So what could be cooler than building trails in the woods with a nice group of people ay? Even better, building trails that weren’t going to be knocked down! That’s the magic that Hemlock has to offer! As I have been told Hemlock has been a mega popular riding location for over 20 years and has had riders young and old taking advantage of this awesome little hill in Nottinghamshire. In 2016, the council decided to completely demolish the site after various complaints leaving riders sad with nowhere to ride (meanies). So then in August 2016, the locals headed up by Nico Turner started a Facebook group (The Hemlock Trail Association), as a way to get the community of riders (and more) to show their support for the local scene. The idea being that, a sustainable riding location should be able to exist there (peacefully!) like it had for the previous 2 decades! A petition was then started to get more support with an impressive 459 signatures and sorted a meeting with the local council.
Fast forward to nearly 1000 likes on their Facebook group, some great organised dig days, 3 awesome council approved trails and some legit signs Hemlock is once again an amazing riding spot, and well established at that!
I love Hemlock! It’s one of those good all round riding spots. Good for solo rides, trail dog rides, group rides, FERDA GIRLS, FERDA BOYS, amazing summer rides, wet slippy ‘gonna die’ rides, good for kids and good for the big kids!
DIG DAYS- as I mentioned before dig days at Hemlock are awesome. I’ve seen ages from under 5s to over 50’s attend and everyone gets well stuck in. A flask with a hot beverage of your choice is always a good shout, a nice playlist for the speakers, some warm clothing in the colder months and you’re all set up for a grand day. Dig days at Hemlock are on their facebook page, so give them a follow and come on down!
On a very serious note though- PLEASE DO NOT DIG OUT OF THESE ARRANGED DAYS, YOU’LL BE IN SO MUCH TROUBLE.
ALSO IF YOU LITTER, THAT WILL BE EQUALLY AS BAD. PLEASE LOOK AFTER THE WOODS. THE TREES HAVE EYES.
So, the three trails:
Berm burner– Made up of a series of turns that snakes its way down the left hand side of the hill. Steep in parts, ever so fun, spicy in the wet 🌶🌶
The original– Kicks off with a sweet berm that shoots you off into some nice jumps and tables then into two super fun berms, up and over into my FAV local S-bend which sends you down into the deep dark woods with another table and deffo opportunity to get your foot out at the bottom, or fall into a lovely mud bath- completely your choice.
Freeride line– As the name suggests this one has a couple more jumps and drops in. This trail has the only mandatory gap in a feature. It is a step up though, and pretty safe, but here’s me giving you the heads up, just sayin’. The rest of the trail has got some great turns and even a hip jump, finishing off in a set of rollers. (This trail however is not yet complete).
Their Facebook is here and Instagram here. Give them a like and follow, then go along for a ride- and please wear a helmet, there are so many kids up there I’ve spoken to about wearing a helmet!