7 of the best UK bike parks
Discover seven of the best bike parks on offer in the UK.
All over the UK, we're seeing more and more bike parks popping up each year. These new breed of purpose-built mountain bike destinations offer a host of mountain biking facilities to suit all abilities and disciplines, from steep, techy downhill trails, to progressive jump lines and sweeping 4X tracks.
Whether you’re looking to experience your first downhill descent, or you’re a seasoned rider wanting to discover some new lines, here are seven UK bike parks that are well worth checking out this season.
1. Revolution Bike Park, LLangynog
Helping to put North Wales on the map as a world-class mountain biking destination, Revolution Bike Park attracts some of the world’s best riders. With 125 acres of forest and quarry area to play with, it is one of the biggest privately-owned bike parks in the UK – and the team have barely scratched the surface.
The park is home to a mix of some of the steepest and most technical downhill tracks, with tight corners, rough roots, big berms and 300m of vertical descent. The handy uplift service means that you can maximise your time on the bike doing the fun stuff, and with a wide variety of trails to challenge most abilities, you can spend a weekend riding Revolution without worrying about getting bored.
2. Farmer Johns Bike Park, Peak District
Farmer Johns MTB Park (FJMTB) is a rider-owned and run bike park located on the edge of the Peak District. The park is geared up for the more experienced rider, with technical red and black downhill trails and a progressive dirt jump park that sits at the more advanced end of the difficulty spectrum.
The downhill tracks are designed to offer something for all styles, with big berms, steep woods, rock gardens and drops, making it the perfect training ground for any riders looking to push themselves.
3. Forest of Dean, Wye Valley
The Forest of Dean has a huge range of mountain bike trails that will satisfy even the most adventurous riders. It’s a destination known for its steep, rooty descents, with a mix of styles and features that will suit those seeking their first introduction to mountain biking, right up to the more advanced riders.
There are 10 official downhill trails featuring big drops, jumps and roots and which are accessible either by uplift or push up. There is also an increasing number of less obvious enduro lines that are well worth making the effort to seek out.
4. The Flyup 417 Project, Gloucestershire
Set within 100 acres, The Flyup 417 Project has been a mountain bike haven in the making since June 2013. The team are continually building out the park, and as a result it is now one of the biggest and best mountain biking destinations in the UK.
The park is home to ample facilities and features, including three downhill tracks with an uplift service, dual slalom track, 4X track, airbag, indoor and outdoor dirt jumps and a Velosolutions pump track that is only the second of its kind in the world. The features are designed to cater to a variety of abilities and disciplines, so there really is something for everyone. With 55 acres still untouched, the potential of The Flyup 417 Project going forward is huge.
5. Chicksands Bike Park, Bedfordshire
Chicksands Bike Park is home to a whole host of mountain bike features. With 4X, downhill, progressive dirt jumps, cross country, dual slalom, pump track and BMX all on offer, it’s the perfect location to test the waters of a new discipline.
While the downhill trails are relatively short, there are kickers, drops, large gaps and steep descents that will challenge all levels of riders. As Chicksands is sand based, the ground drains well even during the winter, so it’s a great option for year-round riding.
6. BikePark Wales, South Wales
BikePark Wales believe in making mountain biking accessible for all, something that can be seen in the huge array of trails that are available. From family trails, through to technical downhill tracks with rocks, roots, drops and jumps, there is something for all abilities.
With two green trails, nine blue trails, eight red trails, nine expert trails and two pro lines, there’s a heck of a lot of ground to cover – but the regular uplift service, which aims to give you up to 15 downhill runs a day, will help you out.
7. Descend Hamsterley, Durham
Descend Hamsterley is a downhill and 4X-dedicated bike park that is located within 4000-odd acres of Hamsterley Forest. Catering for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros, there are five downhill tracks which then split out into eight different bottom sections.
Accessed by a regular uplift service, the top sections are fast and flowy with the option to split off onto chicken runs, while the bottom sections are technical and steep, with rock sections, drop offs and hefty step downs.
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