Moorland Mountain Bike Safari – a tour with a difference on the Eastern Moors
17th June 2019
You’ve heard of a guided walk, now how about a guided ride? Swap that outdated stereotype of a group of ramblers led by a wizened old ranger and join us for the first ever Eastern Moors ‘Mountain Bike Safari’.
On 23 June join Ride Sheffield, along with Eastern Moors Rangers, to explore the trails you love to ride in a different light, taking in the natural beauty, wildlife and heritage of the area along the way. On the day, there will also be an opportunity to discuss the work Ride Sheffield and the Eastern Moors already does with the bikers, such as track repairs and tree planting, and what more they could do in the future.
Louise Baddeley of the Eastern Moors Partnership said: “We’re hoping this new style of event will encourage the local mountain bike community to explore the special characteristics of this amazing area - and maybe highlight some new and interesting aspects they may previously have missed - as well as discuss the issues which arise where visitor access meets conservation.”
(Photo - John Horscroft)
The Eastern Moors is part of a wider network of moorland and woodland straddling the border of Sheffield and the Peak District. Extensive uplands such as this are peculiar to the UK, boasting plants and animals found almost nowhere else. This is one of few places you can hear the haunting call of the curlew, see adders basking amongst the heather and find sticky carnivorous sundews dappling the sphagnum.
As part of the Peak District National Park, the Eastern Moors are open for all to enjoy responsibly, with the famous gritstone Eastern Edges connected by an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways on Open Access land.
Louise Baddeley added: “The incredible diversity of landscape and wildlife are one of the reasons so many people come to enjoy and explore this area, but this can also lead to difficult conversations around access for all different types of sports – climbing, running, off-roading and mountain biking.
“It’s important to remember we all share these trails, whether for quiet enjoyment, exploration or adventure, and we need to work together to ensure everyone can continue to enjoy this beautiful landscape.”
Booking for the Mountain Bike Safari is essential. Visit www.visit-eastern-moors.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on. It is suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 12+, and costs £5 per person. No equipment provided, please bring your own bike and safety equipment and know how to use it.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 2891543.