- Dorking residents – are they putting something in the water down there?
Firstly let me say I’m not a local, I live in Swindon but have been leading a weekly school mountain biking session in the Dorking area for about a year. I usually take them out up and around the Norbury Park area and have always found other trail users to be very civil, pleasantries always exchanged (albeit through gritted teeth from some of the dog walkers)and generally a delight to share the area with. However, on every session I’ve done since Christmas I’ve come face to face with some of the most arrogant people I’ve ever had the displeasure to meet. I’ve had everything from “bikes aren’t allowed on bridleways” to “you’ve no right bringing a group of kids up here”.One guy literally squared up to me wanting to trade blows after I politely informed him he was wrong (might’ve been a different outcome if I hadn’t had 7 school kids with me).
What is going on? Have there been some “issues” I don’t know about?Posted 6 years ago
@rewski – if it had been an isolated incident it wouldn’t have bothered me but it’s been different people every week about different things. Most folk are decent, you’re right, I never had any issues at all last year
@jota180 – it’s good to know they’ve “got my back” 🙂
@xcgb – possibly, I’m no different than I was last year though.Posted 6 years agosoulwoodSubscriber
This time of year is hard for the people who don’t involve themselves in some sort of endorphin boosting activity. The New Year is the same as last year. The weather is worse than it was before Xmas. It’s not Summer yet. And despite their own delusions, TV is still crap no matter how much X Factor or Dancing on whatever they watch while rapidly expanding on the couch. Then the dog that never turned into “mans best friend” just a yappy expensive PITA needs to go out and crap somewhere. Then they see you and just release all these pent up frustrations. Best to avoid them at this time of year.Posted 6 years ago
@rewski – much as I’d love to do something a bit more local the school I work with is in Dorking. Plus I like the change of scenery.
@soulwood – Reckon you’ve hit the nail on the head there. I do think it’s more the fact I’ve got the nerve to be taking a group of kids out into the countryside when they really should be sat indoors infront of a tv/xbox than it is about me riding there!Posted 6 years ago
if you want to spread the net a little for your kiddies, there are lots of big open tracks, not too steep, kiddie friendly tracks on Holmbury Hill with a great view from the summit and Headley would be worth a look. You could also make a nice little loop from Epsom Downs along Stane Street.Posted 6 years ago
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