June Trail Evening: Lady Cannings – 26/06/2018

After a little break from our weekend trails day because, well its been rather dry and the trails are in great shape, which means more riding and less trail work.

But after a bit of a late start this year the vegetation has started to grow back a little, making some stretched of Lady Cannings delightful singletrack a little too narrow and single. So its time for a bit of a trim not to mention al bit of general TLC.

We will up at Lady Cannings on Tuesday the 26th of June, meeting in the car park at 6pm and carrying on until about 9 ish, followed by refreshments in the Norfolk arms afterwards. Hopefully we will be rewarded with a beautiful midsummers evening and enough of a breeze to keep the midges at bay! Continue reading

Steel Valley Ride helping to raise funds for Cut Gate

Steel Valley Ride

The Steel Valley Project, a countryside management charity based in Stocksbridge, is holding a mountain bike challenge on the 14th July 2018.

Covering 31 miles, the route starts from Stocksbridge and goes over Cut Gate before dropping down to the Derwent Valley. It then climbs up to Whinstone Lee Tor and onto the flowing bridleway to Cutthroat Bridge (recently repaired by Moors for the Future), where there will be a feed station. To return to Stocksbridge, the route travels on quiet roads and lesser known bridleways around Strines.

The event aims to raise funds for the Steel Valley Project who are a registered charity working to improve the environment for people and wildlife in north Sheffield and the Dark Peak (including bridleways and public rights of way).

However, this year, 20% of the entry fees will be going directly to the Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate project.

Riders entering the event can also choose to be sponsored, with those raising over £100 for the Steel Valley Project having the option to claim back their entry fee – full details can be found on the event website.

Event partners, Trek Sheffield, have donated a pair of Bontrager Flatline shoes which will be up for grabs in a prize draw for the first 50 entrants. They’re also giving away a free water bottle to everyone participating in the event.

A further donation has been made by Stocksbridge Town Council, meaning that the first 100 entrants will have the opportunity to win a £50 Trek voucher.

Entries for the event are already filling up quickly and with a limited number of places available, the charity recommends that anyone wishing to take part enter soon to to avoid disappointment.

Event organiser, Tom Newman said: “Riders entering the event will be able to enjoy a day of mountain biking across remote moorland, riding technical trails and descents which will satisfy anyone with a thirst for adventure.”

More information on the Steel Valley Ride, including details on how to enter be found at: www.steelvalleyride.wordpress.com

 

 

Lady Cannings is open again!

After the recent closure, we’re pleased to announce that both trails at Lady Cannings are both now open again.

Both trails have had a bit of TLC and a tickle with the leafblower to get them as prime as we can.  It’s been wet this week,so that’s not quite as great as we’d hoped.  There’s a few puddles in places, but nothing’s too muddy.

Be aware that given the bank holiday, we expect the woods to be busy – not just with bikers, but walkers and other users too.  Please take care at crossing points, gates and on the shared main trail.

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March Trail Day and BBQ: Lady Canning

It’s been great to give Lady Cannings trails a break over the past couple of weeks. It gives them time to rest and recover. Not to mention making it easy to do a little bit of trail work here and there. But nothing beats the solid effort of a trail day.

This time as a little extra thank you to all our diggers/pruners/scrapers/rakers we will be having a bbq to round out the session and to celebrate the start of British Summertime!

We will be heading upto Lady Cannings from 1300 onwards and will be eating about 1600.

We will meet at the car park at 1300 and then after that on the trails (Blue Steel and CoG – the plan is to split into two teams). We will provide tools, but feel free to bring extras (barrows are particularly useful).

While there will be food, you might want to bring water with you. Also please dress appropriately for the work.

All help is greatly appreciated. See you Saturday!

Please bear in mind that the trails will remain closed while we do the work and we will then review the closure after the work has been done and related to the weather forecast.

Details

Location: Lady Cannings

Time: Saturday 24th March 1300 until 1600 (bbq time)

Meet: Lady Cannings car park on Sheephill Rd at 1300 or after that on the trail

Tools all provided (but extra wheelbarrows welcome)

Bbq provided, though you may want to bring your own drinks. Also if you have dietary requirements (vegetarian etc) please let us know.

Please wear clothing/footwear suitable for trailwork

Lady Cannings Closures

In discussion with Sheffield City Council we are aware the trails at Lady Cannings are have had a tough wet and soggy winter, not to mention a lot of snow and frozen weather and the unseasonably big thaw that followed last week and then the near flooding we have had today and forecast for more….
 
For this reason there will be a short term annual closure of both Blue Steel and Cooking on Gas Trails within Lady Cannings over the next few weeks to reduce impact and keep the trails sustainable.
Therefore the trails will be closed until the 25th of March (we will review at this point)

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The Battle Of Blackamoor and Beating of the Beastly Blackamonster

Once upon a time, deep in the forest, there lived a wicked bog monster. Hiding amongst the foul-smelling gloop of the Devil’s Elbow swamp, the Blackamonster would lure unsuspecting bikers into his realm and trip them up with cunningly concealed roots and rocks. Sometimes, he’d swallow bikes whole and let out an enormous belch, especially if they were made of carbon or had 29″ wheels. Continue reading