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“Twist & Shout” now fully open

10 August, 2013 at 18:00

After our usual Saturday ride, Dave and I nipped into “Twist & Shout” to check out the condition of the new surface. Between the teenagers from the Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre and last Thursday’s mid-week building session, nearly 150 metres of trail had been resurfaced. The last few days of dry weather had done the new material a world of good so we’ve took the decision to open the section.

This now means all of our trails are fully open …. good news all round.

“Twist & Shout” Resurfacing

31 July, 2013 at 22:00

As part of the government funded National Citizen Service Award Scheme, 46 young volunteers from Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre helped resurface over 100 metres of worn out trail on “Twist & Shout”, the first section of Follow the Dog. Considering the inclement weather, this was an excellent achievement. The youngsters aged between 15 and 18 worked for four hours in the pouring rain only breaking for lunch. The existing trail was broken up, new material barrowed into place then raked and wackered flat.

Unfortunately, due to the saturated ground and surfacing material, we’ve had to leave the first part of the trail closed. After all, we don’t want to wreck the volunteer’s hard work. Following an inspection during the coming week, a decision will be made on when we’ll reopen it so until then, please follow the short diversion – thanks for your understanding.

Mid-week building – Thursday 25th July

22 July, 2013 at 12:00

The next mid-week trail maintenance session will be this coming Thursday – meet outside Swinnertons Forest Cycle Centre at Birches Valley Visitor Centre for a 10am start.

Remember, you get a free car park pass for the day so why not bring your bike for a post build ride.

‘Bomb Hole’ closure on Sunday 7th July – for one day only*

2 July, 2013 at 18:00

This is advance warning that we will be installing a drainage pipe in the ‘Bomb Hole’ berm this coming Sunday. It’s the last berm that’s in need of improved drainage – the results of all our handiwork on the other 20+ berms has been evident over the winter months …. drier feet for all.

* – if all goes to plan, the closure will only be for a few hours on Sunday.

‘Bomb Hole’ re-opened

23 June, 2013 at 22:00

A small team of five, including Katie with 1.5 functional legs (minor use of stick for support!), went out to the ‘Bomb Hole’ section to assess the situation following harvester working in the area. Yet again, a fine job by the FC’s Tree Team and their contractors – there was no trail damage resulting from the harvesting.

After draining a few puddles, and sweeping the trail off in two areas, the section was re-opened, and normal service resumed!

The Bomb Hole itself will be getting a drainage pipe in the near future, as the water in the now somewhat shallow sump can only flow away across the trail. Some surfacing work will also be required to raise the level of the trail at the start and end of the section, as the trail has now worn below the normal ground level – a job for the mid-week maintenace sessions ….

Bruce