Trail Maintenance by Peak District MTB on Derwent Edge over looking Ladybower

Trail Maintenance News

We’ve got the latest volunteer trail maintenance day this Saturday at 5pm. In the meantime this is what we’ve been up to.


The trails behind the wood yard near Ladybower Inn have been a regular spot for trail maintenance due to the mess made by an electrical company who were using it for access. What was once very soggy and muddy is much improved thanks to the team clearing and digging out the cross drains as well as re-defining the line, not to mention some clearing of low branches. Some other muddy sections were also dug out in preparation for re-surfacing using locally sourced materials. This will help prevent the trail getting so boggy in future. It looks great now.

Our trail maintenance works Wood Yard, above the Ladybower Inn
Our trail maintenance works Wood Yard, above the Ladybower Inn


Those of you familiar with this area will know that around the gate could be a bit of a bog-fest, making it a little unpleasant opening and closing the gate for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders. A new drain has now been installed so getting to the gate first for opening duty need not be a soggy experience. The team also worked on a section of trail along the wall, clearing an old drain to improve a particularly boggy section.

Drainage works Shatton Moor and near Offerton Hall


Another track affected by industry, in this case logging. Several drains have either been built or cleared to prevent surface water erosion. Here’s just a few images to show the kind of repair work that is so valuable.

Peak District MTBs trail maintenance at Wooler Knoll
Peak District MTBs trail maintenance at Wooler Knoll

Without this work this erosion just gets bigger and boggier so it’s fantastic there is a team of volunteers to keep on top of the maintenance. Keep volunteering please.

22 July 2015

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