NZ0529 : Forest cycling at Hamsterley

taken 5 years ago, near to Redford, County Durham, Great Britain

Forest cycling at Hamsterley
Forest cycling at Hamsterley
The very inconspicuous signage on the left at this junction indicates that the Red Trail turns off, on its way to find off-track descents in the woods (with names like Transmission, Accelerator and Nitrous). Our lead cyclist at this point remembered having got to those descents from a junction further up, so we ignored the turn and continued pleasantly up the main forest road, which led to the highest accessible point on the forest road system, and an interesting route down, but our exploration never reached the particular descent she had had in mind.

Despite putting a lot of effort into promoting Mountain Biking, the visitor centre didn't seem to have any trail maps to sell or give away. We've since found that these do exist, and can be downloaded on the net, but that doesn't help much when you are already in a muddy car park ! The (A4, pdf) maps aren't much use with a GPS, as they have no grid, so it's useful also to refer to mapping produced by the OSM Cycle Map project which does have some of the trails recorded (although GPS tracklogs from which OSM works are not especially accurate inside a mature forest, they are good enough to find the critical junctions).
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 18 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Roads, Road transport  Woodland, Forest 
Track junction   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0593 2937 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.5631N 1:54.5758W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0596 2939
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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