- Sherwood Pines Vs Mountain Bikers
I fully appreciate that the Kitchener Trails sit on Forestry Commission land and that tree felling is a priority but I have to say that the damage to trails on this occasion is beyond belief,
Not a care in the world and the most frustrating thing,
knowing the damage won’t be repaired.
As pointed out in a previous post of mine by other folks, The people in charge clearly don’t use ride bikes.
So much potential, Wasted.Posted 4 years ago
As I said in OP I fully appreciate its the priority to farm the woodland but when you see other trail centers working with the forestry commission there is a little resentment that the management isn’t a little biker friendly.
there’s section half way round just before the rock garden/bikepark, with a drop and several berms before the small climb to junction ‘bikepark left/Red route right’
diggers have driven right over the top of the berms almost like intentionally aiming for them!
maybe I’m over exaggerating but there is an element in truth in saying that other trails will work with the FC to minimise damage and have the people and funds after to repair any damage, the Pines seems like the trail is an inconvenience to them.
The alternative would be no access and people, god forbid, having to use maps and go into the hills and look after themselves and face the wrath of ramblers and maybe get lost and maybe be responsible for themselves and…..and….and…….NOOOOOOO!!!!!
God forbid indeed!
Point taken, I have of course taken time to explore outside of the marked trails but I don’t always have the time to do this and a short burst around a purpose built trail is ideal before/after work, Particularly when living in a city!
I can grumble all I want but only if I’m willing to make a change by helping around the pines (not a great deal of trail building going on)
or I can shut up and explore!
Incidentally its pretty dry at the moment which is unusual as its always pretty muddy just be aware some of the berms aint as high as the used to be!Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
You do realise that forestry isn’t about providing a playground for middle-aged cyclists?
Not necessarily, actually.
As I understand it, the FC has a brief to provide both timber and recreation facilities. In popular places timber production is lower priority and sometimes they don’t even bother. That’s the good thing about it being a nationalised industry.Posted 4 years agowrightysonMember
Been once with the kids, they loved it and so did we as we were out with them. As for travelling 45 mins from home to ride on my own or with the lads etc it would be Cannock everytime. However Cannock is built from natures own grinding paste so I avoid that unless its been dry, so then we drive to degga which is 2 hrs dead but that’s starting to take up a whole day. But then I’m lucky I’ve got a 15 mile loop ten minutes from home and it does win most times.Posted 4 years agobigdeanSubscriber
I thought the red this weekend rode the best it been for the past few months. The felling has filled, flattened and sorted some of the poor surfaces covering it with felling litter. You should ride the areas felled away from the trails, inkersal woods and ramsom wood areas. Total bog fests and unridable.
Ironingly with the rally on sunday the forrest was the quietest i’ve known it for ages. Bit worried that a couple were pushing a buggie up a stage fire road. In sight of marshalls as well.Posted 4 years ago
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