Trail Advocacy - Pedal Progression

Trail Advocacy

Trail Advocacy

Back in 2018 it became apparent that there was no more funding for the trails in Ashton Court. Cash strapped Bristol City Council couldn’t cover all the costs for the much needed trail maintenance. As we were ideally located and passionate about seeing the trails remain for years to come, we decided to take action. We spent two years fundraising and working with hundreds of volunteers and local trail builders Architrail, to do a full rebuild of the 7.5km loop.

The project was a huge success and the trails are now arguably a better ride than when they were first built, packed wth more features than ever. Surveys have shown that numbers have riders have increased since the renovation and rider diversity too.

Our trail advocacy work took up a huge amount of our time. It was never going to be sustainable for the long term but we needed to do something to get things going. In 2020, a group of volunteers who had been involved in the project, along with Ollie (Pedal Progression), set up Ride Bristol…

Ride Bristol

Launched in the midst of the pandemic in 2020, the Ride Bristol charity was formed to take on the work Pedal Progression had started, keeping up trail maintenance in Ashton Court and looking at maintaining and creating new trails across Bristol. All donations previously given through Pedal Progression have ben passed on to the charity.

Covid-19 had a huge impact on the start of the project as Ride Bristol were unable to get any dig days in the diary. There will be plenty coming up in the coming months and years. Head to to find out the latest information. You’ll also be able to donate here and sign up to volunteer. They also have Facebook & Instagram so give them a like or follow.

If you’d like to see the history of how we got to Ride Bristol, please have a look through the links below.

Old News…

Trail Advocacy: Ashton Court Trail Maintenance and Ride Bristol Site Launch – Posted 28/08/2020

Trail Advocacy: Result from the counters – Posted 30/08/2020

Trail: Advocacy: New Charity Formation – Posted 03/02/2020

Trail Advocacy: Trail Refurb Write Up In Bristol 24/7 – Posted 30/10/19

Trail Advocacy: Beggar Bush Lane Trail Closure From 30th Sept – Posted 30/9/19

Trail Advocacy: Next Refurb & Community Feedback – Posted 14/7/19

Pedal Premieres: Return To Earth Fundraiser With Special Guests – Posted 21/6/19

Trail Advocacy: Quarry Trail Refurb Cost – Posted 17/4/19

Trail Advocacy: Quarry Trail Refurb Report – Posted 15/3/19

Trail Advocacy: Trail Closure FAQ’s – March 2019 – Posted 3/3/19

Trail Advocacy: Quarry Trail Refurb Coming In March! – Posted 24/1/19

Trail Advocacy: Emergency Trail Work – Posted 16/1/19

Trail Advocacy: GMBN Video – How Trails Are Built – Posted 6/1/19

Trail Advocacy: Dec 18 Trail Maintenance Complete – Posted 14/12/18

Trail Advocacy: Mini Documentary – Posted 14/12/18

Trail Advocacy: Pedal Progression Xmas Party – Posted 23/11/18

Trail Advocacy: Trail Closure FAQ’s – Nov 2018  – Posted 23/11/18

Trail Advocacy: Current Financial Target Reached! – Posted 22/11/18

Trail Advocacy: Barrowers Needed! – Posted 9/11/18

Singletrack Mag Article – Build It And They Will Come – Posted 7/11/18

Pinkbike Interview: The Building Blocks Of An MTB Community – Posted 30/10/18

Trail Advocacy: New Stone Deal! – Posted 23/10/18

Trail Advocacy: Meet Your Steering Group – Posted 22/10/18

Trail Advocacy: The Story So Far (March 2018 – October 2018) – Posted 3/10/18

Ashton Court Trail Closures – July 2018 – Posted 16/7/18

Ashton Court Trail Closures – Red Trail Update – Posted 30/3/18

Trail Maintenance 101 – Desire Lines – Posted 29/3/18

Ashton Court Trail Closures – March 2018 FAQ’s – Posted 16/3/18

The Big Plan: Pedal Progression Moving Forward – Posted 16/3/18