- Cranham Trails all clear today no sign of Jim[or bully]
Few little logs on the start of teachers just ride over them rest fine.Shrine/cranham corner/scout field/racetrack/wall.All portways fine does he get over that far.Evidence of his handy work is on all the trails or by them as we all clear it in passing.Odd sort of feeling as your ripping around the trails best not to think about it.Those newish jumps by the shrine are awesome,who ever built them great job.Posted 8 years ago
Can anyone help me fill my map with proper names of tracks?Posted 8 years ago
I used to ride with the bigfoot lot and I think a couple of them know the where-abouts of the trail name history. Legend has it the shrine trail was named so cos when the trail builders were hacking away some overgrown ivy on part of the planned route they discovered a wooden toy shrine to jesus and mary and joseph.Posted 8 years ago
The Christmas tree trail is so named cos the switchbacks form the shape of a typical Christmas tree drawing. And it’s interesting that you have the Christmas tree trail and the shrine trail both linked through religous connotations. There’s also the trail that goes along the back of that campsite which I recall is a popular place during pagan holidays.
That’s what I was told anyway, and they have a nice murky, mythical atmosphere about them, so I’m gonna stick with them.
I ride with the Bigfooters occasionally and have been lucky enough to have ridden the area for 15 years now
Yhe Shrine Trail is a far more Pagan affair than you described
Someone has been busy on the lower part of the Racetrack with some different options rather than running straight down to the road.
Have you ridden these yet ?
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I joined Bigfoot after I met Graham at one of the KSX events. He taught me a lot about riding down hills very fast without braking. Did you ever ride the epic ‘shore about eight years ago or so at Pope’s wood?Posted 8 years ago
Suprising how many people ride those trails. My favourite (the rollercoaster?) is the first one you hang a right off buckshot road. When the trails are dry and dusty, oooh, it’s so much fun.
<puts on rose-tinted oakleys and drifts off to happy riding place>
ooh i always ignore the second half of the racetrack as its a boring track down to the road but if someones been busy there might take a look.
thanks shaun the sheep! much appreciated. still trying to figure out which “teachers” is and is there one called “sidewinder”?Posted 8 years ago
sidewinder is further down as i remember, much closer to Cranham corner but on the same side as the shrine.
The shrine name is due to a little votive offering, thanking god for the birth of a child. It was placed near the trail and remained undamaged for a couple of years. But someone went and trashed it. The big hump on the Shrine is a long barrow. I did find an article on it and as i remember it has been excavated aand the remains are now in Gloucester Museum.
The Wall starts from Cranham corner and climbs up to the top of the woods, ususally ridden down though and it follows the line of a wall (surprising that)Posted 8 years ago
Evening all you Cranham riders
Just thought I would let you know what overtook me on the racetrack on Sat evening – no not his Jimness this time honest.
Helix pomatia – look it up !
Seriously though this is a protected species and one of the reason why trails in the area need to be kept as low key as poss. I have it on good authority that the Warden for this area also rides and as long as trails remain low key without any major digging or construction then we will be able to continue riding. The area is more popular than ever in the 15 years I have been riding there so keep it natural and look out for our Italian friends.
STSPosted 8 years ago
Just got in from riding Cranham and its all clear.
Whoever posted the Jim Bowen signs goes down in my book as a local legend.
Is there only one poster as that is all I could see. Made a very muddy, slow lap a very funny one on the way back to Painswick.
Also, hello to the two guys I passed making there way up the side of the beacon.Posted 8 years ago
lookmanohands, whiped round the beacon instead tonight, muddy in the woods? how did you do at bikefest? poss out tomorrow but commuting on the rat also so could be thursday as ive osteopath on wed, no biking after. wheres the poster? more building and it could end in tears for us all. so many riders up there now, for years i hardly saw any one now im meeting all sorts, solos and some big groups. be cool people…Posted 8 years ago
I don’t know the names of any of the trails other than the wall and shrine! Tang, sent you a mail, BBF was good we finished 14 and I got one of the fastest laps of the day ( still life left in the old dog!) I should be up there tomorrow afternoon for a quick spin if anyone is about?Posted 8 years ago
Did a few trails around Cranham Tonight before Night Shift. saw a couple of guys (no helmets?)
didnt see any Helix pomatia though 🙂 Enjoyed the racetrack and Wall as usual. Learning that jumping is not my forte ; must join the “air in the tyres not under them” brigade!Posted 8 years ago
Twas me with the Jimbo poster – glad it raised a few laughs !
I’m sure he will get fed up soon
Onewhowaits is a loop that starts near the Private Campsite on the edge of the woods. Through the top bomb holes, pass the private sign heading south, follow the main track that branches off to the right and the trail veers off to the left soon after that.
This may also give you a clue (if the clicky thing works)for Onewhowaits and Teachers. Thanks to BigfootMBC for the footage.Posted 8 years ago
if you head down there is a river at the bottom of Cranham woods. Most trails end up there at some point.
The sheepscombe reference is wrong, Teachers can be made to do to Sheepscombe but it is a fair trek, across Cranham common, through lords and ladies and out by the cricket club at Far end.
Slightly more than a 5minute video….Posted 8 years ago
There is also a short flatish bit from the bottom of Teachers to the river. gets muddy down there when wet. There is also a track that then follows the river, comes out by a bridge. Turn left climb the rocky narrow track and it brings you out at the “carpark” in the middle of the woods.Posted 8 years ago
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