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Safe places for activities in the dark? (not dogging obvs ;) )

Discussion in 'Sports and Activities' started by Zylo, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. littleme

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    Stafford Common

    Former race track

    Former runway

    Former pageant destination

    Former FA cup car park

    Is it safe?

    Any cattle?

    David Essex offspring?

    I hear the toilet block has gone

    And the railway station

    And the Antelope is now an absolute Triumph

    But is it safe?
     
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    Could you explain that to me please

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  6. Zylo

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    Had a nice walk up to gnosall the other day along the lines, noone mentioned the damn muddy parts!

    Luckily I managed to stay on my feet... (I think it's where the farms/animals cross over or something)

    was fine apart from that, it's a shame because it's fine 99% of the way, i'll have to take some wellies next time for that bit.. we did start heading towards newport but didn't want to walk for god knows how long back in the dark, for sure i'm going to bike there soon though, after the start of the lines it goes very quiet which is great, you only see bikes then unless people have come on the line from the villages

    Start is busy though, dog walkers galore but they soon vanish a few miles in

    It's a lovely place to go down though, we saw a lot of wildlife some interesting bridges, graffiti... and the canal looks nice that side too, another venture that's possible to go down
     
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    As someone who did the run to Gnosall alot in the summer I found the bit from Haughton down to the first farm crossing the worst bit in terms of mud and standing water. Wouldn't want to try it in this weather!!
     
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    Had cause to visit the new development at Doxey (Mallard Walk?) this morning. Went to the end of Lapwing Place where it backs almost on to the Isabel Trail. Nice outlook, if I lived there there would be some subtle 'guerilla gardening' going on.
    Didn't realise how big that development is.
     
  9. Zylo

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    Yeah I think we mean the same place, one wasn't TOO bad (think the first).. but the one after, nearly covered my whole trainer.. on the way back we tried the gate way to the side (obviously made sure it was shut after) but... that wasn't any better

    After going through them I may aswell of been walking on a field of mud for hours
     
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    That muddy bit by the farm was much worse twenty and more years ago.
     
  11. tek-monkey

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    I run it sometimes, seems to be fine til the road after Derrington but after crossing that it's pot luck in this weather. Not so bad on the bike. Not fit enough to run to Newport yet, not and make it back anyway :eek:
     
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    Oh when I said "run to Gnosall" it was on the gravel bike! No chance of me running to Gnosall...
     
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    To be fair I've only run all the way once! I usually turn round just after Derrington if aiming for a 10k, all the way to Gnosall and back makes it a half marathon and I've only ever done 2 of those!
     
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    I've walked to Newport and back, and been in most of the Newport pubs, but that was when I was younger.
    I never run.
     
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    The OH ran back from Stafford down the line as far as Haughton yesterday and said it was okay.
     
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    IIRC the last time I tried it was just after the Haughton turn off for the car park that I hit stuff I didn't want to run through.
     
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    I'm going to have to go again soon, can't remember exactly where / before the mud baths are, I remember the first not being that bad at all (you can go through the middle with no problem really) but the 2nd was horrendous

    I'd imagine it wouldn't be that bad to go through on a bike just prepare for a bit of spray..

    Wonder what causes is at those points? the rest of the way is pretty much fine, is it those damn cows?

    As much as i'm moaning about mud, it's a lovely place to have we're lucky to have a nice long walkway/bikeway/whatever here, in some nice countryside away from damn cars, love it i'm just annoyed i've not gone down there sooner! always looking for places to go!
     
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    I walked the dogs from town to Derrington several winters ago and it was very boggy just past Doxey and waterlogged under the motorway bridge.

    More recently I've walked from Haughton to Gnosall and it was a bit wet bewteen Haughton station through the cutting up to the Stables (where the crossing gates are).
     
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    After Haughton there seems to be less of a determined effort on the path, its narrower and less solid, but I don't know if this is because of the terrain or deliberate. There is standing water often to the north side so I'm assuming it's in a slight dip, although it only needs to be slight if enough falls.

    EDIT: Actually that bit is uphill, albeit slightly. If you can see the chart at the very bottom of this page you can see the elevation and moving across it shows you where on the map it is:

    https://www.strava.com/activities/4114118111
     
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  20. Zylo

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    Ah I see, and that makes sense, I walked to haughton today- and the muddy parts defo on the way to gnosall (me and my short term memory) probably where the elevation starts dropping I assume, still a tad muddy but nothing to be bothered about before them.

    Think it was around the halfway mark between haughton and gnosall if not a little before for the first mud crossing
     

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