With the current trail conditions hovering somewhere around Somme and Swamp, does it not occur to anyone in any of the users groups that maybe just maybe giving the trails a rest might be a good idea?
There are trails round my way that have gone from being a less than 50cm wide singletrack to a 3m wide muddy expanse as walkers and riders have widened it to avoid the mud? My local woods are that bad now that there aren't really any paths just expanses of mud.
The local horse riders appear to be active as ever and have made a complete mess of the bridelways rendering them impassable for everyone aside from themselves, though no doubt they will claim that soon they are unsafe for their horses.
So what's the answer? Individual responsibility? That doesn't seem to be working.
Should Bridleways and Footpaths be closed in exceptional circumstances when the integrity/sustainability of the path be risked by further usage?
I know trails evolve/devolve/change as the erosion takes its toll but this winter feels different. The woods are as wet as they have been in 30 years apparently.
For what it's worth, as the the trail conditions have been that bad I have been sticking to the better surfaced (ie gravelly) trails and back roads and only riding trails where I know my actions will not cut the trail to pieces.