Firstly let me say I'm not a local, I live in Swindon but have been leading a weekly school mountain biking session in the Dorking area for about a year. I usually take them out up and around the Norbury Park area and have always found other trail users to be very civil, pleasantries always exchanged (albeit through gritted teeth from some of the dog walkers)and generally a delight to share the area with. However, on every session I've done since Christmas I've come face to face with some of the most arrogant people I've ever had the displeasure to meet. I've had everything from "bikes aren't allowed on bridleways" to "you've no right bringing a group of kids up here".One guy literally squared up to me wanting to trade blows after I politely informed him he was wrong (might've been a different outcome if I hadn't had 7 school kids with me).
What is going on? Have there been some "issues" I don't know about?