Had a look round on Sunday - new trails themselves look pretty good.
Firstly , the new bits are in pretty much constant use:
The first section was being 'sessioned' (as I believe the yoot say) by a few locals, despite them having to remove the fence blocking off the entrance.
We had a chat with them and mentioned that it wasn't really supposed to be ridden, erosion etc, but they weren't particularly arsed.
Why would they be, they are just a bunch of kids?
Nothing a pair of old farts say is going to stop 'em.
Secondly, the plan to keep cyclists and walkers separate on certain sections of trail seems to be well under way:
Some existing multi use trails that have been used for the last few Hit the North races have now been sanitised and have wooden barriers in place, seemingly designed to keep cyclists out.
I'm sure the 'No Cycling' signs will be up soon, but the good news is that the barriers are easily negotiated by bike, and the trails are still rideable.
They have ruined a few really nice bits of singletrack (the bit of trail down towards where Ton usually marshals, for example) in the pedestrianisation process though.
So, swings and roundabouts really, I'm going to keep an open mind till it's all finished and open.