- Cannock Chase Conditions
I went up on Monday and sackedit off…the snow was pretty damn deep. The part of the Dog that I tried to ride did me head in…the snow was deep enough that on the down stroke, my pedals and feet were going into the snow making it very, very hard work. Unlike last time when it snowed, there didn’t appear to be any evidence of other people riding up there. The car park, visitor centre and bike shop were closed again.
I’m fairly local (Tamworth) and its just started snowing again, admittedly very lightly but it’s pretty grey. I was hoping hat it would have thawed a bit by Friday, but I’m not so hopeful now.Posted 5 years agobullroarSubscriber
Have a look here:
It has a link to some recent photos.Posted 5 years ago
It is indeed. It’s not really settling, but is just making everything wet. But it’ll be toping the Chase up.
I’m sick of it too….I have some nice new Easton wheels that need riding! I’m off this week so was hoping to get a descent amount of riding in. Instead I’m inside getting grumpy because I can’t ride.Posted 5 years ago
Well, last night was interesting!
It was more rideable than I expected to be honest, but some ice spikers would have been useful for the fire road sections. It was a struggle no doubt about it but lovely over there and good fun.
We did quite a bit of the Monkey but cut it short as we’d been out for a looooong time. Average speed #cough#4mph#cough#
I am sure that once it starts to thaw it will get a lot worse before getting better – it just depends what your expectations are really. Think of it as a challenge!Posted 5 years agosheepshifterMember
Then close it dude make it official , or does the FC loose revenue if the words out its closed.But i do agree there comes a time when really do folk have to ride in such conditions and give the trail a battering and screw it up ready for when the good weather arrives.Fire roads by the miles crunch in the distance on those for a while pop to the shop and cafe and show your support still.Posted 5 years agofunkybajMember
They’re hoping to have them open by the end of the week…
“Trails are still closed, hoping to have the last of the trees removed and any emergency repairs done by Friday!”
Posted 5 years ago
Trails are still closed, hoping to have the last of the trees removed and any emergency repairs done by Friday!
— Chase Trails (@ChaseTrails) April 2, 2013BigJohnSubscriber
I think people would be well advised to stay clear of the Dog & Monkey for a bit. I went out on Sunday and the fire roads were almost the only passable bits and they were very slidy with some of the nastiest mud lurking underneath. We looked at the start of the Tackeroo section of the Dog which looked impassible.
If you do insist on riding it you will be doing a lot of damage to your drive train and washing machine let alone the trail.Posted 5 years agostMember
Roads are all fine, there is still a surprising amount of snow on the Chase itself.
I’ve kept off the bike for the last week but took the kids for a walk yesterday and there are many sheltered spots where the snow is as thick as when it first fell but now more icy.
We’ve had some reasonable weather but it’s been freezing overnight and staying cool during the day. Factor in that it’s not really rained in the last week and the snow is hanging in there.
The FC are now working through to clear snow fallen and damaged trees from the trails.
It’s not as though there are apocalypse levels of snow but there’s enough to make the riding pretty crap and give us upcoming problems when the thaw is over and rider numbers pick up again on the temporarily weakened surface. In a few days it’ll be the chicken korma surface that our local trail material yields during a soggy thaw :o(Posted 5 years ago
I was banking on things being better by this weekend, but it looks doubtful.
I live just the other side of Tamworth and its pretty much bone dry now (mostly I think due to the wind). There are a few drifts left in sheltered spots, but other than that its all good.
The welsh centres close to the Midlands are suffering too – Llandegla was my back up for the weekend but that’s still closed. Is CYB ridable / open?Posted 5 years agorocketmanMember
Still plenty of dirty, hard, rutted snow under the trees and off-piste but otherwise ok. Was a day of extremes today. Extremely dry in places and extremely wet in others. Bizzare temperatures too – some real heat in the sun but a biting Northerly wind.
All rideable though (S8 is closed)Posted 5 years agoemac65Member
The welsh centres close to the Midlands are suffering too – Llandegla was my back up for the weekend but that’s still closed. Is CYB ridable / open?
CYB is riding like it’s the middle of summer,was there last Saturday & again on Wednesday.Little bit of snow at the top of the Beast,about half an inch & probably gone now,but other than the only snow is in the distance on the mountains…..Wednesday’s ride was actually dusty !Posted 5 years ago
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