New trails in Philips Park ? (aka HTN country)
Wot Terrahawk said…
Please stay off them until the top surface is down. It looks like they will be quite entertaining when they are finished, but having spoken to one of the guys building them a few weeks ago they are having issues with people riding them before they are ready.Posted 5 years ago
Fair enough, but they need a bit of token tape IMO. Even if it gets ripped down and ends up flapping in the wind it would provide some indication of the fact that they are closed.
After I had been over I googled to see what was happening and found literally nothing (even with the prior knowledge that IMBA were involved).
I don’t condone it but I’m not surprised that they are being used TBH.Posted 5 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Had a look round on Sunday – new trails themselves look pretty good.
Firstly , the new bits are in pretty much constant use:
The first section was being ‘sessioned’ (as I believe the yoot say) by a few locals, despite them having to remove the fence blocking off the entrance.
We had a chat with them and mentioned that it wasn’t really supposed to be ridden, erosion etc, but they weren’t particularly arsed.
Why would they be, they are just a bunch of kids?
Nothing a pair of old farts say is going to stop ’em.
Secondly, the plan to keep cyclists and walkers separate on certain sections of trail seems to be well under way:
Some existing multi use trails that have been used for the last few Hit the North races have now been sanitised and have wooden barriers in place, seemingly designed to keep cyclists out.
I’m sure the ‘No Cycling’ signs will be up soon, but the good news is that the barriers are easily negotiated by bike, and the trails are still rideable.
They have ruined a few really nice bits of singletrack (the bit of trail down towards where Ton usually marshals, for example) in the pedestrianisation process though.
So, swings and roundabouts really, I’m going to keep an open mind till it’s all finished and open.Posted 5 years agosimmySubscriber
I had a walk around the park today, driving across the M60 and parking in that new area opposite the kiddies swings.
I’m sure the plans said it was a Blue route, but the bit I walked, level with the motorway, was well steep and I nearly went on my A*** on some of the “rollercoaster” bits.
More like a Red to me – the trails are still barriered off, but there are tyre tracks all over them.
Bit too steep and extreme for me – anyone know if its all going to be like this or if there are sections that are not as steep.Posted 5 years ago
not open yet. Funnily enough, we’ve just been asking the local authority the same thing.
we might need some volunteers to get them finished and open and someone with some experience to lead the effort.
we don’t know the full extent of the work required but if anyone can stick their hand up, please do.
Ta, Jase.Posted 5 years ago
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