- Blocked trails by those out to hurt riders
a trail in chopwell woods was recently booby trapped with lots of small trees which have been pulled down across the trail every 4-5m for the length of it, some uprooted and some snapped – utterly ridiculous!
quite often find branches/bricks/rocks across trails at ground level – they just make more trail obstacles to negotiate/add to the mix, but the high level stuff especially wire/rope is mindless!Posted 3 years agowilko1999Member
If it’s the one I think it is, it’s called Murdocks and is in FoD. Its in an area where there are loads of established trails that the Forestry Commission are well aware of and tolerate (not sure if that means they can be classed as official though) In fact that area has had signs put up recently stating “no riding or trail-building until August” by the FC due to nesting Goshawks. So maybe someone from the Goshawk Preservation Society* is responsible
* organisation may not existPosted 3 years agophilb88Member
Have branches and trees all the time on local trails.
Even came across Barb Wire between two trees at around neck height. On a quick singletrack section through the trees, was riding through and just caught something ahead that didn’t look right. Stopped a metre or so before, just glad I was looking ahead.
Was nice and rusty too, so camo’d and wouldn’t over just fallen out if knocked. Properly wound and tied in tight!Posted 3 years ago
there’s a footpath near me across the very corner of some common land (total length maybe 150m, but avoids a busy main road and a junction), near some houses that used to suffer from this, with piles of branches and scrub just pulled across the path.
Fed up one day, I left a polite note explaining that while cycling or horse riding across this could potentially be construed as trespass, that’s a matter for the landowner to decide and to act upon. However, deliberate blocking of a public row is a criminal offence*, and potentially an offence with the potential to cause injury or harm, and I had reasonable evidence who was doing the blocking**, if it continued I’d be forced to report it to the police.
* is it? not sure, but I seem to recall it is.
** I had a rough idea but nothing that would be construed as evidence
The problem seems to have gone away…….Posted 3 years agocubistSubscriber
Apparently some knob was putting pieces of wood with massive nails in them along some of the tracks in Sherwood Pines last year. That’s nothing to do with ramblers not wanting cyclists on ‘their’ paths as these are dedicated MTB trails.
Some twisted individuals out there!Posted 3 years agoRockape63Member
Having said that….I do get cross about the 4×4 bellends who deviate from the BOATS and completely destroy the area they choose to ‘play in’.
Ive often thought about donning my Ninja gear and waiting in the woods for them. They’d soon get tired of driving on four flat tyres! 😈Posted 3 years agoPTRMember
I ran over a buried board full of nails on Darwen Moor a couple of years back. The thing is, and whoever did this was obviously too thick to realise,a bike is the best mode of transport to use in these circumstances. It was a minor inconvience to me, 10 minutes sat in the sun changing a tube. Heaven forbid, it was a walker, a horse or a dog.Posted 3 years agomarkshiresMember
There was a guy that was caught out by a tree laid across a path in some woods near me a few years back, and he later died.
I don’t know whether they ever found out who did it.Posted 3 years agorichcMember
I live near some really nice footpaths that the land owner really doesn’t want mountain bikers in as they lead to MXers (which I thought was BS) and he has signs to say as much
I was talking him into it, however he noticed a load of tyre tracks and saw a group of riders coming out of his woods; and over the weekend a **** of MXer were hammering it around in the woods tearing it all up. So that’s the end of that……..
Just in case its anyone on here riding in the woods around Brockley, thanks a lot for that; and just a friendly warning if you notice a white landrover (not me) following you home don’t be surprised if the road you live on becomes a store yard for farm/logging machinery…….Posted 3 years agodannyhMember
I ride in the same places as scandal42 above – yep, a lot of this going on at the moment.
I reckon it’s the nobheads who don’t even bother to walk in these places if there’s any mud about, then want it all to themselves when the weather is nice doing this.
If it interrupts the flow of your ride, then hop it by all means, but I tend to go back and launch the obstruction as far as possible off the track into the undergrowth. At least the bastards will have to work to get that particular trap back.
I’ve moved some quite bulky logs and trees, and managed to get them quite a way off the track with a bit of ‘YOU WILL NOT WIN’ aggression/adrenaline.
Keep moving them, chuck them as far away as possible, their small minds will soon move onto someone else who offends them by enjoying THEIR countryside without their permission.Posted 3 years agoTheDTsMember
There is a bloke who dose this on some cheeky trails near me, he obviously has a bit of an issue, he’s been at it for years.Posted 3 years ago
I once saw him dragging branches into the path so gave him a ‘cheers mate, that’s making it much more interesting to ride’ I don’t think he got it.horaMember
I don’t know whether they ever found out who did it.
That is really really sad. From the media/word of mouth at the time- do you think the person who did it must have heard/known about the ramifications of their actions?
Thats one hell of a conscience to go to your grave with.
A slight flip….I was once caught rebuilding the old blocked entrance to protect a protected area by…. the old land owner on the Surrey hills. She asked what I was doing, I explained, we then sat and shot the breeze for 10mins. Shes pro-bikes and was lovely to talk to. Glad she caught me rebuilding it and not riding over it 😀Posted 3 years agoryderredmanMember
Looks like a nice trail too. Can’t imagine the the density of the trees allow you to go too fast (for me anyways :-)).
I always go over situations like this, there’s not really anything you could do if you caught them, they’d just deny it to the end of the earth. Like other people have said it can have such horrific consequences. Can’t imagine how badly we’d be portrayed if we laid traps for them/horsesPosted 3 years agodannyhMember
Yes, just a fact of life really.
I don’t think there is a Masonic type sect organising against us. I put it down to tossers. They are everywhere, EVERYWHERE. There are sub-groups within tosserdom, though.
Fortunately if you are dealing with amateur tossers they tend to lose interest after a bit. If they are miserable old (career) tossers then the reaper will have them before I’m too old to ride my bike.
Remember, know your enemy, they are the tossers.Posted 3 years agogreySubscriber
I get this all the time in the woods i ride in every week, usually branches but sometimes the odd tree. What they probably don’t realise i’m the one who clears all the windblow and creates the new trails they walk on. I only know of one other old boy in the village that occasionally does some work, but he doesn’t go that far into the woods.Posted 3 years ago
I do however leave some fallen trees and overhanging trees on the trails to put off the MX and horsey riders from using them.idiotdogbrainMember
I do however leave some fallen trees and overhanging trees on the trails to put off the MX and horsey riders from using them.
How nice and hypocritical of you. Fair enough on the MX riders but horses have the right to go anywhere a bike does. Oh sorry, I forgot they’re your personal trails..Posted 3 years ago
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