Rushup edge – positive news?

2 years ago, Derbyshire County Council began surfacing works on a trail at Rushup Edge (DCC call this Chapel-en-le-Frith Byway), which were not well accepted by user groups and the local community – mountain bikers included! Works were paused and we’ve not really heard much since. Until now!

Rushup Rubble

Rushup Edge (photo Simon McIntyre)

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Rushup Edge (photo Simon McIntyre)

The folks at Peak District MTB have been steadily plugging away, pushing Derbyshire County Council for proper consultation and it now seems that their efforts may well have been worthwhile! DCC have recently posted on their website with some updated plans and a link to an online survey as consultation.

Here’s a link to the consultation new page on the DCC website.

Here’s a link to a pdf of the outline plans for surfacing works.

The plans look positive in a way, but experience leads us to be a little wary of getting excited too quickly. Mention is made of using Roych Clough as an example, along with leaving some exposed bedrock rather that surfacing over everything. No detail is given however, so it’s difficult to know just how sensitive the work will be. It does look to be a step in the right direction.

We’d like to see more detailed proposals published, ideally with minimum surfacing work and a sensitive approach.  Without this, it’s hard to know if DCC are merely waffling before they carry on much as originally intended.

This is a rare chance to send feedback to DCC and we’re pushing you all to take a few minutes and fill in the online survey. We realise that many of you may be unaware of the history of these works, so here’s a handy link to previous posts on the subject.

Peak District MTB deserve huge credit for their work on this saga, along with Keeper Of The Peak.  Click the links and read up on the work they’re both doing in the Peak District. In addition, the BMC, Peak District National Park and Friends of the Peak District get a big thanks too – a real team effort.

Please do take the time to look at the consultation details and fill in the online survey!

Trail Days – Autumn/Winter

cannings 2With this seasons fashions starting off with an attractive golden orangey brown look, eventually letting the browns, blacks and greys have their moment in (out) of the sun. So we thought it was probably best that we re commence with our trail days to make sure that the trail keep running sweetly and as sustainably as possible.

We will post up full information on each of the trail days as they come around. But for now here are the dates for your diary….. Continue reading

Lady Cannings – Forestry Work

cannings 1You may well have seen some signs up on site at Lady Cannings about some forthcoming forestry works. So we thought we better fill you in with a little more information .

The felling works are expected to begin at the start of October and the duration will be a little weather dependant. We will post up again when we have precise details about what is going on. But for now here are the important bits that you need to know….. Continue reading

RADmires News….

If the money keeps rolling in, we'll soon be opening RADmires!

If the money keeps rolling in, we’ll soon be opening RADmires!

Here at Ride Sheffield, we’re very hot on Health and Safety so can I ask everyone reading this to put down any hot cups of tea, sharp implements, chainsaws and the like? Last thing we want is any nasty injuries when you hear our news….which is that we’ve just received a donation of £22,500 pounds towards the RADmires project!! Continue reading

Lady Cannings is One!

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Time flies when you are having fun, especially when that fun is beautifully flowing singletrack that is on your doorstep. Growing from a fledgling project that was actually discussed at the very first Ride Sheffield Meeting six years ago, it is now part of the fabric of the city and one of the most used trails in the area!

With almost 14,000 runs down it recorded on Strava, this really only tells part of the story, firstly because that is only one app and a lot of people do not use any form of tracking app at all, so my statistician friends will be able to give me a much higher estimate. But really its not the numbers that are important, its how people feel about the trail and how it has impacted on their riding. Its great that it has provided an access point for more people into the sport, that it offers a place to progress your riding before heading further out into the Peak or into Greno or Wharncliffe. That it has taught us that a little flow in our lives is a great supplement to our gritstone diet. Some of the best things that we have seen up there have been the number of families and kids up on the trail. We have even heard of a few kids using the trail for their birthday parties (which is an improvement on bowling!) Sure we have had a couple of little teething problems, but in general it has been a great first year. Continue reading

British Cycling leads a charge on opening up countryside paths for people on bikes

Hope Cross RidersImproving access is a big part of what Ride Sheffield is about and we have been very fortunate to have seen a number of rights of way made accessible for mountain bikers in the Sheffield Moors. So it is great to see that British Cycling has got behind the drive to open up countryside paths for people on bikes. Even more heartening is that it has gained support from a number of other outdoor groups including the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Welsh Sports Association, the British Mountaineering Council and the British Horse Society. This may only just be the beginning, but it is something we have been moving towards for a nu,amber of years and is a great leap forward.

The full press release from British Cycling is below…..  Continue reading

Kirklees Adventurous Activity Team find Lady Canning’s right up their street!

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Photo: Richard Baybutt

This just in from Gordon McMinn who’s been introducing a bunch of youngsters to the delights of mountain biking with the help of Sheffield trails – The Kirklees Adventurous Activity Team have recently completed a second 6 week mountain biking project with young people from around Huddersfield, where they have utilised the bridleways and trails of Sheffield. Continue reading