QECP Novice Mountain-Bike Trail
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This off-road cycle trail through Queen Elizabeth Country Park is designed as an introduction to mountain-biking. There is a short route option of 4km (2.5 miles).
Queen Elizabeth Country Park has two fully marked off-road mountain bike trails. One is for experienced riders and the other less strenuous one is for those new to off-road biking. Both trails are sponsored by the CTC.
This trail is the easier of the two. The route follows both hard surfaced and unsurfaced tracks but for most of the way you will be cycling on good quality forest gravel roads. Purple squares on marker posts guide you through the forest.
Unload your bikes at Gravel Hill car park where the mountain-bike trail begins. Queen Elizabeth Country Park is four miles south of Petersfield beside the A3. The site has its own sliproads on both the north and south bound carriageways of the A3; follow the brown and white tourist board signs. The nearest railway stations are at Petersfield and Rowlands Castle. There are bus services north to Petersfield and south towards Horndean and the coast.
Assuming a constant pace and no stops, typically it will take 34 minutes to cycle the distance and along the way 243 calories will be burnt.