Aston Hill Bike Park

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

In 2014 it had some significant developments with the new Surface To Air Track, a pump track 1.3em;">,new access In Jan 2015 they built a new DH trail section. This is an intermediate level trail and a hand built alternative to the end of ricochet, to create a high-speed section with some wood backed berms and drops but plenty of roots left in.

You can get maybe 8 - 12 runs in on a day of downhill riding. 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.

Surface To Air (S2A)

  • Surface to Air is the latest new course. It is 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 doable 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.

The Pump Track

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

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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The walk up
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
2.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Worth a visit, but the walk up ruins the day, when pushing a DH bike.

User Review

Good Points
Roots, Rocks, The black run, Quite, Pretty much the only DH place near north London,
Bad Points
The walk up, Braking bumps, A bit too easy
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Aston Hill Bike Park
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4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
2.5
A hidden gem in the Chiltern hills, that tests your capabilities and encourage progression of your skills and confidence

User Review

Good Points
good technical trails
Ideal after work in the summer
Develops skills
Friendly atmosphere
Bad Points
Not much in the way of facilities I. E toilets
Would you recommend?
Yes
EM
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Great local venue
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4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Great place, brilliant venue and good challenges.

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Good Points
Love this place, its great for progressing your downhill skills and building up to the bigger runs on the hill.

It is really good fun flying down the hill playing on the roots and drops.

This place is part of the history (and future) of DH in the south.
Bad Points
Big push up and need to remember cash to pay for access
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Yes
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Trials
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4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Great over all

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Good Points
Great trails, well built
Bad Points
Horrible push up
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Good days riding had by all. well maintained and all info on trails located at car park and start ramp

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Good Points
Fantastic park good trails good atmosphere around the park
Bad Points
That push up is a killer just as your legs start to die you hit the rooted section and trip yourself up. Noticed a pay and display machine installed (not yet working)
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Yes
MH
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(Updated: April 06, 2015)
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4.1
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
steep gnarly trails, awesome!

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Aston Hill
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4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.5
Great place to ride and also a very friendly atmosphere.

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Good Points
Friendly
Great trails
Awesome surface to air track.
Bad Points
Needs a bacon roll food vendor/ cafe

No uplift
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Yes
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Pretty Damn Awesome
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

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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Aston Hill - Surface to air
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4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
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
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Yes
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Fantastic technical DH - rare in the south
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
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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