- Trail name etymology
Trumpetweed, up by the reservoir- root it oot.
Not so much trail names as feature names…
28 Inches. So named because there used to be a gap between 2 trees that was only 28 inches wide, troublesome for widebarists. Boring name, but became a good name when one of the trees was cut down so now it’s measuring a gap that doesn’t exist
The Wedding ****er. Because it ****ed Brian’s wedding after he broke both his wrists on it.Posted 4 years agoMrs ToastMember
I was quite pleased that Evil Root One and Evil Root Two (later ‘Evil Slab’) ended up being commonly used on Cannock Chase. All down to my chronic inability to ride over slight uphill obstacles…
There was a bit on FtD (section 14, now closed) that we called “Ill Phil’s Hill”, because the first time I went up it somebody had made a little sign, saying, “Phil was sick here”.Posted 4 years ago
There was a bit on FtD (section 14, now closed) that we called “Ill Phil’s Hill”, because the first time I went up it somebody had made a little sign, saying, “Phil was sick here”.
Yeah we have a hill called “Chucky Hill” as I rode it one time with a lad who had a very severe hangover. For obvious reasons he quickly became known as Chucky, and that’s where he chucked …Posted 4 years agonbtMember
Middlewood Cheek (nice footpath in Middlewood)
Cheeky Woods (likewise nice footpath through Collier’s woods)
Cherry Trees (downhill from the Cherry Tree Estate)
Bone Mill (goes past an old Bone Mill)
The Corner Of Certain Doom, and on the other side of the tree, the Slightly Less Acute Corner of almost Certain Peril – a very nice trail down a steep footpath through woods and brambles with several very tight turns where the trail more or less doubles back on itself, finishing with what feels like a vertical drop alongside a tree after which the path takes a 90 degree turn to the left – although I’ve got as far as the tree on many occasions, I’ve bottled the actual corner more times than I care to remember, cleaned it once, then the next time I tried it went over the bars and cracked my ribs. We rearranged (bent not broke) some branches on the other side of the tree at the bottom to make a very slightly less difficult end to the path, still needs some bottle and skill to ride it though
All the other trails are named on the OS map or named after places they pass – Shielan, The Banks, Linnet’s Clough, Fox Inn and so onPosted 4 years agofatsimon mk2Member
the sacred v – short twisty bit of trail that ends in a v shaped gully that look like a lady garden 😀Posted 4 years ago
then joins on to grassy hill of doom 🙁
Donny woods – donyland is a small village near by
drop off trail – has the worlds smallest drop off on it
rhoddies revenge new bit of trail cut this year through big plantation of rhoddengrium bushesesselgruntfuttockMember
The Moon. Cos it looks like, er, the moon
Broken Thumb Ford, cos my mate slid off & broke his, er, thumb.
Angry Man, cos it goes past a house who’s occupant is, er, angry about MTB’s going past.
But the best one wev’e named is Wobblycock Gate. A cockerall was sat on a gate onto a bridleway, & my mate (of broken thumb fame) tried shaking the gate to move it but it kept it’s balance & just wobbled around.Posted 4 years agogeeMember
I named Double Shocker in Thetford after riding down it on an £89 full sus bike for a joke. The previous day I’d been asked if the shop I worked in sold those “double shockers” to which I replied “yes, we’ve got some shockers right over here…”. Sale – tick.
That bike was awarded as a prize at D2D – the face on the lady who’d just won a “state of the art full suspension bike” when she saw her prize was priceless.Posted 4 years ago
Trail naming is one of my favourite aspects of MTB culture, but Strava has ruined it a bit with a) millions of pointless segments b) lots are just named for where they are rather than the proper names.
I went away from the Surrey Hills for a few years – when I went, that famous trail on Holmbury was Golden Birdies, now it’s Barry’s (except to the old guard). How did that happen? (And Park Life morphed to ‘Yoghurt Pots’ yawn).Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Thinking about it, you all need to get some inspiration from the climbing world…
Take ‘The Tower of Babel’ at Stoney Middleton, with the climbs of Glory Road, Sin, Greed, Sloth, Envy, Lust….and right next to it Lucy Simmons… 😆
For inspiration:Posted 4 years ago
Naming is extremely important to communicate findings, routes, maintenance activity etc.
To avoid unnecessary colour, we first lift names off the OS map, but some of them are fairly colourful:
East Twin Swallet
Then the merely prosaic:
The Old DH
Ham Goat track (actually made by goats)
Only then do we get imaginative:
Magic (no idea)Posted 4 years ago
Christmas Trees (lots of them)
Badger’s Run (they run and run)
Pye (found a rusty old radio)
Heart Bypass (avoids a horrid climb)
Slot Cars (you’re in the groove until the end)
Rocky Horror (it’s not a drag)
Asstwitcher (was nearly called Heath-cliff or Three Mins of Terror)milky1980Member
Got one in my old hunting ground that was named ‘New Mech Req.”.
The middle section was very fast until we had a massive thunderstorm one evening. The wash-off had made it into a gully with roots sticking out at just below axle height. You entered it flat out after a blind bermed right-hander (private land before you call us reckless!!)so had no chance of avoiding it. A large group of us hit it the morning after the storm and all but one of us totalled the rear mech. The one that didn’t clipped a pedal and bent his crank arm!!
It’s been made into an access road for a barn now, so is very boring but the name has stuck. My mate went nuclear on his dad when he found out what he’d done to it 😀Posted 4 years agoAlexSubscriber
Ah NickC – the roots of doom eh? And I believe we had the ‘trail of bitey logs’. I also remember our superb acronym which was something like the Campaign for Unification of Named Trails. I believe I was chairman and you president 🙂
Strava names round here include ‘Hitchcock’ (from film Vertigo, it’s a bit on the edge) and ‘balls on back wheel’ which I hope is self explanatory.
For us a good ride is Rolling Rambler, Full Antler, Missed Apex, Jason’s Folly, Martin’s Finger, Nemesis, the Woo-Woos, death valley and sniper. It just feels a bit more windswept and interesting that ‘went for a ride in the Malverns’.
FoD is even worse. No idea what the Dirt boys are smoking but yet to get even a clue to why one trail is called ‘Two Headed Sex Breast’ 😉Posted 4 years agojoespencer33Member
Bee line- A play on A-line because we also had a problem with ground nesting bees
Spooky wood-its a bit err spooky, tight pine wood, dark at the best of times, doesn’t take much to get lost on a night ride
Got introduced to dueling banjos the other night- singletrack that splits in two allowing riders to race each other to the point where it merges again.
All the others are a bit descriptive and dull 🙁Posted 4 years ago
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