Holmbury Hill is one of the most popular places in the South East for mountain biking, and rightly so given the large number of excellent trails there. But it is a ‘working forest’ as in the trees are there as part of the managed landscape. From time to time this means they have to be thinned to ensure the sustainability of the area.
Over on the Hurtwood Ranger’s excellent blog (which keeps you nicely up to date with Holmbury activities) there’s a map showing where planned tree felling and thinning work is due to be carried out over the course of 2010. It’s quite an extensive area and unfortunately it appears as though some of our favourite trails are likely to be affected.
My map reading skills are weak-to-poor but it certainly seems to me that Telegraph Road is due some disruption and also possibly parts of Barry Knows Best (BKB) as well as other local trails. At this stage there’s no telling when the work will begin as it’s largely weather dependent but this is just a heads up to let people know.
I just hope the trails survive largely intact…