Coming Soon…New Trails in Manchester
Dont know if people are aware (a quick search didnt pull anything up so apologies if its been mentioned already) but work is currently in progress to build 10.5km of trails in Clayton Vale (next to the velodrome) as well as a skills area and pump track in Philips Park (across the road from the velodrome).
Think its fantastic that more of this is going on. I ride through the Vale all the time either having a quick one through the trees after work or on the way to/from bigger rides elsewhere, plus it was also the site for the Midweek Madness races British Cycling held.
Anyway more info if anyones interested…Posted 5 years ago
Yeah I’ve seen the maps, they are posted up at several points around the Vale as well. Some of the spots they’ve picked are lines I play on anyway so it should be a good little play area when finished. Was having a run in there earlier and they have begun to lay some section down already and a lot of clearing has been done in others, just seeing it forming is rather exciting as I’m only around the corner so it’ll be great for quick ones etc and perfect (hopefully) for introducing kids to mtb.
Are you local yourself Matt?Posted 5 years agobuck53Subscriber
Just seen that they are advertising for a development coach in relation to these new trails, they will be offering coaching as well as just laying out the tracks.
There are a few new pictures in the galleries and they actually look half decent for an urban location. Looks like this could be a really good fun blast for those of us who are Manc based.Posted 5 years ago
Some more new pics on their (Architrail) Facebook.
Looking good for what and where it is, can’t wait to take the brats!Posted 5 years ago
Work is progressing at a great rate in the Vale and is starting to look very good, think people will be surprised at what they are doing especially for a site that is 15 minutes from the centre of Manchester.
Some pics from a walk with the dog…Posted 4 years ago
justatheory – Member
Great news! This is on my commute route.
Snap! Can’t wait for some extended commutes home 🙂
eightyeight – Member
Looks great. There any dig days or anything?
Sadly not. It’s all being being undertaken by Architrail who are also doing the work on the Glasgow Commonwealth XC course.Posted 4 years ago
Estimate for the Clayton Vale main trails is May.
Estimate for the ‘Philips Park/Clayton Vale’ part is March.
Cant say whether those dates will slip, but they were given to me from one of the workers I was talking too. They are working on it Monday – Friday so good chance it will be pretty close to being completed on time.
buck53 – Member
STWer meet up when it’s finished? It’s 5 minutes if that from me.Posted 4 years ago
I’d be up for that.ScapegoatSubscriber
So, just to sort out any confusion, there are two Philips parks? One is in Phillips Park, Prestwich and the other isn’t. And they both have MTB trails?
I rode the one in Prestwich near Sedgley Park yesterday and it was great fun. I shall look forward to the other one too.Posted 4 years ago
Yep this one is within the ‘Sportcity’ area with the Velodrome etc
The other is as you’ve said in Prestwich.
The Philips Park in question here is not having trails, they are in Clayton Vale which is across the road. Philips park is getting a pump track and skills area.Posted 4 years ago
Bit more info…looking at May bank holiday for opening. Was walking through the other and its coming along nicely.Posted 4 years ago
Skills section in Philips Park opens this Sunday if anyone is interested.
Saw it earlier today and it looks great for the little and big kids alike!Posted 4 years ago
I was going to go Gisburn on Sunday, but think I’m going to go here instead.
If you were after a full/big day out Gisburn may be better as this is only the smaller skills area opening, the main trails across the road in Clayton Vale are not due to be finished until mid May, although when they are finished they will be well worth a visit, as they are coming along great with some very nice sections already 😀
Anyone else coming ?
I’ll be taking the kids before they go back to school.Posted 4 years ago
Didnt manage to go on Sunday, plis kids eneded up being at grandparents…piece!
Had a nosey today though and it looks great. All obstacles are in 3’s and you can choose how difficult you want it. Looks like an excellent play area and skill builder for kids and beginners alike.Posted 4 years ago
The skills track is really good bit of everything for all levels. The last tabletop is near vertical though 😯 so take the first or second to start with, same with the rock gardens, the last is really aggressive the first 2 not bad.
I have had a look at the trails, but I was put off by the noise of crossers.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t be put off Simmy, I’ve been using the trails nearly every day for a few weeks now and not seen or heard a motorbike! maybe it was the trail builders with chainsaws ?? The developers are making a really good effort at keeping crossers off the vale, they’ve even designed most of the trails near impossible to ride on a motorbike!
A word of caution though, don’t just go bombing down them without doing a slow run first coz you might get a bit of a surprise when you turn a sharp corner an realise that your on an unfinished trail and your heading straight for a pile of rubble. this happened to me the other day;)
All the trails on the Newton heath side seem to be finished. The best ones though are on the clayton side of the vale but some off them aren’t finished yet so watch out!
I think I noticed a pattern last time I was there, the finished trails all have large white stones at each side of the start of the trail and the unfinished ones didn’t, maybe this is how you can tell if they’re ready?!
Anybody found a trail map yet??? I’ve got one for the skills track but not the vale. Might have to see if I can blagg the trail builders to to let us get a photo of the plans;)Posted 4 years ago
@simmy – the vale has always been a victim to yobs on moto’s for as long as i can remember! lol
@Margin Walker – I’ve just found the original planning application for the trails and the grading of each trail:) will defo pop in the velodrome for a look though, thanks for the heads up.
@Junkyard – here’s a link for the skills section,Posted 4 years ago
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