Trash Free Trails is an environmental non-profit organisation, with a mission to reduce litter on our trails and wild places by 75% by 2025 and re-connect people to nature by empowering community led trail stewardship.
The Autumn Litter Watch, taking place between October 23rd-31st, is seeing Trash Free Trails’ TRASHMOB ambassador team come together, in regional ‘Covid crews’, at iconic trails across the world for the first ever live and globally interactive weekend of DIY trail protection action!
“Far more than ‘just another litter-pick’ the Autumn Litter Watch is about fully immersing ourselves in our trails and wild places, enabling us to learn much more about the state of our trails. The awesome thing about our digital community is that we don’t have to be together to work together and, by joining forces online to share stories from activities such as our ‘TFT x Muc-Off #TrashOff Challenge’ and Trash Species Tracker, we can make a massive difference!” - Dom Ferris, Founder and director of Trash Free Trails
This Collection is designed to give you some inspiration for seeking out trails and wild places near you. Of course these are just a few ideas; you can take part in the Autumn Litter Watch wherever you like. Make sure you check the latest government guidelines before you head out, especially if travelling to areas away from home.
Find out more about how you can get involved, tag @trashfreetrails to share your purposeful adventures with us in komoot and submit your trash data at trashfreetrails.org/autumn-litter-watch
Perhaps the most accessible route to Helvellyn summit, via Kepple Cove on the way up, and the more interesting Sticks Pass on the way down.
Helvellyn is one of the few English summits reachable by bike: the views from the top and the descent make all the effort worthwhile.
Kepple Cove and Sticks Pass are relatively quiet compared to the main hiking routes of Striding and Swirral Edge, but the summit can get busy on a nice day.
It's maybe not surprising, given the volume of traffic that the mountain sees, that it gets more than its fair share of litter. As this is the kind of ride you'll want a pack with snacks and a spare layer for, why not pop some litter in that pack on the way down?
Thanks to Tom Hill for this Tour.
From central Bristol, the sixth biggest city in the UK and creative heart of the South West, mountain bikers are lucky to have some brilliant trails right on their doorstep.
This Tour takes in three of the main MTB areas; the built trails of Ashton Court, a lap of the rooty 50 Acre Woods, and then along the fire roads in Leigh Woods before heading back into the city along the Pill Path by the river.
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These trails are somewhat less traveled than the renowned Minton Batch and the like to the south of the town. That's not to say that the Long Mynd doesn't feature heavily.
The final descent, in particular, feels like a secret slice of singletrack awesomeness that will leave you giggling. And as this Tour is essentially three loops, it's easy to lop bits off if you're pressed for time (or weather)!
The Elan Valley is a part of Mid Wales that's simply a haven for outdoors folk. Endless gravel roads, singletrack climbs and huge vistas over a series of glistening man-made reservoirs.
This Tour from Rhayader town takes in some brilliant doubletrack climbs, grassy trails and eyewateringly beautiful descents over open moorland.
Save this Tour for a good, bright and sunny day and you'll be rewarded a hundred times over with breathtaking views.
Perhaps overshadowed by their neighbour, Exmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills in Somerset often don’t get much of a look-in, yet they’re dream territory for mountain bikers and gravel riders that enjoy challenging climbs and more technical terrain.
Although you will find wide gravel tracks criss-crossing along the tops of the Quantocks across the heather moorland, these tend to be much rockier and technical than typical byways or bridleways in the English countryside.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, combined with a series of rooty woodland valley singletrack, clear stream crossings and quiet lanes, this Tour is for you.
This is a big ride but your climbing efforts will be rewarded with some amazing views (on a clear day) and thrilling descents.
You'll go up pretty high into the Black Mountains so prepare for the weather to be different on top to the bottom of the valley.
You'll wish you had a follow me drone for this incredible landscape!
Thank you to Eleanor Jaskowska for the Tour.
This ride is a must for folks who want to experience what the Tweed Valley has to offer besides the groomed trail centre, or the high-octane tech-fest.
From Innerliethen, the climb up through Traquair Forest is enough to disabuse you of the notion that this will be a snooze-fest, as it scrambles up a surprising amount of height gain through a variety of switchbacks.
But the eventual summit of Minch Moor makes it all seem worth it, with delicious views aplenty. From here, the route contours up and over Brown Knowe before landing at the Three Brethren; three closely placed cairns signifying the borders of three enormous estates.
The descent from here through the Yair Estate (one of the ones signified by a Brother) is also a treat, and the final descent from Craig Hill is also an absolute hoot.
From here, there's a spot of road work to get back to Innerliethen - but even this has its scenic charms, and it's a great way to wind down before you kick back with coffee and food at the No.1 cafe.