I was there on Tuesday so I know what is closed. But even worse than the closures was that it was slow and the lakes on upper and lower cliff were ridiculous killed all the fun out of the descents.
So it dry and fast? Have the lakes gone?
If not I think I will just go dark peaks and risk the rain.Posted 3 years agomindmap3Member
I’d imagine that it’ll be pretty dry by now, even after the Monday downpours. I was at Stile Cop Thursday and that was bone dry and dusty in all but one or two spots.
On a side note, those last corners on upper cliff that hold all the water really need sorting out. Even in the dry they’re not nice and ruin the corners.Posted 3 years agoPete BMember
I did Ladybower in the rain last Saturday – plenty messynes & I was dirtier than any ride this autumn/winter. Still loved it!
The Rushup/Roych/Jacobs route is much better during wet weather – the only bad bit being the top of Rushup – as the surfaces are more solid.Posted 3 years ago
Me an’ the bike were cleaner doing that route than Cannock when wet (which is most of the last few months).maxtorqueMember
The cliff was pretty much dry on weds, maybe 1 big puddle to hop over/manual through, thats it. Not really enough to do more than splash your shoes. if that’s too much for you OP, can i suggest another sport? 😉
(oh, and the new singletrack “avoid that tedious winch up a wide straight track for what feels like about 3 miles” section on the ‘dog is ace!)Posted 3 years ago
The cliff was pretty much dry on weds, maybe 1 big puddle to hop over/manual through, thats it. Not really enough to do more than splash your shoes. if that’s too much for you OP, can i suggest another sport?
(oh, and the new singletrack “avoid that tedious winch up a wide straight track for what feels like about 3 miles” section on the ‘dog is ace!)
I don’t care about getting wet it was the fact that the puddles were so deep that at any speed you were aquaplaning. They soaked your brakes so you couldn’t carry speed into the corners and it just ruined the whole experience. Glad to hear the new climb is open as it wasn’t on Tuesday though Kitbag is not a very big hill in comparison to other stuff.Posted 3 years agophiiiiilSubscriber
The rain on Monday was ridiculous, I’m not surprised it was wet on Tuesday – I work in Rugeley and the sound of the rain on the roof was deafening! Our house had a massive puddle under the car port, it has never done that before.
Now though it’s all pretty much bone dry again; it dries very quickly most of the time.Posted 3 years ago
What were they building at “Watch Out Trolls it has been in decent condition? Hopefully they put a nice big step up in?
One thing I would like to put on record when I was talking about the big puddles it wasn’t a criticism of Chase Trails they do excellent work and very grateful to them.Posted 3 years ago
Rusty Shackleford – Member
failing to see where that climb is
It’s the one that follows immediately after the road crossing & railway bridge, where the Monkey re-joins the Dog. If you only ever ride the Dog then you won’t be familiar with it.
nope ride it all, both sections (ftd & monkey) usually twice per visit, still non the wise 😆
wait there it may just have clicked, that straight path fireroad type climb past the house etc? is it in the trees to the right? theres always been something there has there not? ive climbed up that before in the dry??Posted 3 years ago
ahh right so its on the way back from monkey over the new bridge and there straight away on that climb right?
so its now into the left straight away? or does it go into the right (right hand side as your climbing?) interesting if theyve made it a track, its not that much of a slog although always see people walking up itPosted 3 years ago
What have they done to the first section after the campsite!
I know…looks awesome, doesn’t it!
That bit was one of the very fastest sections even though it was a little rough it was ridiculously gripy flowed so damn well.
So now it’ll be more fasterer and more gripperer 😛
Should be great after 12 months of weather and ham-fisted-heavy-breaking-noobs…Posted 3 years agowobbliscottMember
I hope they’re not going to sanitise the trail too much. I thought Cannock had a good balance between some more bumpy but fast and flowy sections and smooth flowy stuff, not forgetting the challenging skippy pebbles. All adds to the variety and enhances your skills. That section after the campsite was a great section. If it’s super smooth singletrack it’s not going to be anywhere near as fun.
Is this what MTBers really want or are trail centers having to pander to the H&S ‘no win no fee’ brigade and create safe and smooth risk-free trails?Posted 3 years agostMember
It’s about balancing the trail experience with the provision of well maintained trails.
Funding to support contractor executed maintenance work to bolster volunteer time has now at long last been secured and it’s being spent. It gives our volunteers a much needed boost but inevitably will not suit some.
Likewise we have a week of contractor time up on the downhill trails at Stile Cop. I’ve just got back from day 1 and it’s going really well although unsuprisingly the haters are giving their keyboards some hammer.Posted 3 years ago
Is this what MTBers really want or are trail centers having to pander to the H&S ‘no win no fee’ brigade and create safe and smooth risk-free trails?
I’d say neither; due to its central location and lack of ‘competition’, Cannock takes a huge amount of traffic and this, along with weather erosion, takes its toll on the sandy/pebbly substrate.
Chase Trails have always said that they’d like to keep the trails as natural as possible, but due to its popularity and with a limited volunteer workforce (up until now, at least) just keeping on top of basic maintenance must feel like an uphill battle.
I’m pleased that they’ve tried some different surfacing material…it’ll bed in, it’ll weather…but hopefully it will mean that particular section needs less frequent maintenance. If it pans out, other sections may get the same treatment…then CT could focus their efforts on building new sections instead of repairing the existing.Posted 3 years agomindmap3Member
Looking forward to seeing what happens at Stile Cop.
Was up there last week and the red seems to have had some work and was better than I remembered it being. There was also a huge pile of rocks which will hopefully find their way onto the trails.
I liked son of chain slapper as it was, but I can see as a trail for all abilities that it may not have been fun.Posted 3 years agotacopowellMember
I ended up at Cannock today, Planned to head to Edale but was running short of time and I guessed the good weather during the easter holidays would equal gridlock.
I have to say Cannock Chase is unlike most Trail Centres that I’ve visited in the sense that every time I go (maybe one or twice a month) there seems to be vast improvement’s,Posted 3 years ago
Credit to the trail builders there, excellent work always!
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