Penshurst Bike Park

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Penshurst Off Road Cycling, Grove Road, Penshurst, Kent, TN11 8DU
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It is about 1 mile up Grove Road on the left. By car follow the postcode TN11 8DU . Tonbridge Station has a frequent service from London and is connected to the BP via a virtualy traffic free cycleway that runs from Tonbridge station to Penshurst via Penshurst Estate.
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Penshurst Bike Park (previously the home of PORC) is situated in Penshurst in Kent. In early 2017 ownership changed and it shut but it is currently being revamped and aiming to re-open the mountain bike tracks on 3rd March 2018. They will be doing track maintenance, repairs and building over the next few weekends, sorting out memberships and insurance (check out the Facebook page).

Expect bike park style runs with XC and enduro thrown in.

In the meantime, NO RIDING, please! We will update once open. 

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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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Awesome!
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Rad!!

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Good Points
Great variety of features including big as well as small. Great fun for days!!
Bad Points
Lots of runs do cross each other
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Brilliant place to ride,with new stuff regularly being built

User Review

Good Points
Variety of things to ride, some good sized jumps and features for people of all ability.
Friendly people.
Would you recommend?
Yes
E
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Good times
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
Get down there!

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Good Points
Great spot. Friendly atmosphere, decent trails and a good race series. Trails are well built and there's plenty of them. Dirt jump area is spot on, camping on site and an events building for hire if you need. If you aint been, you should have.

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Yes
MH
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A gem of the South
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
A gem of the South

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Good Points
About as DH as UK trails get. A good selection of runs with decent sized features. The races held here are excellent and the locals and owner are all friendly. The jump area is amazing if you're amazing enough to be able to ride it!
Bad Points
All DH trails are of similar difficulty, so if these are beyond your ability then there isn't much left for you to ride. This isn't a bad thing if you can ride them and send the big stuff.
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Yes
S
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PORC - Trail of the year for sure!
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

User Review

Good Points
Awesome lines to suit any level of rider,
An amazing place to improve your riding skills,
Such a sick riding community,
The yearly race series,

The first time I went riding down PORC I was on a mighty rattly halfords bike and was amazed at the jumps people were doing and made me instantly want to get into DH, with not many places around that offer such awesome trails PORC is the place to be!
Bad Points
only bad thing I can think of is that it isn't trail of the year yet!
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Ride porc ! Race porc ! Porc is awsome !!

User Review

Good Points
I love porc ! The races there are organised really well and the tracks are great , constantly evolving . There's something for every skill level and the park seems to be getting better and better as more an more time and money is put into it . Always a great rideing atmosphere .
Bad Points
I don't drive so it's a bit of a ride from the train station . But then so is pretty much every bike park in the south , so it's really no biggie . Nothing really bad to say .
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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PORC is a clear 10 out of 10
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
I will post a video to show the quality of PORC Bike park. Definately a place that should be in contentions of being the producers of the best trails in the UK.

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Good Points
I have grown up to be close with the mountain biking community around PORC. Over the past few years I haven't had any issues with anything, the trails are phenomenal, the service is fantastic and the races the Mike Joseph hosts, I feel are some of the best in to country. It has developed into a place for all variations of riding, from cyclocross to downhill mountain biking, 4x and dirt jumping. Everything is continuously being developed to keep the trails maintained and new features to be installed. My media has greatly benefited from this venue, as it's where I film and ride the most, purely because it is such a fun place to ride, and everyone is extremely helpful and friendly.
Bad Points
Some of the old trails are overgrown however these were never ridden much anyway, compared to the more recent, flowy freeridey trails.
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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Awesome bike park!!!!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Being a beginner my favourite place so far =)

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Good Points
I've only started riding and loving it! Already practising on the smallest of lines in the DJ quarry and getting to know the DH tracks, so many of them and different options to connect them it's unbelievable !!!
I like the fact I can wash my bike free of charge after riding! First place like that , although haven't been riding for too long so there might be more I'm not aware of. Usually ride in Perry Woods, did visit Aston Hill and Woburn and have to say PORC is my favourite.
Great place to ride and people!
Bad Points
Not the easiest way to get there if not driving but guess there's no easy way to places like that.
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Best South East Bike Park with an Uplift,Bike Shop,Hot Food&Drinks and bike wash facilities on site.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

User Review

Good Points
Versatility, superb Dirt Jumps (wow, that's so inspirational looking at the regulars doing flips, whips, corks etc.), 4X with Schwalbe British 4X Series holding one of their rounds here for many years now, 7 dedicated and maintained DH runs for riders of all age and skill (chicken runs around big features) with an Uplift (£5 for five runs and you can use them anytime, not only on the day of purchase!) and even CycloCross events so XC as welcomed as everybody else.
Hot Food and Drinks being a Big Plus! Toilets and Free Bike Wash facilities, they are building a proper restaurant now too!
Amazing atmosphere and the vibe created by friendly locals and regulars, always someone on the site to help, direct or advise making PORC extremely progressive and leaving everyone with a smile and feel of accomplishment.
Recently I've read on PinkBike about the first all year Bike Park somewhere in America...well it is the second one as the first one is here in Kent! PORC is rideable all year long!
Bad Points
Some complain about the tracks being short - just a reminder - we are not in Whistler or the Alps, not even in the mountains, this is KENT at its best!
One of the reviews says the trails are too bike parky - this is a bike park first of all, secondly he clearly haven't ridden all of them to make such a bold statement.
The only bad point I can think of is that there is couple of spots where it's getting a bit soggy and greasy after a lot of rain but hey! This is England right?!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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porc
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
i absolutely love this place it is around 40 miles from from where i live and i still try to get here most sundays ;)
the races are mostly monthly and its vary rare to see less than 100 riders on the day.
there is alot of variety of trails from big flat out senders to tight twisty wooded sections.
the jumps and trails are built really well (mike joseph) and are regularly maintained.
most race days there are a new or improved line keeping things interesting :)
plus for under sixteen the price is unbeatable.

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Bad Points
its worth walking the tracks first time(watch out for mad wobblers behind you though) because big jumps and drops can creep up on you if your unaware.
near the end of the trails it starts to flatten out and can become boggy.
runs are usually sub 1 minuet.
water drainage can become a problem with alot of rain.
its around a 15 minuet cycle from penshurst train station and is all up hill on the way back so on a full downhill rig with wet screams after a whole day riding well it begins to take its toll ahah. but worth it none the less :D
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Yes
S
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