January 21, 2014
…thanks to some smart thinking by the chaps at Vertebrate Graphics.
As you may have noticed, the weather has been a tad damp of late (ugh). With no real frosts to speak of and a lot of rain, we’ve noticed our local trails are starting to suffer more than in recent years – and you probably have too.
We reported last year on the excellent Keeper of the Peak Twitter feed; now the guide book gurus and Peak District locals at Vertebrate Graphics have joined in and published their recommendation for a weatherproof route in the Dark Peak. The loop – Chapel Gate, Roych Clough and Jacobs Ladder, a great ride in its own right – sticks to the rocky, hardpack trails which are best suited to resist the damage done by heavy traffic in wet conditions. It’s available to download as a PDF – complete with the relevant OS map extract – for free, from the Vertebrate Graphics website here.
If you’re not a Peak local, then have a think about weatherproof rides in your area and share them in the comments below – this is what local knowledge was made for after all…