Ride Sheffield have been working very closely with Peak District MTB to address the issue of the “bog of doom” on Cut Gate. Mountain bikers seem to get most of the blame for trail erosion, perhaps somewhat unfairly. We’re keen to show that we want to act responsibly, hence leading the conversation. Cutgate crosses a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so we are wanting to start a conversation about the continued conservation of 8,000 years of moorland life and build on best practise in upland path management.
We’ve worked together, supported by the Peak District National Park, Sheffield City Council, Moors for the Future, The Outdoor City, Keeper of the Peak and with support from 18 Bikes and Bike Garage, to produce ‘Cut Gate Path: Collaboration, Consideration, Conservation, Action?’ a call to debate the future of Cut Gate amongst the various groups who use it. Continue reading
Ride Sheffield have been heavily involved over the last few years in the Stanage Forum Steering group which helps the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) to manage Stanage North Lees Estate. In common with the rest of the public sector, the PDNPA has seen its central government grant cut by nearly 40% in the last few years. Inevitably, this has forced the authority to rethink how it funds the management of crucial landscape such as Stanage and the surrounding moors. Continue reading
The packhorse route over Stange
Stanage is a special place to a whole host of Sheffield residents. Climbers, walkers, hang-gliders, horse riders, dog owners and, of course, mountain bikers all love the place. They love it because it’s a great place to enjoy their particular interest but also because such magnificent landscape is so close to one of Britain’s great cities It’s effectively every Sheffield resident’s back garden and, inevitably, we’re very protective of it. Continue reading
A new cycling dawn for the Peak District?
If evidence was required that the Peak District National Park Authority is taking cycling seriously it arrived in the form of the first ever Peak Park Cycling Summit held recently at Thornbridge Outdoors in Great Longstone. Ride Sheffield should again take pride in the fact that we were invited to the meeting and, on a number of occasions, asked by fellow cyclists and organisations how we’d managed to get such a vibrant and effective group established so quickly to which the obvious reply was, well that’s Sheffield mountain bikers for you! Continue reading