***UPDATED 1ST FEBRUARY***
Event postponed due to snow
We’ve taken the disappointing but necessary decision to postpone Sunday’s event due to the snowy and icy conditions at the Roaches. Roads are currently inaccessible other than by 4WD and we’re still getting snow falling on and off. The chances of conditions improving enough by Sunday are slim. We hope you agree there’s not much point promoting a new permissive cycle trail if no one can get to it or ride it. We might not even be able to get up there!
We’ll keep you posted when we have a new date confirmed.
The High Forest footpath is a continuation of the main Roaches ridgeline, passing above Gradbach Woods then heading downhill in the direction of Swythamley. It’s broad doubletrack with fantastic views, before forking left into a lovely piece of satisfying singletrack that joins the rocky permissive bridleway to Gradbach Woods. Or you can do it as a climb of course!
We’ll be up at Roach End to tell people about the new cycleway, the routes that can now be created using this new trail and our trail maintenance on the estate.
Not just for Mountain Bikers
This is not just for mountain bikers though. A hugely important part of this event is to do our bit for mountain bike advocacy. We want other users of these trails to realise that, yes, mountain bikers would like more places to ride, but we’re also a sensible lot who want to give something back, ride responsibly and of course to “Be Nice, Say Hi”.
Ensuring we’re engaged with other users of the Roaches Estate is an important part of the twelve month trial of this new permissive cycleway. We’re happy to listen to and hopefully allay concerns, and to encourage more people to “have a go”. If you’ve never mountain biked before, or just have some questions about mountain biking on the Roaches Estate and throughout the Peak District, please come and talk to us.
Jaime from True North Adventures will also be on hand to talk about the local guiding and hire that’s available in the area.
An open day in Winter?
OK, so it’s a risk having an ‘open day’ in February. We wanted to get ourselves visible as soon as possible after the start of the twelve month trail so that people have the opportunity to learn about what we’re doing and have their questions answered. If the snowy blizzards and howling gales roll in, we may reschedule, so keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Otherwise we’ll be there from 9am – 1pm. There’s parking nearby, or you can park a mile or so down the road near the main Roaches parking area if you plan on cycling up. Bear in mind there is no cycle access from Swythamley past Paddock Farm.
Hope to see you there. If you have any questions contact Dan via email.