R.I.P. Lawnmower Trail

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  • Premier Icon psling
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    After being in the shadow of the woodsman’s axe for the last 18 months or so it’s finally happened, the trees are gone and the trail has gone with them πŸ˜₯

    The Lawnmower Trail, for those not in the know, was a sublime piece of woodsy singletrack in the Forest of Dean laid out by a guy named Matt who started the trail using a lawnmower when he was lodging in one of the bungalows near the start of the trail. Hopefully he’ll be back with his lawnmower when the harvesting contractors are gone and we can get Lawnmower Trail II, son of Lawnmower, born 8)

    The FoD is a working forest, trails come and go; long may we be allowed to play there.

    Diane
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    Ah always sad when that happens.

    tollah
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    Bad Times! But as you said Psling it’s a working forest and thats what happens! Doughies was the same this time last year and now backing it’s full glory! Fingers crossed we’ll be able to sweep n swoop down there again soon!

    zangolin
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    A sad day – was one of the most aesthetically pleasing tracks around.

    Now I know why it’s called the Lawnmower trail. One of our local trails near Hereford is also known as the Lawnmower trail – but that’s just because someone nailed an old lawnmower to a tree.

    Premier Icon psling
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    Great how trails get names, isn’t it. And it’s amazing how many different names the same bit of trail can be called by different groups of riders over time.

    Fingers crossed we’ll be able to sweep n swoop down there again soon!

    Only a matter of time ‘don πŸ˜€

    jimster
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    A sad day indeed, only rode it once and couldn’t stop grinning at the bottom a sublime little trail.

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    Great bit of trail. Have fond memories of attempting it on a tandem the morning after SSEC. πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon psling
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    Was that the tandem acquired at the event? πŸ˜‰ Hope it’s still in use and giving as much fun as we had on it 8)

    amt27
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    Where have you been? This happened over a month ago.

    dobiejessmo
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    No more Sweeping and Swooping down there anymore that is sad.Have heard there is going to be a food ban down there the wildlife is getting to fat on crackers and cheese is this true????????????? πŸ˜† πŸ™„

    Premier Icon psling
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    Where have you been? This happened over a month ago

    I had to get over my grief before posting… πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜‰

    They had to pump extra water into Mallards Pike because the ducks were displacing too much water on their diet of niche-cheeses and sausage… 😯

    mokl
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    The Old Race Track was looking pretty poorly on Sunday, think it might about survive though.

    Won,t miss the climb up to it ! it will be back i am sure !

    amt27
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    just been up there, the cleared view over to the black mountains is probably one of the best in the forest,

    I haven’t really looked at the damage to the trail, reckon is it just branches and a few tractor tracks? or is it worse? I am pretty sure the loggers have left the area, I am up for a bit of digging

    Premier Icon psling
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    Won,t miss the climb up to it !

    There’s a lovely little grassy, rocky, climb up from Soudley as an alternative Mike… πŸ˜•

    amt27, it’s certainly opened up the view a bit from the bungalows (did you know one of them is owned by an ex-pro racer?!) but I don’t know if I could live in the middle of the forest like that.

    Premier Icon psling
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    reckon is it just branches and a few tractor tracks?

    I reckon so though I haven’t had a good look yet either. I’ll try and find out whether harvesting has finshed in the area or not.

    mattsccm
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    Out on the Cx tomorrow. I’ll maybe have a look> Got to go the the cycle centre first to look at a trike!

    Nicknoxx
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    Can someone show me on a map where this trail is? Email if you don’t want to put it in public
    Thanks

    jimster
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    Have a look om the Fountain Inn website,Mallards Loop

    mattsccm
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    I think it might need a bit of clearing! Time to make a new version. It was nice and sunny there today though.

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    Was that the tandem acquired at the event? Hope it’s still in use and giving as much fun as we had on it

    Yeah, our mate Andy bought it and as far as I know it’s still being happily used. Everyone had to have a go first though. There’s a photo somewhere of Clubber riding it solo, sat in the stoker’s seat.

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    I only got to ride this once at ssec but even I’m gutted, that was a fantastic ribbon of loveliness

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