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Zen Overland - Guided Trail Rides

Frequently asked questions;

What is guided day trail riding, green laning?

Riding unmetalled legal roads which may consist of loose stones, broken tarmac, mud, grass, mostly flat. For the Trail/Enduro bike riders you can add rocks, roots, ruts, hills. And of course, your guide and all the local knowledge information you’ll need.

Who’s it for?

Big bikes and beginners; Nice, easy, gentle dirt roads with some very mild bumps and ruts. This is about the scenery and an enjoyable ride to give you the confidence to go on further. You will not be a complete novice, and it is suggested you will have already done some ‘off road training’ at a specialist school.

Trail/Enduro bikes intermediate; Much more technical, needs more thought about bike placement, rock dodging, mud, roots, brambles, some serious ruts. Plenty of great scenery with a light adrenaline boost. You will be an experienced capable rider.

What do I need to bring?

You bring your extremely well maintained street legal bike, but most importantly your bike must have good tyres. [see below] Safety gear, which will include appropriate enduro type boots, knee protectors, body armour, waterproofs, gloves, helmet and jacket. [this is not an exhaustive list] We guide you, so no maps or GPS required.

What type of tyres are suitable?

Big bikes; Trail biased, definitely not road biased. Zen Overland can help you with advice if you’re not sure and can even fit some the day before if required.

Trail/Enduro bike; Good knobblies. Again Zen Overland can help with advice.

How much is it?

£140- pound for two; ie; £70- each, £180- for three; ie; £60- each, or £200- for four which is the best value to you at £50- each. Zen Overland will ask you for either a £20-, £30- or £40 pound deposit with the rest being payable to the guides bacs details which will be supplied on confirmation of booking.

What does that include?

Your guide who has all the local knowledge you’ll need, great scenery, a great day out.

Anything extreme?

NO! We don’t cater for this market. You are the type of person who wants a nice day out trail riding with lots of photo stops, chats, a coffee and cake and most importantly a good laugh!

What if I’m knackered at any time during the ride!?

Our guide can get you back to base within 45 minutes from most places, if you feel yourself getting tired just let the guide know early so the ride can be shortened.

Do you mix groups?

Absolutely not, it will only ever be up to four friends.

Where do you go?

All rides start at Zen Overland in Haybridge adjacent to Wells in Somerset.

Big bikes; Shepton Mallet, Frome, Salisbury plain, Stonehenge ride by, Tytherington, Kilmington. This ride includes four short lanes in the first 25 miles to get you acquainted with the feel of different surfaces, then a short break for coffee before riding up to the plain, it is a very scenic start and once on the plain is predominantly dirt road.

Trail/Enduro bikes; Priddy, Blagdon, Chewton Mendip, Keynsham, Farmborough, Radstock, Croscombe. This ride is on the first lane in approximately 3 miles.

Is there accommodation in the vicinity of Wells?

Yes, you will not have any trouble finding your desired type of accommodation, it is a high tourist area which also happens to have good shopping and horse riding.

My bike is pristine, will it still be like that on return?

No, this is dirt biking, your bike will more than likely be spattered with mud, scratched by overhanging branches, and so will you!

Who’s the guide?

Our guide Jim is an experienced green laner based in Frome who met Gabriel of Zen Overland through mutual membership of the TRF [Trail Riders Fellowship]. Our riding is based on TRF principles. You will be briefed on this before ride leaves.