thisisnotaspoon said » Time will tell, the surface on Jaggers clough seems to be lasting well, I've not noticed it being repaired for ~10 years.
The track down into Jaggers clough from the south has a drainage channel and steps to help divert the water from it, and on the way up towards hope cross, the ground isn't particularly peaty, and clears water very quickly after rain. The same cannot be said for the peaty soil around broad clough. I've not been up myself yet, but the discussions I've had with folk that have, suggest that any drainage channels that are on the "repaired" section are minimal at best. If the water flow down the track was sufficient to erode and dislodge the bedrock, and the larger bits of loose rock in the trail, it'll make fairly light work of some 2cm stones...
because they didn't have a consultation What would you have said, "more drop offs please"?
No, I'd have asked that they consider a sypathetic repair to the trail, and make it usable for all users, including mountain bikers, horse riders, walkers and runners. All that loose crud is frankly dangerous.
Actualy it's a fairly standard technique for protecting old paths, burry them under a foot of something else to protect them from damage from modern trafic.
Filling in a trench with aggregate does not help blend it in with the local surroundings. The trench before, whilst not in great nick, at least looked like it belonged there...
not in keeping with the NT's supposed reason for being.
Forever, for everyone? MTB'ers =/= everyone
The NT's general perpous is:
The National Trust shall be established for the purposes of
promoting the permanent preservation for the benefit of the nation of
lands and tenements (including buildings) of beauty or historic interest and as regards lands for the preservation of their natural aspect features and animal and plant life.
Preserving a track in it's "natural aspect" goes along with the idea of a sympathetic restoration, not filling it in with 2 cm gravel.