Bedgebury Forest Mountain Bike Trails

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Skills Development
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Don't bother
(Updated: February 25, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
1.1
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
1.0
Skills Development 
 
1.0
Trail Quality  
 
1.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
For intermediate or advanced riders, this has to be one of the most boring trail centres in the UK - which is a shame as it is on my doorstep and means I drive to Surrey Hills or Friston to ride most weekends. 
Bedgebury barely deserves a blue grading; certainly not a red so don't go there if you are an experienced rider looking for a fun ride. The opportunity to create something good has been wasted and the lack of features which are common in other trail centres demonstrate a real lack of riding experience by those responsible for managing the site.  The FC need to get some professional help here with trail design and build.

User Review

Good Points
Good for novice riders.
Bad Points
Don't go there for the jumps in the Bike Park as this was pulled down in Spring 2016 by the Forestry Commission who were seemingly unaware of its popularity. Don't expect to get any air on the trail either - there is not a single gap jump or tabletop on the entire single track. Another reviewer has commented that she does get air but I can only assume this is on a set of rollers - but they really are rollers, not jumps.
There is an online petition asking the FC to bring back the bike park and to put jumps on the trail - just search 'Bedgebury Petition' online if you want to sign it.

Car park is £12 at weekends, £10 weekdays.
Would you recommend?
No
C
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A great trail center
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
If you want a great day out in the open air cycling, walking, picnicking go to Bedgebury, you won't be disappointed. And if you want to get more involved and give something back join the club (BFCC) you get great benefits and the proportion of money for the car parking from your subscription goes back into trail maintenance!

User Review

Good Points
I love Bedgebury and every time I ride there which is usually once and sometimes twice a week it's different every time. The single track is well maintained and varied and every year another trail is being developed by the Boars and this is done voluntarily too. A lot of thought and dedication has clearly been put into this and it's always a pleasure to ride there. The Boars are amazing as they put on a race series, a Junior club with two levels, adult coaching, numerous events like a weekend of trail building with free camping and numerous outrides throughout the year.
Bad Points
Not many bad points really. People moan about the grading of the trails and that's there's not many black/advanced trails, but if you look at the geography of the area it's clear that you can't make extreme gradients where it's not possible, if you want mountains go to Wales or Scotland. It used to get very muddy in the Winter but not so now as most of the trails are now all weather and a very small proportion gets really bad now.
Would you recommend?
Yes
L
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Most enjoyable trails I've ridden
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
I've ridden at Bedgbury for the past 3 years, through summer and winter. It can get very boggy in the winter which don't bother me at all. Mountain biking is an all weather pursuit, it's challenging in the wet thick mud, as the spring/summer creeps in the trails firm up and flow beautifully, with a mix of up and down. I've ridden all over and Bedgbury is still my favourite, I'm not a member of the Boars and don't know any of them but I follow them on facebook. The commitment and effort put into looking after the trails and the trail builds is absolutely brilliant, they obviously have great passion for MTB and the forest. The parking gets moaned about a lot by first time visitors, I think it is still £9.50 for non members, I find this price very reasonable. At the end of the day your getting full use of the whole forest and superbly maintained trails which are great fun for all. If you look at it this way, go up town to the cinema, buy some unhealthy food, watch a film you have never seen before your looking at £30+ per head.... £9.50 between you and a friend you get safe parking and a fantastic facility which you can use and stay on as long as you please

User Review

Good Points
Stunning forest
Great trails
Friendly
Safe parking
Great shop and cafe
Facilities are brilliant
Bad Points
Sometimes you get walkers and dogs on the trails, I've come across a screaming toddler being chased towards me up the trail which thankfully I heard and was able to stop. The bike wash is a bit pricey to give my bike a thorough clean I need two tokens. Again I think you get free use if you are a member of the boars.
Would you recommend?
Yes
SF
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Awesome xc trail
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
All in all a good maintained trail but with over priced parking, but i geuss this is how they found the development of the forest and trails.
Keep up the good work, i hope i will be enjoying the forest for many years to come

User Review

Good Points
Such a good trail right on our door step, well maintained by a team of volunteers and has had money spent revamping trails by pro trail builders that have made some really fun interesting sections.
Bad Points
I think the lack a jump park which was once there is a poor factor, alot of riders comment on this and wish the jump area was back in action with lots of jumps for all to try and learn new skills. Could do with some optional jumps and more drops along the trails would turn this place into a bike magnet.
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Brilliant !
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Will definitely be heading back there soon

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Good Points
I never review purchases or places I visit, but this was so enjoyable I must. The MTB tracks are absolutely brilliant they're all well laid out and as you reach the end of one you cross the gravel road and go straight into another, minimal travelling between them.

The Red routes are doable for any ability I would say as you can roll over all obstacles or avoid the technical parts if needed. The high speed burms and selection of table tops are really good too.

I only found 1 Black route and that did command a higher skill level obviously, but you can still roll it if need be depending on the size of chain ring.

Bike shop also really good, small selection of pro level bikes for sale. Nice selection of accessories aswell
Bad Points
This isn't really a bad point, but I'd like to see more Black routes open up in the future just so there something to progress onto once you're hitting perfect runs everywhere else
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Bedgebury red with black
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Rode here while on a holiday with family. Rented a hardtail from the shop on site for £20 for 2 hours. Wasn't a bad bike but nothing to special.
Climbs weren't to bad. A couple of big ones on route that were a bit of a slog but in reality there wasn't any never ending climbs!
Most of the descents were fast and the berms were nicely built up so you could carry alot of speed through them. Plenty of options to get air dotted around and most had a chicken line as well.
Couple of the sections had been rebuilt recently and we're a bit loose where they hadn't quite set in properly. Not really an issue though. Makes it more fun!
Definitely one to ride again and will bring my own bike next time!

User Review

Good Points
Well maintained trails
Fast fun sections
Good facilities
Bad Points
£10 to park
Alot of people not wearing helmets
B
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Fun Singletrack Loop in lovely Pine Forest
(Updated: March 01, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Although there are few hills at Bedgebury the singletrack is still fun and challenging. There are many twisty turns, roots, berms and other features on the trail. It flows well and if you keep pedalling hard you can think you are on a downhill trail. The uphill sections are mostly singletrack instead of wide forest road which makes these interesting as well. Overall lots of fun and much better than the local bridleways. It rides best in dry conditions when you can make a longer ride by doing two laps of the singletrack.

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Good Points
Beautiful pine forest.
Mostly singletrack, only a few forest road sections.
Flows well, interesting features and fun to ride.
Balanced XC riding with ups and downs mixed together.
Dirt jump area.
Visitor Centre facilities, shop, cafe, parking and other activities for the family.
Active bike club (www.boarsonbikes.co.uk)
Family trail.
Bad Points
Gets very muddy in wet periods.
Expensive parking (you can join the bike club to get a parking pass)
Lack of hills, rocks and technical features.
Can get busy on sunny summer days.
Would you recommend?
Yes
E
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My review
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Overall I think it is a good trail for a beginner or someone who wants to learn, but personally I’ve ridden them many times and know all of it so maybe new trails ?

User Review

Good Points
Good trail lengths,
Trails are in good condition
Doesn’t take long to complete
Bad Points
Maybe more stuff for the better riders who want a challenge,
Jumps?
Too much uphill
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Fun trail
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
I've been to Bedgebury a couple of times and the trail is good fun to ride. I liked the newer 'black' bits when they put them in, it just makes it a little more interesting, I ended up doing that section several times as it was good fun. It's great when it's dry, but it can get pretty muddy.

User Review

Good Points
Fun trail, very flowy and super quick when it's dry
Jumpy/freeride area too
Good facilities
Bad Points
Can get very busy
Car parking very expensive
Would you recommend?
Yes
H
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Good for SE
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
1.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
The family green trail is largely fire raod, but the red that loops around the whole estate is nice single track with a (very) short black bit with an intersting beginning.
The red is a England red, as opposed to Welsh or Scottish which are noticably harder.
It's convenient for those in the south east. and can be made into a day trip with non-bikers thanks to the forest playground and the curated pinetum.
Cafe was so-so

User Review

Good Points
Convenient to get to for those in the south east.
Nice setting with stuff for non-bikers.
Bad Points
Limited on trails and not overly technical
Would you recommend?
Yes
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