If you'll excuse the hyperbole, I'm sure I've seen pictures of Scottish trails running across barren mountain side, and there must be others, but why are they so often built in forests and woodland ?
It's something I've been wondering for a while, then that other trail centre thread brought home how many people there are who simply want berms and jumps and an all weather surface and have no interest in the countryside and the scenery.
Ashton Court has got to be the classic case.
There's a thin strip of wood between the playing fields and the road, so they built the trail through it.
Why not build the trail, with all the same twists and bumps, along the edge of the field and leave the wood undisturbed for people who like walking in woods ?
Why not build trail centres in the many remote fields, instead of the few forests, a bit like motocross tracks, and avoid any conflict with other forest users ?