Mountain bikes and wildlife don't mix
LIKE many others, I am a user of Plymbridge. I find the mountain bike trail (MBT) proposals a disgrace in view of the harm and intrusion this will cause to ancient woodland. Why the necessity of yet another set of MBTs is beyond me. It's been bad enough in the past having to be suddenly confronted by bikes from nowhere with no warning, so this "trail" can only be to the detriment of the valley.
I suppose we can count ourselves lucky that they dropped the plan for a cafe and the litter this would bring to the area.
Mountain bike trails would not be very compatible with this beautiful area of woods and wildlife; indeed would tend to drive it further away.
Cyclists are never satisfied with regular paths and it would not be long before they are making inroads elsewhere. Being one such person who walks off the main paths I have met up with cyclists actually carrying bikes on their shoulders until they can find somewhere to mount and ride.
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In favour? Sorry, no way. Things should be left as normal and not disrupted for a small percentage of users "on bikes."
B J CONNELL