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

Heads Up!

Just a quick heads up (literally in some cases) but we have been getting reports of trails being purposfully obstructed. A couple of the tracks in Greno have had things put across them, as well as the Lockerbrook Bridleway too. Also heard of a couple more rumours too.
So just be aware there might be a surprise waiting round the corner for you! If you do see anything, move it if you can but also let us know so we can pass on the info to the landowners, ROW team etc

Riding along on a trail made for two…

Mountain bikers have a problem, an image problem. While we see ourselves as a bunch of fun-loving free spirits, much of the rest of the outdoor community see us as gung-ho idiots who aren’t happy unless we’re mowing down senior citizens. Now, some of you might not give a monkey’s about having an image problem, but it’s fair to say that coming across as Attila the Hun on two wheels means that in the future we’ll have less trails to ride, not more. Confused? I’ll explain.

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News – May 2011

Now that i have two hands that just about work again, i though i would celebrate this by sending out an update on what has been going on in the world or Ride Sheffield (just in case you thought it was all hanging out with world cup racers and drinking farmers blonde out of box fresh five tens!) Continue reading

Ride Sheffield and the BMC

When Henry Norman and I found ourselves at the latest British Mountaineering Council meeting in Grindleford, it brought home to me just how many climbers ride mountain bikes and vice versa. During the evening, I managed to get into more conversations about biking than climbing and it was a good illustration of just how the worlds of mountaineering and mountain biking overlap. For both groups the Peak District is sacred ground. For climbers, it can justifiably claim to be one of the crucibles of the sport, a place where heroes climbed and standards continue to escalate. For mountainbikers, it’s debatably the best wild riding in the country, a perfect combination of wilderness and outrageous technicality. Continue reading

Fox Hagg

In September 2009 Sheffield City Council (SCC) gave a notice that they wished to close 2 of the 3 bridleways which run across the Fox Hagg nature reserve near Lodgemoor. These are shown on the map below as the paler red lines directly below the blue line by the Fox Hagg Nature Reserve signs. SCC claim that as there is the third remaining bridleway running from and to the same points that the other 2 are not needed. As part of these works SCC are trying to link the changes of 2 footpaths to permissive bridleways that run from the A57 snake pass to the corner on Lodge Lane and from the far end of the 3 bridleways mentioned above down to the bottom of Wyming Brook. Both of these upgrades have now been completed and are available for us to enjoy.

Several parties objected to the proposed closures in addition to Ride Sheffield, the CTC, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and the Byways and Bridleways trust all put forward cases against SCC’s request. After a review meeting with SCC about the issue and another with the CTC and CPRE we have continued with our objections and the three parties are working together as head toward a Public Enquiry on the case. We have submitted a combined objection, the Byways and Bridleways trust have also submitted and objection and all of these are now with the inspector reviewing the case. He will visit the site this month and then make his decision as to wether the bridleways can be closed by SCC or must remain. We will announce the results of the enquiry as soon as we hear them.

If you have any questions about this matter please send us an email. Going forward Ride Sheffield will continue to oppose any other closures of Bridleways in the area and will fight for and support any requests to create new ones or upgrade rights of way.

Contact:

ridesheffield@gmail.com

Sheffield Riders Group Shapes Up

Sheffield lies in an enviable position on the fringe of the Peak District, an area regularly trumpeted in the pages of MBUK and What Mountain Bike. However, the burgeoning Steel City mountain bike community is revolting. The lack of easy links into the National Park and the City Council’s sustained campaign to pave every half-decent bridleway have led to a rebellious mood. Continue reading