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Shugborough OEC MTB Trail Staffs

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Staffordshire County Council commissioned the building of a new MTB trail from Clark & Kent Contractors on behalf of the National Trust in 2013.

The mountain bike trail was designed and built to accommodate primary school pupils' needs at the same time as providing an accessible and progressive cycle trail for a top-end mountain bike user.

The free-flowing organic trail is a combination of green, blue and red sections that was built to meet the strict demands of British Cycling trail guidelines.

The design brief was to develop a mountain bike trail that could cater for the needs of all levels of cyclist.

Since the mountain bike trail was completed, it has become very evident that the track has proved a great asset for the Outdoor Education Centre at the Shugborough Estate.

The trail is 350 metres long and includes woodland sections, rock gardens as well as open-flowing trail style corners, various jumps, and obstacles to suit all abilities of bike rider.

This was a project that took Clark & Kent two weeks to implement from start to finish and the operators of the centre report having since seen a vast improvement in participation levels and enthusiasm since installation.

The Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre is located in the heart of the Shugborough Estate on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.

Approved as a British Cycling Accredited Mountain Bike Leadership Centre, Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre boasts an impressive array of outdoor activities.

Mountain biking not only keeps you fit, but it also promotes exposure to a variety of environments and is growing in popularity across the country.

The Shugborough centre runs many courses in off-road cycling as part of a multi-activity residential experience mainly aimed at primary schools.

The BMX track is where the challenges can be differentiated by ability while mountain biking is carried out on nearby Cannock Chase which provides a wide variety of terrain.

The centre runs specialist courses such as GCSE mountain biking or Duke of Edinburgh awards

Client: Staffordshire County Council / The National Trust

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