Apologies in advance, I want to have a whinge. This:
...used to be about a mile of rather entertaining, entirely legal singletrack. Nothing incredible, but a decent stretch of fun off-road riding nonetheless, and not a million miles from my house. It was well drained, stable, and in pretty good nick, and it doesn't go anywhere that would need a smooth hardpack trail to it. I don't think I've ever seen anyone on it who wasn't on a bike, having a blast. It's certainly not one of the local rambler motorways, and I don't recall seeing any horseshoe prints on there either.
Now it's been "improved" it's smoother than some of the roads I drive to work on, and about as interesting. And they wonder why we persist in riding cheeky stuff. Bah.