Do you like riding at Parkwood??
Is having an all weather trail centre on your doorstep one of the best things to happen to the Sheffield riding scene in a long old while??
Would you like another one??
If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, its time to put your hand in your pocket. Our serious brethren and drinking partners, Ride Sheffield, have been working there arses off to put a ‘trail centre’ style loop in up at Lady Cannings plantation. This is the wood up by the Norfolk Arms on Ringinglow road. Its already a nicer way to access Houndkirk when its not sopping wet and cut up by foresting vehicles.
The idea behind the project is to promote and encourage mountain bike use and provide some fun, intermediate level trails in the Peak. This will hopefully make getting into the sport in our area a little less intimidating as new, inexperienced riders will have an option to develop their skills before stepping up to the pretty full on rocks and gullies of the Peak itself. It will also be a hell of a lot of fun to blast around for any rider as part of a bigger loop. As you can see from the map, it’s just outside Sheffield next to some main byway routes so it’s in a great spot and will be a fantastic asset to have.
As you all know, the cuts which local authorities are experiencing are biting pretty hard now. Green space and outdoor funding in particular has faced fierce reductions and this is something that our friends at Sheffield City Council Parks and Countryside have run up against here. They have done some great work in moving forward the approvals process and getting us permission to build trails. What they don’t have these days is the funding for the trail itself and with a project of this magnitude, volunteer dig days just aren’t going to cut it for the whole job. We need diggers and trackbuilders in the woods cutting the trail.
So to cut to the chase. There is no council/European or magic money to pay for this to happen. WE… the riders of Sheffield… and that means you too… who might one day want to have a spin around some rad new trails… need to fund this ourselves. Bike Track, who built the brilliant trails are Parkwood, are lined up to do the machine work. Chegg’s really knows what he’s doing with his big bucket and Jordan loves to ‘flow like water’ to devine a line, but they have mouths to feed and can’t work for free. The idea is to raise £7,500 to pay for the initial machine work which will be followed up by volunteer dig days to finish the job.
So that’s 10 quid each from 750 riders… thats not a lot. Its a round of drinks (or two pints at the Lescar), a few inner tubes, 3 posh coffees or a couple of lunches… I’m sure you can spare 10 quid to invest in your future riding fun.
And if you don’t and you ride the trail when its done… you’re tyres will melt from the evil incantation chanted by the volunteer diggers.
How do you donate?
Easy, you can use paypal (please select the gift option) to email@example.com
Or a bank transfer direct in to the account:
Account is with HSBC.
Please donate what you can, obviously the more the better but if its only a couple of quid, so be it. Please also share this around as many people as possible, the richer the better.
There’s more info over on Ride Sheffield