PSA for Marple / Strines area riders: ANOTHER Trail closure warning

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  • PSA for Marple / Strines area riders: ANOTHER Trail closure warning
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    That’s bloody vandalism, awful for taking a horse up as well.

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    Wow… that’s quite extraordinary. I might nip over and have a look tomorrow. It males the Aspenshaw Hall stuff look quite sympathetic.

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    I’m still running into old metal cat eye holders in the surface at Aspenshaw. Shocking.

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    Aspenshaw was ****ed when the had to resurface it though

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    That and the farmer at the top wanted to be able to use it as an access road, which I’m guessing is now why it’s quite as wide as it is. Takes a lot of drainage though and never survived after previous repairs, whereas it now incorporates storm drains. But I’m not sure the degree of destruction should be used to justify over-zealous repairs.

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    So.. having wombled over for a closer look as part of a gentle amble around, I have to say, I’m kind of baffled. It’s not really tarmac anyway, more tamped down hardcore stuff and I can’t imagine it’s going to last very long when the rain and run-off gets at it.

    I don’t think it’s ‘ruined’ any interesting riding, but it just seems completely out of keeping with the surroundings and sets a slightly worrying precedent, though that’s nothing new for Stockport Council given what they did to The Banks zig-zags a few years back.

    But on balance, colour me non-plussed 🙄

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    BWD – did you get to see the BW up Lily Bank? Which is just a long strip of the stuff at the bottom of (Strawberry Hill) Shielan descent.

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    Nope, I had tired legs and couldn’t really be bothered with the drag back up the hill because I am lazy. I’ll pop out and have a look some time this week though. It’s all very strange.

    Perhaps they’ll build a roundabout next, that would be quite cool and allow for better trail user integration…

    It is very odd, I ran round there this morning
    The road/ bridleway across the golf course has already had some sketchy gravel patching the holes, the bit up the side of the houses towards the cross (strawberry?) seems really odd- idiots will now fly down whereas before it self policed decent riders only or runners- was lightly used in my experience, now likely much heavier use
    The bit down the bottom by the railway I have no idea what they’re up to- not tough enough for vehicles to turn on, and surely they aren’t going to go right up the hill? Or right along to roman lakes where there are far worse bits of track

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    the bit up the side of the houses towards the cross (strawberry?) seems really odd- idiots will now fly down whereas before it self policed decent riders only or runners- was lightly used in my experience, now likely much heavier use

    I suspect people will just ride the zig-zags as a downhill, which is a more interesting track unless you’re on a cross bike. More likely to be used as a climb I think. The other bit is just baffling – conceptual art maybe?

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    Has anyone been up there this week? Just wondering if the closures are still in place.

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    Been out today to check it out. Thankfully the “repairs” extend down towards Windybottom farm from the point pictured, so the fast descent down “strawberry” is untouched and is now completely open, as long as you turn left at the bottom back towards Strines Station. It was possible to turn right and get through to Roman Lakes today, but when the workmen are there I think it will be closed. They should be finished soon as there’s just a few metres of top surface left but in truth it’s one of the worst jobs I’ve seen. The damage done was due to water erosion from the water running down the hill, which they’ve completely failed to sort out, so the work will probably last months. The path is not wide enough for the tractor to get through to the fields, nor for two horses to pass side-by-side. Worse, the top surface is made of a mix of road planings (which are not supposed to be used where they may end up in a watercourse, according to the horse rider to whom we were chatting about the poor job) and recycled plastics, which also raises concerns about the plastics ending up in a watercourse. And, of course, as we now have a wide flat surface, the increased speed of cyclist will lead to an increase in perceived and perhaps even actual trail conflict.

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    Just in case anyone was wondering what had happened to this, a friend rode it the other day and the weird asphalted track has apparently been extended pretty much as far as the tunnel/bridge just beyond the farmlet with the dogs and horses and stuff,

    Admittedly that whole section has been quite chewed up by water erosion and a section of perma-mud, but the new bit has all the subtle situational empathy as turning up to a funeral in a pair of Speedos and a rubber cap. It just seems weird and extraordinarily out of place.

    Should be super quick on a cross bike though 🙂

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    Hmm… used to stick to BP & BOATS mostly when I lived around there… but the more they suburbanise the RoW network, the more they’re asking people to ride off-piste to enjoy a bit of mountain biking.

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    The council have also put new surface down on the other side of the river. Which is the BW over the Roman bridge and leading along to the steep climb up to Strines road.

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