February Trail Day – Greno Woods

Greno3This months trail day will be in Greno Woods on Saturday the 6th. While most of the trails are running pretty well at the moment, there are a few areas that could do with a little tlc to improve drainage etc. We are still waiting on the contractors who did the felling to tidy up the last bit of their work, but as it is too wet for machinery to go in there currently we are just going to have to wait. So there may well be another Greno Trail Day soon. As well as a couple of evening in the run up to the soon to be announced Peaty’s Steel City DH. Continue reading

January Trail Day

P1000024With the wettest month on record now behind us, we thought it would be good to get out and give the trails a little tlc. Our work this month is pretty much dictated by the weather, as we are wing for the ground to settle before the contractors can neater up the work in Greno and in Lady Cannings we are waiting for the water table to drop as well as the new start to be constructed. So we will see work up at Greno in the next couple of months. Continue reading

Shorelines Trail Day Incentive Scheme

shorelines-logo-smallFor a while we have looked into the idea of doing some kind of incentive scheme for people who come along to our trail day, but it was something that we could never quite get right, up until now. Sure its nice to be altruistic, not to mention making the trails that you (and others) ride that bit sweeter, but it’s also nice to get a little back in return.

Purveyors of Canadian bicycle goodness Shorelines Distribution have stepped in this year to help out with trail days. They are already making sure that we are fed, watered and looked after on our trail days, they have also come up with an incentive scheme too. Continue reading

Lady Cannings Trail Closed

image1The felling work to put in the forest access track has been a little quicker and more substantial than we had been informed and sadly because of the nature of some of the work we are going to have to temporarily close the trail.

While a temporary entrance had been cut in by the contractors to allow access to the trail, it if far below the standard we would expect and it is this temporary access that is causing us some problems. There have been large quantities of the dark organic mud pulled onto the trail as riders have ridden through the temporary access trail, this may not seem like a big problem, but the dark organic soil holds a lot of moisture on the trail, softening it and making it more susceptible to erosion, it also makes the surface more slippery and unpredictable (it is also why it’s not great if you are pushing up through the edge of the trail) Continue reading

Lady Cannings Felling Work

RideSheffieldHeaderLadyCanningsWhile Lady Cannings is a fantastic place to ride you bike, it is also still a working woodland. There have been several phases of logging over the past few years, some of it for ecological reasons to increase the biodiversity, some to get rid of unstable timber and some of it for commercial use (funds from which go to supporting ancient woodland in other parts of the city)

The next couple of phases of trail work in the woods will be completed once the next phase of felling is done. There are also other plans for the woods, including a circuit for horse riders. But the first phase of the felling is about to start in the next week. Continue reading

November Trail Day

P1000023Our next trail day will be taking place on Sunday the 8th of November on Blacka Moor. We will be working on the Devils Elbow to make sure it can cope with the rigors of winter.

We will be meeting at 10 am near the stables on Shorts Lane and will be working on the trail until approximately 2 pm. Lunch will be provided for all that attend thanks to Shore Lines. Please let us know if you plan to attend via the Facebook Event or by email at info@ridesheffield.org.uk 
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Shore-Lines Supports Ride Sheffield

shorelines-logo-smallWe are pleased to announce that Shore-Lines, the Sheffield based independent rider owned distribution company specialising in Canadian mountain bikes, components and accessories. Is our newest supporter. Shore-Lines has been a supporter of the scene in Sheffield for a number of years now and has always been on hand to provide us with prizes and goodies for various events since we started. But they have been keen to do more for a while Continue reading

Trail Days

Hard at it on Devil's Elbow

Hard at it on Devil’s Elbow

A core part of Ride Sheffield’s work has been getting out and working on the trails, from Public Rights of Way to the MTB trails that we have developed over the past few year. We have always had a great response from the local riding community; it has also gone a long way in improving relations with other user groups and landowners too. Continue reading

Greno Woods: Temporary Trail Closures

DSC_0173Starting on Monday 28th of September for a period of about 12 week, Sheffield Wildlife Trust (the land owners) will be carrying out a number of woodland management operations in the area.

Details of exactly which trails are closed at any one time will be available on site. Alternatively, riders can contact c.doar@wildsheffield.com or r.mosley@wildsheffield.com for updates. Trails will be opened at weekends whenever possible. Continue reading

Lady Cannings Trail is now open

Photo: Richard Baybutt

The wait is finally over! This Tuesday Steve Peat and Annie Last joined Ride Sheffield, Go Outdoors and friends to officially open the Lady Cannings Trails on the edge of Sheffield. From the cutting of the ribbon to well past sunset it was then  christened by the riders who have all dug into their pockets to raise over fifteen thousand pounds; making the UK’s first ever crowd funded trail a reality. And given the buzz up on the trails it has been a resounding success! Continue reading