We’re stoked to announce the grand opening of the newly renovated section of the Beggar Bush Trail at Ashton Court, and you’re all invited to join us! 

Stif Mountain Bikes donated the money, we matched it and a whole load of volunteers went to work. The hard graft is now done and we’re ready to celebrate.

We’re hosting an opening event and inviting YOU to join us for the first laps of the new trail, followed by a group ride and a celebratory drink to finish.

When? Saturday 2nd December at 10:15AM
Where? Sorcy Grounds entrance to the Nova trail (what3words: could.angel.photos)


10:20: Welcome!
10:30: A few words about RideBristol to launch the trail. 
10:45: Capture the moment with a group photo.
10:50: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony and the departure of the party train! 
10:50 – 13:00: Photo shoot on the new section, plenty of laps and a group ride of Ashton Court and surrounding trails.
13:00: Group rides arrive at the Tabacco Factory, North Street, Bedminster for celebratory drinks.

No need to sign up or get tickets. It’s 100% free. Simply turn up on the day with your bike, ready to ride.

What’s This All About?

Thanks to £5,000 of generous investment from Stif Mountain Bikes, matched by another £3k of public money raised by Ride Bristol, we’ve now renovated a big chunk of Beggar Bush at Ashton Court.

The surface has been repaired, new features have been built, 200 tonnes of stone has been brought in and the whole thing has been given a proper spruce up. 

The work was made possible by Stif Mountain Bikes, Velosolutions, Plantforce, Bristol City Council and – you – the public who have donated money and volunteer-time to RideBristol.

This event will be your first chance to ride the trail and a chance to celebrate another success for Bristol mountain biking. 

Anything Else To Know?

Please bring your bike, a helmet, clothes suitable for the weather and something warm to wear for drinks in the beer garden of the Tabacco Factory. You may also want to bring a change of clothes to wear if you’d like to sit indoors. Riders will be able to leave bags at Pedal Progression during the ride and will be able to collect them before we head down to Bedminster.

For the launch ceremony, you can expect a few laps of the renovated trail and then a group ride around Ashton Court and through some of the wider trail network.

The trails will be a mix of surfaced and natural and will require a mountain bike that’s capable of riding off-road.

RideBristol volunteers will lead the ride with a suggested route – but – you’ll need to be responsible for yourself and your bike.  In terms of technical ability,  the ride will be suitable for anyone that can ride the surfaced mountain bike trails at Ashton Court.

Planning to attend the Women’s Ride Bristol ride on the same day? No problem! It’s still happening – the plan is just to stop by the launch event as part of your ride.

For updates leading up to the event, please follow our Instagram and Facebook pages, or check back here. You can also join our Facebook Event here.