"You're talking about the female of the species here, aren't you? Stop beating around the bush and just say so"
No, more the trail centre crowd (of which I know many) I don't know If they just like the man-made 'perfect' flow thing, or are scared to get lost, though seem to enjoy it when out on the 'big' hills (which isn't often)
"Or is this a dig at us who use GPS and as for routes?"
Not really, but in a way. Whenever I've been led by someone with a GPS we've got 'lost' a few times. They seem to encourage you to stick with the GPS exaclty, the GPS is following the map inside itself and/or the less than carefully placed waymarkers, which is often not exact. They seem to encourage you to follow the GPS, instead of looking around and following your nose. Though none of the GPS' had OS mapping.
"I do feel that people who only ride trail centres because they can't read maps are missing out on a hell of a lot"
"Why not use a map board then?"
I've thought about it, but they would obscure the full vision of my front wheel, and are yet another thing to crash myself into when going over the bars
"Micro-navving in Sherwood is a different matter!"
I've not tried a map there, just know where the car park is, the 'MTB area' and the odd trail in between. Riding off to the quieter bit of the woods via any track that takes my fancy is good fun. Mentally knowing roughly where I am and what direction I'm facing, but not recognising anything and having to guess which way will take my back to the car is good fun. Even if the rest of your group aren't quite so sure when you tell them you don't know where you are
"Often trails on the map are just not there on the ground, or they're impassable. Or overgrown so you can't see them"
no, but you're not lost. When theres no trail on the ground its a pain though. I still know where I am, I just don't know where the trail is