Wild Trail & Desire Line Management Practice Guide


The guidance is principally aimed at those who work on a Forestry Commission (FC) site that has cycling activity of any kind, this handbook is for you.

It describes the types of wild trails and desire lines that you might have to deal with, helps you make decisions about the future of the trail and explains the procedures that you should have in place. Lastly, details of further help and support are provided.

Sections within the guidance include:

  • What are Wild Trails?
  • What are Desire Lines?
  • Our legal responsibility
  • A risk based approach
  • Management options
  • A Adopt and Inspect
  • B Intervene and Make Safe
  • C Tolerate and Monitor
  • D Closure and Removal
  • Communication with users
  • Monitoring
  • Sharing knowledge and experience
  • Further help and support

Download the practice guidance