Today I was investigating the new trails and, before you ask, yes they were the ones signed as 'open'.
Whilst riding Stickler, I came across a bloke with an off the lead dog! I told him that the trail was for mountain bikes only and he had a good chance of getting injured to which he replied 'yes I know'.
Anyway, was riding on a new trail which was quite steep and came across a bloke, possibly orienteer, walking along. Again, I told him it was for mountain bikes and he could get injured.
Upon finishing my ride I popped into Reception to see if I could speak with the Crown Estate Ranger but unfortunately he wasn't around. The very helpful Receptionist phoned Crown Estate and handed me the phone so I could explain the events.
I made it clear that the trails I had been using had signs at both ends stating they were for mountain bikes. My concern was that with more people hearing that some new trails are open then come the weekend it would be busy with accidents waiting to happen.
The Crown Estate Ranger will phone me tomorrow but in the meantime if anyone has had a similar experience on the new trails, please post up or e-mail in profile.
I am extremely angry that mountain bikers are being put at risk due to some sense of entitlement by other people.
Please feel free to pass this information on to any others. Thanks.