I am thinking about this – was thinking about contacting the landowner and asking if they minded. I think that it is landowners who have a responsibility to keep rights of way on their land clear rather than the council. I just have one long section that is nearly chest high and a bit of a lottery as to whether there are any holes or ruts 😯
Wouldn't hurt to develop good relationships with your local landownwers eitherPosted 7 years agorockhopperbikeSubscriber
I do it round my place- I have 200metres of boudary with footpath along it- did as much as I could by hand- then went begging at the council for some help- they turned up trumps with a load of rubble and a team with machines for a week- much more sustainable as a track now and also better drained
Calderdale council – TOP MARKSPosted 7 years agothecrackfoxMember
Upgrowth is the responsibility of the rights of way authority, overhang is the responsibility of the landowner. But in reality the rights of way authority will sort it out if you let them know. Both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales (for example) have over 800km of bridleways/byways each, so your favourite bit of singletrack, just may not have made it onto a cutting list, where you are.
Speak to the rights of way officer, oh and let us know where the singletrack is in case its nearby and I haven't discovered it yet 😉Posted 7 years agoflanagajMember
Any riders out there take it on themselves to clear their favourite single track rather than waiting for the council to do it. Trails were great in April / May, now they are over grown and I am constantly checking limbs for ticks. Was wondering whether to get a petrol brush cutter and cut them myself.Posted 7 years agoneninjaMember
I had issues with overgrown bridleways at the weekend.
One stretch has grown so deep the weeds were dragging on the bars. Had a couple of scares when the front wheel disappeared down holes.
Another stretch has completely overgrown with brambles, holly and nettles – my shins and forearms are still smarting.
I think I'll contact the local authority if they might clear them as one in particular has some great singletrack when the growth dies back.Posted 7 years agoWaderiderMember
I've got the tools for the jobs, and my own secret singletrack. One night I week I steal furtively into the woods trying not to look like someone burying a corpse, and do whatever is required to keep the singletrack sweet.
I reckon you need to be more proactive. Imagine if every MTBer adopted a bit of local singletrack. We could get rid of these damn trail centres, or at least leave them to the mouth breathers!Posted 7 years ago
I can attest to elliptic not spending half an hour on a Sunday afternoon trimming back the gorse and hawthorn on a lovely flowing section of hidden singletrack.
Oh no. Not him.
Similarly, I'd not consider taking a folding saw with me for most rides, or making special journeys with an array of equipment for trail titivation for a half day every fortnight. It certainly doesn't contain a folding German army spade, brash axe, folding saw and hand chain saw. Oh no.
No. Not me.Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
My hand chainsaw ends up in my bag for most autumn and winter rides (for fallen trees and branches) and a brashing saw and stuff for summer. The brush hook's a bit big to carry every ride Need to make myself a nettle whip but it turns out if you google nettle whip you get some unexpected results…Posted 7 years agoAnalogueAndyMember
Personally I'd never spend half an hour on a Sunday afternoon trimming back the gorse and hawthorn on a lovely flowing section of hidden singletrack.
Oh no, not me. Move along now, nothing to see here.
Nor here. That rumour about a team of three of us heading out in Dave's van with petrol strimmers, a pruning saw, trench spade and bill hook to sort out one particularly fave trail that had become inpenetrable. Completely false. 😀
Although I'd try your local Council Rights of Way Team first and get them to badger the landowner..Posted 7 years agojamesbMember
Thecrackfox is right it is the landowners responsibility to cut back overgrowth to make a bridleway passable; it would always be wise, and courteous to ask permission though before doing any cutting back!Posted 7 years ago
Whilst LAs may in theory undertake the clearance themselves (using contractors or volunteer teams) (with owners permission) it may not be at the top of their list of things to do given expected severe budget cutbacks.The Sanity AssassinSubscriber
Be very careful when contacting the local council about clearing bridleways. You might just end up with a motorway where a lovely, challenging trail once existed.Posted 7 years ago
Many thanks to Kirklees Council for their recent activities – you complete bunch of ar5e.
I would not be using something like this:Posted 7 years agoAnalogueAndyMember
By strange co-incidence had a email from our (very helpful) local ROW officer yesterday about a bog we've been in correspondence about*. No matter what the legal requirements:
"The condition of the bridleway has been highlighted but we are back into the same old problem – money !!"
And with the budget cuts coming "Things Can Only Get
*Interesting issue in itself (separate thread perhaps?). The commercial Wellow Trekking Centre, large groups using trails all year round whatever their condition, causing damage including here but doing nothing to maintain the trails they use..Posted 7 years agoyesiamtomMember
i shall participate in the "not participating in trimming paths" group.
Certain sections near me seem to be just too overgrown for a single person to cut back though, theres just too much!!! shame because its nice fast singletrack right where it gets overgrown :@ Local "volunteer conservation society" are shit also. Shame reallyPosted 7 years ago
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