pm

steve xr33 wrote: Nice beaches down there was camping near padstow at the weekend
what, they allow bikes in steintown?
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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by desertraider » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:07 pm

well it will come down to local council bye laws , but the plod will be few and far between on the south coast , no signs and un-gated access etc , and you will allways get some old git on the phone to us Image

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Re: Can I ride on a beach?

Post by Paul » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:48 pm

I grew up just outside Blackpool an as a young teen had a coouple of field bikes that we also took on the beach.
Now I am going back 33, yes 33 years but, although there were odd encounters with the plod the law said we could ride as long as we were 50 metres from the sea wall.

Saying that the sand and salt knackered my Puch M50 sport that I paid £10 for. :(

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