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Update on Trailbuilding

20 July, 2015 at 12:00

We’re taking the rest of the Summer off from trail work so there will be no Sunday build sessions until September (date to be confirmed).

Whilst we’ve been very busy this year the number of volunteers is at an all time low and it’s making our work slow going. Remember that despite certain views on funding of contractor repair works, the trails are kept alive by Chase Trails volunteers. We’re all riders and give up our free time for the good of the trails.

The trails are free to ride and we reckon are some of the busiest in England so we really do need your help to keep things going.

For the next few weeks our core crew are going to take a hard earned break to get some much needed riding time in (along with a couple of events).

Keep an eye on our Facebook pages (XC & DH) though as we will post other news as it happens and will also let you know when build sessions are kicking off again.

Happy trails.

News & Updates – July 2015

9 July, 2015 at 18:06

Couple of quick updates on the trails at the moment…

Aunt Flow and Tight Squeeze

We’ve just today reopened Aunt Flow (on Follow the Dog) and Tight Squeeze (on the Monkey). Tight Squeeze has had some harvesting damage repaired, but for the most part is the same as it’s always been. Aunt Flow is also pretty much the same, however the 2nd half of it has been completely resurfaced by Clixbys Land Design. The trail is the same as before, just smoother and faster, and less puddle-y.

We also took the opportunity while we were out today to do a small repair on Devil’s Staircase – we’ve added a crib wall to one of the corners half way down as well as at the bottom, where the trail edge was eroding.

No Trailbuilding for the next two weekends

Next up, we’re cancelling trail building both this weekend (12th July) and also next weekend (19th July). This weekend’s cancelled build day is due to the Forest Live concerts – more on that in a moment – and next weekend we’ll be holding a committee meeting to discuss future works and stuff like that. We should be back to normal on the 26th July. You know the drill…10am at Swinnos!

Forest Live Concerts

It’s once again that time of year, when lots of people will be descending on the forest to see the live concerts (for those wondering – Paloma Faith, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, and Tom Odell will be performing this year). As such, this means the usual restrictions as per previous years will be in place.

Birches Valley car park will close early on the following days, and alternate parking will be available at Tackeroo campsite up the hill. If you’ve never been before and aren’t sure where to go, just turn up at Birches Valley and speak to one of the Forestry Commission staff – they’ll be at the gate to direct you where to go. It’s only a couple of minutes up the hill so not too far.

Friday 10th July 2015 – Closed at 3.30pm
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Closed at 3.30pm
Sunday 12th July 2015 – Closed at 3.30pm

More info can be found on the FC’s website here.