Hemlock happenings, but why?

Paul Stain has asked Bramcote Today to try and find out why the down hill bike trails are being demolished at Hemlock Woods. He says:”

“The MTB down hill runs at Hemlock were some of the best in the area, bringing in riders from all over the Midlands. These runs have been developed over more than 20 years and were designed by the riders themselves to follow the natural contours of the geology of the area.

Now they are no more. Does anybody know why? Please.

It’s not just kids that used these trails; although that should be good enough reason to keep them.”

About Sue Sambells

Editor of Bramcote Today. Trustee of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch. Lead Coordinator for RVR, Bramcote - Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
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4 Responses to Hemlock happenings, but why?

  1. Fred R says:

    I’ll second that query. I’m too old and stiff to use those tracks any more, but I’ve seen plenty of kids use them, and it’s important that such trails are available to bikers looking for challenging rides. Better in the woods than in the streets, eh? Who manages the area around the stone?

  2. Sue Sambells says:

    Thank you to Richard MacCrae who has shared his response from Broxtowe Borough Council:

    For a long time mountain bikers have made use of the informal paths at the Hemlock Stone. Damage has been minimal, complaints from other users of the site infrequent and the Council has had no reason to intervene.

    Recently however, this has changed with new trails and ramps being created extensively throughout the local nature reserve. Trees have been cut and felled without permission for ramp building materials, holes excavated and areas of bluebells damaged or destroyed by the tracks. The site has become widely known through social media and the numbers of mountain bikers using the site has increased significantly.

    The Council has a duty of care to all users of the site and with the increasing risk of serious accident or collision it has become necessary to remove the ramps and curtail this extreme element of mountain biking. It is also committed to protecting the wildlife that lives and grows around the area.

    The Council encourages residents to enjoy their leisure time and cyclists are still welcome to use the tracks through the site and the adjacent Bramcote Hills Park, but digging of ramps and the creation of new tracks will not be allowed in order to protect both the nature reserve and other local residents.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Seems fair enough. The next step imho would be to get contact with these older bikers, explain the situation and point them in the direction of the council with a view to liaising about new tracks. That way everyone wins. Will it happen? of course not.

  3. H wilkinson says:

    I regularly walk in the woods and the old bike ramps in the old quarry are still there. Unfortunately some bikers have been recently digging in other parts of the woods ,these new ramps are the ones that have been flattened.

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