NZ0227 : Bridleway about the least suitable bike route

taken 5 years ago, 5 km from Eggleston, County Durham, Great Britain

Bridleway about the least suitable bike route
Bridleway about the least suitable bike route
Although a number of bridleways crossed the area now occupied by Hamsterley Forest, they are not all used or maintained in a state suitable for cyclists. This one, in particular, looks remarkably boggy and overgrown and wouldn't be my first choice on horseback, either. This is despite the extent to which the forest managers have set out to encourage mountain biking, with specially designated, marked and graded (with a colour scheme similar to that used by ski pistes) trails. The sign here indicates that a red trail (moderately hard) heads off to the right , but there is no clue as to where that trail goes in the other direction - presumably signposting is arranged to favour unidirectional traffic which does make sense where the route is off the forest roads on narrower tracks with more gradient. We were clearly not conforming to the plan, having come from the right, and about to head off to the left (not marked as a cycle trail at all, but we found it pleasant enough).
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 18 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Paths  Sport, Leisure  Woodland, Forest 
Category (from Tags)
Bridleway   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0227 2796 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.8046N 1:57.9804W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0224 2786
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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