Snakes and Ladders – STW Update 8/22

Another roll of the dice. It’s a funny old game this advocacy lark. One minute you’re scooting up a ladder, winning line in sight having rolled a double six, the next you’re staring at the head of a snake and sliding back down to the bottom with an unceremonious bump. And so it transpires right […]

Chris Maloney wins Volunteer of the Year 2022

Keeper of the Peak and Peak District MTB committee member Chris Maloney has won the coveted Volunteer of the Year at the 2022 Park Protector awards, organised by the Campaign for National Parks. The awards recognise and reward the efforts that go into protecting and improving National Parks in England and Wales. This is a big […]

DCC propose Bamford Clough BOAT as a one-way climb

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) are consulting with user groups on their proposal to implement an Experimental Traffic Order of a one-way uphill traffic restriction on Bamford Clough, a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) right of way in Bamford, Hope Valley. Following its ‘temporary’ closure since 2013 and after DCC’s extensive works in tarmacking the […]


Does Mobile Technology Turn all Mountain Bikers into ‘Tourists’? A Conversation Between Two of Our Members. Recently, an article from a map-making company was shared on our Facebook page that got everybody talking. In this article, it was which suggested that whilst we are hard-wired to use spatial information and find our way around, the […]

Any given Saturday

Look at any of your social media on a Saturday evening and you’ll no doubt see pics and vids of your mates’ rides, jumps and crashes, or for those who haven’t been out, pictures of a bike in a frame being fettled ready for Sunday, a bottle of beer artfully positioned on the wall behind […]

The Pink Dashed Line

Never mind suspension, or disc brakes, or soft-compound tiles. One of the biggest contributors to British mountain biking is a bunch of lines on a piece of paper. But what glorious lines they are. “I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe” – Robert Louis […]

Can Mountain Biking Save the World?

Peak District MTB committee member Jim Cherrington, a lecturer and researcher at Sheffield Hallam Uni, ponders the interplay between the natural world and mountain biking… It may sound a little far-fetched, but bear with me on this one. Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time speaking with trail builders, mountain […]