Dear Member and supporter of Croft Trials Club

You may be aware that the Club has been on the receiving end of a number of complaints, primarily from our neighbour at Clervaux, Mrs Sarah-Jane Burns. Since she moved in about 6 years ago, she has been haranguing members, telling us that we wouldn’t be riding there much longer, and making numerous vexatious complaints to Richmondshire Council, the Environment Agency, the Public Rights of Way Officer, the Parish Council, the Police, the Woodland Trust etc. She even attempted to take possession of the land and caused criminal damage in doing so, to which she admitted and settled out of court.

Because of this, the Club has now been required to formally apply for Planning Permission for the creation of four new sections and the maintenance of the existing sections. If not granted, the facility could be under threat. Any support would be much appreciated.

Supporters have until Friday 15th October to email planning.enquiries@richmondshire.gov.uk or write to the Planning Manager at Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4JX. Please see below suggested points, but submit in your own words.

– Croft Trials Club has been established in its location at Dalton Woods for the past 40 years. At its inception it was granted a Certificate of Lawfulness from Richmond District Council.

– It is an important facility for members of all ages from 4 to 70+. There are more than a dozen female riders and many family memberships. It is one of few locations in the north east to offer off-road practice for youngsters who might otherwise use unauthorized public grounds. All riders must display their photo ID cards on their bikes and are fully aware of the need to respect our neighbours, not ride their bikes outside the grounds or run them in the car park. The club is fully regulated and affiliated to the AMCA, and is one of hundreds of clubs in the UK.

– Trials riding is a popular low-speed motorsport which requires dedication, balance and skill, and enables its participants to spend time outdoors with their families and meet other riders.

– Indeed, Yorkshire has produced the 8-times World Champion, Dougie Lampkin. The world champion female rider, Emma Bristow, who started riding at the age of 4, has been champion since 2015.

– The Club is seeking approval for four new sections, out of more than 100 existing sections in its 66 acres. It is the only club in Yorkshire (and probably the UK) to be required to apply for planning permission for the creation of new sections with natural rock, which blends perfectly with the naturally occurring rocky sections already existing in the grounds.

Many thanks for your support

Bob Pickersgill

All Ages & Abilities

Here at Croft Trials Club we welcome all ages and abilities to our trials ground. So, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced rider, our grounds will suit your requirements.


Our annual membership starts at just £80 for a single youth (under 14) and £99 for a single adult. We also offer a combined membership for one adult and one youth at £170


You’ll find a real sense of community at our club; our members are always there to support and encourage each other and we welcome all newcomers offering full guidance and support.

“Croft Trials Club is a great place to escape to for trials lovers. Everyone is welcome and it’s always great fun.”

“Great trials club, friendly people, good fun and great membership prices.”

“Being able to partake in trials as a family is amazing, we have such a good time with all the people at the club.”

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