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Singletrack mountain bike trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

13 kilometres

Trail is currently open

 

Trail description

Bedgebury's dedicated Singletrack MTB trail follows 13km of exhilarating riding around the 2000 acre Bedgebury Forest, and is designed for mountain bikers who enjoy all the challenges that the sport offers, including challenging climbs, tricky decents, berms, drop-offs and large rocks.

Mountain Bike Trail Development ProjectCyclist on a single track forest trail.

In 2013 Bedgebury secured almost £60,000 of funding for a trail development project. This came from a number of sources including the Forestry Commission and Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club. It allowed us the opportunity to plan and deliver a fun, challenging and sustainable development project for the Red Route MTB.

This project gave Bedgebury the opportunity to not only repair some of the trail sections, but to develop them and make them more challenging and sustainable – just like ‘Gloomy Wood’ and ‘The Cake Run’.

Bedgebury MTB trailBedgebury MTB trail

 

 

 

It is worth noting that now that the project has been completed, the Forestry Commission, with help from the Bike Club, have spent over£100,000 on the Mountain Bike Trail in the last three years. This is a significant amount of money and we would encourage all visitors to help maintain and develop our facilities by paying for their parking and ideally joining the Friends of Bedgebury or Bedgebury Forest Bike Club, as membership funds are invested directly back in to maintaining the facilities.

Trail maintenance is always ongoing, so if you would like to get more involved and help on trail building days, please contact Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club – www.boarsonbikes.co.uk where you can find out more and support the valuable work that they do on the MTB.

When we have to carry out maintenance on the mountain bike trail which is vital to help us deliver a safe and high quality standard of trail for you to enjoy at Bedgebury please follow any safety and diversion signs while work is taking place. They are there for your safety.

Here's a first-hand view from a member of Bedgebury Forest Cycle club; 
"Bedgebury Forest’s MTB single track is designed for Mountain Bikers who enjoy all the challenges that this sport offers. But don’t be deceived by the beautiful and tranquil surrounding of this high quality Forestry Commission site, for the trails and cycling facilities are more than just a challenge for most riders – beginners or experts!

Over 13kms of dedicated single track trails wind their way through the forest in one continuous loop, which can be cut short to meet everyone’s needs. Each section offers a wonderful riding experience from fast sweeping gradual descents that twist their way through the trees, to the sheer grunt and pain required to climb up ‘Cardiac Hill’ – tears to laughter and laughter to tears, as you cycle around this beautiful course.

Generally graded as a ‘Red’ trail, the local cycling club (Bedgebury Forest Cycling Club) and the Forestry Commission are busy developing the site, with various ‘Freeride’ play areas and some serious ‘Black’ run options that will make riders break into a sweat - but will be a Thrillseekers delight. When riding this single track you will start with a smile and end with the new ‘cake run’ downhill section that is sure to leave you satisfied. Happy riding!"

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a great day out just me and my bike twisting and turning around the red route, will be back soon.

Mike A , 12/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

First time visit today, we paid 12 for a van. Easy to find a space and although the car park was quite busy,the trails were nicely quiet and spacious 80% of the time. The view from the bench next to the lake was worth the 6 each the pair of us paid to get in and park! We had a good day out, got loads of exercise that didn't feel like exercise and went home tired out. Where else can 2 of you do that for 12quid? No complaints here.

Anonymous, 16/Jul/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

First visit yesterday (17 April). I cycled the red route twice; and the blue route once as a recce for a possible future family visit. I was hugely impressed, especially by the thought and effort that has clearly been put into the red route in particular, which I enjoyed hugely (aided by glorious weather). Although the place was clearly busy (long queue in the cafe at lunchtime; and car park looked full), actually once out on the trail, I spent most of my time in peaceful solitude, which all added to my enjoyment. My usual MTB routes are on the South Downs and they don't offer the degree of technical variety and challenge within such a compact area as at Bedgebury. All in all, a great facility, which I look forward to visiting again. Thanks to all those involved in the construction and maintenance of the trails.

Simon, 18/Apr/2016
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