Re: monsal trail. peak district
I'm a walker first and foremost but do like a bit of a bike ride now and then...
While we were at the Alpkit Big Shakeout in October, we decided to have I ride along the Monsal Trail as it was right next to the campsite.
It is clearly marked as a multi purpose trail and when there were clear stretches, it was good to get the head down and get some speed going. Unfortunately, on the busier sections, even travelling a lot more slowly and considerately, we encountered at least six people who DELIBERATELY stepped in front of us at the last minute and one bloke even shoved a pushchair complete with small child on board into my path and laughed in my face as I had to take evasive action.
I can assure you that we weren't speeding or doing anything dangerous as these things happened! Maybe it is some kind of underground movement to get revenge on those bikers who are less considerate but it was certainly bloody dangerous!
A "cyclepath" clearly marked down one side might be a good idea with signs advising walkers to keep clear of it??
I'm sure that most reading this would be happy to share the trail for any purpose in an amicable fashion but there are always going to be a few idiots in all camps that want to screw it up for others!
Just my twopenneth
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