Hi is this right Dowies out till August.
So if theres a big forestry commission sign saying ‘no trail building until August’ by Ellwood/Dowies enclosure, does that mean that trail-building there is normally fine, and sanctioned by the FC? I mean a lot of work goes into those trails, Dowies 3 popped up last year, and there seems to be some more new stuff appearing too. Massive respect to the peeps doing the work. If I had more time (can barely find time to even ride at the moment) I’d come and help build them myself to be fair. Just wondering what the arrangement is with the FC if anything?Posted 3 years agomattsccmMember
I think you will find that trail building there isn’t sanctioned so much as tolerated . the signs will be there to emphasize a need for it to be curtailed/limited for a while. Or just to remind people that they don’t want any activity. Many a time have I seen people treating no riding as an excuse to do something else there instead.
Slightly bemused by the idea of building those tracks. Dowies was an evolution of a good line picked, and rubbish moved to make it rideable.
Sadly of late the area has been attacked by those with spades but no common sense. Many bikes with spades on board come past my place on the way back from the Dowies area.
Last point. Our views don’t matter. We do not own those woods and if the FC wish to make daft and contradictory statements they can do so. Not our place to decide if we like some rules and not others.
Having said all that, as I do not regard the FC as fit owners of the Forest, I ignore the signs. However I don’t make a deliberate attempt to turn the place into a detonated mine field. Leave the tools at home and take it for what it is.Posted 3 years agomattsccmMember
Oh yeah, dropping trees actually doesn’t have the effect on our furry friends that you might think. Its a day of noise to fell an area and maybe the same to clear it. Daily disturbance has far more effect. Except for the cute little birdies who live up said trees of course.Posted 3 years ago
I saw two signs today both by each other.One facing the start of Dowies 1 and 2 and one going the other way on the track towards the back of the football pitch.Posted 3 years ago
Bluebell was fine so was Dowies3 weird.Met some locals they dont seem to know much either.
They dont seem to be working :lol:One local said we will wait and see what the forestry man has to say.
Update – there was a sign up at high meadow as well, not the same as that one…will post a pic later but essentially;
‘welcome to high meadow woodlands
area of outstanding natural beauty
permitted on hard stone tracks
please help us with the conservation of this protected area by adhering to the forestry commision byelaws (1982)’
this was a proper metal sign in the layby at the top. This’ll be another area out of riding then. shame.Posted 3 years ago
There have been signs at Highmeadow for a while now.Posted 3 years ago
It’s a tricky one, the ‘cheeky’ trails have become more widely used over the last couple or three years and MTBing has become very popular in the FoD.
Of course, the Forestry Commission have promoted the area, primarily the MTB Trails in Sallowvalets plus the Family Trail and links to various towns, and so it is hardly surprising that the area has seen a huge increase in use. I think the FC are now consolidating their position and just reminding people of the (longstanding) Byelaws of where you can and cannot ride.
A blind eye has been turned for a long time – best part of 20 years with regard to Dowies – but some of these areas have been getting a lot of new trails being made with more and more ‘manufactured’ features and more and more regular use. The original Dowies followed the natural lie of the land, the early monduro trails the same, Lawnmower, Dr. Johns, and others had few if any manufactured features. Newer trails have jumps, gaps, etc., being included and the FC are no longer turning a blind eye.
Right or wrong? Who’s to say?mattlewisMember
This is probably the wrong time to ask this due to the above posts but is anyone willing to show me around Dowies. I’ve been riding all the trails in Staunton and around Symonds Yat but I’ve never ventured over to Parkend/Ellwood. I live in Monmouth and can ride over the next few weeks- thanks to the teachers’ holidays!
Matt LewisPosted 3 years ago
I have seen a few Goshawks in the Forest over the years,but not in that area.Very fast birds not great if your a Blackbird etc.Be ok for MTBers.If they are nesting high up in the trees you wont know they are there.So if thats the case there should be a ban on everybody.
The reason why they are so rare in this country is because game keepers keep poisoning them for there Bloody pheasant shoots.Posted 3 years ago
email me your telephone number big*vern*52athomail*dot*com and i’ll give you a shout when im out there next – probably not for a couple of weeks though
if you mail me i can email you over some easy to follow instructions for the area if you’ve got sooooo much time on your hands – get and do some lesson planning!
MarkPosted 3 years ago
So how long has that trail been there between Merdocks and Dowies 3?Nice trail.New Bluebell half trail is good long as you go around all those big holes :lol:.Went over to those trails at Clemont end for the first time very good thanks to the 3 guys that showed me where they were.Top brokes.Posted 3 years ago
Dont know what they are called sorry not far on from Dowies.I came to them that way.If you go in by the road and passed the green metal barrier they are just up the fire road in on the left.Not the easiest to find the start after that you can see the three trails no problem and they all finish by each other and its ok going back up the fire road for more goes.Posted 3 years ago
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