Cycling gives Sherwood Pines a boost

Beginners and experts catered for at Midlands venue

A £400,000 investment in cycling facilities has led to a 20 percent growth in visitors to Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottingham.

The new mountain biking routes, suitable for riders of all abilities, have seen admissions to the 3,000 acre park reach more than 375,000 this year.

Recreation manager Chris Bray said: “Top bikers have always rated Sherwood Pines as a great venue, but family routes like the Adventure Trail are attracting a new audience, offering a great day out and a stepping stone for those wanting to improve their skills.”

In response to the increasing visitor numbers, the Forestry Commission are introducing a ‘Discovery Pass’ – a 12-month parking ticket for Sherwood Pines – for a flat fee of £35, as well as other discounts. For more information, go to the Forestry Commission website.

Downhill world champion Steve Peat riding the Sherwood Pines trails

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