Hadleigh Bike Track Closure

Visitor Notice – Mountain Bike Trail Closed. Do not use.

*Bike Track Update – 30 June - Works Starting*

We’re excited to announce that the phased works to repair and preserve the mountain bike trails, part of the Olympic legacy at Hadleigh Country Park, have started on site!

Please be aware that some sections of the GREEN TRAIL will be fully closed to both cyclists and pedestrians as part of this first phase of works.

If you are planning on visiting and using this trail, please follow the signage that will be in place at the park. This will direct you to take the open parts of the trail, which will be accessible from both Benfleet and the top end of the park at the visitors centre and car park.

*Hadleigh Bike Track – Update May 6*

We’re pleased to confirm that the Green Trail (multi-use) at Hadleigh Country Park has now been reopened. The trail is open in sections to bikes and fully open to walkers – all users must adhere to signage on the route.

*Update April 2021*

We’re pleased to confirm that full checks and assessments of the bike trails have now been completed following the emergency closure.

The full scope of works is now understood, and Hadleigh Country Park (Essex County Council) is currently in the process of procuring specialist contractors.

The aim of this work is to repair the mountain bike trails at Hadleigh Country Park and add preventative measures to preserve the Olympic Mountain Bike legacy for all our cyclists.

Original Visitor Notice

Emergency Closure on the Mountain Bike Trails. Do not use.

We regret to confirm that all the Mountain Bike Tracks including the multi-use Green Trail have been closed with immediate effect. The trails must not be used.

Whilst the snow and ice have meant we have had to close the trail with immediate effect, maintenance on the trail (part of the Olympic Mountain Biking legacy) had been planned for this spring. Please be aware that this is a large-scale project, and therefore the closure may be in place for some time.

We are of course hoping to re-open the tracks as soon as it is possible to do so safely. Work will take place in a phased fashion, and we aim to keep visitors updated as and when we are able. Keep following us on social media for progress.

We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this closure will cause our visitors. Read on for our FAQs about this closure.

Mountain bike closure sign


What is closed?

We regret to confirm that the entire Mountain Bike Track at Hadleigh Country Park has been closed for emergency works and maintenance.

This includes the blue, red, and black trails, the rabbit hole and gap jump. Do not use.

What is open?

We are pleased to confirm that the closure only applies to the Mountain Bike Trails as above. The Green Trail (multi-use) has now been reopened partially to bikes, and fully to walkers. All users must adhere to the signage.

The discovery trail, short loop, family trails (Purple and Orange trails) and general parkland are all still open for multi-purpose use.

The pump track, skills areas and children’s play equipment are all still open and visitors can enjoy take away refreshments from the Hub.

So, does that mean I can bring my children and their bikes to Hadleigh?

Yes. You can enjoy the Green multi-use, Orange discovery and Purple family trails with your children which both start from just outside the Salvation Army café, The Hub.

Timings – how long will the Mountain Bike Tracks be closed for?

Please be aware that major maintenance works were planned for this spring, so it is likely that the Mountain Bike Trails will be closed for some time.

We are working on a phased approach, with our ambition being to open the Green trail for cyclists as soon as the initial work has been completed.

We will endeavour to keep our users updated as much as possible on the timings. We realise our visitors will be disappointed, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Will you have signs in place?

Yes, new signage will be put in place on site to advise visitors of this closure around various entry points to the course and at point of arrival in the car park.