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  • Hamsterley info
  • I’m looking at heading up to Hamsterley on Monday with the lad for a spin…… I’ve never ridden the Red route only done the uplifts many moons ago. Just looking for a bit of advice as to parking and what’s hit and miss regarding sections. My plan was to do the red in the morning then session the red decent from the Descend carpark after lunch. Any info would be appreciated.

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    Parking in the main carpark is now ANPR-controlled but the Grove at the other end isn’t switched on yet so free (I think).

    I only did a couple of off-piste runs on Sunday, but there was clarts – lots of clarts. The man-made stuff is OK, though.

    Premier Icon benpinnick
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    Depending on his ability (And yours I guess) I would recommend black/red combo. Skip the first loop of the red and straight up to transmission (and Poulty’s / Kline if you want that little extra). The black is no worse than a scottish red.

    GPX if you want it – https://www.dropbox.com/s/z5t6ca4ibk0ibl5/Morning_jaunt.gpx?dl=0

    Thanks for the GPX….. that’s what I had planned roughly planned out. Can you still park in the Descend carpark or is that just for the uplifts?

    joemmo
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    yes you can park at Descend, it’s just a public car park. If you were looking for a section to repeat then transmission / nitrous / accelerator is a good one, just have to haul back up the fireroad. Or session Poulty’s and K-line higher up – or do the whole thing top to bottom. The black has a couple of good sections but is a bit of a haul in between

    nickewen
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    When I was there a few weeks ago there was a sign saying DH/Descend parking only. That was a Saturday but assume it applies all the time

    Premier Icon benpinnick
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    On Monday parking at Descend is fine.

    joemmo
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    oh really? I’ve parked there a few times at weekends (when not using Descend) and just bought a ticket from the machine. Never had any repercussion from it.

    butcher
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    Just park in the main car park, mix of Black and Red, then downhill back to car.

    Cheers for the info peeps.

    kayla1
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    Dunno if Transmission is closed for repairs at the minute or not, it was pretty knackered the last time we were up there and repairs were being done soon.

    Also, the other side (down from the DH car park) is pretty good too- Section 13 into the other stuff that fetches you down to the main car park.

    Not sure if it’s the same as the GPX above but here’s a red/black loop route.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/2757097773

    Whatever you do, don’t follow the red to start off, it’s 8 miles of flat track/fire road before you get to the K line etc.

    pothead
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    Don’t do the whole red route as it has really long uphill fireroad sections which can be easily skipped to reach the good stuff, I’ve ridden there for years and I’ve never heard anyone who’s ridden it say they’d do it again. Most people these days do a black/red combo, black wouldn’t be a black at any other trail centre I’ve been to so don’t let the grading put you off. There’s loads of off piste/unsanctioned trails dotted around the forest, some easy to find and link into the trail centre stuff, some of it you’d never find without a local/guide to help out, although most of it is on Strava. If u’ve not ridden there for years I’d have to say the K line into Transmission/Accelerator /Nitrous will be the best trails to session as it’s easy to get back to the top.
    The GPX in the last post is pretty much the best trail centre route

    Inbred456
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    Park on the verge by the Burn outside the main entrance. Plenty room for several cars off-road. Then ride in by the footpath into the main car park.

    Premier Icon EhWhoMe
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    Id say please pay and use the car park as it helps pay for the upkeep and expansion of the trails your about to enjoy…unfair to expect it for free and ride a footpath on the way in…especially when theres many mtb specific trails..its a good place ride the lot nowt wrong with fire road climbs and extra miles..also good to link upthe trail center with lots of moorland natural stuff

    joemmo
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    Ah yes the classic Bedburn parking. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of fancy vans and top range bikes but trying to avoid paying a few quid for parking. Classy

    Premier Icon Jon Taylor
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    The last time I went to hamsterley (maybe a month after the ANPR started) the number of cars ditched in verges and forest roads was equally hilarious and disappointing. It cna only have got better as folks realise that a year-long pass for £40 is worth it…

    Shiny car £10’000
    Shiny bike £3’000
    Petrol to drive there £5
    Avoiding car park fees that fund the trails £priceless

    And I’ll just wait for the “I’ve been riding there since before the man mad trails” and “I only ride the off piste”

    kayla1
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    Yeah, it boils my piss too. The only thing I can think of is that they’re so stretched trying to make it look as if they’ve got loads of money they can’t actually afford to pay to park and support the work done in the forest. Well, that, or they’re just mahoooooosive bellends.

    Premier Icon benpinnick
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    Yeah its a joke. I don’t park at the main end unless Im with the kids, but the other day there was cars all over the road up to the last corner before the ANPR. Including a what must have been 70k+ worth of brand new rump rover. I mean I appreciate you don’t get one by giving all your money away but seriously, £6? Or if you go often whats the price of a pass now (scurries off to find out… ) £49 for two cars for a year…

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    I tend to park where ever I want as long as it doesn’t block the gates.

    I do, however, have a volunteer pass from trail building.

    Premier Icon Jon Taylor
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    I do, however, have a volunteer pass from trail building

    Ace, thank you for your efforts. 👍

    Premier Icon teethgrinder
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    Ace, thank you for your efforts.

    Chopwell, though – none of that Hamsterley nonsense.

    #itsgoodbutitsneechopwell

    kayla1
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    #itsgoodbutitsneechopwell

    Indeed 😃 Choppers is ace.

    xraymtb
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    Chopwell, though – none of that Hamsterley nonsense.

    #itsgoodbutitsneechopwell

    And free parking…

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