Harlestone Firs, Northampton

Harlestone Firs mountain biking
Harlestone Firs in Northamptonshire offers some of the best mountain biking that Northants can offer. The land is open access and owned by the Earl of Althorp. The 300 acres it has some great singletrack and technical parts, with great places for practising drop offs and singletrack riding with some well hidden routes and some more obvious rides to keep most amused for a few hours.

We also have use of the cafe and toilets at the Garden Centre so you can get a breakfast before we go and an ice cream after we have finished.


Harlestone is just West of Northampton and linked through on Google Maps. The Google map also has the facilities and meeting point are. The address for those driving is Harlestone Firs, Harlestone Road, Northampton, NN5 6UP.

A flavour of some of the Riding

We have uploaded a 9km GPS file of our favorite parts of Harlestone Firs to ride, please ensure you have the approriate skills to ride this (or walk it first). The file is available as a .gpx or a .mmo format.

Some of the beginner tracks used on the Fundamentals are on this video. More technical riding with some fast flowing sections on a bike are here.

Driving Directions

Birmingham 1hr
London 1.5 hrs
Leicester 45 mins
Peterborough 1hr

From Northampton head west on the A428 going NW, approximately 4 miles from Northampton Town centre you will see the The Garden Centre on your left and the parking for the Firs on your left with the entrance to the Firs on your right.

Train Directions

The train station in Northampton is the nearest and is approx 4 miles from the entrance to the Firs, the line runs direct between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. This route is easily be ridden to the course however the main road can be quite busy. The Northampton Cycle Map can be downloaded he/a>which gives alternative routes.