The Longslade Trail at Woburn Bike Trails by Anita Hartley

The Longslade Trail at Woburn Bike Trails by Anita Hartley

Anita Hartley

Anita Hartley is the founder of women's mountain biking brand Flow MTB, and was named one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling for 2018. 

The Longslade Trail is the first official MTB trail at Woburn and is located in Aspley Woods. Typically referred to as ‘Woburn’, Aspley Woods occupies an area of over 800 acres of beautiful woodland situated not far from Milton Keynes. You’ll find the woods located between Woburn and Woburn Sands in Bedfordshire.

The Longsdale trail is a red graded circular loop and is aimed at intermediate to advanced mountain bike riders. The route consists of a mix of singletrack, berms and corners, exposed-root sections, short but stiff climbs, technical descents and the odd (roll able) drop-off. There’s enough on the trail to challenge every level of rider. The trails can be ridden all year round and drain well in the winter.

Explore the woods away from the official trail and you’ll find some technical delights with fast flowing singletrack descents that will leave you wanting to pedal back to the top and repeat again and again.

For riders who want to push their skills head to the Woburn jump park area where you’ll find dirt jumps, tables, gaps and downhill runs. All runs are clearly indicated and graded one, two or three (one being the easiest, three hardest).

A permit is required to ride Woburn Bile Trails at a cost of £5.00. These can be purchased on the day from the ranger or in advance online. Post ride head to Stripes Bikes and Bakes for coffee and cake!

Level of ride 
Type of bike 
Mountain bike