b r »Yep. Many historical sites are partially excavated and then reburied. The original Wade road of the Corrieyairack was being steadily damaged by a combination of walkers, cyclists, off-road vehicles (despite attempts to ban them) and weather. The best way of preserving it is to cover it with a new surface and to control water damage by the use of some water bars. Of course all of this will, eventually, wear away under the same pressures the original road suffered but it will, until then, be better protected than it was.We had a similar event at the Corrieyairack. It was made clear that the new, smooth layer was put down to protect the historic road below from more erosion.
So protect it by burying it for ever?
Out to tender - tarmac Stanage Long Causeway.
JCB up by the revetment this morning. Heading up tomorrow morning to see if DCC & PDNPA have been spinning us a yarn about the preservation of features. Not hopeful from the look of the pic.
Finally managed to get out and ride up & down the Long Causeway.
What is being done is somewhat different to what we had been assured would happen by PDNPA and DCC. We are a little annoyed at having been misled.
There are a few bits of stone poking through the flat surface, but nothing to challenging. The full width has been flattened.
There are drainage gulleys crossing the trail which are similar to those on Chapel Gate and could catch out anyone making use of the new, fast surface. They can be jumped if you have sufficient speed but the downslope sides are quite steep if you clip them.
We have tried to engage with DCC and PDNPA, the latter are pretty useless when DDC are involved as DCC just ignore them, DCC tell us one thing and do another.
So, if you have not joined either RS or PDNPA - head on over and sign up, join both, then we can look at stepping up what we do and have a bit more clout.
I rode up it with tears at lunch time. Or it might have been perspiration either way its unrecognizable and devoid of anything.
Agree that the drainage channel, think its the first one up from the gate posts where the rough stuff used to start, is going to collect someone. Too steep on the far side. Can easy clear but when someone gets it wrong it won't be good.
Time for a longest skid competition methinks!
But seriously, it's awful. It's a quite regular walk for me and the missus and now holds very little interest beyond it being a bit quicker to the glorious Stanage edge. By using the access argument are they going to "improve" the drop down to the plantation with a winding ramp and bulldoze a path through the weather-beaten boulders on the Edge. Of course not! Four by fours have already been banned, but I'm sure many would like to see them back to make it a bit more interesting again.
Why are DCC wasting the very limited Environmental Services budget on rubbish like this?
If they want to improve multi-user routes why not spend the money on actually building some of the greenways that remaining as coloured lines on a map in their "greenway strategy" documents.
In my own area the East Derbyshire Greenway Strategy was drawn up as long ago as 1998 but very little has been delivered over 15 years later. I am left on the ever busier main roads still dodging careless drivers on my commute as there is apparently no money to link up the off-road routes. Yet they can find funding for stuff like this (many other routes have been similarly "improved").
Quick answer to cuckoo - it's all about liability and section 56 notices. Individuals appear to be able to use them to force DCC to take action if there is a possibility of liability. Full explanation on peakdistrictmtb website. I suspect that, from conversations with DCC, that the horse riding lobby is better connected, funded and organised than the MTB riders, we are trying but it's all done as and when we can.
Massive lolz and roflz at jumped up DCC sympathisers who actually think that outrageous monstrosity of a development makes the route more usable for the majority of access groups.
As a mountain biker with very keen walker family members I can assure you that no walker out in the peaks is looking to enjoy that piece of landscape ruining shit.
An absolute borefest for all concerned, will the council be taking a brown envelope off Tescos for a metro store there next?
Did the Stanage ride over the weekend, had no idea they had done this until I came over the brow and saw a motorway, such a shame, I agree with the others above those drainage ditches are gonna catch some out and at the speed you can potentially pick up on the way down I doubt it will pretty.
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