Nov 30, 2021 Canyon.com

The best bike parks in the UK

Nov 30, 2021 Canyon.com

If you’re looking for the best place to shred on your mountain bike then look no further. We’ve done a round-up of the best UK bike parks for you and your MTB.

The best bike parks in the UK Where are the best bike parks in Britain?

Bike parks are great places for beginners and experts alike. Newbies feel safe within the confines of the park while regular mountain bikers can test themselves on technical trails without straying too far from basecamp.

Some bike parks specialise in jumps and steep, technical trails while others allow for a gentler introduction to mountain biking. We’ve taken some of our favourites and asked our athletes for their tips for the UK’s best bike parks.

Best Bike Parks UK Revolution Bike Park is a popular bike park for UK downhill riders.

Revolution Bike Park, Wales

North Wales is well and truly on the map when it comes to mountain biking and Revolution Bike Park is one of the reasons why. As one of the UK’s biggest privately-owned bike parks, riders have over 120 acres to enjoy ranging from forest paths to technical quarry descents.

Revolution Bike Park is good for steep, technical descents and trails featuring all the roots, rocks and berms you can shake a stick at. Since this bike park is uplift only, you can save your energy for the trails once you’re up the top. It’s best suited to a full downhill mountain bike, some come prepared with your bike, full-face helmet and body armour.



Revolution Bike Park

Opening hours
Friday - Sunday and bank holidays 9:30am - 4:30pm
How to get there
The nearest town is Llangynog about half an hour west of Oswestry. Use the postcode SY10 0EP in your sat nav.
Can I rent a bike?
Rent a Canyon Torque or Canyon Sender
Trails
8 trails graded advanced, expert and pro
Uplift
Yes
Cost
Full day uplift ticket - £41 / Weekend uplift ticket - £82 (a weekend ticket is for BOTH Saturday and Sunday)
Best Bike Parks UK Canyon UK ambassador Freddy Pulman demonstrating his skills at Bike Park Wales.

Bike Park Wales

Staying in Wales, the namesake Bike Park is a magnet for some of the country’s best riders. Whether you want to ride cross-country mountain bikes or full-on downhill MTB setups, there’s a trail for everyone at Bike Park Wales.

Electric mountain bikes are permitted to use all the trails at Bike Park Wales, so you needn’t shy away from squeezing in that one last run before heading home. Make time for the incredible Woodland Cafe midway through your session to sample the locally sourced menu to fuel the second half of your day.



Bike Park Wales

Opening hours
Monday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 9am - 5pm (7pm from May to end of August)
How to get there
The nearest town is Merthyr Tydfil. Use the postcode CF48 4TT in your sat nav which will take you to the nearest roundabout.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes
Trails
40 trails with something for all abilities
Facilities
Car park, bike shop, cafe, bike wash, tool stations, toilets, showers
Uplift
Yes
Cost
£13 pedal pass/£98 season pass for standard bikes/£18 pedal pass/£124 season pass for E-MTBs

Farmer John’s MTB Park, Stockport

On the edge of the Peak District National Park in northern England lies Farmer John’s MTB Park (FJMTB). What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for with a few high-quality trails. FJMTB is geared towards downhill and dirt jumps riders.

You’ll find big berms, rock gardens and drops with which to fill your day. The friendly and encouraging atmosphere provides the right training ground for discovering your hidden talents. Look out for their annual race weekender and join in the fancy dress fun!



Farmer John's MTB Park

Opening hours
Tuesday - Friday 9:30am - 5pm (7:30pm in summer) / Saturday - Sunday 8am - 5pm (7:30pm in summer)
How to get there
The nearest town is Marple Bridge. Use the postcode SK6 5EN in your sat nav.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes
Trails
One main line with trails to the side which can include jumps
Facilities
Car park, toilets, cafe
Uplift
No
Cost
£10 day passes or £40 annual membership + £2 per day to ride

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

On the site of an old colliery you’ll find the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre. Situated about 40 minutes west of Gloucester, 50 minutes east of Newport and just over an hour from Bristol, it’s an accessible mountain bike park for all ages and abilities in the area.

The Forest of Dean is popular for riders developing their skills. The blue trail is designed for beginners to find their feet and is also useful as a warm-up trail before hitting the harder trails later on. Bring your hardtail mountain bike for these trails or hire one from the local hire shop.



Forest of Dean

Opening hours
Open every day except Christmas Day and closes at the following times: November - February: 5pm / March: 6:30pm / April: 8pm / May - August: 9pm / September: 7:30pm / October: 6:30pm
How to get there
The nearest town is Cinderford. Use the postcode GL16 7EH in your sat nav.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes
Trails
4 main trails graded from blue to orange with a number of additional downhill and XCO trails
Facilities
Car park (charges apply), toilets, picnic area, shop
Uplift
Yes
Cost
Free

Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

The Tweed Valley will spoil you for choice when it comes to mountain biking. Located on the Scottish Borders, the whole valley is somewhat of a trail centre for mountain biking. Innerleithen is one of the best spots in the country for riding and renowned for its great downhill tracks and is popular with the local community as well as visitors. It’s well worth a trip if you can handle the adrenaline.

As well as downhill, there’s a red cross-country trail, which includes a leg burning climb to get your heart-rate going followed by a fast, fun and technical loop back down to the car park. This loop also has black features if you really want to test your bike handling.

If you like it, make sure you check out the other 7stanes mountain bike centres in Scotland.



Innerleithen

Opening hours
Open every day
How to get there
The nearest town is Innerleithen. Use the postcode EH44 6PW in your sat nav.
Can I rent a bike?
Yes, nearby shops in Innerleithen or Glentress
Trails
4 downhill trails, 1 cross-country trail
Facilities
Car park and camper van park (charges apply), picnic area
Uplift
Yes
Cost
Free

Feeling inspired?

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