This goes out to you Mr "I'll carve straight down through the bracken,arse on the back wheel, skidding up gert great chunks of peat instead of having a go at a couple of the finer hairpins in the Peak District". If you can't ride the line, for %&%^ sake, don't just gouge yerself a new one!
That trail you'd just ridden down? It used to be one of the best bits of cheeky singletrack in the Peaks and about 1ft wide. People like you who couldn't be arsed to ride the rocks and the technical sections are the reason why it's 8ft wide now, and can be seen from all down the valley!
Your mates seemed to have a better idea. One was walking, one was having a good looksee, and hopefully having seen someone else do it, would be able to follow suit, and the guy at the front was doing alright for himself until he blew out the final corner. But at least he'd realised his mistake and stopped. With a bit of luck he'll have done it right 2nd time round.
In this day and age there's no excuse for crap skills. There's books, there's magazines, there's t'internet and there's skills courses. But above all there's not fornicating the countryside up for everybody else. It's bad enough doing it in places where bikes are supposed to be. Trashing locations where we're at best tolerated does nobody any favours!
(Other than that it was a lovely ride! )