Come off the Cut Gate path down towards North America (down the stuipdly fast multi line rock gardens and peaty sections). Turn left through the gate and back onto the Cut Gate path just above the rocky zig zags so you then get a insanely fast descent on the smooth wide track, then into the zig zags at a million mph and then pootle along the BW back to the car park.Posted 9 years agoAmbroseSubscriber
My nephew’s ‘welcoming to the world’, non religous christening naming ceremony thingy was held in Langsett Barn last month. I have never been there before, but you know those times when you can just ‘sense’ magic trails- it was one of those days. I really need to get up there and ride those paths.
The guys from the Cafe did the catering- and did a bluddy wunderful job. BIG respect.Posted 9 years ago
Zig zags are at the opposite end of the lake to the dam – bottom of the Cut Gate path (I think) – a series of rocky switchbacks which make an excellent techy climb or a mint descent!
I don’t travel too far to ride it (about 30 mins from Halifax) but hitting it on a day like Monday I’d travel from the far end of the country to do it. It was excellent.Posted 9 years ago
Had a great ride, trails were so dry and fast, not a trace of water or mud anywhere. No walkers either, Bonus!! Sorry no photos, too busy having fun
Route (thanks for the opinions everyone): rode out over the dam wall, cut right up BW to North America, then up gnarly hill to left (not going through gate) join cut gate path proper and up to cairn. Route back down same way to North america then left thro gate up to cut gate BW then down zig zags and back to carpark.
Only 10 miles but what a great 10 miles they are.Posted 9 years ago
scuttler – Member
Are these the zig zags? – http://www.multimap.com/s/ABRvbHcW
thats the ones, the shady woodside stone climb out on to the moor from the reservoir head – sorry for the sh*te description – is that what is refered to as coronation street cobbles? or is that climb out the other side of the gate on Langsett side back towards car park?Posted 9 years ago
We set off from Langsett at 6.20 and were back for 8.20, moderate pace with a couple of stops. Only rode to top of cairn tho, if you drop down to the Slippery Stones bridge its only and extra 2 miles but add an hour!
steve_b: no boggyness, just multiple line choices and all firm, fast and dryPosted 9 years ago
The drop down is worth it if you’ve time, from the cairn there is a steep techy bit followed by lightning fast slabs that spill out onto peaty moorland before the final steep techy down to bridge. On the way back the first bit is a bit of a push for me but worth the effort.Posted 9 years agosnowslaveSubscriber
lowey – if you’re pushed for time, I’d recommend setting off from the car park at Langsett and cutting the ride short by stopping and turning back at the cairn pretty much at the summit of the ride. The descent down to the bridge is v good, but it’s a big climb/push back to the cairn and will add ages on to the ride.Posted 9 years agosnowslaveSubscriber
Oh yes, and beware, the car park here http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=420205&y=401163&z=120&sv=420205,401163&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=681&ax=420205&ay=401163&lm=0Posted 9 years ago
is very popular at night with people who don’t initially know each other but like to meet in their cars and get naked and jiggly together. Park near a pub or something…davehMember
I prefer the drop straight down rather than right to North America. What was truely horrible trail sanitisation has developed into a flat out skip and hop undulating blast. I know its not big or clever but I can’t help chuckle when people see me coming, stop, grab their children and retire to a safe distance off the side of the trail. I can’t help myself.Posted 9 years ago
Oh yes, and beware, the car park here http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=420205&y=401163&z=120&sv=420205,401163&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=681&ax=420205&ay=401163&lm=0
is very popular at night with people who don’t initially know each other but like to meet in their cars and get naked and jiggly together. Park near a pub or something…
Thats the clincher. Right, I’ll be setting off around 9ish. 😀Posted 9 years ago
Well, rode it last night. Parked in Langsett Barn, up to North America, through the gate, up Cut Gate, down to Slippery Stones Foot Bridge, did a U turn and went back, but descended down to North America from the sign post, left again through the gate, and did the zig zags to Crooklands Wood.
I have to say I was underwhelmed. Perhaps its all the stuff I had read about it "legendary MTB trail" that got my hopes up too much, but I found it pretty ordinary to be honest. The "out there" feel was pretty good as its quite remote, so a solo ride was quite relaxing.
Anyway, I've ticked it off my "to do" list, but I wouldn't be rushing back to be honest, not unless I do it as part of a Doctors Gate, Cut Gate , Longdendale ride.Posted 9 years ago
I have to say I was underwhelmed.
Which routes do you prefer then? I like cutgate as I think for a short ride it has lots of what the dark peak does best, fast downs, steep downs, jumps/drop offs, rocky bits, stream riding, bog negotiation, gentle ups, steeper rockier sections, fords, slabs etc….Posted 9 years ago
I think it was just an aspiration thing TFG. I was expecting the "holy grail" of trails… have heard so much about it. In reality, there is better stuff, albiet in shorter sections and cheeky, around Darwen and Rivi.
Having got the first ride out of the way, I'll probably love it next time I try it.Posted 9 years ago
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