Surrey Hills walker rant
Just got back from surrey hills and for the first time ever encountered walkers / ramblers what ever you call them on the lower end of telegraph. I always thought that trail was a bike one not a walking one but I could be wrong, anyway for those that know it we were finishing up at the lower car park 9 so telegraph is always our ride home.Posted 7 years ago
So picture the scene barrelling down telegraph slow down where if crosses the fire track then back on it, just before you get to that little steep drop there they were at least 10 of them adults and kids and one with a baby in those carriers on her back. Shouted out to them bikes coming through and they barely moved just glared at us, I couldn’t believe how oblivious some people are as to me the way this one narrows common sense would tell you it’s not a walking trail.
Bit of a pointless post but felt like a rant 😀
I appreciate that it’s main use is by bikes never the less I stick by letting walkers have right of way. I am not 100% on the status of Telegraph but I think it’s a footpath. I know that it’s a fast trail and people on it does spoil the run a bit but you are just better off stopping letting them past and pointing out that bikers do use the trail often at speed so they may need to be careful. Better solution all round I’d say.Posted 7 years ago
Just a thought but if you can’t see would you just run over a rider in front who has fallen?
When it’s not a closed area you should be able to stop within the distance you can see – same thing happens with walkers/dogs etc. at Hamsterley and I’m sure plenty other ‘biking’ haunts. It would be your fault if you injured someone.Posted 7 years ago
Woody I understand that but I was honestly shocked that people would walk down that even more so with kids, yes I may of been irresponsible in the majority eyes but equally walking that section is just as irresponsible. One thing I will not make assumptions that walkers will not be on that section anymorePosted 7 years ago
Of course you can have a moan no worries but it’s just that over there walkers do pop up all over the place and it’s just polite to give them right of way. We have a nice little number in the Surrey hills so best not to piss people off, last week it was cheeky trail building or riding the footpaths that was a problem. There’s more people going there on bikes than ever so I suppose we have to make an effort to be nice eh?.Posted 7 years ago
Telegraph isn’t a footpath. The footpath runs parallel, under the trees.
Even if it were a bridleway (which I don’t think it is either) you would still have to travel at a speed that you can control, and stop when needed, and give way to people on foot. Same even if it is dedicated cycle track.Posted 7 years ago
No big deal really, despite my strongly worded posting! You and they got a surprise, and a reminder. We move on. Something very similar happened to me a few years back, and I had to take myself to one side for a talking to about not going faster than I can see!
Rahter a classic one is that there are lots of blackberries on the top part of Yogurt Pots – so guess what… people like to pick blackberries. Ditto mushrooms, as jools mentioned.Posted 7 years agonukeSubscriber
Thought walkers were perfectly in their rights to walk along any of the trails…BKB, Yogurt Pots, Telegraph etc Its why I tend to avoid them as much as possible on busy weekends.
I remember last year coming down BKB and was met by a women pushing a baby in a buggy up the trail with a dog and toddler in tow as well. Slowed down and let them pass mentioning politely there might be bikers coming down and there was a path that ran parallel but I just got a mouthful. Fortunately it was mid-week so there were few bikers around.Posted 7 years agoatlazMember
There are places *I* wouldn’t walk but it doesn’t mean others wouldn’t. I’ve met walkers coming up BKB in SH and a cyclist riding UP deerstalker in Swinley. Seems a bit stupid to me given there’s obviously a lot of bikes going the opposite way but that’s the thing with multi-use forest, you have to have a bit in hand to stop in time.Posted 7 years ago
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