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Aston Hill - Surface To Air

Aston Hill Bike Park is located on the Chiltern Hills ( Bucks/ Herts border). There are five graded Downhill runs, a 4X track, a challenging 5 mile cross-country loop and a soon to launch pump track.

It has recently had some significant developments with the new Surface To Air Track, a pump track and plans are also underway for the top of park to incorporate a new path to the DH trail start, a new top for S2A/Black/Root/XC and a total reconfiguration of fencing and signs to make everything even more accessible.

Work is currently underway for a new end section on The Richochet Downhill track (formerly DH3).

You can get maybe 8 - 12 runs in on a day of downhilling. There is an approximate 20 minute walk up each time.

Ricochet DH

  • This is the fastest of the five runs with bigger, sweeping turns interspersed with rooty sections. The top section is a gentle slope through the woods with a few small table-tops, before some big bermed turns into the steeper section of the course. While not as sheer as the Black Run, it still has plenty of challenge with fast off-camber sections and rooty drops, before a set of tighter switchbacks at the end. A great run to start your downhill riding at Aston Hill.

The Red DH

  • The Red downhill is not as steep as the other tracks but it has some off-camber rooty sections, technical switchbacks and a boardwalk section at the end. It also doubles as the downhill for the XC loop. This run is used by riders getting used to the steeper, tighter riding of Aston Hill and is a great trail to build skills in an environment where you can ride safely and as fast as your confidence allows.

The Black DH

  • The Black is the oldest of the trails, the favourite of many and the steepest. A more ‘natural’ and old-school trail, you’ll encounter bermed switchbacks, a rock garden, roots, drops and steep off-camber sections as you descend it. NB Rob Warner helped to design it.
  • A new rock garden has recently been built named Narnia (see photo's).

Surface To Air (S2A)

  • Surface to Air is the latest new course. It is the the first all-weather track on the Hill. It is steep, fast and focussed on getting air. It is suitable for riders aspiring to an elite level of technical ability and incorporates everything from full on downhill riding to optional big-air jumps. 

Root Canal 

  • This is the race course used for the 2009 Southern Downhill Championships. From the start you hit one of the biggest features, a table top landing down onto the fire road. Getting progressively steeper as it goes down, the track goes on into a series of jumps, loose turns and finally ends up at the infamous J turn before dropping into the finish.

The 4X

  • The 4X course the track features table tops, rollable doubles, the infamous road jump, and 35ft end jump. All the jumps are safe to roll.

The Cross Country

  • The cross-country (XC) loop is around 5-6 miles and is in two parts. It is rooty singletrack with some steep climbs so not really do able on a downhill bike unless you are prepared to walk a bit.  The end section is the red downhill run so it gets tight and steep with some great corners. Halfway down the Red Run you are offered two choices – to continue with the Red Run, through the bus stop and into the switchbacks before either dropping onto the fire road or rolling along the boardwalk, or to take the climb that leads into the new section, swooping back through some carving turns to join the boardwalk at the bottom of the hill.
  • Work has started to mark out a new section of descent on the XC red to be ready by September (for clarity the XC red is still fully open as this is a new section).

The Pump Track

  • Built by Track Lines the Aston hill pump track features rollers and berms for pump, manualing and jumps.

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Credits

  • Big thanks to the crew at Aston Hill for allowing us to pilfer some of their best shots.

Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Trail Grades
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Orange (Extreme)
Type of Trail(s)
  • Cross Country (XC )
  • Downhill
  • Four-cross (4X)
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Toilets
Trail Distance(s)

Location

Website
Country
Trail Centre or Base
County/State
Address
Aston Hill
Directions
Aston Hill is located on the Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire border near to town of Tring. It is approximately 30 minutes from Junction 20 of the M25 (or junction 6A of the M1).
Sat Nav Co-ordinates
HP22 5NQ
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User reviews

Average user rating from: 10 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.7  (10)
Trail Variety 
 
4.3  (10)
Skills Development 
 
4.5  (10)
Trail Quality  
 
4.5  (10)
Facilities 
 
1.7  (10)
Ratings (the higher the better)
  • Grin Factor
    Level of fun had, or to be had
  • Trail Variety
    Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
  • Skills Development
    Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
  • Trail Quality
    Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
  • Facilities
    From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
imjohndark Reviewed by imjohndark March 20, 2014
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Pretty Damn Awesome

User Review

Good Points
Super quick technical downhill trails. Gets the adrenaline pumping, especially Surface to Air. Really enjoyed every trip I've made and it can only make you a better rider.
Bad Points
1 toilet and a proper long walk to the top. Worth it every time though.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Surface to air is the best trail ive ever ridden its got so many junps and drops its like in the videos of whistler!

We loved it and just rode all day. Best fun ever.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
MarkusJ Reviewed by MarkusJ October 15, 2013
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Aston Hill - Surface to air

Surface to air is the best trail ive ever ridden its got so many junps and drops its like in the videos of whistler!

We loved it and just rode all day. Best fun ever.

User Review

Good Points
Amazing trail with scart massive jumps!!!
Bad Points
There's no cafe on site so we had to go over the road for a tea and theres no uplift
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Sign-posted from the main roads, to get there from the train station you need to pedal hard.
It all pays back on full speed, technical, bermy, rooty DH runs. Very well maintained with one of the more difficult XC loops you could ride- 5miles of going on roots and rather advanced 4X.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
afreet Reviewed by afreet May 31, 2013
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Fantastic technical DH - rare in the south

Sign-posted from the main roads, to get there from the train station you need to pedal hard.
It all pays back on full speed, technical, bermy, rooty DH runs. Very well maintained with one of the more difficult XC loops you could ride- 5miles of going on roots and rather advanced 4X.

User Review

Good Points
S2A - alpine class ride!!! DH3 and Red runs - great for building confidence. XC loop excellent for learning how to pedal up the roots and control your bike. Great workout as well.
Bad Points
No cafe, showers, 4x not very progressive (you either jump over all of them carrying high speed or you you end up rolling over everything - not much fun for not very advanced 4xers)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Aston hill is fantastically supported by CTC and the Forestry Commission, it just shows what can be built when everyone involved works together.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
EFMTB Reviewed by EFMTB May 30, 2013
Last updated: May 30, 2013
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Small site packed with fun

Aston hill is fantastically supported by CTC and the Forestry Commission, it just shows what can be built when everyone involved works together.

User Review

Good Points
Fantastic variety of DH trails.
The work put in to keep Aston Hill fresh over the past couple of years is amazing.
Surface to Air all weather trail is brilliant.
Bad Points
The push up is the only bad aspect.
4X seems neglected compared to the DH trails.
The chalky ground gets slick in the wet.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
unreal1066 Reviewed by unreal1066 May 26, 2013
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The 4x track is great fun

User Review

Good Points
The 4x track isn't used enough but it is worth seeking out. I is among some of the most funi I have ever had on a bike. The jumps are all rollable and it is full of Berms. It is a very steep hill so is quite hard to ride back up the hill.
Bad Points
It is a very steep hill which means when it rains it can get very sketchy.. There ill beans shallower warm up track. These tracks are for the experienced rider.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Went for surface to air which was excellent, It was fairly new when i went and was running a tad slow but still brilliant, the place could really do with some uplift or a cafe. Uplift would allow much more development and the trail variety would expand a great deal. Well worth going, surface to air is really starting to forge a good freeride scene in the UK
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Reviewed by Alexander Mcneil May 26, 2013

Aston Hill

Went for surface to air which was excellent, It was fairly new when i went and was running a tad slow but still brilliant, the place could really do with some uplift or a cafe. Uplift would allow much more development and the trail variety would expand a great deal. Well worth going, surface to air is really starting to forge a good freeride scene in the UK

User Review

Good Points
Air Time, Cheap.
Bad Points
No uplift or cafe
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Needs a cafe - hot food and cold drinks.
Also a toilet for male / females ...
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
Ade Reviewed by Ade May 26, 2013
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Aston Hill reveiw

Needs a cafe - hot food and cold drinks.
Also a toilet for male / females ...

User Review

Good Points
Runs - All are awesome.
Environment - Everyone you come across are all friendly and will to help.
Lifts - None, which is a good things as the legs gets a good work-out pushing / cyclying back up the hill ;)
Bad Points
No toilets.
No cafe.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Sick push up dh
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
bbh13 Reviewed by bbh13 May 26, 2013
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Sweet dh

Sick push up dh

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Yes
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Great place to ride if you go in the dry, surface to airs ridable in the wet, others are just too sketchy and slow if there was an uplift id rate it much higher, lucky i live fairly local!
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
joedh24 Reviewed by joedh24 May 26, 2013
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Great but new building will make it amazing

Great place to ride if you go in the dry, surface to airs ridable in the wet, others are just too sketchy and slow if there was an uplift id rate it much higher, lucky i live fairly local!

User Review

Good Points
The range of trails is broad, especially with the new plans for DH3, Black run and root canal and obviously surface to air have had a lot of attention which are really well made and fun trails, easy to find and plenty of parking, however can get full, really friendly atmosphere too.
Bad Points
Like first review says clay/chalk makes it almost unridable in the wet, and surface to air gets pretty churned up, no features that really make you push yourself when there is a real opportunity for big features down surface to air, walk up is long limiting amount of runs you can physically do and have time to do in a day, facilities are lacking a bit due to not even having toilets or food
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Aston Hill is ace in the spring, summer and so so in the Autumn and more of a no no in the winter. Has a great active community who give a warm welcome and trail development is always ongoing. Definetly worth checking out
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
stumpy_dan Reviewed by stumpy_dan October 08, 2012
Last updated: May 31, 2013
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Great for all levels of downhillers

Aston Hill is ace in the spring, summer and so so in the Autumn and more of a no no in the winter. Has a great active community who give a warm welcome and trail development is always ongoing. Definetly worth checking out

User Review

Good Points
- Great selection of downhill trails for beginner through to the advanced rider
- Fun xc route
Bad Points
- Slate, clay terrain making it testing to the advanced rider and unrideable for many in the winter
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Yes
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