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  • Premier Icon GavinB
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    Blimey, trails around Winter Hill are buff at the moment. Was out running last night, and came back with shoes dry, and hardly any mud. Experimented by running up the Smithhills Moor trail, normally best as a descent, again to find that it was dry, packed and hardly any water at all, even at the usual boggy spots.

    So, straight out tonight for a ride up and over to San Marino, Kennels etc. It’s riding like it’s midsummer. Only bummer was that my lights failed on me as I headed back home, so had to miss out on some hidden favourites.

    Anyone else out enjoying the trails tonight?

    wors
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    Was out myself up winter hill. Did the kennels and San Marino, they are indeed buff πŸ˜€ great ride out.

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    I’m confused by the use of “buff” in NW England without a corresponding “Hora” in the same sentence ❓

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    we were out last night, the reservoir single track was great, fast and dry

    bike doesn’t need cleaning, it’s like summer only cold and dark πŸ™„

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Have to admit to being really surprised how fast it’s dried out. Only 2-3 weekends ago I ran around the reservoirs, and convinced myself that the trails were so trashed, it’d be months before they were rideable again. Happy to say I was very wrong πŸ™‚

    timc
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    not been rive since the summer, might head over soon though!

    whats the kennels?

    Gary_C
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    whats the kennels?

    A nice flowy descent from Two Lads down to the dog kennels on Georges Lane.

    timc
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    ahh know the kennels so just checked google earth & now know it, will check it out cheers

    bwfc4eva868
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    Fingers crossed we don’t have a very wet summer this year.

    Bernaard
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    I must move ooop north, everywhere is still a mess in the Warwickshire badlands πŸ˜₯

    wors
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    we were out last night, the reservoir single track was great, fast and dry

    Where is this singletrack you speak of?

    Premier Icon simmy
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    we were out last night, the reservoir single track was great, fast and dry
    Where is this singletrack you speak of?

    Guessing its from the Liverpool Castle to Rivi Village by the Primary School round the back of Go Ape.

    Go down the Bridleway next to the Car Park opposite Rivi High School and follow the Reservoirs round.

    Its a really good track even in a foot of snow 😯

    Premier Icon binners
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    The trails are in better nick than they’ve been since this time last year. There was still snow up on the tops last night. The bike was clean when we got back though. Unlike for the last 12 months when its finished every ride looking like its been dragged out of a swamp. Mainly because it had

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    that’s tomorrow sorted then- bit of a play in phillips park, then back over to horwich for a jaunt up to the pike i think.

    Trimix
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    Bugger off you lot. My local ride in the Chilterns was “buff” last weekend when it was freezing cold, but the tiny increase in temp this week has melted the top to a sticky, slippy consistency now.

    Oh, and its drizzling πŸ™

    Premier Icon lowey
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    Where is this singletrack you speak of?

    I suspect its the stuff from Dean Mills to Scout Road…. either way its on my bloody land. Cheek.

    Was out on Tuesday and thought the same. Still, this has been a pretty sustained dry spell. Hope its a sign of things to come!

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Hoping to get out this afternoon.

    Was certainly nice and fast up there on Sunday.

    Ecky-Thump
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    This afternoon I think I need to:
    a. get out of work early
    b. buy a smartphone
    c. install strava and register an account
    d. get to the top of San Marino before it goes dark

    Premier Icon yetitony
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    Have any of you guys got gps for these routes. Relatives in Bolton and wouldn’t mind checking out these gems next time I am in the area?

    globalti
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    The reservoirs in Haslingden Grane are getting empty – WE’RE ALL DOOMED!

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Still dusty and buff today, but also getting a bit boggy again in the, erm, boggier spots.

    Junkyard
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    Yeti Tony email me and I will send you some stufff
    Xherbivore what time you riding ad I am oh tomorrow about 2 ish

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    From this afternoon.

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    Xherbivore what time you riding ad I am oh tomorrow about 2 ish

    dunno yet, got an eye test at 10.20 then we’re popping up to Ribble so ali can look at road bikes, so maybe about that time too.

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    Where is this singletrack you speak of?

    yip the other lads are right, from the car park opposite the school at Horwich end, along the reservoir, round the back of Liverpool castle and alongside the go ape thingy till you come out at the other school near the road across the reservoir (horrobin lane). Then the other one is round the reservoir around Anglezarke.

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    can you get along the road on t’other side of the ‘bridge’ between the rivi and anglezarke reservoirs yet? the one that eventually gets you to healey nab? i know UU had it closed off for some work or something a few weeks ago but i’ve not looked over that way recently.

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    you could last week, not sure of this week

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Yetitony – drop me a mail and ill pop you some routes, or buzz me on Twitter when you’re up and I’ll show you around.

    I’ve now re-planned this weekend around riding local trails. Trails are super-fast at the moment πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Smack me down with a bunch of grapes, but I’m thinking even Great Hill and the long descend down to White Coppice might be a goer at the moment. Think that might be plan ‘A’..

    hallz
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    Yep, all the works along that track are finished now and it open again…

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Don’t worry, I’ll probably recce it first on foot. It’s the worst trail in the wet, which is why I’ve probably not ridden it more than twice in the last year.

    olixmb4x
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    [/quote]Smack me down with a bunch of grapes, but I’m thinking even Great Hill and the long descend down to White Coppice might be a goer at the moment. Think that might be plan ‘A’..

    yep did this on wednesday, all but a small boggy patch near the top which will likely be dry by now – other than that its like summer – just watch out at the bottom its quite erroded where the rocky bit is

    Premier Icon GavinB
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    Cheers, good info!

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Anyone fancy a night ride this week? Or any groups I could tag along with?

    New to area and keen to learn a few more routes/hook up with some local bikers.

    hallz
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    What area have you moved to Chakaping? We ride from Bromley Cross (generally) on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings…

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    I’m more over Wigan way, could be an option though – cheers guv.

    πŸ™‚

    shinsplints
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    Chapaking – did you get the zen frame off of here ? Think it might be my old one πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Yes got it off a fella called Steve.

    Used to have same frame in medium but the large fits me much better for XC riding. Lovely frame.

    Premier Icon simmy
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    Smack me down with a bunch of grapes, but I’m thinking even Great Hill and the long descend down to White Coppice might be a goer at the moment. Think that might be plan ‘A’..

    I’ve always heard of Great Hill, can anyone tell me where it is ?

    Guessing its at the back of Blue Lagoon, other side of Rivington Road than the Mast ?

    Cheers

    Premier Icon hairyscary
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    Rode San Marino today. When I got to the bottom I did an about turn, rode to the top and had another go :-). Lovely to ride it in the dry for the first time in an eternity.

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