Northampton Bike Park Opens with Free Access to Trails

Oct 6, 2022 at 2:54
by ON-TRACK  
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Trail builder Harry Griffiths sending it on one of his creations at Northampton Bike Park.

Press Release: On Track

On Track have recently completed the construction of Northampton Bike Park which is now open to the public. Consisting of ten trails including a dual track and skills area, the bike park was constructed over four months on the former ‘Hardingstone Nine’ golf course. The result is a free-to-ride public bike park unlike anything seen in the urban areas of the UK before.

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The West Trails area of Northampton Bike Park taking shape earlier this year.

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The team worked through the hottest British summer on record which threw up some challenging conditions.

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Big jumps are on the menu on the two Black graded trails.

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The former golf course terrain lends itself perfectly to fun, flowy bike park trails.

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With a range of Green and Blue trails its a perfect place to discover mountain biking.

A locally driven project, spearheaded by local rider Tony Skirrow, and funded by West Northamptonshire Council, British Cycling and Sport England, has seen the 40-acre site transformed into a bike park haven. On Track designed and built the bike park to incorporate as much progression as possible into the park. the trails are graded Green, Blue Red and Black in order to cater for everyone from balance bike toddlers to pros alike. The small undulating hillside of the former golf course lent itself perfectly to flowy, jumpy trails and the trail team maximised on this opportunity to deliver a unique mountain biking experience within the urban area.

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All the trails are machine built and surfaced to ensure low-maintenance and longevity.

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Lots of surfacing means lots of time on the wacker plates.

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Trail builder Billy Spurway ensuring the perfect finish before taking a break from the wacker to make sure the jumps flow as they should.

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During construction the trail builders bikes are never far away.

On Track are MTB trail design and build specialist contractors well known for their work at Bike Park Wales, Forest of Dean and Glencullen Adventure Park.

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Oscar Powell and Harry Griffiths enjying the fruits of their labours.


More information on Northampton Bike Park including directions and parking information can be found on their website - northamptonbikepark.org

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Northampton Bike Park is now open and free to ride!


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28 Comments
  • 9 0
 “The result is a free-to-ride public bike park unlike anything seen in the urban areas of the UK before.”
Leeds Urban Bike Park enters the chat…
  • 5 1
 Leeds urban bike park will cease to exist in a couple of years.Can’t build a network of trails and not maintain them one bit and expect them to be rideable.Been today and it’s awful.Shame ,hope this place doesn’t go the same way.
  • 4 0
 Also Parkwood Springs in Sheffield way before Leeds, less park and more trail but still a similar model.
  • 1 0
 @jase111171: it will
  • 1 1
 "Like Leeds, only better"

I am interested to see a comparison between the two. Northampton is a long drive but it looks rude, and free is always good.
  • 2 0
 Scadson in Torquay is also quite urban…
  • 2 0
 The newly revamped and all weather surface Southampton Bike Park is due to be finished by the end of this year. This place looks worth a visit too - nice job.
  • 2 0
 @steveh951: I’m still waiting for the park at the ski village! I think I will be waiting a long time though.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: ah nice! I visit my mum down in the New Forest and there's not much great riding there (that I have found), will be cool to have something else to try round there.
  • 1 0
 @alexhyland: New Forest is lovely but flat. The bike park resurfacing was delayed in the summer (annoyingly) but should be done by the end of the year. I'm part of the dig team there. It's Free for everyone to ride and part of the sports centre.
  • 7 0
 Will they move the diggers and dump trucks or do you need to jib over them like a badass?
  • 7 0
 This looks the best possible use of a golf course. Looks amazing and I'm jealous it's not nearby.
  • 8 0
 Now do the rest of the golf courses
  • 3 0
 I’m wet happy this has happened. I’ve got friend round there who will be riding it a lot and I hope to get up there soon. We need more bike parks and a lot less golf courses.
  • 1 0
 I've been. It's proper. There's 3 blues, all pretty long, one has some sick berms, decent tables and rollers to double which makes it worth it for everyone. The red has progressively bigger tables and a couple of shark fins. The blacks are biiiiig. Worth a drive for sure.
  • 2 0
 It looks super fun and I'm jealous I don't have this in my back yard, but I think it might be a bit of a stretch to say that beginners can discover mountain biking here. BMX maybe.
  • 1 0
 I've been and whilst it's great to have something so close it isn't worth the hyperbole being thrown around. Super smooth and not a suspension testing surface in sight. I'll still be going to Chicky more than here.
  • 2 0
 @hatchleader: it wasn't built with the expert and pro riders in mind although there are tracks that they will still enjoy. It was based around giving anyone the opportunity to hit some trails no matter what their experience level or age, and then giving them the opportunity to progress both in skill and speed.
I was there over the weekend and I think I heard that the youngest was 22 months on her balance bike and the oldest was 79 years old. There were also expert riders ripping the black trails. How often does that happen together?
  • 1 0
 @thedad71: Oh I 100% understand why they built the trails the way they did but the hyperbole being thrown around in the local papers and press releases is quite ridiculous- they make it sound like they've just built BPW on our doorstep.
  • 1 0
 @thedad71: Thanks but no one who has ever seen me ride would say I'm an 'expert' or 'pro' rider
  • 3 3
 South Leeds Golf Club, Hardingstone Nine... which golf course will be next I wonder. I hope it's anothor one near me. I love golf, but there are a lot of courses. If half of them became bike parks it would be rude.
  • 2 1
 I’ve heard they are moving on to a disused not too far from me…
  • 2 0
 Finally we have something decent in the mountain biking desert of Northamptonshire!
  • 1 0
 I cannot wait to check this out. I lived in Northampton for years, and finally have a reason to go back.
  • 1 0
 Kudos to those involved in making this happen. Looks handy for a quick detour from the M1 anyway.
  • 1 0
 I wish they'd turn over a golf course down here in Essex and make a bike park like this one.
  • 2 0
 Scotland falling way behind England and Wales nowadays.
  • 1 0
 Rude indeed







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