Thorndon Cycle Centre

Welcome message for visitors: 

Trailnet has an inclusive cycling centre where we welcome all riders regardless of ability and pride ourselves on providing sessions for absolute beginners through to those riders really wanting to push their physical limits.

Activities Available at the Centre

  • Activities take place entirely within the beautiful Thorndon Country Park where inclusive riders enjoy outdoor cycling on tarmac and well-surfaced forest trails. 
  • The centre has a range of adapted trikes to hire. These will suit most needs, ages and sizes and includes trikes for adults and children (from 4 years upwards), adult and child tandems, a front loading trike and a side-by-side trike.
  • The centre also has a full range of standard bikes, buggies, tagalongs, and child seats so the whole family can ride together. 
  • Trailnets enthusiastic and trained instructors have a wealth of experience in helping people to access cycling and are there to support your cycling needs.
  • The centre caters for both individuals and groups, school and youth groups are always welcome.
  • Riders can join one their regular weekly group sessions or just hire the equipment if they’d prefer to ride independently.
  • If control and coordination are your objectives, the centre offers progressive obstacle courses that focus on developing skills in addition to fitness.

Want to know more about who inclusive cycle centres cater for? Check out Cycling UK's What is inclusive cycling?

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Want to help? There are various ways in which you could volunteer:

Sessional Support
Additional Events Support
Cycle Maintenance  
Other opportunities

Volunteer Form: 

About the Centre

About the centre: 

Trailnet is affiliated to Cycling UK and is a London and Essex-based community interest company (CIC).

Situated to the north-east outskirts of London in the county of Essex, the centre lies within an ancient forest, a beautiful woodland area, full of fresh pastures.  

The park is divided into North and South areas. These are linked by the 'Old Park', which is owned by the Woodland Trust and 'Old Thorndon Pasture', and this is owned by Essex County Council. The forest dates back to 15th century and its most important habitat is the ancient deer park. Its design was reorganised in the late 18th century by 'Capability' Brown, and other parts include an ancient woodland, some grassland and three small lakes. The whole parkland is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest


Case Studies

Diana's story - respite for mum 26 Jan 15
Diana on a bike
Diana was a reluctant cyclist when she first arrived at one of Trailnet’s introductory inclusive cycling sessions. Now, over two years later she is confidently using a bicycle and is one of the centre’s most regular and enthusiastic riders.

Contact Details

Group contact details

Geoff Fletcher
Phone Number: 07939 249980
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Opening Times

Opening Times: 

Open: All year round




£5 per session 

Cycling UK members are offered 10% discount


Location Details: 

Thorndon Activity Centre
Thorndon Country Park North 
The Avenue
CM13 3RZ

By Bike: near NCN route 136  
By Bus: 565
By Road: near A127, A12, M25 
By Rail: Brentwood 


Centre Facilities: 


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  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
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