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  • Huge increase in Home made signs on trails
  • supernova
    Full Member

    Forestry England have put passive aggressive ‘Why are you here?’ signs on every gate in the FofD. They are unnecessarily intimidating the local populace in that lovely way that they always do. They love to assert their authority when they get the chance.

    Andy
    Full Member

    Near me in Dumfries and Galloway. Part of me thinks cheeky *******, I bet its not even the farmer, but the big grand designs style larch clad self build owner nearby, but at time of heightened anxiety i will respect.

    chestercopperpot
    Free Member

    It’s hilarious the level of jumped up little arsehole isn’t it.

    Poopscoop
    Full Member

    Didn’t realise this was a “thing” will keep a lookout for them next time.lol

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Not seen much signage like that around (Northern edge of the Peak District here) but there’s been numerous articles from around Hope Valley in particular of arsey locals complaining about “Covidiot Cyclists”, people who’ve ridden a whole 12 miles to cycle past their houses. 12 miles of cycling, to these people, seems to be the equivalent of driving to Cornwall for a quick wander round.

    I know a RoW guy up in northern Pennines and he’s been busy with visiting landowners explaining that yes, it really is a criminal offence to close or block RoW and to put up threatening notices.

    nickjb
    Free Member

    The only signs I’ve seen have been fairly official ones from, I assume, the council. The gist of it is “please help keep this parkland open by following the rules”. Seems reasonable.

    Andy
    Full Member

    Nb, to be clear, that sign I posted is on an old double track drove road and goes past a farm, not through it. Its just signposted as a footpath from pre Right to Roam days.

    Jordan
    Full Member

    One of the local pitchfork brigade in my village took it upon herself to erect signs on local footpaths telling people to go home annd not come here possibly spreading the virus. I wasn’t aware of this until she emailed me as chair of the Parish Council complaining that people had been removing her signs and asking for PC support to stop all these walkers walking through the area.

    I emailed back explaining that so long as they maintained social distancing and hadn’t travelled too far to come here then they were acting well within their rights. I also explained that just because she didn’t recognise someone doesn’t mean that they do not live within the wider locality easilly within walking distance from their home. Also, these people that she seemed to despise could well be hard working health workers taking a bit of well deserved R&R.

    hooli
    Free Member

    There are a couple around here too, I just ignore them TBH. In fact I am such an awkward bastard that I tend to ride or walk those tracks more often than I would have if there were no signs.

    chakaping
    Full Member

    This is actually a bridleway but not one I would go out of my way to use. Just happened to see it when passing end of track.

    Please report that sign to the grammar police as well for flagrant misuse of exclamation points.

    stayhigh
    Full Member

    While I haven’t noticed any signs going up there has been an increase in motocross riders in my local woods resulting in the police attending on several occasions. There has also disappointingly but somewhat predictably been an increase in damage to trails.

    found a couple of substantial new cairns/piled up rocks on the edge of the Peak district where I ride. Had an enjoyable 5 mins hoofing all the stones off into the heather to discourage any rebuiulding.


    @Mowgli
    Whenever I’ve seen stone cairns on trails, say in Wales, I’ve always considered them as being part of the local character so am curious why you would do that. Not being a local to your area what is the issue with stone cairns, do they have an undesirable effect on the local environment?

    fossy
    Full Member

    Seen a few official signs on the Canal about limiting use of them. That’s fine, and I actually live near it and use it regular for my daily exercise, outside of peak times.

    Other signs have been sensible – local farm, please don’t touch the horses or fences as the virus can hang about a few days.

    duncancallum
    Full Member

    Our local I belong to winter Hill Facebook group is lead by a real anti mtber…

    It’s so full of venom

    nickc
    Full Member

    Yeah I ventured into the hotbed or malice and extremism that is my local village community Facebook group…Christ some of them make ISIS look reasonable.

    Superficial
    Free Member

    People are cooped up and getting tetchy. Perhaps some are scared, others of an ignorant disposition. Some of those people are becoming emboldened and vocal. It’s disheartening, sure, but hardly surprising.

    I suspect 90% of the notices are put up by assholes trying to take advantage of the current situation to achieve some sort of self-serving goal, but don’t discount the idea that some people are terrified of germ-infested people bringing the plague to their door.

    As always, the best option is common sense and a cool head.

    nickliv
    Free Member

    Buy one of these and pop it up alongside?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273941184304

    D0NK
    Full Member

    “footpath closed you should be at home saving lives!”
    What if theres no-one that needs saving at home?

    timmys
    Full Member

    Buy one of these and pop it up alongside?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273941184304

    Funny you should highlight that sign. I suspect round me they are used far more as a “get orf moy lannd” tool than anything to do with lifestock.

    Here’s one from my last ride. I cropped out the CCTV warning sign on the gatepost next to it as they were just too depressing (and equally unbelievable).

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    chakaping
    Full Member

    If you think it’s a bluff, then 30 seconds with a black Sharpie pen could amend the sign accordingly.

    BillOddie
    Full Member

    One of our local farmers has put some passive aggressive “Don’t make us ill, go home” signs on gates and styles footpath that I occasionally use to walk the dog on.  I ignored them.

    Another farmer has decided to refence one of his fields that has been pasture with no livestock for as long as i ca remember, I think mainly due to the huge rise in traffic the informal path through it has seen in recent weeks.

    Some digging is happening in the woods. Assume it’s kids.

    You’d think with the higher number of people in the woods etc and the fact that almost all of my riding is not on ROWs, I would have had arguments with people but everyone* is being lovely.

    *apart from the farmers who are reverting to type. Getooorrfffmylaaand.

    crazy-legs
    Full Member

    Yeah I ventured into the hotbed or malice and extremism that is my local village community Facebook group…Christ some of them make ISIS look reasonable.

    Remember the good old days where people like that had to write a letter, post it to the local rag, wait a week for it to be published…

    Now they just sit at their keyboard, the Daily Mail on one tab and Facebook on the other. Same around here, the Hope Valley community pages are quite similar. The reasonable people on there get shouted down or scared off and you’re left with a right wing / NIMBY echo chamber.

    daern
    Free Member

    1) Do Golf Club Stewards need several hundred square metres to isolate?
    2) If so, we are they still allowing people to maintain them?
    3) Do they think we were born yesterday? I had no intention of being on your private golf course, but trying to use a global pandemic as reason to try to stop people stepping on your precious grass is the height of Golf Club mentality.

    Local golf club to us (which has several RoW through it) had similar signs up all over the place, which I considered to be unnecessary and unhelpful.

    Still, they were still watering the greens and as it was a hot day, the kids went and had a play in their sprinklers, so it wasn’t all bad ;-)

    dannyh
    Free Member

    Yeah I ventured into the hotbed or malice and extremism that is my local village community Facebook group…Christ some of them make ISIS look reasonable.

    Oh god, not the village Facebook group! Do not look at those, you’ll end cowering in a corner as you are brainwashed into believing that Islamic extremists in Lycra hijabs are terrorising the decent folk of Nether Piddly or whatever.

    There are two absolute boilers on my village one. Any mention of cycling and they are in like a rat up a drain pipe. And it is the same ‘anecdotes’ over and over again. Almost as if they haven’t got enough in their sad little lives to actually worry about.

    I suppose these FB groups are a good thing really. At least it stops them actually building gallows and lynching anyone they think is a ‘bit shifty’.

    fooman
    Free Member

    Our local home made signs have taken a sinister turn. If anyone has information please contact supertato directly.
    Pea mastermind

    sparkyrhino
    Full Member

    Not signs in trails, but have had a heads up from work, that there are quite a few 5G/Covid conspiracy signs,that have been stuck onto telecom street furniture in locations both urban and remote, That have razor blades and dirty needles behind them.How pleasant!

    Yak
    Full Member

    No signs either, just a lot of building going on, but not by the usual crews and not to their usual high standards. So plenty of random stuff, but really nothing wrong with that at all. It’s the litter appearing that’s the issue, and ultimately might get on the landowners radar and cause us all problems.

    Cheeky-Monkey
    Free Member

    Advice on how to report blockages on RoW (from IPROW on FB):

    thelawman
    Free Member

    @stayhigh. I think the point about cairns in the hills, especially new ones, is that they tend to encourage people to stick to a path/route/line, thus making erosion worse. Old-time hillwalkers like Hamish Brown would delight in kicking them over, and I’d go along with that if they’re not marking a well established existing route. And arguably a well established, clear route doesn’t need cairning, by definition.

    snaps
    Free Member

    I’ve had this email from the council regarding the picture on the previous page

    <div>Dear Sir/Madam,</div>

    <div>W201327775</div>
    <div>Public Right of Way, Public Right of Way</div>
    <div>Location: Swimbridge Footpath 3, Swimbridge</div>
    <div>Further to your communication received on 20-April-2020 the record was completed on the</div>
    <div>07-May-2020.</div>
    <div>The following information is now available;</div>
    <div>We are aware of this issue, and have contacted the landowner asking for the signs to be removed,</div>
    <div>following DCC current policy with regard to COVID-19.</div>

    Gary_C
    Full Member

    Our local I belong to winter Hill Facebook group is lead by a real anti mtber…
    It’s so full of venom

    I ride up that area, Rivi etc a lot & having seeing this comment I clicked on the ‘join group’ on their Facebook page yesterday. Pending approval…

    Surprisingly I now cannot find any trace of their page on Facebook. Looks like I’ve been blocked before I’ve even joined. Wonder if its anything to do with my FB profile pic where I’m on my mtb? LOL.

    lustyd
    Free Member

    No the cairn thing is because existing ones are navigation points and new ones could cause people to get lost or injured in poor weather or bad vis. Nothing to do with wear on trails since most cairns are on well used trails. If a cairn isn’t on the map it should be removed.

    whitestone
    Free Member

    @thelawman – Tony, there are cairns in the Lakes where the path follows a dry stone wall and people takes stones from the wall to create a cairn! WTF! You’ve got a bloody great handrail to follow, there’s no need for anything else.

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