Going off the beaten track

Earlier in the week, I promised another ride video. I get a lot of feedback on these, particularly via Facebook, and folk seem to like them. I find it all a bit mystifying.

This one is from the ride I took on Sunday, and is of the route from the new railway bridge at Hademore, just east of Whittington, to Hopwas. There is a track that runs from the far side of the bridge southwards, through Tamhorn Park. The track starts as a surfaced access road, and peters out to a rough farm track. It broadly shadows the Coventry Canal, and runs through the woodland near Hopwas Hays that sits between the canal and the River Tame.

The status of this road as a public right of way is unclear. On current OS maps, the unsurfaced track is marked as a cycleway. The surfaced section is not. Beware if you try it – Tamhorn itself is an isolated place and I think the residents like to keep it that way. However, I’ve been riding this for 20 years or more without incident. It’s a lovely run, and I recorded this run in the northwards direction before, too.

The bit at 6.26 in takes practice. I’ve done it lots. Take care!

More details of the ride on my 365daysofbiking journal.

The video is speeded up about one and a half times. I really threw the bike down there, it’s great fun. The music is the rather splendid “Water from a Vineleaf’ by William Orbit, featuring the lovely spoken word vocals of Beth Orton.


Remnants of the second world war at Hopwas Hays on the Coventry Canal. 5:30pm, Sunday, 4th May 2013.

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7 Responses to Going off the beaten track

  1. Pedro says:

    Nice to see no one took offence to your loud cycle bell!

    All the best Pedro

    • Heh.

      I don’t believe in cycle bells – I think they’re rude. I have a perfectly adequate voice which is employed in the deployment of many a polite ‘Excuse me?’ ‘Hiya!’ etc. as appropriate.

      Something about a bell suggests demanding people get out of the way…


  2. That bell is in the music. I don’t believe in ‘excuse me’ as it tends not to be heard by deaf people where as a bell does. The amount of abuse that the girlfriend gets, that luckily she can’t hear, because she hasn’t moved out of the way is rude and abusive.

    I plotted it on google maps. 2.5 miles.


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  4. MTB Rider says:

    I was rudely accosted cycling on the tarmac part after coming out of the woods bridalway by a dogwalker with a loose dog running over the road. He stated it was a private road and accused me of nearly running his dog over (Which I had stopped way before for) He then launched into a rant asking me for my address so he could prosecute me for trespass. He didnt let me explain there were no signs from the wood or that it is all marked on OS maps as such. He just ranted on yelling over me how did I know and not letting me speak to answer the question. I certainly was not about to give a complete stranger my address for any reason was he nuts?. I had to leave before I lost my temper and did do something that would get me prosecuted. All that was needed was a polite word not a torrent of unprovoked threats and abuse. Then I would have apologized for my mistake and toddled off down the canal path. So just be warned if you travel down there he clearly thinks he is some sort of high figure and we are the riff raff on our bikes. I was polite and courteous throughout by the way, although I was riled up enough to give him a slap. As for prosecution trespass is a civil thing, he would have to prove I had done damage ect. Had I hit his dog he could prosecute even on a public highway but if I had come off and broken a leg I would be counter suing as the dog was out of control. I always travel as you do with a camera for this kind of protection form the odd nutter we encounter.

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