last night , mindless idiots
last night , mindless idiots
Although it's mindless at least that's visible unlike wire/fishing line. Some people have no life!
Pretty normal behavior in Surrey......keeps you on your toes!
Mind you there's one particular fast downhill that has a little room for maneuver that was distributed with rocks and branches once....certainly called on all my hopping skills that night!
a trail in chopwell woods was recently booby trapped with lots of small trees which have been pulled down across the trail every 4-5m for the length of it, some uprooted and some snapped - utterly ridiculous!
quite often find branches/bricks/rocks across trails at ground level - they just make more trail obstacles to negotiate/add to the mix, but the high level stuff especially wire/rope is mindless!
does anyone know, or has anyone comeacross any of these militant walkers?? WTF is their agenda?? freaks
We have the same, took be 20 mins to move all the small trees & branches....twice on consecutive nights, must have taken them longer to gather it back up again as I can chuck stuff a fair way. Currently winning that battle
Murdocks? Bit better than wire clothes line traps, but forkin mindless none-the-less and bl88dy infuriating
Same round here (Epping Forest). Most people you say hello to are cheerful back but you get the odd scowly face, so I guess it's one if them. Probably just one or two out of the thousands that use the forest.
There is a fair amount of this going on in my local woods, however I am quite sure it has been brought about by dick heads on crossers ripping the woods up.
Ive noticed this happening a lot more recently in calderdale. Ive seen 10+ fallen trees and logs placed across elland woods. Similar thing in dean woods.
Can it be reported?
Perhaps, but perhaps better to lie in wait for them....
Not much point in reporting if the trail is cheeky in the first place
just turn it into a trail feature, lay the log down, build it into a jump, maybe leave a note thanking them for providing you with building materials
If it's the one I think it is, it's called Murdocks and is in FoD. Its in an area where there are loads of established trails that the Forestry Commission are well aware of and tolerate (not sure if that means they can be classed as official though) In fact that area has had signs put up recently stating "no riding or trail-building until August" by the FC due to nesting Goshawks. So maybe someone from the Goshawk Preservation Society* is responsible
* organisation may not exist
Get alot of it on te Isle of Wight, strategically placed rocks and logs just round bends, woodwork ripped up etc...
Have branches and trees all the time on local trails.
Even came across Barb Wire between two trees at around neck height. On a quick singletrack section through the trees, was riding through and just caught something ahead that didn't look right. Stopped a metre or so before, just glad I was looking ahead.
Was nice and rusty too, so camo'd and wouldn't over just fallen out if knocked. Properly wound and tied in tight!
Don’t understand why people want to do this on any trail, it’s not like bikers go out and put traps down for e.g. walkers and there dogs all the time.
Even came across Barb Wire between two trees at around neck height
that is incredibly insane and just evil, what goes through someone's mind when they act out like this, geez
there's a footpath near me across the very corner of some common land (total length maybe 150m, but avoids a busy main road and a junction), near some houses that used to suffer from this, with piles of branches and scrub just pulled across the path.
Fed up one day, I left a polite note explaining that while cycling or horse riding across this could potentially be construed as trespass, that's a matter for the landowner to decide and to act upon. However, deliberate blocking of a public row is a criminal offence*, and potentially an offence with the potential to cause injury or harm, and I had reasonable evidence who was doing the blocking**, if it continued I'd be forced to report it to the police.
* is it? not sure, but I seem to recall it is.
** I had a rough idea but nothing that would be construed as evidence
The problem seems to have gone away.......
Apparently some knob was putting pieces of wood with massive nails in them along some of the tracks in Sherwood Pines last year. That's nothing to do with ramblers not wanting cyclists on 'their' paths as these are dedicated MTB trails.
Some twisted individuals out there!
No riding / building due to nesting goshawks is reasonable.
Take it as "feel free to ride here the rest of the time".
Obstacle monkeys are idiots though, no two ways.
Having said that....I do get cross about the 4x4 bellends who deviate from the BOATS and completely destroy the area they choose to 'play in'.
Ive often thought about donning my Ninja gear and waiting in the woods for them. They'd soon get tired of driving on four flat tyres!
This crops up every now and again. It's a bloody stupid thing to do, even on a FP, would they be happy if one of their obstacles actually injured some-one?!?
I've actually seen where people have snapped off a decent sized sapling to drag over a trail. Halfwits.
I ran over a buried board full of nails on Darwen Moor a couple of years back. The thing is, and whoever did this was obviously too thick to realise,a bike is the best mode of transport to use in these circumstances. It was a minor inconvience to me, 10 minutes sat in the sun changing a tube. Heaven forbid, it was a walker, a horse or a dog.
It would be interesting to explain to these idiots that, short of landmines or more deliberate traps, they're not going to hinder faster riders - they're going to harm kids and families out for a stroll. And by interesting I guess I mean futile.
There was a guy that was caught out by a tree laid across a path in some woods near me a few years back, and he later died.
I don't know whether they ever found out who did it.
I live near some really nice footpaths that the land owner really doesn't want mountain bikers in as they lead to MXers (which I thought was BS) and he has signs to say as much
I was talking him into it, however he noticed a load of tyre tracks and saw a group of riders coming out of his woods; and over the weekend a **** of MXer were hammering it around in the woods tearing it all up. So that's the end of that........
Just in case its anyone on here riding in the woods around Brockley, thanks a lot for that; and just a friendly warning if you notice a white landrover (not me) following you home don't be surprised if the road you live on becomes a store yard for farm/logging machinery.......
I ride in the same places as scandal42 above - yep, a lot of this going on at the moment.
I reckon it's the nobheads who don't even bother to walk in these places if there's any mud about, then want it all to themselves when the weather is nice doing this.
If it interrupts the flow of your ride, then hop it by all means, but I tend to go back and launch the obstruction as far as possible off the track into the undergrowth. At least the bastards will have to work to get that particular trap back.
I've moved some quite bulky logs and trees, and managed to get them quite a way off the track with a bit of 'YOU WILL NOT WIN' aggression/adrenaline.
Keep moving them, chuck them as far away as possible, their small minds will soon move onto someone else who offends them by enjoying THEIR countryside without their permission.
There is a bloke who dose this on some cheeky trails near me, he obviously has a bit of an issue, he's been at it for years.
I once saw him dragging branches into the path so gave him a 'cheers mate, that's making it much more interesting to ride' I don't think he got it.
Perhaps I have anger management issues, but if I caught someone dragging branches into a path intending to injure cyclists I'd go apeshit and insert those branches into his arse
I don't know whether they ever found out who did it.
That is really really sad. From the media/word of mouth at the time- do you think the person who did it must have heard/known about the ramifications of their actions?
Thats one hell of a conscience to go to your grave with.
A slight flip....I was once caught rebuilding the old blocked entrance to protect a protected area by.... the old land owner on the Surrey hills. She asked what I was doing, I explained, we then sat and shot the breeze for 10mins. Shes pro-bikes and was lovely to talk to. Glad she caught me rebuilding it and not riding over it
I've always thought "How kind of someone to find me some logs for my firepit!"
I actually think a lot of the obstacles have been put in to stop motorbikes
Some of the stuff means you have to get off and lift the bike over, which is a pain on the bicycle but a problem on a motorbike
Looks like a nice trail too. Can't imagine the the density of the trees allow you to go too fast (for me anyways :-)).
I always go over situations like this, there's not really anything you could do if you caught them, they'd just deny it to the end of the earth. Like other people have said it can have such horrific consequences. Can't imagine how badly we'd be portrayed if we laid traps for them/horses
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