On a more positive note (than the previous Ramble blog), there are means of avoiding the mountain bikers on the hill where I live.
This is one of the rather well-constructed seats which can be found on the hill. Strategically placed plaques suggest that many were erected in memory of walkers who have enjoyed the area over the years. The one shown above, however, commemorates a couple of young men who perished on (I think) The Matterhorn.
Another attraction can be seen above. Interestingly, it was becoming landlord here which brought me to the area twenty-two years ago. Even more interesting, perhaps, is that in those days it was a popular meeting place for real bikers (i.e. those who wear leathers and keep to tarmacadamed surfaces).