Yeap, afraid so!
As you can probably imagine, running a bike park doesn’t come cheap. Maintaining the trails, administration and necessary insurance all eat up money. Aston Hill also is not funded by any other means, so your paying to ride is the only way to guarantee both the quality and the future of Aston Hill Bike Park.
It costs non-members £7 to ride for a day at Aston Hill. Passes are available from Forestry Commission rangers or the onsite ticket machine* (situated next to the trail map).
The day pass not only covers your personal insurance to ride on Forestry Commission land, but also goes towards the upkeep, lease and development of the park.
*Please note the ticket machine doesn’t accept cards yet or give change. Tickets can only to be purchased from the ticket machine one at a time.
If you ride at Aston Hill a lot, it’s worth taking out one of the Aston Hill membership packages.
In addition to being able to ride at Aston Hill 364* days of the year, there are the benefits offered by the Forestry Commission Discovery Pass and you will also be eligible for discounts with:
Full details are included with membership packs, and other benefits are constantly being negotiated.
For further details and to purchase your annual membership click on www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/beeh-a8jmqe.
*Aston Hill is shut on Christmas Day.
There’s a regular crew that help build and maintain the trails once a month. Everyone digging is a volunteer, but to sweeten the deal all diggers get a afternoon pass to ride the trails they’ve just helped to build!
Want to get involved? Then join the dig list or keep an eye on the site for dig-days – extra hands are always welcome!