Thetford Improved Mountain Biking EnviRonment

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New Baffles installed


After much thought and planning the new baffles have been installed at the heads of the Lime Burner and Beater Trails (previously Black and Red).  These will now hopefully go someway to disuading cyclists using tagalongs and or trailers from entering the trails largely unsuited for anything other than solo Mtb's.  We have used the timber supplied by the FC  to install a narrow entry at the Fire Track and then another four timbers forming chicanes just in front of the split of the two trails.  Beyond that just inside each of the two trails we positioned more narrow entries.  An added bonus here was the opportunity to dig some drainage in behind the timbers without leaving them exposed to catching any cyclists wheels.

Looking back up the trail

We still have plenty more timber so hopefully we can use them to put in more narrow entries where the Lime Burner and Beater trails cross the family orientated Shepherd trail.

Future features planned include some step ups (or down) to add to the early trail sections. Thanks go to Tom, Pete & Martin for their time and efforts during the morning.

New Trail Header Baffles


First Aid Training


Thanks to funding from the Forestry Commission, we were able to get 11 TIMBER members trained up in First Aid at the weekend. This is a vital step allowing us to continue working independently on the trails in Thetford Forest. This was in addition to the Kanga and Bomag training we've laid on recently.

The course was run by Lester from Marlin Training, who had lots of interesting stories to tell. Thanks to everyone who took part and made the day such a success.


TIMBER T-Shirt Design


TIMBER MTB members are able to claim a free t-shirt. The current design* proposal is below and we'll be ordering them soon. Don't miss out join TIMBER here and you'll also be helping the trails in Thetford Forest.

* We won't write "Front", "Back" on them - we trust you can work this out for yourselves :)


Did the earth move for you?


Today saw TIMBER MTB get our first 7 operators trained to use the BOMAG compactor.
First off a classroom session, to go over all of those important Risk Assessments and procedures required to run a serious bit of kit like this.
Then with BOMAG loaded up it was off to the new section of the Shepherd trail for the practical evaluation with each of the operators.


Thanks to Mark from Hirebase for providing and delivering the course, and of course the Forest Commision for all of their support with this new piece of equipment (including Emma, who is also now a trained operator).

Expect to see [or feel] this making a difference to the trails, in the not too distant future.


TIMBER MTB is the volunteer trail group in Thetford Forest working with the FC to improve the trails

Trail Conditions

Fair To Good. Short Beater has a few puddles at start and end, Lime Burner a few shallow puddles in usual places but generally good
Updated by rshall 9 days ago.

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