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Mountain bike trail 'recovering from winter damage'

Posted 22 February 2011
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Mountain bike trail 'recovering from winter damage'
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Those who love jumping on mountain bikes and hurtling round forest trails may be delighted to hear a forest badly affected by the winter is now open for business again.

Heavy snow in the Dalby Forest near Pickering in North Yorkshire caused many trees to fall, blocking cycling and walking routes, the Gazette and Herald reports.

However, the paper notes, staff have been cutting away with chainsaws and removing the fallen arboreal specimens, ensuring most of the main trails are now available again for those in cycling gear and walking boots to enjoy.

Forest ranger Mark Braker told the paper there was a metre of snow in some places.

"But we have got most of the trees cleared and Dalby is now very much open for business," he added.

The Forestry Commission will celebrate the work by allowing visitors' cars to park for free tomorrow (February 23rd).

Facilities in the Dalby Forest include the Purple Mountain Cafe and Mountain Bike Hire centre.