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  • Update! Derbyshire County Council – halts ‘repairs’ at Pin Dale!
  • Premier Icon bfw
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    🥲 amazing

    Premier Icon ThruntonThrasher
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    I think there is some inconsistency here between Singletrack publishing an article about a council using the wrong material to repair a track in a National Park/SSSI and publishing a link in FGF 582 to a forum thread that actively encourages mountain bikers to ride ridgelines in the Lake District on paths they shouldn’t be on.

    Premier Icon pmurden
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    Jesus are they at it again. Why do they not learn, that’s an awesome descent as is Cave Dale. For god’s sake.

    Premier Icon tuboflard
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    I dread to think what Cave Dale might look like once they’ve had a go at it.

    Premier Icon white101
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    So no native species trees in the woods or non native animals in the waterways are bad in our environment, but dumping tons of former house brick/motorway tarmac backfill is just fine?

    Premier Icon benpinnick
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    Worst thing is they will have paid someone to bring in that crap and dump it there 🙁

    Premier Icon munrobiker
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    I think there is some inconsistency here between Singletrack publishing an article about a council using the wrong material to repair a track in a National Park/SSSI and publishing a link in FGF 582 to a forum thread that actively encourages mountain bikers to ride ridgelines in the Lake District on paths they shouldn’t be on

    Correction – that an outdated law says taking a bike on those trails is a civil offence, not that they shouldn’t be there or that it’s illegal. And since the bikes being on the trails makes no difference whatsoever, it’s massively different to DCC dumping tonnes of unsightly demolition waste on a limestone trail, changing the entire atmosphere of the place for decades to come.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I think there is some inconsistency here

    Crossing land and dumping material are not the same thing, are they.

    I mean, at Pindale you couldn’t be any closer to a supply of appropriate limestone material to smooth out that track, if that’s what you needed to do for access.

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    it’s massively different to DCC dumping tonnes of unsightly demolition waste on a limestone trail, changing the entire atmosphere of the place for decades to come.

    The irony of all this being that the ‘repairs’ will last a couple of years at best before being torn apart by a combination of water damage and use, as per Chapel Gate’s endless disintegration. A depressing waste of council money and my DCC council taxes.

    I think both those tracks are part of the High Peak constituency, so I’ll be e-mailing Robert Largan directly and I’d suggest other ST High Peak locals maybe do the same. He’s actually quite responsive on local issues, not least because he’s a few hundred swing votes away from losing his seat at the next election: robert.largan.mp@parliament.uk

    Premier Icon Richie_B
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    Does anyone know how to find which county council division (ward) you are in? I suspect i’m in Derwent Valley but that could be anywhere between Yorkshire Bridge & Shelton Lock. The DCC website is impenetrable a map or an option to enter a post code and get a simple answer would be good.

    Premier Icon ThruntonThrasher
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    @Munro Biker

    an outdated law says taking a bike on those trails is a civil offence

    ……outdated in your opinion

    And since the bikes being on the trails makes no difference whatsoever

    Really? Have you seen some of the places you have been encouraging people to ride recently?

    Premier Icon munrobiker
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    ……outdated in your opinion

    Whether that’s my opinion or not, the fact that it’s a civil offence means the only person who can say you should or should not take a bike on them is the landowner.

    Really?

    Yes. There’s a good set of scientific studies (Wilson and Seney, 1994 – Hooves and Feet Erode More Than Wheels; Chiu and Kriworken – No significant difference between hiking and biking trail wear; Goeft and Alder – Erosion trends not clear; Crockett, 1986 – Minimal change from repeated bicycle passage) that show that bikes either do no more or in some cases less damage than other trail users. It looks different, but it’s not worse. In fact, I only know of one study which says otherwise and that was only an undergraduate dissertation.

    Have you seen some of the places you have been encouraging people to ride recently?

    Yep, they were bloody good fun and in as good a condition as they ever were. Better than, for example, Rushup Edge and now Pindale after DCC dumped a load of stuff on them.

    Premier Icon only1mikey
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    Looks like recycled 6F2 backfill material, but with a very high ratio of organic material.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Jesus are they at it again. Why do they not learn, that’s an awesome descent

    Pindale…. awesome descent?

    I’m intrigued. I reckon it was an awesome climb about 9 years ago when it was rough limestone, but had never considered it as an awesome descent. Is this recently or many many years ago?

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    With the greatest respect Munrobiker, 1986 and 1994 are pretty old and the landscape of users and numbers has moved on a bit.

    Are there any more recent studies?

    Premier Icon scc999
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    Email sent to my local councilor and my MP Robert Largan.

    If you are local PLEASE make your voice heard.

    Si

    Premier Icon spawnofyorkshire
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    @rickmeister
    Fill your boots – there’s a few here to start with.
    https://www.connectedpapers.com/main/124173adcc457610d5eb5e66955472d4036f2709/EROSIONAL-IMPACT-OF-HIKERS%2C-HORSES%2C-MOTORCYCLES%2C-AND-OFF%20ROAD-BICYCLES-ON-MOUNTAIN-TRAILS-IN-MONTANA/graph
    A quick skim through the abstracts supports Munrobikers general summation in quite a few papers, and a couple of others put the maintenance and use of materials as more important than who or what is in contact with the trail surface (shoes/tyres/hooves)

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    I think both those tracks are part of the High Peak constituency, so I’ll be e-mailing Robert Largan directly and I’d suggest other ST High Peak locals maybe do the same. He’s actually quite responsive on local issues, not least because he’s a few hundred swing votes away from losing his seat at the next election: robert.largan.mp@parliament.uk

    chapel gate & rushup are deff in the high peak, i think pindale and cavedale just sneak in, but the constituency boundary for derbyshire dales runs pretty close to castleton iirc.

    Lagan is my local MP as well so will send an e-mail, however i know that there has been a long and ongoing campign from the likes of PeakdistrictMTB etc, many of which have been wel thought out and considered opinions – has anyone got an overview of the key talking points to cherry pick from? – other than stop ruining all the bridleways in the Peak and horse riders don’t like it either!

    what i don’t get is how DCC get it so wrong when there are some good examples of restorative works in the same area to take inspiration from – roychs clough and cut gate spring to mind

    Premier Icon LongboardSi
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    it’ll be tarmac liek Bamford clough soon… TBF, Pindale is probably a better candidate for tarmac than Bamford clough ever would be.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    what i don’t get is how DCC get it so wrong when there are some good examples of restorative works in the same area to take inspiration from – roychs clough and cut gate spring to mind

    First and foremost, cost. ^^that is cheap, the works at cutgate and roychs are not.

    Also part of me thinks they haven’t got it wrong but very right*. The sort of work they’ve done here, at rushup and elsewhere has the very distinct impact of making the tracks and area in general less appealing for visitors of just about all outdoorsy persuasions (baring blasting feathered things).
    There are a lot of people who do vote in that area, who do write moaning letters to the council, local paper and so on who don’t want us there, not on bikes, not on horses nor foot and not in our cars. Mainly just not getting in their way and generally making it look untidy.
    It’s really not heard to see that if the jobs of the people signing off on this sort of vandalism are beholden to people who couldn’t care less about the works being done, let alone done in tune with their surroundings and very much could care less about visitors getting in their way, or noticing the raptors caught in those corvid traps and so on, that the “right” answer might be to do this. I’d like to be wrong but it really does feel like this sort of stuff is done precisely because it’s bad and makes the nimbys happy.

    My post from the other thread this morning since we’ve separated…

    Daft question but isn’t pindale actually a road? I always assumed it to be when I’ve ridden up it.

    That is a terrible mess though and I can’t see they got agreement from Nat England given the SSI etc. That to me looks very much like they got agreement on (a) did (b) – easier to seek forgiveness than permission as it were.

    Who enforces planning against the council?

    (That said, if it’s from the road down to the quarry is it actually the council’s planned maintenance or rather the new owners of the quarry have done that?)

    I really do hope they don’t do anything like that to cave dale. Though as well as being a bw and definitely not a road that’s effectively a stream bed so can’t see the above being possible whether DCC wants to or not.

    *The part which thinks, depressingly, that government, even with the current bunch, is actually better nearer the top.

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    @thruntonthrasher

    There was a good thread re access rights on the back of some research done buy a guy from cycling UK.

    The nub of it was that the whole “It is illegal for a cyclist to ride on a designated footpath” is only correct if there is a local law in place that specifically bans this from happening. Otherwise it is a matter for the landowner and he/she only has course to any action if it can be proved that usage of said footpath is causing a nuisance or impediment.

    From the thread it became apparent that some on here were confusing footpaths with pavements. A very different scenario which is (as I understand it) covered by the Law.

    In summary then, unless there is a specific local bye-law in place, then bikes have as much right to be on footpaths as walkers do.

    Premier Icon thepodge
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    In summary then, unless there is a specific local bye-law in place, then bikes have as much right to be on footpaths as walkers do.

    False… Kind of. Bikes are not illegal on footpaths but neither do they have a right.

    Basically if it’s a footpath and you’re on foot then when asked to leave you do not have to because you have a right to use it. If it’s a footpath and you’re on a bike and are asked to leave then you must do so because you do not have a right to use it.

    There’s all sorts of clauses and arguments and superseding local laws but that’s the bare bones of it.

    Oh and also there’s a case in law that says cyclists may use the pavement if not doing so would endanger their lives. So riding on the pavement is both illegal and acceptable.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    So riding on the pavement is both illegal and acceptable

    A bit like a work party then?

    Premier Icon samhay
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    I think Pindale is in the Bakewll electorate.
    https://observatory.derbyshire.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/reports/maps/IMD_maps_by_ED/H03_Chapel_and_Hope_Valley.pdf

    Cave Dale is in High Peak and Largan has a surgery at noon on Friday in Glossop if anyone wants to pop down and ask for ‘help and advice’.
    https://www.robertlargan.co.uk/events/glossop-advice-surgery-0
    He’s generally pretty good at responding to email, so I’ll be taking that route.

    Premier Icon billybuxton
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    Is this is Derbyshire County Council “fly tipping” their own waste tailings from the summer road surfacing programme. Cheaper than land fill disposal or providing material in keeping with the surroundings.

    Premier Icon grum
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    a forum thread that actively encourages mountain bikers to ride ridgelines in the Lake District on paths they shouldn’t be on.

    Well the more they make bridleways/byways etc into horrible unsympathetic roads the more we are going to want to ride ridgelines/footpaths etc so maybe they should stop.

    Has to be said it didn’t look super-exciting to start with but it’s difficult to imagine how they thought what they have done is in keeping or worthwhile.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Really? Have you seen some of the places you have been encouraging people to ride recently?

    Such as Thrunton?

    Premier Icon b230ftw
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    Give it a rest with the access rights stuff. If you want to argue about it start another thread.

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    spawnofyorkshire

    Slight thread diversion but thanks. I’ll pass that link across to our local trail team here in Black Forest, Germany. Maybe there are some articles to help us legally ride more than 2m fire roads in Baden – Wurtemburg.

    Premier Icon spoonmeister
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    Cave Dale? Guess I’ll have to make an effort to get there before it’s ruined repaired.

    Premier Icon MrAgreeable
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    Anyone else find it strange that if you live in a National Park, you need to get permission to change the roof on your shed, yet decisions like this seem to get through with zero consideration of the aesthetic and historic impact?

    Premier Icon stwhannah
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    Update just in from Derbyshire County Council:

    A Derbyshire County Council spokesperson said: “We specified to the contractor that a limestone material be applied at the Pin Dale site and this was agreed with the Peak Park and the Peak District Local Access Forum. Following this issue being raised with us we have spoken to the contractor who has explained that they had to fill some deep ruts during the work and they are due to finish overlaying the path tomorrow with a pure limestone material.”

    Premier Icon thepodge
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    Like sprinkling glitter on a turd.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    So the work was contracted by DCC… this is all their choice of action, not a land owner?

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    So the work was contracted by DCC… this is all their choice of action, not a land owner?

    AFAIK, as it’s a “road”, it comes under DCC’s control, not the landowner. The landowner is only obliged to keep a RoW (footpath or bridleway) clear, I don’t think they can maintain a “road”. Someone with more knowledge of access rights might need to confirm that – I’m not sure what the exact status of trails like that are now as I know they got rid of the confusing RUPP and BOAT designations.

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    And another update! I think this is a win for democracy, activism, contacting your councillor and generally making a fuss. Well done everyone!

    A Derbyshire County Council spokesperson said: “Before work started we consulted and agreed with the Peak Park, Natural England and Historic England that a specific locally-sourced limestone would be used on the site.
    “However, due to site conditions it was considered, with good intentions, that a recycled material would be better to form a good foundation, with a further layer of the locally-sourced limestone on top to complete the job.
    “Following the concerns raised about the recycled material not being appropriate we are now looking at removing it and replacing it fully with locally sourced limestone, as was the original intention.
    “We have halted work on site while we liaise with stakeholders about our proposal to remove the recycled material and will re-start work as soon as this plan has been agreed.”

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    Derbyshire County Council. Utter those words in a local access forum and someone will shudder, cold chills will go round the room, and someone will ca …

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    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    with good intentions

    Not just trying to save cash by dumping inappropriate, polluting and possibly illegal waste materials and hoping nobody would notice, then?

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    Well done to everyone who put pressure on DCC

    Premier Icon pmurden
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    I’ve just had this via email from DCC;

    Good Afternoon,

    Thank you for contacting Derbyshire County Council.

    Thank you for your email on the work carried out recently at Pin Dale.

    Before work started we consulted and agreed with the Peak Park, Natural England and Historic England that a specific locally-sourced limestone would be used on the site.

    However, due to site conditions it was considered, with good intentions, that a recycled material would be better to form a good foundation, with a further layer of the locally-sourced limestone on top to complete the job.

    Following the concerns raised about the recycled material not being appropriate we are now looking at removing it and replacing it fully with locally sourced limestone, as was the original intention. We have halted work on site while we liaise with stakeholders about our proposal to remove the recycled material and will re-start work as soon as this plan has been agreed.

    I hope that this will alleviate your concerns.

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