Posts Tagged ‘local trails’

Cambusbarron – epic trails

I first saw the Cambusbarron on an mtbcut video. The trails looked amazing and it’s taken quite sometime to get it together and actually make the visit.

Myself and Spad rolled up mid-afternoon with little or no idea where the trails were, we knew there was a quarry and that was about it. We set off up towards the quarry to find a pretty imposing set of dirt jumps with wall rides, gaps and ever increasing amplitudes. Not much for the jumps, we set off in search of the singletrack. After a few bum steers into various other parts of quarry – which look like they’d make good climbing routes – we finally found the route up to the top. It’s a pretty severe climb although the actual height you reach is less than 200m it feels like more with the track being technical and demanding. On the way up, it’s easy to see how rewarding your descent will be with stunning natural sections and some immense man made jumps and berms. At the top there’s a choice of three different routes and after spending nearly 4 hours there we only managed to ride two of them. Infact we only rode one section twice, the sheer amount of possible routes in this small area of land in astounding. With everything from sweet natural singletrack to enormous man made hucks, the amount of variety here is vast, with a forest landscape of pine, birch and alder through tunnels of rhododendrons to the stark apocalyptic graffitied man made quarries. In the hours we spent bombing around the place we never tired of the trails even in an attempt to get back to the car we ended up finding more routes and jumps. It would certainly take a few more trips before we could get a feel for where to go and how to link it all up. Despite the small size of the area we were clapped out, climbing up the hill over and over again is wearing, it is steep and you certainly get a solid work out from the haste required to cram in another adrenalised descent.

This is a place that will make you a better rider in every respect, it will make you fitter, increase your skill and fill you with confidence, the possibility to stretch your ability to such a high level is something that I’ve only found in the high mountains or on DH specific routes. It must be noted this is not a trail centre, the trails are built and maintained by locals so it should be given the respect it deserves, you could do yourself a serious injury on a lot of the stuff here, they’re are no posts or markings to warn of the dangers and the work people have done building this place is humbling and inspiring.

Here’s the mtbcut video.

Milngavie, Mugdock – Trails of defamatory material.

Here’s the one half descent photo I got of Spad whilst sliding around the quagmire at our local trails. Was a foul day, but riding in the mud certainly sharpens your skills. We found some great new sections hidden deep in the trees, so hopefully I’ll get some time to find some more. To help in this quest I’ve found this nifty web page which combines OS maps and google maps in one app. Very usefull ; it’s possible to spot single track with the sattelite images. Check it out here.

SPAD-Mugock

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The Code

The Country Code, which most of us learned in school (and we probably haven't read since!), was updated in 2004 when it became the Countryside Code. Here's the updated version:
  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people
In Scotland, where there is a more general right of access, there also exists the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help farmers, landowners and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you are organising a group, an event or running a business.
There's obviously a lot to to be learned from these - it's amazing how many people get out to enjoy the countryside but are still happy to leave it in a mess. Even with the recent updates, the Countryside Codes seem slightly outdated when considering the wider issues involved when lots of people get out into the countryside. Some places just can't handle high volumes of people, no matter how they behave and publicity, no matter how interesting or well-done , has the potential to attract lots of people to an area. Blogs including video, pictures or words, form part the the wider media which could easily contribute to tipping the balance, and so we as bloggers have to consider the implications of what we decide to post. Can the place we're writing about take more people, and if not, it might be wiser to leave maps, place names or grid references out of posts. In Scotland, the Mountain Bothies Association has been careful to protect the location of some Bothies due to mis-treatment and, in some cases, even malicious vandalism. That is not to say they would not advocate people using them - in fact, a well used, maintained and loved network of bothies exist, and the MBA as an organisation is there to encourage this. Some bothies are busier than others but generally it is the less remote places which are more susceptible to abuse - something which might be worth considering when deciding whether to post information. It must be said, in most cases it's obvious what should or shouldn't be publisiced, but it's worth taking these considerations to mind.

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