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Trail build report: triangle woodwork opened, triangle + alley pothole filling

Mountain bike north shore being built.
Morning wood.

This was a low key trail build day.  On the February build day we’d shifted 20 tonnes in record time and ended up with stock piles of material in strategic locations round the trail.

The plan for the day was to finish and open the wood section in the triangle.  This had been almost finished back  in January.  Jez, Ricky and Gary (Gary 5) got straight on with wood task.

Meanwhile Phil, Tom, Pawel and Sarah marked out the entrance path, dug it out and then filled it with limestone. The short section off the end of the first logs to the start of the extended raised section was also filled in. Chris came along with a broken gas stove and then Kate arrived to help too.

With the wood section officially opened then a lot of OCD pothole filling was done in the area. Some serious water damage was discovered in the back alley and  it was necessary to shift material from a more remote gravel stockpile to fill this.  The distance was around 300m and three people did about 6 journeys each. That means they walked 1.8km pushing a wheel barrow. Good training for something. The Garmin log from the build day shows 7.5km total distance walked.

Trail building crew

Power drill

New MTB trail section
New section opened. Raised beds for the flowers too.

After months of rain and cold it was pleasant to be out on an early spring morning. Small patches of green were appearing on trees and the birds were tweeting (they haven’t mastered hashtags yet though).

Pothole filling kept the group occupied for most of the afternoon. It was very satisfying to see a damaged patch of trail be turned back into something robust.

Shifting Limestone
More limestone being shifted.


Dumping load
Ricky dumps his load.


Fixed trail section
Fixed section.

In general we’ve been very pleased with how well the trail has stood up to a very wet winter. 

Croft Trail progress March 2014

Thanks to everyone who came along and helped keep the trail in good shape. Future build days will be advertised on the events calendar.

History corner (it’s going to be big)

The original triangle was closed in late 2010 (see the plans from August 2010).  The first attempt at marking a simplified route was done in Sept 2010. The bulk of the work was done during 2011. It carried on into 2012 with it opened ready for the April open day.

The entrance and exit lines had been scouted in May 2010The entrance link was marked out in Aug 2010. The logs were moved in Nov 2010. The triangle entrance was cleared in 18th and 28th of Dec 2010. The 2011 build history covers the triangle activity.  The 2012 work consisted of more surfacing on the 14th and 15th of Jan. More material was moved on the 4th ready for the 5th  of Feb. The final connecting berm was built on the 4th March and a few minor details finished on the 24th March.

Resurfacing work was done on the 8th and 9th of Sept 2012, drainage work in Dec 2012  and pothole fixing in April 2013 and Dec 2013.

The wood section was mainly built in 2011…it’s just taken a while to finish it properly.

The alley history is covered in this update from  May 2012. It was further patched up in April 2013

Full build diary.

Early spring view
Early spring view

Trail build report…alley surfacing and some fence work

This was a short build session. The entrance to the alley section was resurfaced after being hammered by the recent Prospect Hospice ride. Jon Proudman was cycling past and stopped to help. The alley was surfaced in Oct 2010, exit mods on 5th Dec 2010 surfaced Jan 2011 and the final link in Dec 2011

A fence was built on Piper’s hill next to Pete’s steps.

Full build diary.

Trail build report: Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Jan 2011

Saturday 22nd Jan 2011

Phil, Jez, Lee Morgan and Andy Matthews spent the day moving chippings from the car park the long distance to a section that we call the alley. This was a really muddy area in urgent need of surfacing.

Sunday 23rd Jan 2011

Phil, Jez and myself (Tom) got started on moving slabs and rubble to the alley section using the power barrow. We were joined by Chris, Mike Jeffries and then Mike Tearle, Ben and Kate Bevan. Some of the trail that had been surfaced trail the day before had swallowed up the moisture from the ground and was not settling well. So we dug it back up and added a load of rubble to the equation.

We’ve been discussing sinking sections a lot recently. We are prepared to spend time next year fixing any bad patches that become apparent but we don’t want to end up with a Forth road bridge situation where we spend every year fixing large sections of trail.

We believe that our method of using slabs and bricks to reinforce boggy sections works well so we are to use this pretty much everywhere from now on.

Trail build report: Sun 5th Dec 2010

It was another cold day with snow and ice on the ground. The sun was shining though.

After Chris dropped the power barrow off then Phil and myself used the last of our remote gravel pile to do a small modification to the trail. This was on the straight section just before the start of the Piper’s hill steps. One of the regular dog walkers had told us that riders were racing out onto the track and had almost run him over. By extending one corner we then added a tight S bend that should slow riders down.

We were joined by Gary who was given an anger management job – smashing up the old trail.

In the afternoon we resurfaced the section at the end of Piper’s hill from the rock spine downwards. The old trail was dug out and properly bench cut. We were joined by Mr Anon.