Queen Elizabeth Country Park Mountain Biking

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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3.9
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4.5
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3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
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4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
QECP is my local trail centre. I ride there most weekends and usually an evening or two in the week too. It's no Afan Forest, but then you're never going to get that in this pat of the UK. The trails are a really good balance of fast, technical and fun.The recent addition of a blue trail makes it more accessible to less experienced riders, while also adding a bit of variety for local veterans.

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Good Points
Ongoing trail development, by a dedicated local group of riders.
3 well organised races a year, catering to a wide range of riders.
Best trails in Hampshire - you'll have to travel a long way to beat QECP.
Cheap parking compared to some places (get an annual pass if you're local).
Bad Points
Red trail is slippy as hell in the wet! Not unridable though.
No bike wash.
Cafe is really pricey, for fairly small portions of food (albeit good food).
Walkers on trails all the time - the trails are close to bridleways and footpaths, but walkers can't tell the difference and get in the way.
Tons of untapped potential - The races they've held here were predominantly on trails that aren't open to the public for the rest of the year. The park management are really tight when it comes to MTB access (although this is very gradually improving, over many years).
Would you recommend?
Yes
R
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Qe park my trails
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
Well worth a try and lots of other routes if you know where your going

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Good Points
Lots of work gone on in the last year many thanks to qe trail team and still lots going on trails have improved a lot and still more happening
Bad Points
In the wet can get very slippery as a lot is chalk
Would you recommend?
Yes
R
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Great little single track
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3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Wet just changes the ride!

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Good Points
A great trail to challenge you technically and improve your skills. Especially in the wet! Some good lung burn to be had if you go full gas all the way. Great to mix up the blue and red. New blue is getting more all weather parts which will help winter fitness. New blue end has some new fun berm sections. Not an extreme place but great for xc singletrack grins! Which for me is the heart and soul of mtb. Many off piste extras to be had near by if you explore or tag a local. Not sure about some reviews " not enough fast sections" try pedaling faster! If you top ten the last downhill you will be flying!!
Bad Points
No bike wash. Mind you they just put in a bike stand with tools and a pump. Concreted in. So maybe bike wash coming.
Would you recommend?
Yes
EG
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Fun rooty singletrack
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3.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Only ridden the red route but it brought plenty of smiles with it's fast singletrack. A lot of up down and not too much descending but this is made up for with the amount of roots everywhere. A nice bermy bit towards the end to finish off

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Good Points
Loads of fun roots, lots of berms and a variety of singletrack fun
Bad Points
Very slippy in the wet
Would you recommend?
Yes
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QE Country Park
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.5

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Good Points
Fun, fast, and flowing. Nice coffee shop at the end. Also doesn't get that busy either so you can sometimes find yourself out there alone, which is great if you want to try and nail that berm or drop off over and over again.
Bad Points
Blue trail/purple needs an upgrade.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.5

User Review

Good Points
Is fast becoming a star attraction in the south. Lots of work has been done on the trails which now ride well. All the official trails are well sign posted. Lots of options to link trails with other local tracks. Good elevations for the south of England. Good cafe in the park. Lots of safe parking. On the South Downs Way if you riding the SDW allow some time to try the trials in the park. http://kingleyvalemountainbikers.ning.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/qecptrailbuilding if you want a local digger to show you the marked trails and the off piste unmarked routes.

The QECP Collective, will be hosting our own gravity enduro race on 21st July 2013! It is sure to be a banger with prizes including a holiday for two with Pure Mountains in Spain’s Sierra Nevada(http://www.puremountains.com/ ), a pair of Marzocchi forks, Dainese pads, Exempt Clothing T shirts and much more up for grabs. Chris Smith has already signed up for the race which will be held on brand new, purpose built singletrack.
Bad Points
No bike shop in the park. LBS is Petersfield a few miles away.
Would you recommend?
Yes
MF
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Best riding in South, lots to offer and getting better all the time.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

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Good Points
QECP has been extensively reworked by local trail builders and have turned it from and outdated loop of mundane single track into a fun fast and flowy red graded route with many features along the way such as berms, jumps and switchbacks. Its mainly chalk with a mix of soil and so when dry its fast and grippy but not quite so good when wet on the chalkier sections. But then thats what is great about QE its not just perfectly surfaced trails that don't have and features. Its got lots of roots which in places can be tricky to ride fast especially in the wet. But then thats what makes a great trail?! You want it to be challenged and if you can ride QE in the wet then in the dry and at other trails you will be much faster.

The red trail really does give you a great workout and allows you to enjoying riding. The 1st climb is hard but as you ride the red route its made worthwhile with lots of single track as a reward.
As QECP sits in the South Downs and has the South Downs Way run straight through the park is very easy to link up with other local trails that surround QE and branch off from the South Downs Way.
In all its a great red route thats definitely worth a couple of laps and its also worth exploring around the local area to make a days riding.
QE also offers a great cafe that is perfect after a days riding. Car parking is well priced at £2 a day and there its lots of space.

The future looks bright for QE as the passionate trail builders are really making some excellent progress and they are even holding Enduro and DH races in 2013. With this enthusiastic group pushing progress QE park will be getting more popular and has the potential to offer the best riding in the South!! Well worth a look around. Ride On!!
Bad Points
No Bike wash..yet. Can be a little slippery in the winter due to the mix of a little mud and chalk. But embrace the sloppiness and you will become a better rider and come summer time your speed will benefit!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great Fun Red Trail
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Great Fun Red Trail, Two Lap and it well worth a trip.
Looking forward to the work on the blue trail and all the races in 2013.

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Good Points
New sections of trail
Berms
Jumps
Roots
Steep ups
Steep Downs
Bad Points
Gets Muddy in winter
Need a bike Wash
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Thars gold in dem dare hills
(Updated: May 28, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
QECP has come on over the years. One of the original trail centres it has in the last couple of years invested in a revised blue. It is now more modern as a blue (used to be a sharp up and boring down) similar in style to the Swinleyesque trend. The red has had new extensions also in the last few years and although sharp to climb it offers a few technical challenges getting up and a number of really fun small jumps and drops on the descents.

The park really comes into its own though when you head down the other side from the top of the blue or head left from the top of the red and hit the non-waymarked hand carved downhill descents. Here it gets steep, narrow, loose, off camber in places, really flowing in others and is dispersed with drops. It's a warren of grin-inducing lines. Love it.

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Good Points
- Nice switchbacks
- Good workout due to sharp ups and downs
- Few neat jumps and kickers thrown in
- Fantastic downhill style hand carved non-waymarked trails.
Bad Points
- Waymarked trails a bit short given how much available terrain there seems
- chalk base makes it slippy and prone to mud in the wet.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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