**COVID-19 Update Rushmere: Ridge Riders Cross Country Cycle Trail and Downhill Area are OPEN (Greensand Pass required).**

**COVID-19 Update Aspley Woods: As of 10 August - October Longslade Lane car park is now CLOSED due to forestry works in the woods resulting in changes to cross country trails - find out more here. Jump area (pass required) remains unaffected and is OPEN.**


Cycling at Rushmere

Rushmere Ridge Riders Cross Country Trail and Downhill Zone

Rushmere Country Park is a great place for cycling. We have cross country downhill trails, jumps and a pump track, so everyone can have fun and improve their skills here. The sandy soil makes the site rideable all year round.

You can cycle into the park using a number of free public access paths, including the Public Bridleway, from the nearby villages of Heath and Reach and Great Brickhill (BLUE on the park map)– these bring you to the Visitor Centre ONLY.

Other than these free access paths, if you wish to use our network of specialist cycle trails and jump areas - the Rushmere Ridge Riders Cross Country Trail and Downhill Zone - you will need to purchase a Greensand Cycling Pass available here 

When buying your pass please consider the 'Gift Aid' option, which includes a small donation to our charity, making VAT not applicable and we can claim a further 25p for every £1 you contribute.

We offer the Greensand Cycle Pass as a single day or annual option. The Greensand Cycle Pass protects both the user and landowner against third-party liability and helps to fund the maintenance and safety checks of these areas.

Terms and conditions apply: www.greensandtrust.org/greensand-bike-pass-terms-conditions

The Ridge Riders Cross Country Trail

Approximately 6km long, this XC route takes you almost around the whole of Rushmere Country Park. The uphill sections will challenge your fitness, but it’ll be worth the effort when you’re coming down the other side! The route is blue graded, with some red sections - follow the red-topped posts (pictured) to keep you on track.

  • Shared paths - cyclists will encounter other park users, such as walkers and horse riders. Please take care, warn others of your approach and reduce speed
  • Vehicles may also be encountered on some off-road routes
  • Ensure the route is safe and you have the required skill before riding

The Ridge Riders Cross Country Trail (ORANGE on the park map) is OPEN for use with a Greensand Cycle Pass available online as an annual or daily option. 

The Ridge Riders Downhill Zone

Newly developed with the help of local specialists and our volunteers offering multiple blue, red and black graded downhill trails.

Blue Trails 

Intermediate: Trails are rollable but may include moderately steep or technical sections.

Red trails 

Advanced: Trails are predominantly rollable but may include advanced features such as drops and optional gap jumps.

Black Trails

Expert: Trails include large gap jumps and other expert features.

The Ridge Riders Downhill Area is now OPEN for use with a Greensand Cycle Pass available online as an annual or daily option. 

   

Please note our Ridge Riders Cross Country trail and Jump Area are aimed at more experienced mountain bikers and are not suitable for younger inexperienced riders.

Ridge Riders Safety Rules

  • All cyclists ride at their own risk. Mountain biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of injury including death. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all inherent risks.
  • Helmuts and other appropriate safety equipment must be worn at all times.
  • Riders under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • All riders of the Downhill Zone must ensure that the route is safe and they have the necessary skills prior to use. Ride within your limits and check features before riding them – please be aware they may have changed since your last visit.
  • Do not ride up, walk or stop on the downhill trails. Pull off the trail in a safe place if you need to stop for any reason.            
  • The trails are built and maintained by Greensand Trust volunteers. No unauthorised trail building is permitted and all unauthorised features will be destroyed. Please email [email protected] if you would like to join our volunteer group.
  • No litter - please use the bins provided or take it home.
  • Always carry a charged mobile phone with an ICE (in case of emergency) number installed. In case of emergency call the emergency services on 112 and then contact our office on 01525 234260 or 01525 237760 for assistance. Duty mobile (not 24/7) 07817 205870.
  • Be respectful and aware of other riders’ varying skill levels – relax and have fun!
  • Please be aware and respectful of other park users and wildlife.
Please also ensure you check the terms and conditions carefully.

**Please note purchase of a Greensand Cycle Pass does not include the £3 parking fee**

Pump Track

Located near the entrance to the Rushmere Ridge Riders Downhill Zone, this short, leisurely loop is perfect for young riders and beginners to get into cycling. It is free to access and does not require the purchase of the Greensand Cycling Pass.

  

Martin W commented on our Ridge Riders Cross Country cycling trail via Google Reviews:

Really good ride out around the adventurous bike track in the countryside.

Find out about our other walks and trails