Blackamoor — please don’t ride new trail
I’ve just had a chat with John Paul who is responsible for the Blackamoor nature reserve near Sheffield. For those who know it, he’s worried that riders are beginning to use a path that runs just east of the brilliant Devil’s Elbow bridleway. He’s asked that we put the word out that riders avoid the path as it’s an important habitat for red deer and nesting birds in season. Judging by the look of it, it’ll be a crap ride too, very muddy.
John Paul is a top bloke and friend of mountain bikers, so if everyone puts the word out, that’d be great.
cheersPosted 9 years ago
Sorry chaps, probably wasn’t specific enough. In answer to Andy, yes, it’s the one that goes straight on if you’ve come down the trail that runs parallel to the road. There’s an obvious T-junction with Devil’s Elbow itself and a track heads off into the woods. I’ve heard rumours about DH boys sessioning it, strange really because from what I hear, it’s a mud bath from half way down. SWT are pretty supportive of MBs so it’d be good if we could help them out.
cheersPosted 9 years ago
John, that trail has always been there and i’ve been riding that for nearly 20 years so i was suprised to hear that bikers had started using it. I think the issue that John Paul is referring to is some new tracks that are built off from there, which run down into the valley where i assume the red deer must live/hang out. I haven’t seen them myself but apparently they run down from the wall after you climb up after crossing the little wooden bridge.
Anyway yes it is really muddy there at the moment (where isn’t on blacka)!Posted 9 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Agreed about the DH boys accessioning stuff – there are rocks picked out on all the main descents with orange spray paint 😐Posted 8 years ago
Its a shame – there are some brilliant, legal routes there, and only bottom area of Devils Elbow is really badly affected by wet in the winter.
I think some polite signs, some people out at a weekend having a pleasant word etc must be the way forward.AndyPaiceMember
It’s blocked off now anyway, shame that the bottom section of the Devils Elbow track is so bad. A little bit of work could make a passable walking/biking route above the mud while leaving a reasonable route for the horses through the mud (apparently horses don’t like northshore)
You can see a few lines emerging onto the bottom track, which must be the downhillers lines. They’re not very subtle where they finish onto the main valley bottom track!Posted 8 years ago
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