- Can we have a purpose built trail in the Peaks?
Can someone tell me what this means? I was thinking of going for a ride around Ladybower in the next few weeks – living in Cambridgeshire there aren't that many hills.
Am I going to find it's been spoiled since last time I went? Am I just going to spend the whole day feeling annoyed?
Should I just go to Thetford Forest instead 🙁
ThanksPosted 8 years agonbtMember
Why on EARTH would you want a purpose built trail in the Peak National Park? Trailcentres are not there principally for the enjoyment of riders, they're there to bring the riders to places that need the income from tourism. The Peak District is already the most heavily visited national park. If you really care, then get involved with Ride The Peak (website looks a bit out of date though)Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
There's already certain parts of various outdoors user groups campaigning for more ghetto-isation, defined areas for motocross and off-roading the last thing MTBer's should be aiming for is to add to that.
As nbt says, the time would be better spent campaigning for more access, more FP upgraded to BW.Posted 8 years agoCheeky MonkeyMember
Like NBT said, the Peak doesn't need anything that will attract yet more people into an already heavily used and (IMO) congested area.
Facilities on or around the Peak would be more likely. We tried and tried at Wharncliffe but so far haven't had much luck. Besides, how the funk do people think "trail centres" happen. Magic pixies? Get off your arse and do something yourself.
A rant from a weary and cynical (volunteer) trail builder 😎Posted 8 years agoKingofBiscuitsMember
Not sure I've noticed any sanitised trails in the Peaks? Granted I only seem to ride what seems to be the endless variations of the ladybower loops but they seem the same now as they did 4 to 5 years ago.
The only mess I've noticed in the last few weeks is due to logging or forestry work on the far side of Ladybower and near Lockerbrook farm.
As for trail centres. Not in the Peaks please. The reason I love riding in the Peaks is its natural which provides different challenges and benefits over the trail centres. I do like trail centres to keep my riding varied and they also usually offer quick fixes. Long fireroad climbs, loads of fun downs.
My only complaint about sanitisation is Porter Clough climb that was flattened and resurfaced. Although from what I've read this was done by the local farmer in order for him to access his land.Posted 8 years agoahwilesSubscriber
here's a challenge for you, try and have a conversation about peak district bridleway-singletrack without mentioning 'cutgate' – the conversation will come to an end very quickly.
er, there's the stanage plantation descent with 1 nice corner, and there's a little bit behind mam tor, that quickly turns into a road.
i really don't understand why people travel great distances to ride in the peak district. There are only 2 corners, and barely any singletrack.
(the cheeky footpaths are very nice thankyou, and i understand that there is a special corner in hell reserved for those who ride on them)
This is SINGLETRACK world after all? – i'm talking about SINGLETRACK – you know what i mean, an 8inch wide ribbon of flowing technical lovelyness.
if was going to drive for 3 or 4 hours looking for singletrack, i wouldn't drive to the peak district.
i know i'm wrong, and i'll be hounded out of town for what i've said, so please correct me. where is all this singletrack that i'm missing?Posted 8 years agoDoctorRadSubscriber
@ahwiles – agree completely, I was always very underwhelmed by both the Dark and White Peaks, other than by the size of the hills in the Dark Peak. Calderdale has more trails and more variety than either.
As for sanitised trails, anyone remember Chapel Gate? That was sanitised in the 90s, but a few winters later, it had eroded back to something 'interesting' and arguably more dangerous than what was there before, i.e. **** deep rain gullies.
Mother Nature will very quickly take back anything short of solid stone or tarmac. If either of those are being used, you have my sympathies.Posted 8 years ago
They were widening out and smoothing over the section from the gate on Edale Rd up toward the ridge before it starts to drop down to join the flagged bridleway/footpath coming off of the top of Mam Tor toward Hollins Cross.Posted 8 years ago
They're going to be doing the rutted bridleway section (as above – going toward Hollins Cross) in the coming weeks according to the Ranger who was there on Saturday.DaveyBoyWonderMember
Is someone up there saying the Peaks are sh*t because theres not much 8" wide singletrack?
I don't think this is a thread about the loss of "singletrack", its a thread about someone being scared that the authorities are going to turn all the BWs in the Peaks (of which a lot that I've ridden are multiple line choice rocky mayhem which is mind bogglingly fun to ride) into flat surfaced trails that wouldn't be any fun to ride anymore (and they think the solution is to build a trail centre – odd!).
Like someone else has said above about a trail being "sanitized", one of my favourite trails around here (which I can see out of my office window now) was gravelled and flattened off a few years ago. Twice. Why twice? Because a week after they did it the first time, it poured down and washed everything away, leaving the trail an even faster more technical challenge than it was before. They tried again and it rained again with the same result. Its now one of my favourite trails again 🙂Posted 8 years agomrsflashMember
LOL. I didn't realise we were only allowed to talk about singletrack on here. You're narrowing down your riding enjoyment quite a lot if you refuse to ride anything that isn't singletrack. A rather large proportion of the Peak, Lakes and Dales isn't singletrack but there's still an awful lot of fantastic riding to be had there!Posted 8 years ago
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