In July 2015, bona fide mountain bike legend Steve Peat and cross country racer Annie Last helped to open the Lady Canning’s mountain bike trail. Designed and built by Bike Track, this 1.4km blue-graded trail is packed with berms, drop-offs and rollers guaranteed to put a smile on the face of mountain bikers of every persuasion and skill level. In the words of Steve Peat, "it’s an awesome ride!"
In true Sheffield style, the trail was entirely built with funds raised by mountain bikers and local businesses, making it the first fully crowd-funded project in the country. Originally the brain-child of mountain bike advocacy group Ride Sheffield, who found willing allies in Sheffield City Council, it went from rough sketch to reality in a little over two years – a remarkable effort by all concerned.
Directly connected to the city centre via a short ride along the Peak Park cycle route and situated on the edge of Houndkirk Moor, the trail is in an ideal location, combining the best of city and country. It has quickly become a firm favourite with local riders and there have already been thousands of descents by hundreds of riders.
Inspired by the local mountain bike community’s readiness to put their hand in their pocket, Sheffield-based outdoor megastore Go Outdoors decided to get involved, contributing £60,000 for a further downhill section and a linking flow trail.
If everything goes according to plan, this next stage of the Lady Canning’s project will be built in the spring, delivering a further 3Km of trail creating a superb resource for Sheffield mountain bikers.
Big thanks to Ride Sheffield and the city's mountain biking community for crowdfunding the track, as well as to major sponsor Go Outdoors and Sheffield City Council.
If you like the trail, you’ll probably want to contribute to the next project at the Redmires plantation.
**UPDATE March 2017**
Following a period of closure while major maintenance work has been carried out over the winter, we're delighted to tell you that Lady Cannings is now back open to the public, thanks to the hard work of Bike Track and the Ride Sheffield community.