Ready to roll - Hart’s new bike jump track officially opened23 October 2020 | By billy1979
A new, larger bike jump track with graded trails was officially opened this week at Edenbrook Country Park by Councillor John Kennett, Chairman of Hart District Council.
The country park’s ‘active area’ already included a recently opened pump track, a purpose-built bike track with peaks and troughs and steeply banked corners for bike riders to test their skills. This latest addition completes the offering and sets the Country Park on course to becoming a beacon for recreational open space.
Opening the track on Thursday 22 October, Councillor John Kennett, Chairman of Hart District Council, said: "Building the Bike Jump Track demonstrates our commitment to providing facilities for the health and wellbeing of our residents - this has never been more important than in the current climate.
“We will continue to work closely with site users, community groups and partners, to develop Edenbrook Country Park further for all to enjoy.”
The new facility promises to be very popular, especially during half term, and users are asked to maintain social distancing wherever possible and adhere to the signage on site. If the track is particularly busy, cyclists are asked to return at another time.
Chris Laney, founder of Fleet Mountain Bike Group said: “The new track at Edenbrook is fantastic and as a free to ride spot it’s outstanding. I don’t know of another track as good for at least 60 miles. The difference this will make to the local mountain bike scene will be huge.
“The next generation of riders will have a good spot to learn how to jump and progress. For those that have ridden for a while, it will be a place to hone the skills they already have and to meet other rides to push one another to the next level. A huge congratulations to all involved.”
Parking at the country park is limited, so residents are encouraged to walk or cycle to the park wherever possible. Otherwise, there is some parking behind Hart Leisure Centre, but Edenbrook Village residential development is private, and visitors may be clamped for unauthorised parking.
For more information about the country park and open spaces in Hart, please visit our countryside webpages.
Pictured are Pedal Heaven bike rider Harry and Chris Laney of Fleet Mountain Bike Group jumping over the red ribbon to officially open the new track with Councillor John Kennett and Patricia Hughes, Joint Chief Executive of Hart District Council.