Josh Bryceland Takes On Land Management Role, Asks Riders to Refrain From Reckless Building

Feb 4, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

Josh Bryceland has asked riders to stop building features in an area where he has started working to manage and preserve the land.

He wrote on Instagram that mountain bikers almost lost access to Nab Quarry and Styperson Park in Stockport, recently when some riders upset locals by littering and building jumps too close to paths. He is working to figure out cooperative solutions to continue mountain bike access while protecting the land.

This is not his first effort at trail stewardship. His 'Trash Rat' video last September showed a cleanup initiative and asked trail users to take more responsibility for preserving the trails.

Statement: Josh Bryceland

Attention all Nab Quarry / Styperson Park users:

We have taken on the management of Breck Quarry and Styperson park. Our primary goal is to increase safety for all users and preserve the natural beauty of the area for the local community.

There will be some changes to the area and I regretfully inform the bikers we are going to remove the dirt jumps from southern boundary adjoining Long Lane. In future, all trails will be a safe distance from the footpath, and eventually separated by fencing, so there can be no startled walkers when bikes come flying down the path. Unfortunately, we nearly lost the site altogether due to the lack of respect showed by the young cyclists, who frequently leave litter and build dangerous features in the wrong areas.

Also, I would like to ask all users to refrain from building anymore jumps/ features from now on. If anything is to be built it will be by us, in an area that isn't currently inhabited by wildlife flora and fauna. We would also ask cyclist to refrain from using the Styperson side of the hill as there is a forest school operating on the land and they have their own concerns with the bikes around children.

The footpaths will be taken care of, equipped with bins and benches and resurfaced so they are good all year round. We want the area to continue to be enjoyed by all but in a safe and positive manner.

We really do plan to regenerate the area, by encouraging as much bio-diversity as possible, keeping bikes to set trails and managing the woodland for optimum health. We will need your help in doing this as we are spending as much time as we can in there but still getting some negative feedback from the Council. We understand this current situation can be dangerous and want to keep the bikes away from other users until these changes are in place.

In short:

Please do not build any new features

Please cyclists, stay away from the footpath and dirt jumps.

Do not enter Styperson as it is private with no right of way.

Walkers, be aware that kids on bikes can be fearless and unpredictable.

If you need to get in touch, please contact me directly by email:

The post has largely been well-received, with commenters generally appreciative that Josh is using his platform to create positive change, improve mountain bikers' relationships with the community, and protect the land we all enjoy. We commend Josh for taking on this trail stewardship role and hope he is able to find a solution that benefits riders, walkers and the local habitats.


  • 160 2
 Totally agree. I hate when I'm riding and I run over a bottle or can. Got a flat from some idiots broken beer bottle. Pick up your crap people!
  • 79 1
 If you pack it in, you pack it out! Some peeps don't understand that. Trail etiquette is a hit or miss where I ride somedays
  • 125 1
 @lehott: funny how the cans are easy to carry when full, but so difficult to move when empty, physics affects everyone differently I guess.
  • 78 0
 @pcledrew: everything gets heavier when you don’t care about it
  • 47 1
 dog droppings are as bad as trash. And putting it in a bag and leaving it and about the same.
  • 5 0
 @DizzyNinja: that's black holes explained, then.
  • 23 0
 @medallion74: actually it's worse, because where previously you'd found dog poo now you'll find dog poo + a plastic bag...
  • 6 0
 @medallion74: If not worse. Now your leaving plastic and dog shit behind.
  • 2 0
 @pcledrew: I think it's a little dependent on intelligence.
  • 6 0
 Or people who blow tubes out and leave them up in trees... Its rare I come out of a ride without packing some piece of someone else's trash out.
  • 5 1
 Another good reason to wear a pack, tough to stuff your trash into a water bottle.
  • 1 0
 @pcledrew: same thing with Tim Horton's cup...
  • 1 0
 The Forest service and BLM have been "trying" this for years... Yet, people still litter and build rogue stuff... Education is the key here to get the trails and features you want, folks... Work with your local land managers, they are willing to listen
  • 1 0
 @ericls: Mmmm... Donuts.... Ghaaaaaa...
  • 8 0
 Remember being on a lush beach in pembrokeshire. Watching the sunset. Only us and one group of kids in their late teens / early 20s having a bbq. Tides coming in, sun is setting. They finish their bbq and leave absolutely everything on the beach and walk off. Tescos bags, bread bags, burger plastic packaging, *ag ends, beer cans, disposable bbqs, for the tide to ‘clean up for them’. Me and the g’friend cleaned it up before the tide came in swearing and fuming. People like this should have a hand chopped off in my book.
  • 1 0
 @scottlink: we’ve been educating people for years but still no change?
  • 1 0
 Plastic bag of shite hung in a tree, anyone?
  • 146 0
 Kudos to him. Now if we can only do something about the dog walkers who bag the poo, but leave the bag on the side of the trail...
  • 25 0
 Holy hell, yes! It's amazing how many bags of poo get left next to the trails and never picked up until a cleanup crew comes along.
  • 29 1
 @Explodo: wait, there's no poop fairy that magcally comes by and picks those up?
  • 26 0
 This. And those people that bag the poo, carry it through the forest and then leave it on the ground where they parked. I mean come on, you already carried shit, dispose of it.

We also have people who bag dog poop and then tie the bag to tree branches. wtf??

And those people who just leave their dog poop in the middle of the trail. Just kick it off into the bush!
  • 17 0
 @Canadmos: right...they take something that is degradable and preserve it in a bag.

Just don’t want it on the trail for either 1. My dog to eat, or 2. Have to scrape out of the tread of my Mazza.
  • 23 1
 My dog seriously has the best trail manners. He refuses to poop or pee on the trail. He actually will run off into the brush well off the side of the trail, do his business there and then come back and continue his hike. I still go in and pick it up anyway. I didn’t train him to do this. It’s just his thing. Cattle dogs are great trail dogs.
  • 22 7
 Unless my dog is pooping where people actually walk/ride (my dog rarely does this... he prefers to go find somewhere out of the way and in underbrush), I'm pretty opposed to bagging poo. Most people are using a single-use plastic to bag an organic biodegradable material that will actually fertilize the earth if left alone.

And yes... don't even get me started on the morons who leave the bags sitting on the side of the trail or tied in a branch as if there are trail garbagemen who do a daily run to pick up the trash. Humans are weird.
  • 5 0
 @Explodo: this. This right here. If you're bringing a dog, you better be bringing a way to bring it's poop out. My dog wears his own backpack for this reason and if he didn't have it for whatever reason, I would put the bag in my own bag. The whole idea of "I'll pick it up on the way back" is complete crap... pun intended
  • 5 0
 I'd like to speak to one of those geniuses to understand their logic
  • 43 4
 @Hogfly: Dog poop is NOT fertilizer. Look it up. It also can have nasty parasites and pathogens.
  • 14 0
 @Bushmaster123: 100% this! Wish I could up vote more. People use the excuse that it is a wild place and other animals poop in the woods so dog poop is fine. Absolutely wrong.
  • 10 0
 @Bushmaster123: Totally agree. On our farm we spread horse, cow, sheep, pig, duck and chicken muck on the fields. It will be a very dark day when someone adds dog poo to that mix.

There is a special place in hell, though, for people who hang bags of poo in trees like it's an offering to the gods of single-use plastic.
  • 1 0
 I believe some of those bags are marketed as “biodegradable” therefore people think it’s ok to throw their bags of shit everywhere. Lucky a lot of our local trails have stations with free bags and trash cans for the poop.
  • 2 2
 @Jdricks: How many people who are caught out and have to go for a sh*t in the woods bag it and take it home?
  • 2 0
 @fattyheadshok: It's a gene thing. Imagine having hundreds of sheep/cow eyes staring at you when you need to take a dump. They've simply worked this out through generations.
  • 2 0
 Baffled to learn this is a global phenomenon. Do these people have a shit bomb facebook group where they post photos of their trail grenades or something?

Nice work by Rat. Still gaining new fans even in retirement.
  • 1 0
  • 4 0
 @Hogfly: dog shit is trash and can be harmful to the local wildlife. pack out your dog's shit.
  • 2 0
 The dog owners need they’re faces rubbing in it like they used to train puppies , that’ll stop’em !
  • 1 0
 Obviously hanging bags of shite it trees happens all over. The question is, why? I don't get it. How can anyone think that's preferable to just leaving it on the ground?
  • 2 3
 @jaame: if you’re too lazy to pick it up then kick it in a bush !
  • 1 0
 @Matt115lamb: exactly. I haven't got a dog but I'd prefer dog owners kicked shit into the undergrowth than picked it up in a plastic bag and hung it in a tree 7 feet off the ground
  • 68 19
 Might have more credibility coming from somebody who hasn't been making great edits the last few years of him and his crew making and riding rogue lines all over the bike parks. I have mixed feelings about this since so many trails that started out illegal eventually got grand-fathered in and are now legitimate trails. But you've gotta be smart with where you build and avoid the obvious trouble spots.
  • 28 1
 100% this. That crew has been making mud rut lines look fun for years.
  • 15 3
 Sooo? Ruts are fun as shit, and if you want to do it and will do it anyway, you might as well keep it to designated areas so you don't disturb places that shouldn't be disturbed. I suspect some may call this move hypocrisy considering Josh's past, but people change, and Josh is changing for the better. This is far better than if he'd/we'd beat rut paths where we cause greater damage than in other places, and ensures future and existing trails are built smart and leaves space and relative peace for the wilderness we say we enjoy.
  • 16 0
 @nhlevi: Agreed. At least he is stepping up to save access. Sounds like they would have lost it if someone didn't step in.
  • 10 0
 "I have mixed feelings about this since so many trails that started out illegal eventually got grand-fathered in and are now legitimate trails."

That's exactly what's happened here by the sounds of things. Someone has to do the 'grandfathering' and he's one of the ones doing it.
  • 51 2
 Ummm isn't 50to01 infamous for ripping fresh trails and jibbing all over the place?
  • 5 20
flag ericbreh (Feb 4, 2021 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
  • 31 11
 @ericbreh: And now he's saying Do As I Say, Not As I Do.
  • 12 4
 Yup. Well if they cut it out hopefully the copy cats will as well. But yeah pot calling the kettle black for sure.
  • 6 2
 Not when it's getting an entire spot shut down
  • 11 0
 Seems like garbage and proximity are the issue here, not so much loose turns and little jumps.
  • 9 1
 @matadorCE: or, you know, hes reflected on whats hes done and has now changed his behaviour for the better.
  • 1 0
 @CEOJ: A mea culpa would have been a good inclusion to his message.
  • 32 0
 I think this sort of thing happens a lot on an unofficial level across the UKs many ‘micro spots’. I can think of several just around the midlands that are technically on private land, first built on by riders decades ago who figured out the balance of give and take with nature and land owners. New riders come up, make it their own and don’t always realise the graft and thought that goes into making these little spots work. Sometimes there’s as much conflict between the old guard and young rippers as the land owners but good communication is always the key to keeping these places alive. Ultimately we ALL need to remember ‘our spot’ isn’t really our spot at all.
  • 2 0
 This is so so true.
  • 23 0
 Good on ya Josh! Thanks for stepping up to ensure the area stays open for everyone and calling out the bad apples Beer
  • 18 0
 I have yet to understand how people practically make an extra effort to litter their own environment. Not just parks, but roadways and other public beautiful settings that they're exposed to on a regular basis.
  • 13 0
 We're having exactly the same issues in our local woods. Especially when people were allowed out for exercise in the first lockdown, everyone and their kids and the kitchen sink went out and hit the trails (yaay, good) but on the flip side, new people who didn't know the local rules also decided to 'help' and dug in janky wedge kickers on flow trails, built rickety piles of rotting tree-fall and called them jumps, and over-built existing beginner tables into large gap jumps, right next to shared use trails.
In short after a kid got air-ambulanced out of the woods, the FC came in with a digger and flattened a huge section of jumps.
  • 10 1
 Startled walkers? In a New Dystopian World where a single word can cause PTSD and group “ownership” of their culture makes you a bad person for “borrowing” something you might actually like or love, I expect “startled” walkers and equestrians will borrow a sense of righteous outrage from their playbook and hate on bikers’ because of perceived/projected insensitivity.

True that IDGAF, but most other bikers are kind and considerate. In fact, most of the riders I know are overly courteous to boost our reputation and thus safeguard our trails. I very much appreciate their efforts but I expect it will continue to be “them versus bikes” as long as any trails remain open to bikes.

What has changed? It was like that when mountain biking started. Now, forty+ years later, its the same tired rhetoric, but with an increasingly sensitive and self-entitled US population. BTW there’s still no legal biking in Marin.
  • 3 0
 When walkers abuse you as you are slowing down, saying hello, being courteous and giving them lots of room while they walk their dogs on the illegal rut lines that got build so you could avoid riding their official walking trails that they have tons of...... Welcome to Toowoomba, Queensland Australia were Shirley puts sticks across your trails and writes "no bikes" in sharpie on every trail marker or sign she can find. ???? f*ck me!
  • 8 0
 So many work so hard for our trails and all it takes is a few bad apples...... Whether it is illegal trail building on public trails, leaving trash, dog poo, or strava junkies racing inches past families of hikers with small kids on a sunny weekend. I watched all of our motorcycle trails get closed as a kid and wish the younger generation could actually see where being jerks on the trail eventually leads.
  • 7 0
 Everybody has done things in the past that weren't perfect. The fact that Josh is working to preserve access tells me that he has stepped up and seen the situation, and he's now acting on behalf of users and the forest. Good on you, Josh!
  • 9 0
 There will be less litter if everyone was drinking water!
  • 3 0
 Some people seem to be convinced that tapwater is poisoned...
  • 6 0
 @nhlevi: Ask the people of Flint, Michigan about that.
  • 3 0
 @RayDolor: those people in Flint have been royally done, with no lube, year after year.
  • 2 0
 That kind of thinking is the reason why you Germans are second in beer consumption and we're first.
  • 5 0
 Well done Josh, you have my 100% backing on this. I'm one of the old boys of my local scene. Over the years we have established a trail network that pretty much blended with the natural environment, flowing single track with 'enhanced natural features' and some aesthetic hand built features, no borrow pits, no rotting wood piles for bulking out take offs. In the last year we've seen mountain biking explode due to every other sport being inaccessable because of Covid. It seems that part of the new wave of mountain bikers can't go out the door without a shovel in their backpack. By all means ride (whilst the golf course is closed) but please leave the shovel at home.
  • 8 0
 Bill Gates finally got to him.... I keed I keed. Good on you, Rat!
  • 6 0
 If everyone works with the Rat Pack & abide with this request, Nab will become a proper spot to ride.
  • 3 0
 Without wishing to rain on ratboys noble efforts at responsible land management, he is only talking about his spot and how that will effect him and his mates should locals, no doubt inspired by him, continue to build in areas of conflict. What he is not doing in this statement is talking about the wider issue of unsanctioned unofficial trails and the impact they may or not have on the environment or other users. I would imagine he still needs those areas to promote his brand.
  • 4 2
 Littering complaints is understandable, but ¨Startled walkers¨? come on josh. The only way to stop unsanctioned building is to let there be a place like cumberland bc where there's a grey zone in which you can build whatever you want, but you cant sue anyone if you get hurt. The only reason that is allowed to happen is because of logging companies not caring whether you build trails between the trees or not, and the city taxing them until they let you. they should have more areas like this.
And creating sanctioned public riding spots is a terrible idea, all that ends up happening is the imba blue flow dads making sidewalks in the woods.
  • 1 0
 I have to agree the amount of people that go to that spot I’m about 20 minutes bike away and just leave litter is insane. But I don’t think it’s necessarily the riders that leave litter more so the chavs that go there to smoke kinda suck they go there and the riders get in trouble for it.
  • 2 0
 Recently my local trails got dozed because kids build sketchy jumps in sight of the walking path. I love that kids are stoked on riding and building jumps. Great to see that Ratboy is setting a good example.
  • 5 0
 Poacher turned Gamekeeper?
  • 1 0
 I get what he's trying to do but I also see both sides, at least with the pirate trails. MTB was originally a counter culture run by drunkin pirates who'd sleep with your mama if you left the door unlocked. Now it seems to be populated with a lot of pencil pushers with no lead in their pencil. Personally, I will be running my pirate flag until they put me in the ground.
  • 2 0
 f*ck yes Josh! This is such a smart move that will be for everyone's benefit, and that benefit's finally not exclusive to humans only. Way to go! *Applauding ferociously*
  • 8 5
 Going from a competitive champ to conscientious champ all the while continuing to speak English like he had a stroke
  • 1 2
 LOL. Lots of those people from that part of europe sound like they had a stroke.
  • 5 1
 Nice work Josh. We need mtb conservation and sustainability more than ever
  • 4 1
 if its anything over a 3 foot drop its unsustainable, but taking a snow plow to the side of a hill is 100% fine lol
  • 4 1
 It's awesome to see RatBoi lead the charge against this truly shitty tendency. Big ups rat boy!
  • 2 0
 I love the way you have worked the title in a progressive Manor. Rather than other sites click bait style journalism in regards to the same news. Love PB
  • 4 0
 Nice one ratty!
  • 1 0
 If I had a dollar for every piece of trash I've picked up in North GA, I would probably be throwing trash on trails and not commenting on PinkBike Wink
  • 4 2
 Of course this happened once he turned 30.
  • 1 0
 "Tread Lightly" is a lost art among those who open trails is an entitlement and not a privilege
  • 1 0
 Let'r it high, build it skinny, build it sick.... CM!
  • 1 0
 Clean dog poo with plastic bottle, use litter when you forget your baggie!
  • 1 0
 Nice one Rat boy lead by example.
  • 1 0
 Until we have a jump park we will continue building rouge!!!!
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