Since London 2012, Essex County Council, along with Active Essex, have been developing Hadleigh Park into world-class sporting venue with one of the best mountain bike courses in the country at its heart. The Active Essex team at Essex County Council have been working closely with the local community to preserve this great sporting legacy which, along with the bike trails, boasts a brand new Hub that includes a 400 space car park, a cafe, bike shop, bike workshop, rangers office, a multi-use room and an outdoor children’s play area and seating.


The Olympic mountain bike course has been retained and developed with a new and wider network of trails and paths, catering for a range of users and making them accessible for all.

Meet the Team
Cabinet member with responsibility for Sport & Physical Activity, Cllr Ray Gooding
Chairman of Active Essex, Azeem Akhtar
Head of Active Essex, Jason Fergus
Robert Anderson, Hadleigh Park Stakeholder and Delivery Manager
Andrew Woodhouse, Country Park Manager
Keely Bunton, Project Officer
Alexa Cadwallader, Customer Engagement Coordinator
Gary King, Ranger
Ansgar Aldridge, Ranger
Sam Colley, Ranger Apprentice
Ysabella Powis, Grazing Project Apprentice

We have been supported by a number of organisations to create this world class sporting venue.

With thanks to:
Essex County Council www.essex.gov.uk
Sport England www.sportengland.org/
EU Intereg Maxigreen www.maxigreen.eu
British cycling www.britishcycling.org.uk
Veolia www.veolia.co.uk
The Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org.uk