The Avon Timberland Trail is the first official mountain bike trail in the Forest of Avon built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.
The first part of this signed route runs around the spectacular Ashton Court Estate where you can cycle through wonderful woodlands away from busy roads.
The yellow trail in Ashton Court is a great place for youngsters or inexperienced riders to have a go on the rough tracks because the route is not too technical - A new 'figure of eight' link has recently been constructed and signed in Ashton Court to create a separate circuit in the Estate (see map below).
More adventurous mountain bikers can follow the pink trail in 50-Acre Wood to test out their skills in more rugged terrain. A 400m section of off-road track has been created so that novices can extend their ride into 50-Acre Wood over relatively easy terrain and return to Ashton Court via Weir Lane.
Please Note: The trails are more difficult during and after wet weather when tree roots and rocks can become slippery.
The Avon Timberland Trail is extremely popular because it is the only mountain bike route that Bristolians can easily reach within a few minutes of their homes. It’s popularity means that continuous work is needed to keep the paths in good condition. The Forest of Avon, Ashton Court Estate and Forestry Commission are working closely with local mountain bike clubs to improve the Avon Timberland Trail. This includes the newly formed Bristol Trails Group which is looking for enthusiastic bikers to help build local trails - www.bristoltrailsgroup.com
Regular trail building sessions are organised each month. Please call Antony for details on 07712 650857.
A leaflet is available from the Forest of Avon: 0117 953 2141