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Old March 24th, 2011, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default UK - good trail

For anyone who skates in the UK, we know that bumps, cobbles, curbs and debris are commonplace. Lovely large suburbs with smooth tarmac roads, 3 cars wide aren't very easy to come by...

There is a place just up the road from me called Draycote Water. It's in the village of Kites Hardwick (near to Dunchurch) in Warwickshire. It's a man made lake owned by Severn Trent water and acts as a resevoir for drinking water in the area. It's surrounded by a 5 mile service road which is mostly smooth, is only open to ST staff traffic and consists of a good few small hills and challenges along the way. Not only that, but it's a really pretty sailing lake so makes for some nice scenes along the way. In short, it's perfect.

I skate it with a pair of K2 Moto 90s with nice soft Matter Juice Green wheels but only because I've only been skating a couple years. A pair of good marathon/race skates - 100mm to 110mm with soft wheels would be ideal. I never see anyone except a few inline skiers and maybe some dutch tourists skating in the height of the summer so come along!
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Old March 24th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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pictures are hard to come by that illustrate the path but here you go...

http://www.yourlocalweb.co.uk/images...ater-19118.jpg
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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You lucky thing!
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:33 PM   #4
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Quite a few of our league's skaters visit Dorney Lake for some outdoor skating. Lovely and smooth 5km path.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 11:04 PM   #5
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Quite a few of our league's skaters visit Dorney Lake for some outdoor skating. Lovely and smooth 5km path.
Looks great... might check it out!
As you are Windsor way, do you girls ever skate Windsor Great Park?
Is it skate worthy?

Think I'll be spending most of my summer time in Hyde Park tbh...
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Old March 28th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #6
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Yes, Dorney lake certainly looks good. I've got another trail in mind but I've not been brave enough to try it yet and it's **very** remote. I might post a separate thread on that one but it's unlikely anyone on here has tried it.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 04:41 PM   #7
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As you are Windsor way, do you girls ever skate Windsor Great Park?
Is it skate worthy?
I'm not sure. There's very few of us that actually live in Windsor itself
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Old March 29th, 2011, 12:45 PM   #8
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You travel to practice then - that's dedication! ^_^

I'll have to try it myself then
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Old March 29th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #9
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Dorney is the venue for the rowing at the 2012 Olympics so I suspect access will be restricted nearer the time
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Old March 29th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #10
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You travel to practice then - that's dedication! ^_^

I'll have to try it myself then
We don't live that far away lol!
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Old October 18th, 2011, 08:17 PM   #11
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There is a place just up the road from me called Draycote Water. It's in the village of Kites Hardwick (near to Dunchurch) in Warwickshire. It's a man made lake owned by Severn Trent water and acts as a resevoir for drinking water in the area. It's surrounded by a 5 mile service road which is mostly smooth, is only open to ST staff traffic and consists of a good few small hills and challenges along the way. Not only that, but it's a really pretty sailing lake so makes for some nice scenes along the way. In short, it's perfect.
I found this place the other week! Have only just realised it's the same one in your post. Lovely place but sadly, the path is no longer tarmac, as in the pic - it's compacted gravel, which looked a bit rough to skate on so I went down onto the service road. I fared better there but think I should've taken bigger, softer wheels to help deal with the gritty patches. You skate & learn!
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Old March 1st, 2012, 09:09 AM   #12
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Hello! Yes, biggest softest wheels with a few switches back and forth with the lower service road.

As you're in the general area Rollerelle, do you know of any other large trails like this?
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Old August 28th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #13
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Would be great if we can keep these threads ongoing as half the problem is finding good places to skate. I have always enjoyed a 2 o clock in the morning skate to anywhere. Main roads, town centres and shopping car parks.... But would still be nice to find that runway smoothness.
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Old September 4th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #14
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Quite right Fronts.

Found another good Midlands one the other day. Memorial Park in Coventry. I didn't realise it is such a large park and most of it is good, smooth tarmac. Check it out. Nicely kept park as well so pleasant skating around and it's big enough and paths wide enough to really 'let loose' with your speed.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:15 PM   #15
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Should it ever be of interest my website page - Where to skate - lists some places in Scotland should anyone ever choose to visit.

I think it would be a very good idea to have a UK register of places to skate. If I added a page for England and asked for contributors do you think anyone would bother to send information? Perhaps it would work better if somebody in London kicked it off. What do you think?
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That path looks amazing,
wish there where great paths like that in my area
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