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Colin Ross Reflects on his trip to Blessingbourne Estate

Posted on August 31, 2018 @ 2:59 PM in Mountainbiking

We had the pleasure of chatting to Colin Ross after he returned from acheieving the small feat of becoming the World Master's Downhill Champion (no biggie, right?). After the madness of that, and another win at home Colin spoke to us about his connection to Blessingbourne Estate's Mountain Bike Trails.

It was great to make the trip down to Blessingbourne Estate again this year with the family, as we have been a few times in the past and the kids are always asking to go back! With having two boys (5&2yrs old) who are mad into bikes and a wife and daughter (7yrs old) who aren't, it's hard to get somewhere that works for everyone.

With Blessingbourne being one of the flatter trail centres in the country this means no big climbs and that whatever bikes the kids are on, (including my 2 year old's balance bike or my wife's touring bike, we can get around most of the trails as a family!

That being said, I do have a 5 year old (Rosco Junior) that loves to get his wheels off the ground and ride some good descents with great corners - and that's exactly what Blessingbourne has! They don't have a big hill but with a little thought in the design, they have came up with some great short 'downhill' sections that have great flow with some tabletops and well made berms that I really enjoy when knocking out a couple of laps of myself.

The pump track is always a winner with the kids and with the picnic area right beside it it is a great place for a lunch break as you can let the kids work away while you eat!

The other big attraction is that Blessingbourne is a child friendly farm and my lot love to walk around looking at the animals or maybe even getting to sit on a tractor! They also have a play park, games room and tennis court which are all very well looked after and good fun! There are extensive walks around the estate or you can even hire a boat and go for a paddle on the lake.

Owners Nick and Colleen make your visit, whether it be a day or longer, very welcoming and nothing is ever too much for them. They have created a fantastic place that is both fun and safe and I always look forward to going back.

For more information on Blessingbourne Estate, please visit

Colin Ross
Colin Ross  World DH Master's Champion

Colin is a 3 time winner of the Red Bull Foxhunt and current Master's World Downhill Champion.

1 comment has been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Scott on September 7, 2018 @ 6:26 AM

Nice place to visit with the family. Although for any bicycle accessories you will contact us :-

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