- Delamere – Old Pale, 1/2 mile of downhill singletrack
No death leaps or drop offs any more, they all got taken out. A few little kicker jumps at the top which can be rolled, a nice drop off into the big berm (optional), a tiny little ski jump on the hedge straight, a big ski jump at the end of the hedge straight (just roll it if you want to), then a few bumps in the old rock garden, round the left berm and you are back out onto the new wide path than takes you back up to the monument.Posted 6 years ago
All hardtail friendly and beginner level really.
Hit it fast and it’s a blast though.
If it’s been raining it feels like somebody has been down there before you rubbing a packet of lard on the trail though, all good mind!
We’ve done a bit more.Posted 6 years ago
The middle section of the return back down the hedge line was turning into a bit of a quagmire (giggaddee), so we’ve created a stone section from the flatest rocks we could find, we’ll do a bit more next week.
Also, improved the drainage right at the end before the last berm and put a little jump in, just be careful as the landing is between rocks. We’ve cleared the takeoff on the big jump just before that section (the one that sends you into the quick left/right) so you can take a straighter line, it’s a bit easier in the wet.
More next week, let us know if there’s anything you don’t like or any ideas.
We’ll probably just keep tidying/shaping jumps & sorting drainage.curlie467Member
Rode that stone section last night, its pretty good and heading in the right direction!! I think the best approach is to almost throw caution to the wind as being cautious seems to make you slip and slide everywhere (into a tree, luckily i managed to scrub all my speed off with my shocking v-brakes).Posted 6 years ago
Try and stick to the grass and it is good but on the wet mud it is nuts!buzz787Member
I’ve riden the route a few times now and it is shaping well. However when I rode down it tonight I hit a fence wire, which I didn’t see, running across the route at the top end. On hitting it I went over the handlebars, no damage to me or the bike. When I went back to look at the wire, it looked as though it had been proped up with a stake. It looked like some one had set it up intentionally as a booby trap, so its probably worth taking care when riding the route. The wire is still there but without the stake a bike should role over it.Posted 6 years agomccettMember
Buzz – you were lucky as i type with a stiff neck, few bruises and all the ligaments in my wrist torn and a time off from riding. That wire was there on Monday night (4th) as i unfortunately found out as i hit it flat out pedalling and went over the bars so if it caught you yesterday then someone has been back up on Tuesday between me hitting it at 8pm on Monday night. I didnt have anything on me to get rid of the wire so just tried to tramp it down into the grass as it was attached but will be carrying the Park cutters and going for a walk with the dog.
Cant help thinking its a reaction to the digging holes and piles of litter that have appeared up there in the last week – how do the scallies even find that trail?Posted 6 years agobuzz787Member
It’s disapointing to see a return of this type of behaviour to the forest. The fact that some one is going back to maintain the wire is a serious issue. It is more worrying as the route is clearly for bikes and therefore does not impact on any other forest users. Having said that, I did come across a guy walking his dog up the route one day!!!Posted 6 years agorick@twelve50bikesMember
The offending bit of wire has been removed from the trail. Hopefully we won’t see one back in its place. In the mean time it’s probaly worth taking it easy on the entrance to the trail just in case.Posted 6 years ago
Looks like a bit more work has gone on shoring up the rock garden too. Needs a strimmer down it though – got nettled to death the other night!tommakinMember
Don’t be put of by the downhill comment, its sweeping singletrack not a DH track
Found this trail last night and began a rapid decent from the top only to be enclosed by nettles and thorns half way down!!
The Mrs and I took revenge on the offensive said stingies for 2 hours with sticks and I now have the pleasure to report, we now have a completely nettle free track so enjoy it while you can!
Great track, well worth the climb and I do intend to get up there with a spade and build up the bermed corners and add a few others although I intend to let the stick swinging blisters die down first.
Possible scope to have the trail enter the additional woodland below and have over 1 mile of sweeping singletrack for all to enjoy.
Come on Delamere riders club, grab your sticks and spades and join your slightly less organised comradesPosted 6 years ago
The two trees that were across the trail coming away from the Bombhole accessed from Ashton Road have also been removed,no stinginess/brambles to show for it either, which is a minor miracle. 😀Posted 6 years ago
As is the old Silver Birch that was across the trail to Whitefields carpark, following the main Hatchmere road, that one was hard work, one big saw and 4 of us to swing the remains off to the side.
Just done it this morning for the first time. Very good indeed, many thanks to all that have put the effort in to get it this entertaining.Posted 6 years ago
Would it be possible to get a few there working on said trails without making it obvious? Wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a couple of hours, I’m sure enough of us have fold up spades, saws etc. 😉
steve_b77 – Member
I wouldn’t do anything major without speaking to the FC on this as they are liable to kick off big time if you do anything they don’t like or have prior consent fir
Ithink what G means is its more a case of enhancing what we’ve got, rather than a building a whole Jedi Stle North Shore Boardwalk set up..Posted 6 years ago
Thats it! just a few running repairs really before the weather goes all winter on us. As Nick said that log roll bridge could do with a bit of a re-build.I’m off on holiday all next week, if any-one fancies it, mail address in profile if any one wants to sort it that way. 😉Posted 6 years ago
Teetosugars, I’ll be there all day on Tuesday, so not then please, will be ready for beer by then!Curry night on Wednesday, so either Monday or Thursday night would be ok,but I’ll probably be there most days next week.Posted 6 years ago
Would it make sense to meet you by the Bombhole where we took Tons flying pics, or would somewhere else work better for you?mccettMember
If you want to maintain stuff and not get on the wrong side of the FC (i’ve had a lot of dealings with them over the last couple of years), dont use branches you found lying about, use some decent timber, dont make anything too high off the ground and dont dig big holes. That pretty much is all the things that will get their back up. Maintaining and trail clearing is ok… on the hush hush. They dont seem to have a rider/mtb supporter working there now after the last guy went long term sick and then left.
Will be up there doing a bit once things start dying off September time.Posted 6 years ago
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