Cycling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Get on your bike at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and make the most of our cycling facilities.

Cyclists can use all our designated routes. For longer, more scenic routes that give you a chance to soak up the stunning views, we suggest the South Downs Way and King Alfred’s Way, or get pedalling along one of our local cyclist approved routes.

The Shipwrights Way through the Country Park is open to cyclists, it starts at Alice Holt and provides a link all the way to Portsmouth via Staunton Country Park

Children’s cycling

Race over to our Tots Pump track, located near the visitor centre, with your children and try out some cycling.
Suitable for young children up to 1.4m tall.

The Mini Wheels Skills Area near Benham’s car park is open to older children as well as novice riders.

Bike rental

Southern eBike Rentals operate electric bike hire at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and have ebikes for adults and children from 8 years.

The base is open at weekends and holidays and by appointment on other days.

Pre-booking is strongly recommended.

Two cyclists on pathway through trees
Cyclist wearing a helmet passing through open gateway

Mountain biking

There are two permissive bike trails which are clearly way marked on the ground and a Mountain Bike Skills and Coaching Area. The Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre shop sells an ‘all trail’ map of the park.

The trails are open 24/7. Please stick to designated trails and respect other park users.

Skills and Coaching Area

Location: By Benhams car park, alongside the South Downs Way. These can be reached by cycling from the Visitor Centre, Gravel Hill or Benham’s Car Parks.

These are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, although bike skill level will determine where to ride. Each track has a sign explaining how the track should be ridden and are the place to perfect your skills before heading out onto the blue or red routes around the park.

All of the tracks can be booked by professional coaches at the visitor centre reception.

Trail collective

The QECP Trail Collective are a group of mountain bikers, and their friends and families, who volunteer to support the Park with the maintenance and improvement of the mountain bike trails. All the trails are maintained by volunteers, which is a big task, so help is always needed. To register your interest in volunteering please fill out our volunteer enquiry form.

Adult riding a mountain bike on a track
Adult riding a mountain bike on a track

Cycling events

See our event calendar and QECP experiences for fun cycling events, activities and races that happen all year round.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park bike base

This project improved the bridleway (Clanfield BW9) to allow easier access for visitors to visit the nearby Butser Ancient Farm and village of Chalton. It was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Bicycle spokes. Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash