Night ride – Philips Park vs. Lee Quarry
Weekend commitments over the next few weeks mean I’ll be getting in more night rides.
I usually go to Lee Quarry, however Philips Park is closer and a couple of figure of 8s of the new red lines would be suit me fine. However, I’ve been fed a few horror stories that I’m going to be jumped in the car park by a load of local yoofs and relieved of all my possessions and dignity. I’ll ride at about 8pm, do you think I’ve got anything to worry about? Shall I just stick with a drive to Lee Quarry?
It’s probably pertinent to the discussion: I am not very hard.Posted 4 years agosimmySubscriber
I was down on the trails near Philips Park near the old viaduct the other day, and there’s signs of alcohol being drunk on top of the viaduct.
Mind you, I wouldn’t go off road in the dark on my own anyway. On the few occasions I have it’s always resulted in a mechanical or puncture so guess its an omen trying to tell me somethingPosted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Personally wouldn’t fancy Lee Quarry at night – tend to take the technical stuff really easy at night on my own, and having a play on the rocks seems to be the point of LQ.
Cragg quarry would be good I would have thought? Not ridden there at night but it seems like a good place for a few loops under moonlight.Posted 4 years ago
I ride all the time at Philips Park on my own at night. I’ve never had any trouble. I have however had a couple of run-ins with idiots near Bacup.
There might be youths out in the park having a laugh, but do you really think you’re going to get attacked?Posted 4 years ago
get a grip and stop watching scary stories on telly.Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Mrs used to go running on her own all the time in Phillips Park.*
But we’ve moved now so you should be fine.
*The smiley lady that helped you out when you splattered yourself last Saturday – she sends hugs & says thanks for making her day a bit more interesting. 😀Posted 4 years ago
Terrahawk – quite right. I need to sort myself out / stop listening to scare stories. I’m not originally from Manc, so just didn’t want to be naive. For instance there’s places in Bristol (where I grew up) I wouldn’t head out to of an evening.
Rustyspanner – Pass on my thanks you to your lovely wife! It will be my first ride after 10 days out of the saddle. There’s only one way to get over a fall, that’s head straight back to where you did it!Posted 4 years ago
MTFU soft lad.
It is the Hurst Woods werewolf and the escaped axe murderers that you should be worried about.
Awww disaster, my shoulder’s playing up…. From the feel of it, probably won’t be much better until March 31st (that’s when the clocks change right?!)Posted 4 years ago
Binners – thanks. Due to the fact i’ve sold out to the maaaaan, I struggle to get away from the office before 7pm. But if you run a 8-11 slot that would be ideal…?
I’m going to try and get out at least 2/3 times a week until the end of March. I’ve signed up for the Afan enduro, and apparently some people train for it 😕Posted 4 years ago
it’s not the Philips Park yobs you need to be scared of anyway. It’s the Unsworth JizzlobberPosted 4 years ago
It is the escaped axe murderers that you should be worried about.
Just in case you thought that was in jestPosted 4 years agochorltonSubscriber
Ride Lee and Cragg on my own at night without any problems. Only ever see the odd biker/runner. Cragg’s a bit more spooky though being full of nooks and crannies.Posted 4 years ago
Only ever been down to Phillips with mates and wouldn’t fancy it on my own. Had dickheads drive at us a couple of times.Rusty SpannerSubscriber
To be fair, you get that everywhere though don’t you?
Biggest inconvenience at Phillips park is the dog walkers on the bike trails now and again.
Not a problem, just something to be aware of.
It’s a massively popular place for walkers, dog owners, runners and cyclists, which is why it feels so safe to me.
It’s great to see the place used.
The more people there, the safer I feel.
Have seen a huge incease in local yoot on BMX’s and MTB’s round there over the last couple of years – never had an issue or felt threatened by them though.
Used to ride home regularly from Manchester after the nightclubs had kicked out – riding through Collyhurst & Cheetham Hill at 3 in the morning whilst trying to eat a kebab is much, much scarier than anything you’ll find at Phillips Park or Lee Quarry. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Thinking about it Philips is getting a bit tame. I’ve not seen a motorbike in there for months and it has been a couple of year’s since I’ve err… come across a shagging couple testing the springs of a Ford Fiesta. Back in the day we caught one couple at it 3 weeks running with our “LEDs of surprise”. The best one was a mile or so up the trail near the garden centre. She was kneeling in the dirt (not a euphemism) and he was sat in the passenger seat with the door open and his legs propped up through the open window. No idea what they were up to. 😉 This was mid afternoon on a Saturday!
So… to sum it up Philips is boring and rubbish so stay away so it can be mine and Terrahawk’s private playground.
A word of caution though. There was some evidence of car break ins in the car park last Saturday, so don’t leave stuff on display. I guess this is the same with many places though.Posted 4 years agoxherbivorexSubscriber
which car park andrew; the one next to the new trail head(s)?Posted 4 years ago
as we were leaving HtN we stopped in there so Ali could attempt to use the bogs (they’d locked them up by then), and that car park was getting full with lots of people heading out on the new trails on bikes. which was good to see, but i guess it’s hidden away enough for the scrotes to be able to have a go at cars there reasonably undetected.
anyway, i think we might go for a play around on saturday but i’ll park up down by the church i reckon, instead of in the park itself.
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