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 Post subject: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:47 pm 
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Hello,

Is anyone up for helping me build a new trail in Epping forest? I'd love to build a flow trail with switch backs all the way down to extend the length a bit. Berms and jumps also would be good. Something that would be nice on a modern enduro bike.

I'll be able to work on it every Sunday and with help would speed things up hopefully for spring.

I've put a map of the area where I see it best but open to ideas.

Neale
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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:08 pm 
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I heard there is a jump spot down by Debden camp site so and that seems to be the steepest hill in Epping so makes sense. It could start at the top of Laguna Seca (strava) and cut off and end down at the jumps.


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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:21 am 
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Did you know that the current free access for mountain bikes throughout (most) the forest (together with other things) is under review by the City of London (owners of the forest) ?

One of the major issues they sight is the illegal building of trails, jumps etc.

Far be it from me to say what someone else should spend their Sundays doing but given the above maybe a slightly lower key approach might not be a bad idea?

Alternatively Swinley, Bedgebury and Colchester are always looking for help with trail maintenance.

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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:03 pm 
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Thanks for that. I didn't know. Where can I get more info on this?

Would an idea be for all mountain bikers to get together with them and campaign for a dedicated trail for us and us only, something like Swinley? That way we wouldn't be ruining the forest for others.


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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:05 pm 
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Getting anywhere at the moment is a bitch for me at the moment. Don't have a car at the moment and I get guilt tripped by the wife and kid if I go away for the whole day. Epping is literally on my door step.


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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:57 pm 
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Ah the family / mountain bike balance is always tricky ;) I'm lucky in that son is just about old enough to take with me :)

There was an online survey up during the summer, it was here .... https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/about-us/Pages/consultations.aspx but is gone now that it's finished.

It was a survey about the usage of the forest, not just bikes but horses, walkers, parking etc. The survey results and the City of London's reaction to it haven't been published yet so not much to say or do about it until we know that there is a problem for us.

Within the survey they mentioned a few issues re erosion and damage to the local flora and fauna. Specific mention was made of jumps being built something they have, in common with most owners of public access land, problem with.

I got the feeling ( and from talking to the forest rangers in the past ) that they don't have much of an issue with the more natural trails. Where the problems seem to be is with stuff which is obviously built and where the impact of the riding effects large or specific areas.

It could be that they decide they don't have to do anything other than remove the jumps, built stuff as and when they find it. At the other extreme they could ban bikes from the forest and say just the fireroads......

Also worth mentioning that there seems to be a problem with night rides and there was specific mention of theses being banned.


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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:02 pm 
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Cool man. Best wait and see the results. Thanks for letting me know.


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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:55 am 
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With regards to the Mrs situation, If you were to get up at 07:00 and go to swinley you could get a 2-3 hour ride in and be back for 12:30pm.

Same for Chicksands, porc, aston hill, bedgebury, hadleigh, danbury.

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 Post subject: Re: New Trail Epping Forrest
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:28 pm 
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I don't have a car at the moment so that makes everything tricky. I take the train to Swinley but it's a long day. If anyone out there is willing to give me a lift I'd be more than greatful. Petrol expenses would be covered alternatively I've signed up to 'Drive Now' but it works out expensive but if people want to join me and contribute that would be awesome.


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