Derbyshire County Council have finally published their revised plans for Chapel-en-Le-Frith byway open to all traffic; aka Rushup Edge. Their plans – which are publicly available on the DCC website – are open for consultation until November 28th. You can view these plans (and other consultations) here.
From our point of view they look like an improvement over what was originally planned. Our push for them to consider the views of the main users (us) seems to have worked. Our encouragement to use Roych Clough as a template has also seemingly been listened to. DCC have also opened it up to a second consultation, which was never on the cards two years ago when this kicked off.
But on the flip side; there isn't much detail. They mention Stanage Causeway surfacing and drainage at the same time as Roych Clough style stone pitching – but not to what extent or where.
From the plans published it could be a metre of stone pitching, 699m of aggregate. Of course, it could be the other way. Without the detail – which interestingly is included in the Hurst Clough plans posted at the same time – it's difficult to properly decide whether we support the revised plan.
We are cautiously optimistic though. The plans have been changed. Roych is being used as a best practice example. DCC have delivered a second consultation period. We, you, have an opportunity to make your voice heard.
It's too early to call this a victory – only when the dust has literally settled on the work itself will we know if we've really succeeded, but it's a step forward.
It's interesting to note that we didn't hear about the published plans from DCC. There's still some work to do on mountain bikers being a proactively engaged group, but we've clearly demonstrated that collectively we can make a difference where previously we couldn't.
Thanks to Keeper of the Peak, Ride Sheffield, the BMC, PDNPA, and the Friends of the Peak District and of course all of you for getting us this far. We'll be going back with a response from PDMTB, but your input is also vital.
Please comment on the consultation; this link will take you straight to it.
And please let us here at PDMTB know your thoughts too.
We've succeeded in getting this far. Let's not let it drop.
This October will mark two years since the controversial (and as yet incomplete) Derbyshire County Council maintenance of the popular Rushup Edge trail. So what's going on?
Earlier in the year both PDMTB and Peak Horsepower wrote to Peter White from DCC Rights of Way department expressing our concern that Rushup Edge remained closed. We were told previously told that DCC would prepare a new strategy and we were promised we'd be involved in further consultation. We had heard rumours it was planned to commence in July 2016 and would include plans for other green lane maintenance. We received the usual silence from Mr White until we chased him several times.
Eventually he sent us this reply...
Another in our series about the committee members of Peak District MTB, this time the spotlight is on Mr Chris Maloney. Over to you Chris...
WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH PDMTB?
I was invited! I'd got to know Paul and Dan through regular beginner's rides I'd run through Singletrack World, plus I'd been making a mischief of myself in asking people like Derbyshire County Council what they were up to so they asked me to join. I think it's important to put something back. We get a very bad rap quite unfairly so it's up to us to push back against that (or it was), it's now up to us to promote the community as a good thing. You see the work that's going on on Whinstone Lee Tor, all the work that's being done by groups like PDMTB and Ride Sheffield; there's only mountain bikers doing that kind of thing!!
Difficult to pin down a single favourite. How about a fantasy Peaks ride? Climb up Brinks Road from Hope then descend Greenlands farm. Climb back up to the top of Charity Lane and descend that, Bottom o the Oven and Cavedale. Climb back up the permissive bridleway on Burbage and descend Plantation before the quarry descent to Stoney Middleton. Finish on the grassy single track into Hope then get a pint in the Barrel at Bretton before heading home. All dry of course. I've taken a bit of creative licence there.
Raleigh Bluebird - just like Dan. Then a Raleigh Burner, a Raleigh Kraken, a Saracen Raw (oops), a Carrera Fury, a Kona King Kikapu, a Specialised Rockhopper, a Commencal Meta 55 and finally a Lapierre Zesty 214. Getting an itchy trigger finger on a new one now though....
BEST MOMENT ON A BIKE
There are many, many snippets. Most come from being out with my mates mainly. Those sunsets with dusty trails. It may have been a recent one actually. I had a 'birthday' ride. Heading down the trail off Derwent Edge/Whinstone Lee Tor I had coincidentally timed it right so that someone was on every gate on the way down. A full, uninterrupted, dry, sunny descent from top to bottom. Grinning from ear to ear. Ask me next week, I'll probably have another best moment.
Worst moment on a bike
11 hours in the saddle in the Lakes. High Street. Drizzle, bogs, autumn so dark very soon. A broken thumb, broken bike, two broken riders desperate to get back to the car. "It's just over this next hill". It wasn't. Nor the next. Or the next. Eventually found it about an hour later, exhausted, cold and knackered. Great ride though. Or it could be Gunnerside. Just soaking wet through all the way round. Like walking on a wet sponge.
Anything to confess?
My bike maintenance regime is shambolic. It still just about works though.