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 Post subject: Recce
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:52 pm 
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I've not been in the forest for a month or two but will go and have a recce on Saturday and check out the extent of the work.
At the best of times it is a difficult place to navigate around without criss-crossing so a circular route would be difficult.
The cafe is good and serves some smashing cake and the pub at the end of the ride will be enough of an incentive for me.
Does anyone fancy joining me on Saturday?
Either way I'll let you know what I've found - It is usually pretty muddy (in a peaty kind of way) once you're off the fire roads.


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I'll have to miss it I'm afraid, wife's birthday and don't think it'd go down well. Have a good one though :)


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As someone who knew Delamere well (lived on the edge of the forest for over 7 years), I think you'd struggle to find more than 4 hours riding around/within it and I certainly wouldn't recommend anyone driving more than an hour to get there.

Suggest you meet at the Forest cafe which is along Station Rd towards the forest from the Abbey Arms pub, turn left in front of the station and drive down the straight road, over the hump and voila.

I'll try and make this but won't know until the Friday.


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 Post subject: Recce & rethink
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:24 pm 
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I went for a recce in the forest this afternoon and it isn't pretty.
Mr Kawasaki is right, it would be difficult to find 4 hours riding in the first place. Having ridden there today, I would think that at least 1/3rd of our usual trails are unridable. The fire roads are all ok but a good chunk of the fun stuff is either torn up by heavy plant or covered in cuttings.
I really think that it would be advisable to give it a miss and maybe choose an alternative venue if there's time?
The pictures below show two bits of what was our favourite single track :twisted:


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Hmmm? That doesn't look too good. Not sure whether it's worth the journey over there if things are as bad as that.

I'm happy to sort out a ride near me if necessary. I have some routes ready in Macc Forest, Hayfield or Chapel en le Frith area.

What do you all think...?


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drystonepaul wrote:
Hmmm? That doesn't look too good. Not sure whether it's worth the journey over there if things are as bad as that.

I'm happy to sort out a ride near me if necessary. I have some routes ready in Macc Forest, Hayfield or Chapel en le Frith area.

What do you all think...?


Im happy to go wherever, just put the newly painted stem back on my Rockhopper Comp, so my bikes ready to go.


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If its bad, sort a new ride quick, it's less than a week off :shock:


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In that case I'm leaning towards Hayfield then.


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