Hello I am after a bit of help getting some funding secured for a network of way marked mountain bike trails radiating out from Lee Quarry. The basic idea is to make use of the existing Bridleway network (and perhaps up grade some of the local cheeky routes) by providing 10 suggested way marked routes for mountain bikes.
I am after funding to make improvements to the bridleway network. Not the traditional sanitise the bridleway and take away it's appeal to mountain bikers, rights of way departments are so well known for but a more imaginative lets improve it by adding in some features that will improve the drainage and make it more interesting to ride. Some sections where space allows this might mean putting in a line for bikes on one side of the trail, some sections it will involve stone pitching etc.
In order try this approach though I need some funding. We have a bid in for the work but the funders have asked us to gather some more information to support the bid. Basically I need to be able to demonstrate that there is a demand for this sort of work and that it is likely to bring more people in to the area to ride and probably stop off and use local shops, pubs etc.
So they (the funders) have asked me to ask the following questions of mountain bikers and potential visitors to the area. If you could answer them either on the forum or send me a response directly to firstname.lastname@example.org that would be useful and assuming I get enough positive responses I should get some more money to spend on improving the trails in Lancashire for mountain bikers. We have made pretty good progress over the past four or five years and I'm keen we carry on doing so. Many thanks to those of you who take the time to respond.
Q1. Have you heard of/visited Lee/Cragg Quarry Mountain Bike Trails?
Q2. Would extensions to and better linkages between the existing trails in Lee/Cragg Quarry and the bridleway network make you more likely to visit this area?
Q3. Would the provision of 10 way marked mountain bike routes starting from Lee Quarry mean you would consider extending the length of visit to the area?
Q4. Would linked activities eg art installations which act as "usable art" such as a shelter, on the mountain bike network encourage you to visit more often?
Q5. Do you think a "Trail Head" facility in Rossendale would make Lee/Cragg Quarry and bridleway network a more attractive facility? What other facilities would you like to see – toilets/showers/bike shop/café/please state any other