Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Last One? – Trail building

Today, using our tried and tested method, the last berm requiring a drainage pipe was targeted on ‘The Link’, the first section of ‘The Monkey’ trail. We travelled light having to hand carry all the equipment to site as vehicular access is impossible. A temporary diversion was cleared and sign before starting work.

A warm welcome and big thanks to new volunteer Christopher. Keen to get stuck in, he helped with digging the drainage trench before the damn was breached and the contents of the sump flooded out.

Once the pipe had been squeezed into the trench and back filled with material, William packed it down to leave a “speed bump”. Bruce’s idea being that as the material settles, the surface of the berm will end up flat - time will tell …

After a returning the tools and a quick visit to The Urn, we headed to the warmth of the FC office for a progress meeting with the Forestry guys.  Discussions included planning future work, Health & Safety matters as well as the FC thanking Chase Trails for all our hard work.


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Good News - Monkey Trail Update

For the latest on the Monkey Trail diversion, see this blog post

We've had to keep this under wraps for a while – there’s been a lot of work behind the scenes getting quotations, approvals and the like sorted but finally we can go live with this press release from the Forestry Commission:

“A MTB Trail building contractor has been appointed to repair recently damaged trails. Harvesting operations took place on the Monkey Trail in the Deercote valley, which are part of the long-term forest management plan.

Every effort is taken to minimise damage, but unfortunately around 15% of the trail is damaged, where tree harvesting machinery crosses the trail creating ruts. These thinning operations are essential to give the trees more room to grow, allow wildlife to flourish and timber sales help fund the trail.

The contractor will carry out the repairs, but also revamp the whole trail section. These works are planned to start at the beginning of April 2013. Please obey all safety signage and follow diversion. Thanks.”

Good news all round - the damaged trails get repaired while we work on other sections.


Monday, 18 February 2013

Temporary Diversion - Sunday 24th February

First MTB race of the year takes place this Sunday (24th February) - the Run and Ride Cannock Chase Winter Classic. 

The first couple of Tackeroo sections of 'Follow the Dog' will be closed for the day to eliminate race crossing points. Please follow the signed diversion or why not stop and watch some of the racing ...

If you fancy entering, it's not too late - check out their website here.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Out and about - recent trail building activities

With the state of the ground and recent weather, we've spent the last few weekends inspecting the felling operations and planning work for the coming year so we can submit project proposals to the FC. They have to review our plans and get the OK from various sides – timber operations, wildlife and recreation teams before we get the “go ahead” …. we can’t just go building trails where we like.

The sections that are currently closed will need significant work as the harvester has crossed the trail every 6 metres. Damage is inevitable – remember it’s a working forest.


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Moors Gorse Footbridge

Those that have ridden ‘The Monkey’ recently will have noticed that work has started on the foot bridge that will replace the railway level crossing. 

Construction should be completed by June this year and during the works, access will be maintained.


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Membership Update

Due to multiple computer failures, the Chase Trails membership office will be off line for the next week. We hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.