Handbuilding mountain bike trails

I built my first trail - Badaguish cross-country racecourse - by hand. As a way of involving local users or for limited use trails, this is still a great way of building trails. If this is the way forward for you, I can advise a plan of action, tool selection, correct PPE, safe working practices, HSE compliance, sustainability and help provide "on the job" training to your "trail fairies! "

Providing long term commitment

Although, handbuilding may not be suitable for large-scale, contractor style builds, there are circumstances where having a keen band of motivated handworkers (local riders groups) can be a great help; on difficult ground, handcutting bench, cutting North-shore, or providing a long term maintenance commitment.

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