Parkwood Springs Mountain Bike Trails , England

Parkwood Springs Mountain Bike Trails , England

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Parkwood Springs, Neepsend, Sheffield
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One mile north of Sheffield's city centre. It is bordered by Penistone Road, Herries Road, Shirecliffe Road and Rutland Road.
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Parkwood Springs mountain bike trails are 1 mile north of Sheffield city centre near Neepsend.

It currently consists of a pretty neat action packed 2km long trail and a Dual Slalom track.

There is an active local community.

Parkwood Springs (Blue with Red options) 

  • The trail is a 2km route with pump sections, lips, berms, jumps, doubles and it all flows really well. It's designed as a blue graded trail (so all is rollable) with optional red lines. 
  • In 2016 the new Dual Slalom track opened. The 30-second blast has a set of berms linked together by sections of rollers which offer multiple possible combinations. The final right-hander is steep and long.

History

  • The trail builders were BikeTrack.Org (who also built the Haggerston BMX track in Hackney) and they have been able to pack an amazing amount into such a small area.  The best place to park is on Cookswood road which also gives access to the Car park; open on weekends.
  • It has taken ten years of dedication to make this trail a reality. Dan Cook started the vision and which was made a reality by Jon Dallow of Sheffield City Council over last six years. Tirelessly Jon has worked with the council, the funders (Sports England and South Yorkshire Forest), the local friend's groups, the trail designers and community stakeholders to make this a reality. Jon has also worked with Steve Peat and Ride Sheffield to develop the designs and site.

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  • The area is also known for the Ski Village just next door.

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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
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Overall rating 
 
4.48
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00

Inner city fun...but can you tell your in a city?

Went with a friend and my 8 year old son. We had a quick couple of loops and a session on the duel slalom.
Just needs a pump track next to the slalom to add to the great facility on offer.

User Review

Good Points
Great uphill.
Blue trail plus red options.
Easily accessible.
Excellent duel slalom.
Walkers and cyclist managed well with rocks at crossover.
Bad Points
Bit of glass here and there but easily avoidable.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.64
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

Parkwood Springs Sheffield.

Don't be confused by the blue/red grade status of the trail. It's fun for riders off all levels all that happens is the challenges change. It can be ridden on any sort of mountain bike and I take a different bike depending on what I want to do.

User Review

Good Points
Good trail variety.

Great for beginners and kids to practice their basics in a safe environment

for advanced riders great for perfecting your style and flare before you try it on more treacherous features.

I love racing my friends down the dual slalom.
Bad Points
Would be nice if there was a shop or some facilities but seeing as it's free to ride I can't complain.
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Overall rating 
 
3.89
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
3.50
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
1.50

Great fun!

Great place near centre of Sheffield but feels like you're miles away!

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Good Points
Brilliant track which my 2 boys (aged 7 and 10) really enjoyed! They loved the rocky sections and berms! They had fun on the race off pump track. Well maitained track. Dry day but no apparent muddy sections.
Bad Points
No parking! Squeezed into a small entranceway. No other facilities on site.
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(Updated: December 28, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.83
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
1.00

Parkwood

Great for an hours blast on an evening. Nice to have different line choices. Even the climb back up is fun...the first few times.

User Review

Good Points
Wicked fun for a quick blast
Good place to practice berms, tables & jumps
Bad Points
Parking is not always easy
Can be dodgy types around...
Too short even though we are lucky to have it
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Overall rating 
 
4.53
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

Sheffield's first dedicated trail centre

All my views on Parkwood can be found here http://thisisheffield.co.uk/2012/parkwood-springs/ but in summary.

10 years in the making, Parkwood Springs mountain bike trail is finally officially open. ‘Sir’ Jon Dallow of the Sheffield City Council has brought together a 6 year long project to bring prime single track bike trails to the City Centre. It hasn’t been at all easy and he’s had an awful lot of help from many people along the way, but the final box has been ticked, the final hoop jumped through and the trails are now ours to play on.

And play we can because the quality of the track created is of the highest order, it’s amazing what BikeTrack.Org have been able to pack in to 2km. The ups twist and turn to keep your mind off the effort and the downs are littered with pump bumps, lips and berms. Designed and built to be accessible to all it’s a blue trail with red level opt ins. Beginners will enjoy the confidence inspiring berms, progressive features and grin widening descent. The more advanced riders will boost the doubles, session the jumps and roost the hell out of the loose inside lines. Its got something for everyone, is fun incarnate and you certainly don’t need a DH bike.

The story of these trails has been a very long time coming. Dan Cook, now of the CTC, had the vision a decade ago. Jon Dallow took up the challenge and, with his colleagues, has worked with the community, the council, and the likes of Steve Peat and Ride Sheffields Henry Norman, to plan and develop the proposal for the site. Through their hard work they have managed to unlock the £250k of European funding required for the wider project through Sport England and South Yorkshire Forest. There has been huge amounts of community engagement and support throughout the project with ‘The friends of Parkwood Springs’ being instrumental.

As Jon says, “this isn’t trail centre, its city centre”, so think carefully about how you ride it. There are bound to be kids, dog walkers and school groups mucking about somewhere along the way as this is all new. Most of them wouldn’t know what a trail centre is. Be nice to them and with time they’ll learn and hopefully pick up a bike themselves. Wednesday afternoon Ranger Tom will likely be up on site doing maintenance, so say hello if you’re passing. They’ll be regular races starting up next year and a facebook group has been started keep people informed of the goings on and plans for the future. Ride Sheffield are entrusted with the custodianship of the trail and its development has had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the whole scene in Sheffield.

User Review

Good Points
Fully surfaced trail good in all weathers.
Its so much fun. The descents are great for beginners and challenging enough advanced riders to hone their skills.
The ups are never straight, you're always thinking about something other than the effort you're putting in.
Easily accessible from the city; no need to drive their, just ride.
Bad Points
Its only 2km Long; but how many laps can you do in an hour?
Lots of Berms... which many people cant ride, they need to learn not to break in berms!!
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Overall rating 
 
5.00
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Jon Dallow for president

Couldn't of done any better with the land available

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(Updated: May 08, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.30
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

Great little skill trainer packed with fun

I've just got back from my first experience of Parkwood, and it certainly won't be my last. In fact, I am planning on getting up nice and early tomorrow and heading back.

I am a rider of modest fitness and ability, only ever having ridden one 'proper' trail centre - Whinlatter in Keswick. I usually just head out to the Peak District and ride around, reasonably aimlessly, just for fun. I was a little concerned by the length of the circuit. 2k doesn't seem like much, and after a nice climb up Rutland Road to find the entrance, I was really hoping the riding would be worth it.

It seemed very quiet, so I decided to take a bit of a risk and follow the track up the hill in an attempt to suss out how the route was put together. After a reasonable climb, I finally made it to the top. Now it was time to try and put some of the skills I have spent much time reading about to the test. My aim had been to go for one run on the blue route from start to finish, and then start checking out other variations. By the time I had finished the first short section of what I believe could be nicely flowing, but certailnly weren't put together in a flowing fashion by myself, berms I just had to get back to the top and have another crack. And then I had to have another, then another!

It took all my will to move on to the next section. Again more berms, but with some nice looking jumps, and a deviation for the red route which I noted and duly avoided. Again, once I'd made it to the end of this section, I had another couple of attempts at improving my flow.

I did make it to the end eventually, after getting a little cocky trying to jump off a rock before a small berm, going straight over the top of said berm and ending up in the brambles. I managed to keep myself from going arse-over-head, dusted myself off and went back to, guess what.... have another go!

It would be nice if there were proper toilets, but that is a very small issue. There is a nice little garden area where you could sit and have lunch. The very fact that this place exists a twenty minute bike ride from my flat in town is amazing. The people whose hard work has put this together deserve medals. Go and check it out, it's great fun.

User Review

Good Points
Great for beginners.
You can ride it in any weather.
You can have plenty of fun sessioning each section.
The location.
Bad Points
Lack of facilities, but there is a sandwich shop nearby.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.60
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.50

Excellent loop for a quick blast

Steve Peat, Bike Track, Ride Sheffield and This Is Sheffield have worked damn hard with Sheffield City Council and John Dallow to get this track running. Please use it and enjoy it but don't abuse it!

User Review

Good Points
1.This trail has been built to an exceptional standard, i rode it today after a month or so of snow and it may as well have been mid summer. The surface was excellent.
2. You can ride it on anything - I rode the course on my titchy 100mm travel hardtail and had a blast you don't need a super 4k xc bike or a dh monster as the features are so well built you can choose how big you want to go.
3. It's near everything - 2 minutes down the road you have Sheffield's ale trail of pubs for a cheeky post ride pint. 5 minutes and you're in the city centre. One thing though there are closer and (imho) better bike shops closer (Langsett Cycles- Infirmary Road, Over Ride - Shalesmoor - to name a couple)
4. You can park safely in the car park
5. It's well signed and managed with other land users in mind.
Bad Points
It's a little short
The day i went up the car park gate was shut so i parked on a side street which actually worked out better.
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Yes
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(Updated: January 06, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.17
Grin Factor 
 
3.50
Trail Variety 
 
2.50
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
3.00
Facilities 
 
1.50

Brilliant place for easy days. V

Your enjoyment of Parkwood Springs will depend on what you're expecting to find there. If you expect a trail centre with full on routes you'll be disappointed. If you're expecting a short course with a few fun bits you can use in any weather and something to kill an hour with, you'll have a blast.

Parkwood is only 2k, which is fairly evenly split up and down hill. There's mostly nice weatherproof gravel track, lots of nice windy berms, and some small pump sections. Mixed in is the odd rocky section, and a couple of red graded diversions.

It's a great place for kids, and new people (like me). In fact, this would be the perfect MTB skills course venue.

Facilities wise, there's a car park. That's your lot, but this is Sheffield city centre, not the Peaks, so you're never far from anything.

I'm looking forward to going back. I can see this as somewhere I session after work in summer. If you're local, it's worth a trip.

User Review

Good Points
Nice and easy, but loads of fun.
Bad Points
Honestly, none.
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Yes
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