Unless you have been living under a rock, in a cave, at the bottom of the ocean you will already be well aware that the recent weather has been extremely pants!
Shock cold fronts, snow, gale force winds and storms have all reeked havoc on our daily lives, but worse than simple road closures, this extreme weather is also shutting down local trails.
After the most recent storm which saw ‘thousands’ of trees uprooted and blown down, United Utilities have made the difficult decision to close Macclesfield Forest to the public until further notice while they asses the situation and make repairs.
So while it’s sad that a classic riding area like Macclesfield Forest has been shut we can sleep easy knowing that it will reopen again once trails are repaired and dangerous trees are removed… can’t we?
Hopefully yes, but United Utilities are concerned that certain members of the public, including mountain bikers and other cyclists, aren’t taking their advice and are ignoring notices not to use the forest.
This closure not only protects the trails that we all love but also protects anyone who might find themselves in the path of a falling branch (a.k.a a widowmaker) or even a tree that chooses the moment you’re riding beneath it to say “hello” to the earth.
United Utilities has reached out to local cycling clubs in an effort to spread the closure details, but it appears that their pleas are falling on deaf ears and now a permanent trail closure could be on the cards.
So to sum up;
If you see a notice stating that a trail is closed don’t be a “Richard” and ignore it or you could ruin it for everyone.
In addition to the closure at Macclesfield Forest, the trails at Lady Cannings near Sheffield have also been closed for repair too.