Sandwell valley mtb trail centre……. Good or bad news?
I have been maintaining the trails at Sandwell and helping with the fundraising for som time, so for me it’s great news. The trails are parts of th route completed by 9 feet under as part of th original mountain mayhem events. It will be a nice little loop for locals.Posted 5 years ago
As well as the MTB trail, a pump track is also being built toward the Dartmouth Park end of the country park. There is discussing to create a longer XC loop of around 5km, but a lot of the park are areas of scientific interest plus the park needs to cater for the other park users too.
There is only so much space we can really use.Posted 5 years ago
Parts of the mountain mayhem loop are still present, in fact most of the new stuff is on the same grounds as the original mayhem course designed by 9feetunder.
This is located in Jubilee woods, near car park is at the Forge Mill/Swan pool entrance.
haha at the field of doom i know what you mean, and yes for some reason is does seem extraordinarily hard to pedal across.Posted 4 years agojezanduMember
It’s not too bad an area. Although, I used to ride the single track left after mountain mayhem and one occasion I rode past this couple bonking away like a couple of bunnies. I rode by casually with a cheery “evenin'” . Next time I was there I was going down another track and glimpsed two naked people running away in panicked state.
Wonder if the scenery has changed much….Posted 4 years agonickheadMember
Blimey, looking good. Wasn’t expecting much in the way of ‘technical’ surfacing, but am pleasantly surprised. Though given the cost, I’m glad to see the money going into the trail.
I occasionally (during the summer, when the towpaths aren’t too minging) do a loop out from Ladywood up the Wolves canal, nip up into Sandwell Valley and do a vague lap of the old Red Bull (raced there in 2000) before heading back down the Tame Valley canal, under Spaghetti Junction and into Brum.
There’s still some pretty good singletrack (the bit in the tight trees after you went alongside the M5 after the bridge) if you can find a route, which I think leads into this new trail being built. Makes for a pretty good lap, with the ‘descent’ by the golf course, and a great thing to have within (non-road) riding distance of the centre of Birmingham.
Looking forward to checking it outPosted 4 years ago
The above image is a short uphill climb but there are downhill sections too.
I know the decent via the golf course your talking about, i have crafted a few drops/jumps over in the priory woods by the ice pool too.
Sandwell is pretty much the only place i can ride from my door step so happy to help building the trails there.Posted 4 years ago
The course officially opens in 5 weeks and consist of blue/red and black lines, though take this with a pinch of salt as they can all be ridden by anyone at a slow pace.
So you will need to complete a few runs loops to tackle all the possible lines.
I will post pictures as an when work is completed, i’m going back over tomorrow and working there on Sunday.Posted 4 years ago
This picture shows an example of how the Red (right) and Blue (left) join back up. Hopefully allow mixed ability riders to ride together and choose different lines and meet back up as well as allow for different loops to be strung together. We are also currently at 3km in length.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got some pics of the pump track, will get them up in a few moments. I haven’t been involved with the pump track at all, done through different contacts. However i think it is associated with ‘closer to the edge’ and may be a paid for facility.
I hope i’m wrong though as i too want to ride it but can’t justify paying each time.Posted 4 years agofrankiMember
Sandwell Valley is the only real place to ride within easy distance from my front door. I often nip down the cut and have a spin over there.Posted 4 years ago
Good to see some surfacing on the trails as it tends to get crazily muddy and waterlogged.
Checked out the first little loop a couple of times, look forward to giving the new stuff a go when it’s completed. 🙂chris_jhMember
This is good news – the last time I rode the first phase of the newly built trails in early February the gay cottaging was still going on – this was on Saturday afternoon in daylight, they quickly dispersed when I rode the trails must of thought I was an uncover patrol…Posted 4 years ago
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