I've been using this run as hill repeats for the last year. It's a nice 1.2km up and 1.2km down on a stretch and all tarmac so perfect surface. This run has been used to build strength in legs over the last year and has helped strengthen my calves in particular.
Now I've always seen MTB'er's and hikers heading off the other way, but probably as I just had hill repeats in mind never thought of venturing further afield.
Last week I did this in prep for Hell and Back which is a mountain 10km run with 11 Obstacles. So I figured time for some hill repeats as it's been a while and also headed on the trails whilst up there.
It's an absolutely excellent location for a multitude of runners, hikers, walkers, mtb'ers, motocrossers and horse riders. It's only getting busier by the looks of it and I'm lucky to have it so close.
Today's run ran a bit longer and farther than planned, and I ended up doing over 20km but mainly easy bar the climbs and rock parts.
Trail running is very enjoyable, teaches quick feet and builds strength in muscles that may not be used normally. The only flip side is it does carry a higher risk of injury if on rockier parts etc. For me this risk is outweighed by the benefits and enjoyment of trail runs.
See below a sample of pics and video of surface that's on offer...