Words: Toby Parker
Photos: Elliot Spencer
Bogey Trails are at Rock Park in Barnstaple, North Devon, on the old pitch and putt course right next to Barnstaple skatepark.
History of the trails:
The trails have been around for years now but it has been a riding spot forever. It started out, back in the day, with just a few lips in and out of the old golf bunkers and we would just air to flat all day long. Then from there we built a landing, then a roller, then before we knew it there were lines everywhere, haha. The big change come in 2014 when after years of meetings with the local council, filling out risk assessments, funding our own insurance and most importantly not giving up, we got our own area to build an official set of trails. This did mean the old ones had to go but as sad as that was it was exciting to be able to build something proper for everyone of all ages. I drew up some plans and thanks to Phil Vanstone for lending us a digger, plus everyone one that picked up a shovel, we got it done!
Describe your trails:
The trails are set in a lovely location in the heart of Rock Park. There is something for everyone. starting off with a little beginner track, then a fun pump track, then a small line, working up to the bigger lines which have step ups, hips, berms and lots of transfers.
I'm pretty much the main digger but my bro Lee Parker and Ryan Crook both put in a lot of hours when they can and make a super good effort to keep the place sweet. Also have to give a shout out to Tim Joiner and Ferg who make a massive effort to come out from Tiverton as and when they can. It's a very small crew that keeps the place running for a lot of people to enjoy.
Updates/changes for 2015:
Now that they have been there a year and set in I'm just going to go around n stack everything up and make it all that bit better. I have already started on the bigger stuff and it’s looking real good.
Long term trails/digging goals:
Mainly just stay on top of everything, keep it all looking and riding the best it can. I have been planing some ways to better the pump track so we will see what happens.
I would like to ride your trails. Are they open to the public or private/invite only? Is there a local I can contact to ask to ride? And does it matter whether I ride a BMX or a MTB?
The trails are in a public park and anyone is welcome, but wear a helmet and understand that you ride at your own risk! Please respect the jumps, don't run over them and don’t leave any litter. Standard trails etiquette really. Helping out with the water run always go's down a treat.
There is a skatepark across the road.
Any jams or contests going on at your trails this year?
To keep up to date with what's going on in regards to jams, digging days, photos, videos etc, please go to and like the Bogey Trails Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BogeyTrails