Trail Builders Wanted for Research Project

Mountain biking differs in lots of way to many sports, one of which is our ability to sculpt our playground to create places to ride that compliment the rights of way that give us access to swathes of the countryside.

For some, building trails gives us a deeper connection with the dirt, a better understanding of how things flow, even a closer relationship with nature!

We had a message from a researcher/lecturer at Sheffield Hallam James Cherrington who is looking to talk to mountain bikers who also dig! If this is you and you are interested in helping please get in touch with James.

Full details below……

I am currently recruiting participants to take part in a study around the experiences/motivations of people who build mountain bike trails in England. Specifically, I am really interested in their relationship with nature and dirt, and the tensions that exist between digging and public access.Participants would be required to take part in an informal 30-60 minute interview regarding the issues listed above, which would take place either in person (depending on location) or over the phone, and the identity of anyone involved will remain strictly confidential.As well as being published in academic publications, the contributions made by participants will also contribute to debates about mountain bike access in England, and I am fortunate to have had a great deal of interest from mountain bike advocacy groups who are keen to use this information to improve, preserve and promote access interests for mountain bikers across the country.

January Trail Day: Lady Cannings

To get the year off to a good start, we thought it was time to get back into our monthly trail days.

We will be heading upto Lady Cannings from 1230 onwards to give the trails a little tlc.

While the trails in Lady C’s are holding up pretty well at the moment, there are a couple of spots that are getting a bit of hammer and off trail excursions that we would like to get sorted to make sure things run sweetly into spring.

We will meet at the car park at 1230 and then after that on the trails (Blue Steel and then CoG). We will provide tools, but feel free to bring extras (barrows are particularly useful).

Snacks are provided courtesy of Shorelines but 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 be closed while we do the work.


Location: Lady Cannings

Time: Saturday 6th January 1230 until 1600

Meet: Lady Cannings car park on Sheephill Rd at 1230 or after that on the trail

Tools all provided (but extra wheelbarrows welcome)

Snacks provided, though you may want to bring your own drinks

Please wear clothing/footwear suitable for trailwork