Question for Roverpig: Is there much opposition to mtbers' freedom to ride in Scotland? Are there any attempts to limit bike access, that you know of, or is everybody content with the arrangement?
Why are trail centres always in woods ?
I like riding in between trees, so trail centres in woods keeps me happy.
No resistance as far as I know. Of course there are bound to be some people who don't like it, but freedom of access to the wild areas has always been part of the Scottish psyche. I've not seen anything in the media about it and in general it just seems to be accepted as the way things should be.
It's a wonderfully simple piece of legislation that basically says that you can go where you want, just don't be a dick about it. It would never work down South though as the whole culture is much more geared towards the rights of the landowner and the need to write down rules for any possible situation that might conceivably arise.
It seems terribly sensible.
It is. To be honest, as an Englishman whose been up here for 15 years and has chosen to raise a family here, this one piece of legislation perfectly encapsulates what I like about being here and also highlights neatly what makes the Scots fundamentally different to the English.
Before the clever clogs crew jumped all over it, I think this is the sort of thing franki was referring to - a set of routes on BWs and roads specifically promoted for MTBers and signposted on the ground:
However in practice when I've ridden these routes signage has been very patchy and a fair bit of navigation was required. Same on foreign tracks with dots painted on rocks - grumpy locals tend to scrub them out and it's easy to miss one.
Aren't they in woods so that real MTBers don't gain any advantage over tri-athletes at 24 hour Events?
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