Queen Elizabeth Country Park Mountain Biking, England

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Mountain Biking, England

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Trail Grades
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Ungraded (natural)
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Location

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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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The Queen Elizabeth Country Park (QECP) Mountain Bike Centre is just straight off the A3 in Hampshire, England and has two bike trails (a red and a blue) which are clearly waymarked.

There is also tonnes of natural terrain trail riding around here. In addition, there is a number of non-waymarked but hand carved enduro/downhill style descents normally used for events but available to ride all year round. 

It's also within a short 30 min drive to its sister Downhill track at Stoughton DH which is well worth checking out also if Downhill and Freeride are your things.

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. After the successful extension and upgrade to the Red track in 2013 /14 the QECP Collective trail building team have been working on the Blue trail. It has been upgraded to an all-weather trail with 65% single-track with fun berms and rollers as well as blue and red drop options. Some of the new singletrack sections are called deerstalker, swoopy and lumberjack. The new blue final section was completed with the flowing final descent in May 2016.

Natural Trails

  • There is 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 offers 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.

Enduro

  • There are a good number of downhill style non-waymarked descents in the park also. They are normally used for events but available to ride all year round. Best hook up with a local. 

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January 15, 2016
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Riding the berms
Single track climb
Half way round on the first set of berms and jumps

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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 
 
4.66
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Great place to ride

Fantastic when dry, exciting when wet!....

User Review

Good Points
Great variety of trails, especially the off-piste stuff....
Bad Points
No bike wash.
Lack of signs to warn public about walking on the mtb trails
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.30
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

More work done by the qecp collective

My local haunt

User Review

Good Points
The trail collective volunteers are always improving the trails where they are aloud to and have plans to improve the red route when the blue is finished.

The blue is so much fun now with loads of berms to swoop round and is rideable in all conditions
Bad Points
The only bad points which is out of the collectives hands are no bike wash and the trail signage is poor as you can get a lot of walkers straying on the trails again nothing to do with the collective they have asked the forestry commision and Hampshire County council that over see the park to do something about it
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.77
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

A good start with hopefully more to come!

Overall a good bike trail set in an area sparsely populated with good built hilly mountainbiking trails.

User Review

Good Points
Went for some trail mountain biking. Would thorougly recommend it if its dry like today.

There are two trails there:
-A nice blue with some reasonably gentle climbing and some good quick flowy downhill, just about looked doable for those riders on non suspension bikes.
-A tricky red (was probably a bit tired by this point!) with some quite tricky climbing at times and some tricky but good downhill (about right for a red trail), good features being added.

Trails were well maintained when I went but due to soil being chalky, would be slippery when wet.

Good cafe and all day parking was a very reasonable £3.50 to top it off.
Bad Points
There are only two built trails here and may not satisfy all mountain bike taste (but does link in to the south downs way so lots of other riding available and there seems like massive scope for the place to expand and build new trail!)

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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.06
Grin Factor 
 
2.50
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
2.50
Trail Quality  
 
3.00
Facilities 
 
3.50

QECP MORE TRAIL SIGNS .

IN THE DRY THIS IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO RIDE , IN THE WET ITS SO SLIPPERY ON THE CHALK TRAILS BUT STILL THATS ALL PART OF THE FUN ;) . THE TRAIL SIGNS ARE A BIG PROBLEM , I FEEL THAT THEY ARE NOT DIRECTIONAL ENOUGH AND NOT ENOUGH OF THEM , SO NEW RIDERS TO THE AREA WILL OFTEN GO THE WRONG WAY UP OR DOWN A TRAIL . THE OTHER PROBLEM ARE DOG WALKERS ON THE BIKE TRAILS , BUT I THINK WITH BETTER SIGNS THIS COULD GET BETTER AND SAFER .

User Review

Good Points
THE TRAILS ARE WELL LOOKED AFTER BY THE TRAIL ALLIANCE .
Bad Points
TRAIL DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ARE BAD . WALKERS AND DOG WALKERS LIKE TO WALK THE BICYCLE TRAILS . PARKING IS EXPENSIVE £3.50 NOW FOR MORE THAN ONE HOUR .
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.58
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

A great place to ride for all levels

Been riding QECP for years and its always getting better.

The blue good track has nothing too steep either up or down and is good for all abilities. The trail stays dry almost all year round as its gravel based. It's a bit like sections of Swinley, smooth and fast when pointing down with steady climbs. I ride this trail with my 12-year-old son.

The red is more natural and has off camber steeper sections but still great fun. It's a good track to test your skills and the descents will put a smile on your face. All jumps and small drop-offs all rollable or can be avoided altogether if you want. The climbs on the red are more rooty and therefore more challenging.

I would recommend warming up on the blue and then dropping in on the red.

User Review

Good Points
Best place in the area, love it!
Great mix of riding
Trails are maintained by a passionate group of guys
Beautiful setting and close to the South Downs Way
Bad Points
No bike shop or wash so come prepared
The chalk on the red switchbacks can be like ice if very wet
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.35
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

QECP has been my home for riding for many years, starting from casual riding with the occasional decent.. To a serious competitive DH/Enduro rider where every moment on two wheels is nothing but a thrill.
You can ride the trails exactly how you want, fast or slow.. Once at the bottom, you'll certainly be grinnin'!
Most of my free time is happily spent riding QE's epic trails, for me (and as I'm sure for you), it never gets old. Due to its great build, natural vibe, and welcoming feel (other than the occasional miserable old walker) I'll always be hooked!

You'll end the day wanting more.. But you're ass would by that point, have had enough!
Get involved and go see what you're missing out on!
Happy shreddin'

User Review

Good Points
Great fun for all levels of riding.
Trails well maintained.
Great for progressive riding.
Based in an fantastic location.
QECP Trail Collective - a great community.
And many more.
Bad Points
Some of the local walkers who believe it isn't a place for mountain biking.
But don't let that ruin your day!
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.77
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
3.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Coming up to three decades of development

I've been riding up at QECP for 26yrs, and it's now the most fun it's ever been with dedicated investment from the QECP Trail Collective

I link up bridleways & Red & Blue Trails for a quick 90 minute loop, or include some cheeky trails when I want to mix it up a bit!

User Review

Good Points
Blue Trails are accessible by anyone
Red Trails are a step up, but an easy transition to more riding skills.
All the trails are easy to interlink and you can form one big loop
Bad Points
The winter mud
Parking can be a pain, but you will find someon
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.65
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
3.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

Qecp getting better all the time

Give it a try

Could do with bike wash facilities

User Review

Good Points
Been riding here almost 30 years and the place is getting better and better all the time lately due to the trail building collective always adding new features on the red run and extending the blue run and adding new features to it too
Bad Points
A pain when very wet the chalky ground gets very slippery
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Overall rating 
 
4.66
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
4.50
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Great

Chalk so Slippy after rain

User Review

Good Points
Great quality
Bad Points
Big climbs and big descents
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.07
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

Fast clean trails

Trails are great and fast. Lots of improvements happening all the time. Never really that busy.

User Review

Good Points
Super clean and fast trails.
Would highly recommend to anyone.
Great fun.. I love it here!!
Bad Points
Only two trails really - red & blue.
Nothing to technical.
Basic council run cafe but ok food.
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Yes
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