Monday, March 08, 2010

Harelstone Firs - Spring is here!!

If you live in Northamptonshire and enjoy Mountain Biking it is going to hard to find anything exciting locally. Harlestone Firs is one of the only places where you can find anything vaguely like singletrack. It has been used for off-road riding for years - though you have to share it with dog walkers, horse riders and (illegal) dirt-bikes.
Dahnhilla has been suggesting we have a look at his local patch again as some new bits of singletrack have appeared - mysterious trail fairies inhabit these woods ;-)
It was great to be out on the 5-Spot again, the sun was shining and the trails were relatively dry. We enjoyed some tight and twisty sections through the trees that reminded me a bit of Cannock and then cranked along some wide paths until my local guide dived off into the trees again.
Quite a compact area, but worth a couple of circuits and some exploring - if you look at the map you will see that a longer ride could be made up from bridleways that lead away from the woods. For those that way inclined there are some jumps amongst the trees too. Watch out for the ants in the summer !
Thanks Dahnhilla, a great kick start to 2010 trail riding and now I am keen to get some more miles in before long.
Posse: dahnhilla; SC Chameleon; uphilla: Turner
Weather: Clear and Sunny, but cold
Mechanicals: None.


Dangerous Dave said...

Was a good but cold day indeed! I've got my eye on a couple of sections which will expand on the singletrack there.... only thing it lacks is steep techincal stuff but that's never going to happen with the gradient around there!

Certainly not bad for being about 2 mins ride away to the first bit of singletrack.

Just a shame you couldn't snap me whipping out of the berm earlier up on that section!

Glad you enjoyed it and good to see you back off road! 2010 is going to a be a good year for riding I can feel it!

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