MTB trail construction experts Conservefor and Architrail are working together to create something a little bit special at Appleton Academy.  The new skills trail and pump track have been designed by Architrail the best trail designers in the UK and Conservefor have been appointed to turn the Architrail vision into reality.

The right plant and equipment, skilled experienced trail builders plus world-class trail designers are the right ingredients to create an amazing MTB venue for both young and old.

Pump Track

A pump tracks is a manmade closed circuit with rollers in between and berms at each end. They are designed to be ridden without pedaling. A full-body workout, riders use their body to pump—or push down into the dip after an elevation and pull up before the crest of a mound—throughout the continuous loop. For Appleton Academy we created a large shared start hill along with two long straights of features and bitmac surfaced berms. The site was levelled prior to importing and shaping materials.

Skills Trail

A purpose built MTB training loop. It is designed with skill development in mind to push your mountain biking to a new level. The loop contains a multitude of features and riding options, built in rock or crushed stone to mimic the features found on trails in the wider area. Most of the features are optional, repeatable and progressive.

MTB Trail

This 800m Blue grade trail is an exciting track, which will test riders’ skills, using specific features, which will have been practised on the interior skills trail. The trail is inclusive for a range of users skill levels but in order to access the fastest route, riders must ride all of the technical trail features.


Architrail has been designing mountain bike trails for almost a decade. The team’s combined experience and passion delivers unsurpassed attention to detail, accuracy of planning, construction excellence and project management. Extensive experience in working for both private and public sectors, Architrail are used to dealing with not just the mechanics of course building, but also legal aspects and project scoping to ensure the tracks deliver a smooth all-round experience. Every member of the Architrail team is an experienced and passionate mountain biker and Architrail aim to infuse this enthusiasm into every project undertaken, from small scale volunteer projects, through to major cycling hub construction or region wide scoping exercises. Through work as global lead designer for the UCI MTB World Cup from 2002 until 2009, to development of trails for Primary Schools, Architrail have honed their creative skills and pride themselves in developing cutting edge trail design. As a company Architrail are committed to going about their work in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable way. Architrail aim to create facilities that allow riders to embrace and interact with the environment in a safe and mutually beneficial way, without detriment to the local ecology. Above all, Architrail believe that all cycling facilities should be fun and will always push boundaries to ensure that this is the case