The "regular" Wednesday night Pentlands ride…
I've been up a couple of times this week, including yesterday, and it's very wet and muddy up there. There is also still a fair bit of snow on the climb from Harlaw to Maidens, although from there to Flotterstone is fine.
It's not the most fun place to ride at the moment as all the more interesting bits are best avoided while the ground is this soft.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
We got more snow last night as well, though not a lot. Just in from a very short ride, even the trails that aren't too vulnerable to damage are very slippy, there's a thin layer of slime on basically everything. Quite good fun but i fell twice while walking 😳 But I wouldn't even think of doing nail trail, the bottom half of pistachio etc for the time being.
The rocky chute at the bottom of poet's glen seems to have aquired a few more rocks as well, which i'm sure some people will hate but I like it. Quite a lot of the "new" surface from a few years ago is now spread down the road…Posted 8 years agorobgarriochSubscriber
I've only heard about DH type riding at Corstorphine – can longer routes be strung together for an hours riding?Posted 8 years ago
As Kit has alluded here, Saturday nights slushy snow has rendered Pentlands extra soft, better stick to the surfaced paths for now…
(my bike's in the shop atm but keeping an eye out for any gatherings)KitMember
Don't want to rain on the parade, but personally I wouldn't want to join a group ride on Corstorphine Hill. Its clear the influence/damage that bikes have had on the hill since access was granted under the LRA, and the majority of walkers I've met up there have usually given me The Eye, indicating that they're still not happy about us being there. I don't mind going for a muckabout on my own when its quiet, or with one or two folk, but group rides are likely to cause more damage (especially just now) and piss off locals.
Unfortunately with the Pentlands in a dire state, there's little other quality riding 🙁 The Braid Burn Valley behind Blackford Hill has some nice stuff, but again pretty limited. I'd be interested in TJ's stuff that he's found along from Leith though.
I think I'll be doing most of my riding from now 'til Spring on my own or with only a few people to minimise my impact on the trails around Edinburgh. Might even take up a bit of road riding, if I get desperate enough!
See ya'll after Easter!Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
Corstorphine hill is fine so long as you remember to be reasonable and I personally haven't seen any bike damage. its only really enough for half an hour or an hour tho as its a small area. another area that really needs a test case but my interpretation of LRA says we should be able to ride there. its definitely one to give way to pedestrians tho.
Kit – the various bits of singletrack I know around here are not enough to keep a group occupied for long and are rather scattered about anyway.
Arthurs seat anyone? couple of nice DH runs on thatPosted 8 years ago
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