Mountain biker seriously hurt in beauty spot crash

This Is Lancashire: The scene in Philips Park, Prestwich The scene in Philips Park, Prestwich

A MOUNTAIN biker from Atherton was taken to hospital with serious head and shoulder injuries after falling off his bike in Philips Park, Prestwich.

Bolton Mountain Rescue Team were called to help the 47-year-old man at 1.55pm.

The North West Ambulance Service took the man, who was part of a group of seven mountain bikers, to hospital.

As well as serious head and shoulder injuries, he was also suffering from a possible broken jaw.

A spokesman for the North West Air Ambulance confirmed the helicopter was present from 2.09pm but was not needed.

There were 22 members of the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team involved in the rescue.

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5:49pm Mon 5 May 14

HIGHTOWERescort says...

Hope the guy is ok and has a good recovery!
Hope the guy is ok and has a good recovery! HIGHTOWERescort
  • Score: 9

5:51pm Mon 5 May 14

wittonweavers says...

Although its hard to tell from the picture - i would guess that this is immediately after the second peak on the red loop (out of the car park via the giant spinning jenny).

This is where i broke my collar bone last April and i have heard of quite a few others that have come off there. The hill is known as Turrets Hill - because unsuspecting riders tend to mutter (or scream) expletives once they realise that they have hit the peak too fast and have a long drop on the other side to contend with.

I had no idea whether i should have reported my accident to someone or indeed who to report it to. I didnt want my accident to spoil the enjoyment for others but it does seem that this spot attracts a lot of trouble and maybe something needs to be done.
Although its hard to tell from the picture - i would guess that this is immediately after the second peak on the red loop (out of the car park via the giant spinning jenny). This is where i broke my collar bone last April and i have heard of quite a few others that have come off there. The hill is known as Turrets Hill - because unsuspecting riders tend to mutter (or scream) expletives once they realise that they have hit the peak too fast and have a long drop on the other side to contend with. I had no idea whether i should have reported my accident to someone or indeed who to report it to. I didnt want my accident to spoil the enjoyment for others but it does seem that this spot attracts a lot of trouble and maybe something needs to be done. wittonweavers
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Mon 5 May 14

HIGHTOWERescort says...

Oh, and Bolton MRT are awesome! I hope I'll personally never need them, but know I'll be in good hands if I do!!!
Oh, and Bolton MRT are awesome! I hope I'll personally never need them, but know I'll be in good hands if I do!!! HIGHTOWERescort
  • Score: 24

6:09pm Mon 5 May 14

chris.lomax says...

What needs to be done is people should wear appropriate gear, learn the route property before going straight at it. Never the riders fault always the track. People should take responsibility for their own stupidity.
What needs to be done is people should wear appropriate gear, learn the route property before going straight at it. Never the riders fault always the track. People should take responsibility for their own stupidity. chris.lomax
  • Score: 12

8:00pm Mon 5 May 14

wittonweavers says...

Generally agree Chris but given that you know neither the circumstances of my accident or the one today it seems inappropriate. I always ride with the right gear and try to ride responsibly. I know when I had my accident it had nothing to do with being irresponsible or riding inappropriately - it was just an accident. I'm not blaming the park as such, just think that there are an unusually high number of accidents in one particular spot.
Generally agree Chris but given that you know neither the circumstances of my accident or the one today it seems inappropriate. I always ride with the right gear and try to ride responsibly. I know when I had my accident it had nothing to do with being irresponsible or riding inappropriately - it was just an accident. I'm not blaming the park as such, just think that there are an unusually high number of accidents in one particular spot. wittonweavers
  • Score: 4

8:58pm Mon 5 May 14

Pash01 says...

This was just waiting to happen today people were hitting the reds like it was a fun fair ride, some with no helmets, unsuitable bikes and kids on bikes and BMX's and all riding too close together.
Hope the rider is ok though, not saying this rider was any of the above.
This was just waiting to happen today people were hitting the reds like it was a fun fair ride, some with no helmets, unsuitable bikes and kids on bikes and BMX's and all riding too close together. Hope the rider is ok though, not saying this rider was any of the above. Pash01
  • Score: 5

6:49am Tue 6 May 14

oftbewildered2 says...

wittonweavers wrote:
Although its hard to tell from the picture - i would guess that this is immediately after the second peak on the red loop (out of the car park via the giant spinning jenny).

This is where i broke my collar bone last April and i have heard of quite a few others that have come off there. The hill is known as Turrets Hill - because unsuspecting riders tend to mutter (or scream) expletives once they realise that they have hit the peak too fast and have a long drop on the other side to contend with.

I had no idea whether i should have reported my accident to someone or indeed who to report it to. I didnt want my accident to spoil the enjoyment for others but it does seem that this spot attracts a lot of trouble and maybe something needs to be done.
well there would be nothing lost if you discussed it with someone in a position to do something about it. Obviously you have identified something that needs to be investigated. It is often difficult to decide whether one is being too 'protective' over something - done it myself and then wished I had said something
[quote][p][bold]wittonweavers[/bold] wrote: Although its hard to tell from the picture - i would guess that this is immediately after the second peak on the red loop (out of the car park via the giant spinning jenny). This is where i broke my collar bone last April and i have heard of quite a few others that have come off there. The hill is known as Turrets Hill - because unsuspecting riders tend to mutter (or scream) expletives once they realise that they have hit the peak too fast and have a long drop on the other side to contend with. I had no idea whether i should have reported my accident to someone or indeed who to report it to. I didnt want my accident to spoil the enjoyment for others but it does seem that this spot attracts a lot of trouble and maybe something needs to be done.[/p][/quote]well there would be nothing lost if you discussed it with someone in a position to do something about it. Obviously you have identified something that needs to be investigated. It is often difficult to decide whether one is being too 'protective' over something - done it myself and then wished I had said something oftbewildered2
  • Score: 2

8:58am Tue 6 May 14

danssoncabaret says...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The MRT are a wonderful organization, well done lads!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The MRT are a wonderful organization, well done lads! danssoncabaret
  • Score: 8

6:23pm Tue 6 May 14

lv8151 says...

those trails look like they would be good to walk around aswell, think i'll get my walking shoes on and check them out ..... well if we share the footpaths with cyclists they wont mind sharing their tracks with walkers i suppose
those trails look like they would be good to walk around aswell, think i'll get my walking shoes on and check them out ..... well if we share the footpaths with cyclists they wont mind sharing their tracks with walkers i suppose lv8151
  • Score: -19

8:39pm Tue 6 May 14

HIGHTOWERescort says...

lv8151 wrote:
those trails look like they would be good to walk around aswell, think i'll get my walking shoes on and check them out ..... well if we share the footpaths with cyclists they wont mind sharing their tracks with walkers i suppose
Personally, I see no problem! Share the trails! All of them! Smile and give a cheery hello to your fellow outdoor enthusiast, no matter how they choose to enjoy it! Room for everyone! :) Just bear in mind there are lots of grumpy people about who don't like to share! Some of them can do some really nasty and dangerous things! Horrible people! :(
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: those trails look like they would be good to walk around aswell, think i'll get my walking shoes on and check them out ..... well if we share the footpaths with cyclists they wont mind sharing their tracks with walkers i suppose[/p][/quote]Personally, I see no problem! Share the trails! All of them! Smile and give a cheery hello to your fellow outdoor enthusiast, no matter how they choose to enjoy it! Room for everyone! :) Just bear in mind there are lots of grumpy people about who don't like to share! Some of them can do some really nasty and dangerous things! Horrible people! :( HIGHTOWERescort
  • Score: 26

9:30pm Tue 6 May 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

I especially don't like it when walkers try to block paths with stones/bricks!! W*****s!
I especially don't like it when walkers try to block paths with stones/bricks!! W*****s! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 9

9:40pm Tue 6 May 14

Pash01 says...

Share a purpose built MTB trail!!
Yeh right so your coming round a berm or over a table top and there is a walker on your line would you care to explain how you slow down or stop without hitting them.
Don't talk utter crap.
Maybe you need to read the on going chat about walker on the trails in Gisburn.
Footpaths don't have drop-offs, table tops or berms or other fast flowing sections
Share a purpose built MTB trail!! Yeh right so your coming round a berm or over a table top and there is a walker on your line would you care to explain how you slow down or stop without hitting them. Don't talk utter crap. Maybe you need to read the on going chat about walker on the trails in Gisburn. Footpaths don't have drop-offs, table tops or berms or other fast flowing sections Pash01
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Tue 6 May 14

lv8151 says...

HIGHTOWERescort wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
those trails look like they would be good to walk around aswell, think i'll get my walking shoes on and check them out ..... well if we share the footpaths with cyclists they wont mind sharing their tracks with walkers i suppose
Personally, I see no problem! Share the trails! All of them! Smile and give a cheery hello to your fellow outdoor enthusiast, no matter how they choose to enjoy it! Room for everyone! :) Just bear in mind there are lots of grumpy people about who don't like to share! Some of them can do some really nasty and dangerous things! Horrible people! :(
i agree the trails should be shared .... and when im out walking i do my best to give cyclists a good path past me ..... here we go ..... just 3 weeks ago my mate went to gisburn forest on a trail ride and he was upset because( his words) "some f**k**g idiot was walking on the trail" ..... now this coming from an experienced rider who travels as much on pavement as he does on road when he's just nipping here or there i thought pretty hypocritical .... the old school ramblers i think will never change their mind about cyclists when you're talking about (their) walking trails ..... but for walkers to respect cyclists it will also mean that cyclists need to respect walkers ( which a lot don't)
[quote][p][bold]HIGHTOWERescort[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: those trails look like they would be good to walk around aswell, think i'll get my walking shoes on and check them out ..... well if we share the footpaths with cyclists they wont mind sharing their tracks with walkers i suppose[/p][/quote]Personally, I see no problem! Share the trails! All of them! Smile and give a cheery hello to your fellow outdoor enthusiast, no matter how they choose to enjoy it! Room for everyone! :) Just bear in mind there are lots of grumpy people about who don't like to share! Some of them can do some really nasty and dangerous things! Horrible people! :([/p][/quote]i agree the trails should be shared .... and when im out walking i do my best to give cyclists a good path past me ..... here we go ..... just 3 weeks ago my mate went to gisburn forest on a trail ride and he was upset because( his words) "some f**k**g idiot was walking on the trail" ..... now this coming from an experienced rider who travels as much on pavement as he does on road when he's just nipping here or there i thought pretty hypocritical .... the old school ramblers i think will never change their mind about cyclists when you're talking about (their) walking trails ..... but for walkers to respect cyclists it will also mean that cyclists need to respect walkers ( which a lot don't) lv8151
  • Score: 4

10:29pm Tue 6 May 14

lv8151 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
I especially don't like it when walkers try to block paths with stones/bricks!! W*****s!
i also dont like it when cyclist just speed by on a narrow trail from behind without any warning ..... W*****s! ..... works both ways
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: I especially don't like it when walkers try to block paths with stones/bricks!! W*****s![/p][/quote]i also dont like it when cyclist just speed by on a narrow trail from behind without any warning ..... W*****s! ..... works both ways lv8151
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Tue 6 May 14

lv8151 says...

Pash01 wrote:
Share a purpose built MTB trail!!
Yeh right so your coming round a berm or over a table top and there is a walker on your line would you care to explain how you slow down or stop without hitting them.
Don't talk utter crap.
Maybe you need to read the on going chat about walker on the trails in Gisburn.
Footpaths don't have drop-offs, table tops or berms or other fast flowing sections
post me the link .... my mates been there recently cycling :)
[quote][p][bold]Pash01[/bold] wrote: Share a purpose built MTB trail!! Yeh right so your coming round a berm or over a table top and there is a walker on your line would you care to explain how you slow down or stop without hitting them. Don't talk utter crap. Maybe you need to read the on going chat about walker on the trails in Gisburn. Footpaths don't have drop-offs, table tops or berms or other fast flowing sections[/p][/quote]post me the link .... my mates been there recently cycling :) lv8151
  • Score: 2

12:01am Wed 7 May 14

lv8151 says...

lv8151 wrote:
Pash01 wrote:
Share a purpose built MTB trail!!
Yeh right so your coming round a berm or over a table top and there is a walker on your line would you care to explain how you slow down or stop without hitting them.
Don't talk utter crap.
Maybe you need to read the on going chat about walker on the trails in Gisburn.
Footpaths don't have drop-offs, table tops or berms or other fast flowing sections
post me the link .... my mates been there recently cycling :)
i've tried finding what you're on about but even google fails to find your claim even on http://www.gisburnbi
ketrails.com/ .... looking forward to your link
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pash01[/bold] wrote: Share a purpose built MTB trail!! Yeh right so your coming round a berm or over a table top and there is a walker on your line would you care to explain how you slow down or stop without hitting them. Don't talk utter crap. Maybe you need to read the on going chat about walker on the trails in Gisburn. Footpaths don't have drop-offs, table tops or berms or other fast flowing sections[/p][/quote]post me the link .... my mates been there recently cycling :)[/p][/quote]i've tried finding what you're on about but even google fails to find your claim even on http://www.gisburnbi ketrails.com/ .... looking forward to your link lv8151
  • Score: 2

8:59am Wed 7 May 14

Pash01 says...

On Facebook
Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group)
A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails
On Facebook Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group) A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails Pash01
  • Score: 1

9:38am Wed 7 May 14

the_outsider says...

there is plenty of room out on the moors for all of us. Consideration works all ways from keeping dogs under control, to allowing plenty of room when passing walkers and walkers not being obstructive or dismaltling drystone walls and laying them over routes or even alledgely droping tacks down.

basically we are all out there to enjoy the fresh air so lets not be dicks hey?
there is plenty of room out on the moors for all of us. Consideration works all ways from keeping dogs under control, to allowing plenty of room when passing walkers and walkers not being obstructive or dismaltling drystone walls and laying them over routes or even alledgely droping tacks down. basically we are all out there to enjoy the fresh air so lets not be dicks hey? the_outsider
  • Score: 2

10:21am Wed 7 May 14

Pete1602 says...

In relation to sharing the trail? Are you serious?!?!
The amount of times i've come out of a bend on PURPOSE BUILT MTB TRACKS to be confronted by a couple walking their dog that's not on a lead is ridiculous!
The best is when they they say "i know we shouldn't be on here but ...."
That's like me saying " i know i shouldn't have drove up the footpath in my car but..."
Hope hes up and about again soon.
In relation to sharing the trail? Are you serious?!?! The amount of times i've come out of a bend on PURPOSE BUILT MTB TRACKS to be confronted by a couple walking their dog that's not on a lead is ridiculous! The best is when they they say "i know we shouldn't be on here but ...." That's like me saying " i know i shouldn't have drove up the footpath in my car but..." Hope hes up and about again soon. Pete1602
  • Score: 1

11:40am Wed 7 May 14

lv8151 says...

Pash01 wrote:
On Facebook
Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group)
A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails
yes just read it ..... when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on
[quote][p][bold]Pash01[/bold] wrote: On Facebook Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group) A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails[/p][/quote]yes just read it ..... when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on lv8151
  • Score: 1

12:14pm Wed 7 May 14

Pash01 says...

lv8151 wrote:
Pash01 wrote:
On Facebook
Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group)
A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails
yes just read it ..... when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on
""when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on""

Yes I agree that bit is dam right stupid and childish But people should NOT be walking on Purpose built MTB trails that is like walking in the middle of a road!!
As for sharing paths with walkers yes that is fine,
If I see a walker when on a bridle way or other path I always slow down and if I am with others one of us will shout walkers to warn the other riders and I always say Thank you to the walker as I past as most of the time they will move to one side so we can pass.
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pash01[/bold] wrote: On Facebook Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group) A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails[/p][/quote]yes just read it ..... when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on[/p][/quote]""when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on"" Yes I agree that bit is dam right stupid and childish But people should NOT be walking on Purpose built MTB trails that is like walking in the middle of a road!! As for sharing paths with walkers yes that is fine, If I see a walker when on a bridle way or other path I always slow down and if I am with others one of us will shout walkers to warn the other riders and I always say Thank you to the walker as I past as most of the time they will move to one side so we can pass. Pash01
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Wed 7 May 14

lv8151 says...

Pash01 wrote:
lv8151 wrote:
Pash01 wrote:
On Facebook
Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group)
A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails
yes just read it ..... when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on
""when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on""

Yes I agree that bit is dam right stupid and childish But people should NOT be walking on Purpose built MTB trails that is like walking in the middle of a road!!
As for sharing paths with walkers yes that is fine,
If I see a walker when on a bridle way or other path I always slow down and if I am with others one of us will shout walkers to warn the other riders and I always say Thank you to the walker as I past as most of the time they will move to one side so we can pass.
you sound like one of the considerate ones that i regularly meet up on the hills of bolton .... unfortunately though as with everything else the minority spoil it ..... there are a few paths up belmont where cycling is not allowed but that doesn't seem to stop people cycling on it they even rip the no cycling signs down or break the fence or gate so they can get their bikes through .... cyclists need to remember that not all paths on the moors are able to withstand cycles being ridden over them as they were not made for cycles but pedestrians .... just as your mountain bike trails were made for cycles and not pedestrians .... it does need to work both ways
[quote][p][bold]Pash01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pash01[/bold] wrote: On Facebook Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development ( group) A post by Amer Ditta on the 4th may at 17.20 and on going up to now 125 post's on this subject of walkers on trails[/p][/quote]yes just read it ..... when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on[/p][/quote]""when you read all the posts it shows you just how ignorant and care free some riders are .... they're even making a point system up ... 5 points for knocking down a child, 10 points for knocking down a kid and so on"" Yes I agree that bit is dam right stupid and childish But people should NOT be walking on Purpose built MTB trails that is like walking in the middle of a road!! As for sharing paths with walkers yes that is fine, If I see a walker when on a bridle way or other path I always slow down and if I am with others one of us will shout walkers to warn the other riders and I always say Thank you to the walker as I past as most of the time they will move to one side so we can pass.[/p][/quote]you sound like one of the considerate ones that i regularly meet up on the hills of bolton .... unfortunately though as with everything else the minority spoil it ..... there are a few paths up belmont where cycling is not allowed but that doesn't seem to stop people cycling on it they even rip the no cycling signs down or break the fence or gate so they can get their bikes through .... cyclists need to remember that not all paths on the moors are able to withstand cycles being ridden over them as they were not made for cycles but pedestrians .... just as your mountain bike trails were made for cycles and not pedestrians .... it does need to work both ways lv8151
  • Score: 2

2:41pm Wed 7 May 14

the_outsider says...

one of the issues is that the footpaths were marked and layed down in law before the advent of bikes and as such you could argue that they are dated and out of touch.

Comon sense needs to prevail and whislt there are gobby knobheads on both sides of the fence a middle ground needs to be reached.

Mountain bikes are here, and now as much of the hills as walking sticks, red socks and gaiters.
one of the issues is that the footpaths were marked and layed down in law before the advent of bikes and as such you could argue that they are dated and out of touch. Comon sense needs to prevail and whislt there are gobby knobheads on both sides of the fence a middle ground needs to be reached. Mountain bikes are here, and now as much of the hills as walking sticks, red socks and gaiters. the_outsider
  • Score: -2

4:57pm Wed 7 May 14

lv8151 says...

Pete1602 wrote:
In relation to sharing the trail? Are you serious?!?!
The amount of times i've come out of a bend on PURPOSE BUILT MTB TRACKS to be confronted by a couple walking their dog that's not on a lead is ridiculous!
The best is when they they say "i know we shouldn't be on here but ...."
That's like me saying " i know i shouldn't have drove up the footpath in my car but..."
Hope hes up and about again soon.
no its not ...... its like you saying " i know i shouldn't be riding on the pavement but..."
[quote][p][bold]Pete1602[/bold] wrote: In relation to sharing the trail? Are you serious?!?! The amount of times i've come out of a bend on PURPOSE BUILT MTB TRACKS to be confronted by a couple walking their dog that's not on a lead is ridiculous! The best is when they they say "i know we shouldn't be on here but ...." That's like me saying " i know i shouldn't have drove up the footpath in my car but..." Hope hes up and about again soon.[/p][/quote]no its not ...... its like you saying " i know i shouldn't be riding on the pavement but..." lv8151
  • Score: 2

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