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Lady Cannings new mountain bike trail for Sheffield

Lady Cannings new mountain bike trail for Sheffield

Its time for a collective high five, followed by Knucks, fist bumps and wo/man hugs. Lady Cannings is finished and open for business. If you responded to any of our bullying to put your hand in your pocket and donate to the building of this trail. Well done! You did it!!

What has been built is a great swoopy blue, a flow trail, accessible to all and 1.4 km of fun. Even on the flat bits there are enough bumps to pump to not have to pedal.

The best postcode for the trail is the same as the pubs, S11 7TS. The trailhead is at this grid reference SK 28238 83343. If you need to drive there, why not ride?, then you can park on Ringinglow road or just off houndkirk road. Or perhaps in the pub car park if you’re stopping for a well earned post ride pint?

The trail is open access, its totally free thanks to everyone that has donated to make it possible. However, be responsible, ride within your limits and don’t ride it when it soaking. That’s what parkwood is for.

dunc cannings

Photo: Marketing Sheffield/Duncan Philpod

We’ve written several times about the developments spearheaded by our resonsonsible brothers on the south west tip of Sheffield. Cy Turner, with his Ride Sheffield hat on, came up with the idea of Crowdfunding a new trail in the ill managed plantation off ringinglow road known as Lady Cannings. Within a spit of the Norfolk arms pub it is a site that is a gateway to the Peak District for those riding out from town on our bridleway network.

It was back at the start of 2013 that the palm was officially out stretched for donations from from the very riders that would benefit from a new bespoke trail. It has taken until halfway through 2015 to actually realise the dream, but ambitions changed along the way, problems were encountered and a whole host more cash was donated. The fifteen thousand pounds of crowd funded cash was leveraged to persuade local businesses to pitch in big money to turn the project from a volunteer built prospect into picking up the phone to call in local legends Biketrack.org. Cotic Bikes, Avanti Conveyors and Norton Mayfield Architects as well as Sheffield City council have all parted with hard earned money to see the project through to completion. Go Outdoors then swung in at the last minute to donate the final £5k as part of a larger investment of £60k to build even more trails in these woods. Future mayor and Fixer Jon Dallow has made sure that everything actually happened as well as securing support from the council.

Bigs ups to all; Lets ride!

Lady Gagas: £11,500 by Christmas

Lady Gagas: £11,500 by Christmas

Have you ridden at Parkwood? Good eh?

Have you ridden on the trails in Greno?? Reet good eh?

How much has it cost you to ride on either of those trails?

NOWT!

Parkwood came about through a grant secured by future Mayor, Jon Dallow, and the new trails and improvements to existing trails in Greno were all financed through the profits made from Peaty’s Steel City race.

Now. Would you like more purpose built mountain bike trails to ride? Some alternatives to the existing two, that could be ridden year round even when your local trails or the Peak is sloppy??

Its time to give back to the sport you love!

Cycling Citizens of Sheffield. Get tha’ hand int pocket and pull out some paper.

Back in February our ‘responsible brothers from another mother’ Ride Sheffield launched a campaign to crowd fund new trail development at Lady Cannings  in the south west of the city. Its been going pretty well and they have managed to raise £8500 so far. Which considering this is Yorkshire, is amazing. Its still a lot less than a fully spec’d V10 though.

However, Plans have changed, the ambition has risen! They’re proposing a phased approach to the work which will cost a  total of £60,000 when its all done. But this will be a much longer, professionally built trail rather than one built by volunteers which would be unlikely to take the hammer it would undoubtedly receive.  Full details of proposal are over on Ride Sheffield and they look magnificent.

Lady-Cannings-Phase-Map

Phase 1 though is to create a 1.2km Downhill run from the top to bottom of Cannings running parallel to the road, which will link up with the newly surfaced bridleway up the middle of the woods.  This would give a great 2.5km loop to play on or be part of a ride out to the Peak.

This first phase will cost £20, 000. That’s £11,500 more than they already have. And they need to plug that gap by Christmas so the work can be scheduled to start in March 2014.

The only way this will happen is if YOU. That’s YOU reading this, who likes riding bikes and having fun, puts YOUR hand in YOUR pocket and give generously to the Fund. If YOU don’t do that, the trail will not get built. Its that simple.

So, its very easy to donate. You can transfer straight to their bank account.

RIDE SHEFFIELD
40-31-02
91574205

Account is with HSBC.

Or you can donate via Paypal. The address for Paypal payments is ridesheffield@gmail.com please make sure this is a gift payment so that they receive all of your money.

I would suggest a minimum donation of £50 if you ride in Cannings regularly, more if you can afford it and even if you have already given.

I have pledged this much.

So you know what needs to be done. No excuses. Just get it done.

 

Lady Gagas

Lady Gagas

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 ridesheffield@gmail.com

Or a bank transfer direct in to the account:
RIDE SHEFFIELD
40-31-02
91574205
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

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