Looking for information on mountain biking and off-road cycling in Bristol? You’ve come to the right place!
Not many cities can boast the variety of trails you can find here. Pedal just over three miles from Bristol Temple Meads station and you’ll find off-road heaven, packed with riding for all abilities and with something to suit fat-tyred MTB’ers and drop-barred gravelers alike. All trails are accessible via the National Cycle Network and easily reached from the city.
Nova & Supernova trails
The mountain bike trails at Ashton Court estate are suitable for riders of all abilities. They’re purpose built and you can ride them in all weather conditions, all year round, free of charge.
The Nova trail at Ashton Court is a 4-mile loop that has plenty of jumps and drops, berms, rollers and whoops. It’s a blast for beginners and experienced riders alike and is clearly sign-posted to make navigation a breeze.
Where to park
Park in the Ashton Court Clifton Lodge car park, you can buy a ticket from the machine or use the parking app.
The postcode is BS8 3PX.
The SuperNova trail at Ashton Court is a more challenging, half-mile graded trail and an optional loop, alongside the Nova trail. It’s fast-paced, fun and flowing with challenging berms and rock-gardens.
You’ll find toilets, a bike wash and a cafe by the car park. You can also rent bikes, buy spares and get coaching from Pedal Progression, round the back of the cafe.
Yer Tiz, Keener, skills loop & jump line
The Leigh Woods mountain bike trails offer a little slice of wilderness, within easy reach of Bristol city centre. Although never far from civilisation, they give a real sense of being properly ‘out there’ in the woods with top quality trails, beautiful scenery and a mix of terrains to challenge all abilities.
The Yer Tiz Mountain Bike Trail is a 2.2 mile blue graded trail that’s suitable for all abilities. It’s fast and flowy with plenty of fun features and some stunning views of the Avon gorge.
The Keener Mountain Bike Skills Loop is in poor condition, but it’s a place to build your skills and can be easily looped.
Where to park
The main Leigh Woods car park is pay and display now, but you can use the Ringo app. The car park gets very busy at the weekends so arrive early or better still pedal there!
The postcode is BS8 3QB.
The main trail has a few optional extras to turn up the difficulty. The Gurt Lush trail is a short, and technical challenge that’ll put your two-wheel cornering skills to the test.
Pedal Progression Jump Line
Don’t miss the short series of table tops just below the main Leigh Woods car park. A top spot to perfect your basic jump skills.
At the weekend you’ll find a refreshments van in the main car park.
50 Acre Wood
50 Acre Woods is a volunteer-built 3-mile loop with a blend of natural and surfaced sections. Plenty of rocks and roots and a fast and rough final descent make 50 Acre more of a challenge than Leigh Woods and Ashton Court. It’s a perfect little slice of ‘real’ mountain biking near the city centre.
Where to park
The nearest car park is at Abbots Pool. If you ride out of the car park, cross over the road and follow the track up the hill you’ll come to the start of the trails.
There are no facilities so make sure you take your rubbish home with you.