Thanks for the continuing feedback from everyone who’s written in to let us know where’s open and where’s not. Here are some more trails where the signs are turning from no to go.
Firstly we’ve had confirmation from Mr Red Bull, Pat Adams, that the Red Bull 24hr mountain bike race is definitely going ahead at Sandwell Park, a month from now. Don’t worry if you aren’t exactly feeling race fit either, as we’ll be spending the next month getting you in peak form for the longest day.
The Nambs series is also back up and running as of next weekend so check here for further details of racing Oop North.
Here’s the latest horse’s mouth information from our BIKEmagic trails scouts. Again, thanks for all your help.
Just to let you and readers know that Cornwall ROWs will be mostly open from Friday 25th May. Details here. I don’t work for the tourist board, just happy the trails are opening:^)
Thanks to Gavin who said pretty much the same too.
The trails around Gateshead including Derwent Walk right down to Rowlands Gill and Chopwell Woods are open. They have been for the past 2 weeks at least, so just in case anybody in the area didn’t know it already.
Cheers, Armijn MF Mustapa
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The High Peak trail and the Tissington trail, going south from Parsley Hay (Peak District), are open.
I intended to loop them together using the Cardlemere Lane, but unfortunately it is still closed, resulting in some tarmac riding if you want a circular route.
Both trails are very flat (converted railway lines) and have a fair few ramblers on them, but the scenery is good and there is a nice visitor centre at Parsely Hay which does food & bike hire, making them are ideal for beginners (I had my girlfriend with me).
Looks like the Peak park will be opening as many rights of way as possible for the bank holiday this weekend. They’ll even be launching an advertising campaign to let folk now that a planned 2,500 miles of footpath and trail will have restrictions lifted.
The council want to make it clear that infected control areas in the south west and north west of Derbyshire as well as paths that pass directly through farmyards will remain closed.
NEWS IS DARTMOOR WILL BE OPEN FROM 1ST JULY ,THIS IS REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR US POOR BUGGERS IN THE SOUTH WEST.
NO MORE BLOODLY ROAD RIDING. I’LL KEEP YOU POSTED IF DATE CHANGES ,ONLY
FOR THE BETTER I HOPE.
The 9feet.com trail at Afan Argoed is open and ready for business. Over the last few weeks over a mile of extra singletrack has been added to the route as the trail is readied for the Singlespeed World Championships on June 3rd. Currently the trail is 10 miles long with 1700 feet of climbing. There’s a cafe, bike wash and ample car parking at the bottom of the hill. Last weekend it was dry, dusty and very, very fast. This weekend should be similar. What are you waiting for ? Oh, and you may see the guys and gals from the club behind it all – Singletrack Mind – if you do, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to give up 15 minutes of your time to help build the trail.
Phil Lee President Singletrack Mind MTB Club http://www.singletrack-mind.org.uk
Mortimers Forest, just outside Ludlow, is apparently fully open now and very muddy. Lovely!
A mate of mine who is head officer for Radnor Nature Trust was at Dave Pearce’s shop today and they told him. Given their track record I would say that is true.
Just to keep you guys updated as to the situation down in the Forbidden Zone ( ie West Sussex)
The South Downs Way is still closed in West Sussex. There has been a limited opening of trails but as most of the bridleways criss-cross the SDW the situation is patchy at best. The area around me (Littlehampton, Arundel, Worthing) is limited. Angmering Park is only partly open and cannot be accessed from the A27. Whiteways, Houghton Forest and Rewell Wood above Arundel is open ( but with no access to SDW) but there is a sign on one of the access trails with small print saying that it is only open for walkers, a slightly odd statement as the forest has a series of official Cycle routes and the whole forest is classified as Bridleway…