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Red trail at Queen Elizabeth Country Park
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The Red

  • This mountain bike trail is graded red (for clarity) and is 7.5 (4.6 miles) long. This is mostly single-track, a lot of which is off-camber, rooty and with some decent climbing and steep gradients. It has just has added an extension on the which is pretty neat and added a nice windy section traversing the hill with a few kickers and jumps thrown in. 

The Blue

  • The blue is 6km (3.7 miles) long. It uses forest gravel roads, with 500 metres of single-track, and one pretty steep long climb. It is currently undergoing significant refresh work with the QECP Collective trail crew.

Natural Trails

  • There are quite a lot of natural trail riding here. The park is situated on the south downs way which runs through the middle of the forest. It offer great access to the rest of the south downs. Two specific non waymarked trails start in the park and lead out into the surrounding countryside. These use the rights of way network and some public roads. Queen Elizabeth 16 km (10 miles), Meon Valley 16km (10 miles). For more information on these routes and others in Hampshire, a pack of 'Off Road Cycle Trails' is available from the Visitor Centre.

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Half way round on the first set of berms and jumps
Single track climb
Riding the berms

Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Website
Trail Grades
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Ungraded (natural)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre
  • Cafe
Trail Distance(s)

Location

Country
Trail Centre or Base
County/State
Address
Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, Horndean, Hampshire PO8 0QE.
Directions
Straight off and signposted from the A3. you can't miss it.
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Average user rating from: 8 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.9  (8)
Trail Variety 
 
3.8  (8)
Skills Development 
 
3.8  (8)
Trail Quality  
 
3.9  (8)
Facilities 
 
3.9  (8)
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  • 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 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Richard Treadwell August 11, 2013

QECP RED Trail

User Review

Good Points
I've ridden QECP for many years and in recent times the efforts of the QECP collective have transformed good trails into great trails. The RED trail offers a good variety of single track technical climbs & descents, small jumps culminating in a fun downhill section with medium berms.
Any regular riders would soon develop some good skills on the varied terrain which for the beginner can be easily rolled or can be milked for fun by the more advanced riders. Trails are well marked with plenty of parking and a good visitors centre for refreshments.
Bad Points
The chalky subsoil and off camber rooted trails can be quite slippery in damp conditions.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Riding the berms
Half way round on the first set of berms and jumps
Single track climb
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
Johnj2000 Reviewed by Johnj2000 May 27, 2013
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QE Country Park

User Review

Good Points
Fun, fast, and flowing. Nice coffee shop at the end. Also doesn't get that busy either so you can sometimes find yourself out there alone, which is great if you want to try and nail that berm or drop off over and over again.
Bad Points
Blue trail/purple needs an upgrade.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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All the work done and underway at QECP have really brought the park back into the limelight after nearly 20 years. The new updated route is still on the short side but still packs in nearly 1000ft of climbing and descent, is almost all singletrack and includes a multitude of different types of riding to get your teeth into, hard climbs, masses of roots, steep burms, tables and drops. You'll want to do two at least two laps to get the most out of the trail if you've not been before! After that you'll e ready to hit the on-site cafe and grab some lovely cake :p
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
r00ps Reviewed by r00ps January 27, 2013
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QECP reborn

All the work done and underway at QECP have really brought the park back into the limelight after nearly 20 years. The new updated route is still on the short side but still packs in nearly 1000ft of climbing and descent, is almost all singletrack and includes a multitude of different types of riding to get your teeth into, hard climbs, masses of roots, steep burms, tables and drops. You'll want to do two at least two laps to get the most out of the trail if you've not been before! After that you'll e ready to hit the on-site cafe and grab some lovely cake :p

User Review

Good Points
Good variety of features and trail styles. Very little fire road. Active trail building group. Easy access to extensive local bridleway network and the south downs for some properly epic days out. Easy access, good cheap parking and cafe.
Bad Points
Red trail a bit short ( just do it twice if once is not enough ;) ), blue/purple beginner trail in need of update ( some time in 2013 ). Gets muddy in winter, but hey this is mountain biking right?
Would you recommend?
Yes
QECP Red Trail launch video
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
Reviewed by Mike Fitz January 04, 2013

User Review

Good Points
Is fast becoming a star attraction in the south. Lots of work has been done on the trails which now ride well. All the official trails are well sign posted. Lots of options to link trails with other local tracks. Good elevations for the south of England. Good cafe in the park. Lots of safe parking. On the South Downs Way if you riding the SDW allow some time to try the trials in the park. http://kingleyvalemountainbikers.ning.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/qecptrailbuilding if you want a local digger to show you the marked trails and the off piste unmarked routes.

The QECP Collective, will be hosting our own gravity enduro race on 21st July 2013! It is sure to be a banger with prizes including a holiday for two with Pure Mountains in Spain’s Sierra Nevada(http://www.puremountains.com/ ), a pair of Marzocchi forks, Dainese pads, Exempt Clothing T shirts and much more up for grabs. Chris Smith has already signed up for the race which will be held on brand new, purpose built singletrack.
Bad Points
No bike shop in the park. LBS is Petersfield a few miles away.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Tris14 Reviewed by Tris14 January 03, 2013
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Best riding in South, lots to offer and getting better all the time.

User Review

Good Points
QECP has been extensively reworked by local trail builders and have turned it from and outdated loop of mundane single track into a fun fast and flowy red graded route with many features along the way such as berms, jumps and switchbacks. Its mainly chalk with a mix of soil and so when dry its fast and grippy but not quite so good when wet on the chalkier sections. But then thats what is great about QE its not just perfectly surfaced trails that don't have and features. Its got lots of roots which in places can be tricky to ride fast especially in the wet. But then thats what makes a great trail?! You want it to be challenged and if you can ride QE in the wet then in the dry and at other trails you will be much faster.

The red trail really does give you a great workout and allows you to enjoying riding. The 1st climb is hard but as you ride the red route its made worthwhile with lots of single track as a reward.
As QECP sits in the South Downs and has the South Downs Way run straight through the park is very easy to link up with other local trails that surround QE and branch off from the South Downs Way.
In all its a great red route thats definitely worth a couple of laps and its also worth exploring around the local area to make a days riding.
QE also offers a great cafe that is perfect after a days riding. Car parking is well priced at £2 a day and there its lots of space.

The future looks bright for QE as the passionate trail builders are really making some excellent progress and they are even holding Enduro and DH races in 2013. With this enthusiastic group pushing progress QE park will be getting more popular and has the potential to offer the best riding in the South!! Well worth a look around. Ride On!!
Bad Points
No Bike wash..yet. Can be a little slippery in the winter due to the mix of a little mud and chalk. But embrace the sloppiness and you will become a better rider and come summer time your speed will benefit!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great Fun Red Trail, Two Lap and it well worth a trip.
Looking forward to the work on the blue trail and all the races in 2013.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
HTF Reviewed by HTF January 02, 2013
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Great Fun Red Trail

Great Fun Red Trail, Two Lap and it well worth a trip.
Looking forward to the work on the blue trail and all the races in 2013.

User Review

Good Points
New sections of trail
Berms
Jumps
Roots
Steep ups
Steep Downs
Bad Points
Gets Muddy in winter
Need a bike Wash
Would you recommend?
Yes
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I tried the new sections of this Red trail this week. There is a new section near the top at the start and then half way round as you are returning past the mid way point. They are lovely and wind through the hill allowing you to traverse neatly with speed but gives you a strong workout too. The trail was muddy which made up a bit for it being short (in terms of getting a workout) but I still recommend two laps or combining this with some of the great natural trail riding on offer here.

The new sections meanthat length has been added mind which is all for the better. It was still bedding in when I rode it but I think it will flow even better in a month or so. There are even a few really fun kickers and jumps thrown in which I think they could develop even further and a bit earlier in the trail. Also forgot to say but near the start there is a step up section which is technically challenging for uphill riding but fun. Overall this trail is growing from strength to strength in variety and skill progression and I hope they continue developing it as the opprotunities with the terrain here are many.
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
stumpy_dan Reviewed by stumpy_dan December 27, 2011
Last updated: January 02, 2013
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New Section On The Red

I tried the new sections of this Red trail this week. There is a new section near the top at the start and then half way round as you are returning past the mid way point. They are lovely and wind through the hill allowing you to traverse neatly with speed but gives you a strong workout too. The trail was muddy which made up a bit for it being short (in terms of getting a workout) but I still recommend two laps or combining this with some of the great natural trail riding on offer here.

The new sections meanthat length has been added mind which is all for the better. It was still bedding in when I rode it but I think it will flow even better in a month or so. There are even a few really fun kickers and jumps thrown in which I think they could develop even further and a bit earlier in the trail. Also forgot to say but near the start there is a step up section which is technically challenging for uphill riding but fun. Overall this trail is growing from strength to strength in variety and skill progression and I hope they continue developing it as the opprotunities with the terrain here are many.

User Review

Good Points
- Nice switchbacks
- Good workout due to sharp ups and downs
- Few neat jumps and kickers thrown in
Bad Points
- Bit short
- muddy (not the best drainage)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Neat little track
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Reviewed by jack September 15, 2009

S'ok

Neat little track

User Review

Good Points
Close to home, Leads out to other trails
Bad Points
Bit short
Would you recommend?
Yes
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