Gisburn forest – Latest trail developments
A bit late, but I said I would post pics to keep interest and prompt people who were thinking about coming to a dig.
We had a good mid week turn out today, representing STW mag and Great Rock Skills Training was Ed-O, MBR mag had two guys doing a trail building promotion article and photo shoot (to their credit they did lots of wheelbarrowing aswell). Also regulars and a guy all the way from London. Also a group who were out riding the trails, who came around again and helped out.
More digging tomorrow 10am start and Sunday 10am start, for anyone willing to come and join in. Anyone who has thought about coming and joining in, we are just a bunch of amateurs and enthusiasts, you will be heartily welcomed to join us.
Some Photos, I'll drip feed some more photos to keep this thread current
Posted 8 years ago
It's a bit squidgey underfoot but we've got off really lightly compared to the poor sods a few miles further north.
A big thank you to the guys who interrupted their ride yesterday to shift a good few wheel barrows of stone.
I asked Martin yesterday about trail repairs after the recent rain. He apparently kept a bit of money back from the original funding for improvements but was waiting for some bad weather to highlight which bits are really suffering. Hopefully some of the bits like the climb to the crag and Hully Gully will be improved over the next couple of months.
Right off for another damp day digging.Posted 8 years agoGary_CMember
Hopefully some of the bits like the climb to the crag and Hully Gully will be improved over the next couple of months.
Rode up there a week ago,& what doesn't help is all the numpties who,when riding up towards Whelpstone Crag,steer either side of the large rocks that are placed in the centre of the track,& in doing so churn the ground up into a muddy mess.
FFS! ride OVER the ****' rocks!!!Posted 8 years ago
Looks easy, when are you putting in the difficult bit?
Interresting you said that, Nigel from UU has his eyes on some even more difficult and higher log rides a bit further down.
all the numpties who,when riding up towards Whelpstone Crag,steer either side of the large rocks that are placed in the centre of the track
That's been clocked, a bit of money from the original funding was kept back for that sort of thing, Martin has been waiting for some bad weather to highlight the weak bits, think the weather has been bad enough now. Hopefully he'll get some contractors in to fix that. He's also working on what to do to the big berms in Hully Gully so they are less slippy but don't get sanitised. Might need a big volunteer day to barrow materials in. Like Terry said we're learning on our bits too, going to sort some corners so you can short cut them, others will have sharpened stakes to encourage you to ride the correct route.
Terry, we had a good turn out again today as well, wasn't expecting it so that was good. Loads left to do, I've sent you an email bringing you up to speed.Posted 8 years ago
Great to see some photos from the day. I got well into peeling the bark from that tree with the medieval weapon.
It was the first time I've done any proper trail building and I'd recommend it to anyone. It's really interesting to see how the trails are made from idea, to design to construction. I can't wait to bore everyone to death when we eventually ride that section and I can tell them about toppling a dry stone wall, barrowing gravel and doing the spade work.
Give trail building a go for a day. It makes you feel righteous to be doing something positive rather than just gassing on about bikes on the internet.Posted 8 years ago
Got another 30 metres or so of trail laid today, including an uphill dog-leg which goes over a few patches of roots, swings tightly round a big tree, and ends up with a nice clear sight-line to the start of the log-ride.
By the time it was fully stoned and gravelled, it was too dull and dingy for my camera to work properly – hopefully somebody else got some decent shots of the "After", in the meantime this is the "Work In Progress"…
Posted 8 years ago
…that log section looks just a bit fun, whereabouts is that on the ride? Any ideas on when the new section will be rideable?
It's in the woods to the left of the fire-road, just past where the upper loop rejoins the lower loop on the way back.
As for when it'll be open, there's still a lot of work to be done, including some boardwalk leading into it and an as-yet-to-be-decided means of getting back to the road (plus any additional fun features that spring to mind on the way 😀 ). I think somebody mentioned February today, but obviously it ultimately depends on how many dig-days we manage to fit in, and how many people get involved (hint, hint… 😉 ).Posted 8 years ago
Once again, the Trail Boggarts have been up to mischief deep in the woods. 😈
Today they've topped off a goodly length of half-done trail, and laid another 20-plus metres of brand-new trail (to go with the 60 or so laid on Thursday and Friday). This includes a rooty corner leading to another shonky bridge…
Then follows a sinuous climb between the trees before starting the run-in to the log-ride which can just be seen in the background of the previous shot…
Unfortunately they weren't actually able to complete the bridge today due to their inability to manufacture planks (no comments, thank you… 😛 ) – this task will require the intervention of the all-powerful Master of the Forest and his mysterious Men In Green.
For anybody who is interested, the next dig-day is scheduled for Sunday December 13th 10:00-15:00, when it is hoped to commence work on more wood-based delights. 😀Posted 8 years ago
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The raised approach to this wonky bridge was taking shape and looking good aswell.
While one team worked on constructing a wooden tower to support a ramp onto the log-ride, the rest of us spent this weekend's session finishing off the aforementioned/pictured wonky bridge…
We also got another 30 or so metres of trail laid. A few extra hands really does make a difference, so if anybody else fancies spending a few hours messing about in the woods with a bunch of like-minded people off an internet forum, you'd be more than welcome. 8)Posted 8 years ago
How do we get involved, would love to help
Official dig-days are the second Sunday of every month, but we also try to arrange occasional ad-hoc days between us. To get on the official mailing list, you just need to email…
To find out about ad-hoc dig-days, email stumpyjon up there ^^^ (his addy is in his profile) and he'll add you to his list ofPosted 8 years ago
victimswilling volunteers. 🙂
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