Mountain Biking in Essex

Hadleigh, Essex

The new Olympic course at Hadleigh Farm promises more than enough to challenge the best riders in the world.

Designers have been busy sculpting this rather scenic spot into a series of stock-strewn paths, steep, technical descents littered with tree roots – and even a tunnel.  

Essex is quite blessed when it comes to off-road trails, with Epping and Hainault Forests, The Fitch Way, Langdon Falls and Thorndon Park already well established with riders around the UK.

Best of all, they’re all linked by a network of bridleways, so if you’re feeling keen, you could set out on your own off-road ‘Tour d’Essex’.

Back at Hadleigh Farm meanwhile, there are plenty of reasons to visit, and they don’t all involve biking. As you might have guessed from the name, there’s a rare breeds farm here where youngsters can meet the resident goats, sheep, rabbits and pigs – as well as tackling the tricky willow maze and other activities.

Then of course there’s the nearby ruins of the 13th-century castle, where you can look out across the Essex marshes. Why not jump on your bike and see what it’s all about?

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