- Tech Trails Gloucestershire?
I’m really excited about my Five which I’m currently trying to build up 🙂Posted 5 years ago
I’ve recently come off a FR bike and I’m looking to eventually race Enduro – but I need to practice for fitness and technique, ideally somewhere local.
I’m based around Cirencester, and the nearest places are FoD (great fun, but not very technical), Leckhampton (DH) and North Nibley (DH).
SO I’m looking for any long (ish) trails with some technical and fast stuff in Gloucestershire, I do not want to ride your average XC loop, it would bore me to tears 🙂
Not a massive fan of Lecki – to be fair it’s good and technical, and a bit of a challenge in the wet, but the trails are really short, and I have a bit of an enemy in those quarry jumps – I could never seem to clear them last time I went – not sure If I’d want to do them on a five anyway.
Cranham seems pretty good – went there with some friends once, and we ended up cycling over towards Prinknash as we never actually found any trails 😛
@Zangolin – “You just need to know where it is” does this mean there’s more other then the Mr Rooty, The OC and that lot that never seem to get ridden any more? If so where is it? I found some ridiculously steep stuff and a massive jump up beyond the skills area, but that was crazily steep built by the local lads I think – some of them are very fast…Posted 5 years agoPeterStarkissMember
Really depends what you consider fast and technical, here are some ideas,
Nympsfield woods, enter near the Coley Peak car park and Mansion entrance off B4066.
There is a trail that runs straight down to Frocester, deep U shape gulley with rock slabs and ledges near the top. Plenty of rocks and debris to deal with. Can literally be a river during heavy rain but this does wash the debris off to reveal a rocky base.
Difficult to explain the exact loaction but I could get a grid reference of the top at the weekend for you.
Hazel Wood just outside of Nailsworth, trail that runs down to B4014 near The Weighbridge pub.
Twisty singletrack down through the woods, some tight bends with roots and tree stumps, over a stream bed via “slatted bridge”, options of routes down two stream beds or meadow exiting at gate onto the road.
The “bridge” has usually got a few slats missing and is very slippy when wet and muddy. I have come off this in spectacular style.
Top of Selsley Common down to the Water Lane end. Once you have explored the dips and bumps there are a number of fast routes taking in some lovely smooth bombholes and jumps. Cross the B4066 and head down Water Lane into Woodchester. This is / was a tarmac road but I’ve only met cars on it a few times. Fast descent over cattle grid and then it dives down a deep trail. Debris and water everywhere, always wet as the spring that provided water for the village is part way down.Posted 5 years ago
This makes life interesting as you have to manage speed against grip.
you are aware of the issues with the cleeve conservators?
I really hate being the bringer of shit news.
The last couple of years there has been a fair bit of friction going on.
Please stick to the trails and do not ride off piste.
Cleeve, keep off the ruins, hill fort, quarry etc.
Cranham, stick to the trail map
Just to mention no digging anywhere, it is criminal damage on all three sites, all are SSSIs.Posted 5 years ago
That grid reference would be great – really useful info Peter!
Yeah, I should have been more specific. I would describe myself as a novice downhiller – only been riding downhill for 6 months, but I can ride all of the drops and stuff at the Forest of Dean, although I do struggle clearing some of the gaps / tabletops. Verderers is good, but not very challenging unless you are really caning it, and FODCA is alright I guess…
I would like to challenge myself though, and get some XC in as well – but what I didn’t want is an “XC ride” (bikepath stuff) – used to do them on my old 100mm hardtail which I had from 12 before I started DH …. soooooo boring.
Thanks for the help!Posted 5 years ago
Just watched some videos, Cranham looks fun if taken at speed!
And that’s how it all got into a mess up there a while back )
Use your head as said, have a look around on maps and use word of mouth, consider the fact that trails listed online never get unlisted, they just get used more and conflict too often follows at the faster/techier spots that attract high use. PMs are better for sharing trail use. OP, PM me and I’ll happily share a good spot but I’m not posting trails up on here or anywhere else.Posted 5 years ago
briefly and sort of correctly.
Cranham is owned by a number of private individuals/organisations, some is managed by NE, some isn’t. Some of these owners either tolerate or allow cycling, some don’t. some are definitely anti bike.
A compromise was arrived at early last year that allowed bikes to use a limited number of tracks, not as many as were being used. A number of tracks are definitely closed, a number are outside the agreement area and the ban area.
A bloke, who looks a bit like Jim Bowen was putting branches, nails and various other crap on the tracks, best guess to stop bikes, but obviously no regard to the injuries that could be suffered by dogs, horses, deer etc. This was a couple of years ago but you never know.
Worst case is Popes Wood, lots of building went on, and i think some very unhappy owners!!!
Most of the bike trails are not used by horses but the trails do cross horse trails, so as i said use your head.
If you need more specific details about where you can ride, ask.Posted 5 years agotangMember
Ash it’s Lowsley Williams mate here. Come the better weather I have some good stuff for you. Tbh most trails are so wet, and let’s face it we shouldn’t make a mess. Did you get to Cym Carn yet?Posted 5 years ago
Cotswold riding this way is xc with some bits of natural tech, but nothing that lasts ages. I think approaching it without a trail centre attitude is best, often it’s sharing trails with other users. Be prepared to stich a decent ride together. You get to know the bits where you can let go a bit. Remember if you want to race enduro fitness isn’t too bad a thing!
@Jameso I’m sorry, didn’t realize you’d have issue with it…..your email is in your profile anyway if someone reading this thread decided to spam you (though I can’t see that happening ).
@Tang – Yeah I remember! Nope I haven’t been over to Cwm Carn yet as I’m still bike-less, though I’m building up a pretty nice Five, so should be able to get there March-ish and ride the downhill, and the XC which I’ve heard is pretty good. Yeah, I’m trying to find a few more, so I’m not just restricted to FoD the whole time, as that was kind of the reason why I sold my Patriot.Posted 5 years ago
If you are like most other people on the thread and don’t want to disclose any information publicly, my email is in my profile – so if you could let me know of a few half decent trails that would be great!
I’ll steer clear of them in the wet and get on down to FoD in the meanwhile, although with the weather forecast at the moment, I shouldn’t think the wet will be too much of a problem!ooOOooMember
Mrmo- hear what you are saying, I didn’t know you should stay off the quarry bits at cleeve. Haven’t been there for ages.Posted 5 years ago
06awjudd- Lecky is my local, and I have no car, so it’s short but easy for me.
As tang says you will have to stitch stuff together. Gloucestershire is not the alps. Just try and ride fast on the fun bits and enjoy the view.
didn’t realize you’d have issue with it…..your email is in your profile anyway
Not about having an issue, just normal practice online? It’s not in a format that can be used by the programs that search+collect emails for spam / viruses, hence why I used AT instead of @ – common format to prevent spamming. Try typing your full email out a few times on here and see what happens.. I did once, learned the hard way, it does happen.Posted 5 years ago
Aplogies for a grumpy tone last post but it was late. Sounds like you got some trail info anyway, all good.v666ernMember
worcester lodge worth checking out, as is the end of the enduro trail what we call elephant manPosted 5 years ago
check there other maps but bear(?) in mind dowies is just MUD atm 😯v666ernMember
fyi – check corrective rogers posts for the cranham mapPosted 5 years ago
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