PSA for Marple / Strines area riders: ANOTHER Trail closure warning
After the piss-poor job of “fixing” the wreckage caused by storms and poor construction the last time this lot was rebuilt, Stockport Council is once again going to close the valley bottom track from Windy Bottom Farm all the way to “Capri farm” (aka Greenclough Farm), as well as the descent known as “Strawberry” (Strawberry Hill is actually on the other side of the railway )
This is the thread from the last time it was closed
More info on Stockport’s website
Bridleways 161 (between Strines Road and Roman Bridge ), 159 (between Windybottom Farm and The Shielan) and 158 (between Greenclough Farm and Windybottom Farm, Marple) are all going to be closed.
That means the descent through the golf course will be shut, just when it was getting into really nice condition. Fox Inn or Linnet’s Clough will be the only descents that remain openPosted 2 months ago
Well, I just discovered something I didn’t know! From Roman Bridge, I’ve always followed the bridleway that runs between the two houses when climbing, and mostly when descending. I’ve occasionally descended the cheeky footpath (Apple Trees) that zigzags steeply down from a narrow entrance on Strines Road.
Turns out that Apple Trees is actually a bridleway. Well, not sure how much fun it’ll be when they rebuild it, but it was always a very tricky descent, can’t say I ever cleaned it anywayPosted 2 months agoEsme wrote:
Thanks for the heads-up, nbt!
Although those orders were issued in July, for a six month period, so the work might now be completed.
So could you just pop out, please, and check if they’ve been re-opened yet
The notices have only gone up recently in the actual area. We rode there at the weekend and saw nothing, but I got a text from Bunnyhop this morning as she went out for a walk round there. The trails in question have all be really badly damaged by water (and heavily increased numbers of horse riders) over the past few monthsPosted 2 months ago
Esme – you’re welcome.
I stopped 1 mtber who had no idea of the closures, thus having to completely change his route.
nbt – well I never (apple tree) being a bridleway. You could never get a horse through that gap.
Esme – the council have completely covered the ‘Lily Bank’ trail from the golf course to the Sandy track in tarmac. 😯Posted 2 months agowiganerMember
I rode the path from Roman lakes to strines past both of those farms two weeks ago and saw the signs at the bottom of strawberry hill descent, but ignored it as they’d expired. Was in no worse state than it’s been in the last 7 years I’ve been riding it, and certainly wasn’t closed. Crack on.Posted 2 months ago
Thanks for this. Appreciated!
Could you explain again the lily bank trail – and exactly where they are laying tarmac. Apols if I’m being a tad slow! Is this from the straight trail alongside the golf course, which then crosses the golfers walk through and ends at the T junction (which is either right and north towards farm/under railway/towards Roman Lakes or left and south towards strines?)
I’ve been onto SMBC about their work in the area before. It’s really disappointing.Posted 2 months agophunkmasterMember
I believe it is the stretch at the bottom of ‘Mellor Berms’ where you appear at the cross roads, turn left and climb before getting to Lilly Bank Farm Track. That was a Dolomite sand pit the other week after the heavy machinery had gone. Pretty poor patches of tarmac in places. I think it was complete.Posted 2 months ago
Guessing you could sneak by at night. Or when they’re on a coffee break.
How are we supposed to know when they’re on a coffee break? Did you check with them or is it just a question of lurking in the shrubbery till they start brewing up and then just going for it? Are they using fresh beans and some sort of proper espresso brew method or just instant? I’m guessing, this being Stockport Council, it’ll be the latter so the window of opportunity may be short and liable to slam shut at any moment.Posted 2 months ago
Lol @ BWD. I should have put a wink , meaning that most workmen do tend to have a never ending coffee break 🙂 (joke)
Yes the tarmac has been laid from the top of ‘The Banks’ descent. This is the descent from Mellor cross (‘T’), down the lane. At the golf course it splits,most of us would take the right hand berms, turning right down the steps (The Banks – also know as zig zags).
If you were at the top at the golf course and took the left trail (used to be a white barrier with steepish steps), which then turned left, this is the trail that has the long tarmac surface. I know that there was Japanese knotweed there, so the tarmac covering may have something to do with this.
As soon as poss I will go up and see what they’ve done to the Strawberry hill (Shielan) descent.Posted 2 months ago
If you were at the top at the golf course and took the left trail (used to be a white barrier with steepish steps), which then turned left, this is the trail that has the long tarmac surface.
So now it’s useable as a climb on a cross bike then? Given that I’ve mostly only ever used it as an ascent and it was starting to fall to bits, I’m not utterly dismayed. The ‘repairs’ to the stuff lower down never last anyway ime. It’s a bit like the Hayfield campsite descent, which has become increasingly interesting since the initial Pennine Bridleway sanitisation horror.Posted 2 months agobeagle wrote:
Could you explain again the lily bank trail – and exactly where they are laying tarmac.
As Bunnyhop says, Lily Bank is the “alternate” banks / berms descent
The Banks – http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=398038&Y=387405&A=Y&Z=115
Lily Bank – http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=398066&Y=387330&A=Y&Z=115
it’s now smooth so ideal for a climb if you want to lap The BanksPosted 2 months ago
Grew up in Marple area and ridden round there for years and never used Lily Bank. Always used the track next to New Mills Golf Club, out of Brookbottom to gain elevation.
As an aside, do we know if anyone is organized with ensuring work is sensible round this area/wider area from the mtb community? I’ve spoken to SMBC a couple of times with varying results. I think it would be prudent to be on the front foot. Whether PDMTB would ever get involved is another question too as it’s probably out of their area to a degree, though we know they have been speaking to NT re Lyme.
Appreciate it’s not at Rushup level, but it is important for local riders.Posted 2 months ago
it’s now smooth so ideal for a climb if you want to lap The Banks
Dunno about that, but it’ll be a lot more pleasant than the godawful back road climb that comes off Gibb Lane… I know I’m not really meant to approve, but given that I rarely ever ride that track these days – it used to be a reasonable mtb climb, but had got steadily looser and stepped in the wrong places.Posted 2 months agoEsme wrote:
It would be lovely if these trails were identified on Trailforks, as I’m not familiar with the names currently used on there (eg Cable Car? River Run?).
In contast, the The Quantocks section is excellent (maintained by Canopy of this parish, I believe).
Never heard of that site before. River Run is known to us as Linnets Clough., and Cable Car is known as Surprise Hill.
On the map on trailforks, the trails closed for work are “Roman Lakes Link” (to the junction with “Road Climb”) and “Strawberry Golf Course”.Posted 2 months ago
The trouble with the Trailforks thing is that even locally there’s not necessarily any universally agreed set of names. Different riding groups tend to develop different labels for the same sections, so something like the track over Middle Moor gets referred to a Middle Moor, Shooting Cabins, 20 Trees (or rather an extension of it) the Snake Path and probably stuff I’ve never heard of too.
Strava has changed that a little with segment names sometimes creeping into more common use – or vice versa I guess – but it’s kind of the nature or the beast. Or should I say, Fluffy Kittens 😕Posted 2 months agochestercopperpotMember
Gah the Lilly Bank bit has been tarmacked, really? That’s the best/most technical bit of that descent, always preferred it to the balls out fast bit!
You could see an exposed land drain behind the house on the last drop, suppose that’s why it’s been repaired, tarmac though 😐
How good is the tarmacking and drainage? If it’s a cheapo bodged job it won’t last long anyway 😈Posted 2 months ago
The tarmac is an approx 1.5 wide ribbon. Can’t comment on how long it will last. However it’s looking a more robust surface than many from previous years. It is climbable but not by me, as you need to be fit :D.
Regarding the trail names. Many are the correct names from area maps, however as with many trails the locals use artistic licence to find a name. E.g we have ‘surprise hill’, ‘Horsey girls drop’, ‘Zig and Zag’ and ‘Scouts Honour’, all named tongue in cheek with humour, although once you’ve ridden up ‘Surprise Hill’ you’ll no longer be laughing. 😯Posted 2 months ago
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