A new agreement should ensure the future of Aston Hill mountain bike centre in South East England. CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, have joined forces with Aston Hill Mountain Bike Club and the Forestry Commission to create a special membership package that will provide access to and funding for the trails.
Annual membership will cost £68, which will include access during opening hours for a year plus full CTC membership and third party insurance. A range of other memberships are available, including junior membership and day passes.
As well as ensuring that the gates of Aston Hill are no longer locked, the new agreement will provide funding for a team of Forestry Commission rangers who will look after the site. Aston Hill Mountain Bike Club will continue to manage the site on land owned by Forestry Commission.
Richard Abbott, the club's senior chairman, said: “I think I speak for all the guys that have worked so hard over the past year running the club when I say we are really excited about this new partnership. We have big plans for the future and with the help and co-operation of CTC and Forestry Commission hope to develop Aston Hill into the best mountain bike venue in the South of England.”
CTC’s senior off-road development officer Ian Warby said: “This partnership is great news. The Aston Hill Mountain Bike club has done a fantastic job maintaining and building new trails. The new membership will fund the continued development of the site and provide support for the club.”
CTC’s growing off-road team hope this will be the first of many partnerships with the Forestry Commission to keep the UK’s mountain biking trails open to the public.