Winter Social VII

Happy mountain bikers!

I can’t believe it! Seven Winter Socials? Have we really been going that long?
Once again Ride Sheffield was lucky enough to have a crowd of enthusiastic mountain bikers turn out to hear the latest news, drink fine Sheffield beers, grab some great raffle prizes and prove that they’re sad bike nerds in the quiz.

As usual, we were fortunate enough to have a lot of our greatest supporters in the room including John Dallow from SCC, Danny Udall from the Eastern Moors Partnership, Roy Mosley from Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Mike Sanderson from GoOutdoors. Without these guys, the Sheffield mountain biking community wouldn’t have made the enormous progress it has over the last seven years. Continue reading

Managing Public Rights of Way for Quality Mountain Biker Experiences

Last November we put out a shout for local rider, racer and all round good sort Emma Peasland who was writing her dissertation for the MSc Environmental Management course at Sheffield Hallam University. She got a pretty impressive response and lots of people attended her thought-provoking workshops.

It also generated her a huge amount information which she had the pleasure of ploughing through while the rest of us were enjoying festive rides and ploughing through turkey and christmas pudding!

But now the work is all done and she has more time to ride her bike, bask in the glory of a job well done (It got a very good mark!) and also give us a chance to see her findings. So in here it is in her own words…… Continue reading

RADmires – New Crowd Funder Announced

It’s official! At last nights’ 5th Birthday Meeting, we announced our latest Crowd Funder:


After the massive success of Lady Cannings we are at it again, this time at Redmires, which sits between Stannage Edge and Sheffield City.

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First a little recap of what we achieved Lady Cannings:

– First and currently only crowd funded mountain bike trail in the UK, possibly the world.
– First dedicated mountain bike trail to be built in the Peak District National Park
– Over 14,000 runs down in 14 weeks since it opened on Strava alone
– £75,000 raised between crowd funding, local business donations and Go Outdoors major contribution to complete Phase 1 and the additional trails to be built in 2016. Continue reading

Peak District Rider Survey Update

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to complete our recent Peak District MTB Rider Survey. Here is a little feedback from Will Blomfield….IMG_1388

The level of response was fantastic with over 1200 surveys completed in less than a month. Although the majority of responses were, unsurprisingly, from riders based in Sheffield and Derbyshire, we had responses from every part of the UK and even abroad. It just goes to show what a world-class biking destination the Peak District is! Continue reading

When is it too wet to ride?

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREInspired by Vertebrate Graphics excellent idea to publish a weather proof route, in order to encourage riders to think a little more about where they are riding when the conditions are poor. But it also raised the question “when is a trail too wet to ride?”

Here is VG’s take on things….

Like the rest of the country, the Peak has taken a pounding thanks to this wet and mild weather, and unfortunately many of the area’s bridleways and byways are suffering more than they usually would in a typical winter. Continue reading

Sheffield Moors Partnership Access and Recreation Focus Group Meeting, June 26


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The Sheffield Moors Partnership has brought together all the bodies who manage moorland on the fringes of Sheffield.  The National Trust, RSPB, Peak District National Park Authority, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and others have joined forces to see how much they can synchronise their management policies across some of the most popular and important moorland in the country. Continue reading

Walkers and Mountain Bikers

Whilst the timing of this piece is coincidental, it is perhaps apt that it coincided with the anniversary of the Kinder Trespass. It is worth remembering how we got our rights to the countryside and who was responsible for this.

As relative newcomers, this is something we need to bear in mind, as are the timescales as we too look to changes in the access laws. We are fortunate to have the perspective on this from the chair of Sheffield Ramblers, Terry Howard below….


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Devil’s Elbow – Dig Day 2.0

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work we go……
A Saturday morning in October and four mountain bikers are in their natural environment, Blackamoor’s superb Devil’s Elbow, doing the most unnatural things.  Nothing illegal mind, it’s just that where they’d normally be heading downhill, for once they’re reduced to labouring uphill pushing a wheelbarrow, a downright evil way to spend a sunny Saturday. Continue reading