Here are some examples of recent trail work we have completed. All feedback is welcome!
Pitfichie, Cairn William Trail
In autumn 2018 the ATA, with support from Forestry Commission Scotland, completed de-watering of the famous Cairn William trail. Standing water often froze on this iconic narrow trail making a winter’s ride a death defying affair! Being one of the favourite stages of the Scottish Enduro Series race event, the ATA are committed to continuing maintenance at this location. Look out for a programme of works you can be involved in for 2019!
‘HEart Attack’ - Heartbreak Ridge, Ballater
At the request of the landowner, in order to reduce ecological and land management conflicts of the final gravity section to one of Scotland’s best loved trails - Heartbreak Ridge, the ATA were asked to assist in forming a diversion utilising a pre-existing forestry extraction corridor. The outcome is now a flow trail through open pine woodland, linking to the existing transfer trail leading to the layby on the South Deeside Road. In addition, the ATA were able to increase safety by pulling the trail away from an old metal fence (which had claimed many a pinkie over the years!).
SDA RACE TRACK: Pitfichie
The ATA volunteers took a deep breath and tackled a big one! The famous Scottish Downhill Association Downhill race trail at Pitfichie, well known for its tight trees and beefy rocks! However the trail was in need of some serious TLC after a few years of hard racing at a national level by some of Scotland’s best!
The trail dangers were removed such as tree snags, pedal catchers and wobbly rock gardens. Some blown out ruts were reformed and plenty of drainage was required. All that remains is your feedback! Get out and ride!
The ATA’s trained trail inspectors and volunteer coordinators are out and about weekly (with our K9 mascots!) looking for trails in need of some TLC. When identified, the ATA actively seek to contact the landowner/manager with a proposal for maintenance works. If you are a landowner with such a need, or if you are a rider and know of a trail in need of maintenance - please be in touch!