Does gravel need a code of conduct?

Gravel is becoming increasingly popular, all over the world. Not everyone is happy about that. Sam Jones discusses what riders can do to smooth relationships with landowners

Gravel rider looks out over a view
(Image credit: Anne-Marije Rook for Future)

The number of people exploring the countryside surged during the Covid pandemic, and has remained high. Within cycling, many of those new users are exploring green spaces on gravel bikes, the fastest growing bike segment outside of e-bikes

Whilst welcome, the increase has brought some issues, both for people whose livelihood relies on working the landscape, and those who wish to preserve nature landscapes and minimise the risk of conflict. Most of these issues result not from malicious intent, but mainly via ignorance of the rules - both written and unwritten. 

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones has worked for nearly 10 years in cycling advocacy and communications. Currently he is the Cape Wrath Fellowship custodian, a freelance commentator on cycling issues and works in the Surrey Hills on access issues. A keen bikepacker he can be found what riding what the UK would like to think is gravel but is actually mostly mud.