Register to Ride
In order to ride at Deers Leap, you’ll need to complete a Registration Form and read the safety notices included. The form is at the reception desk, but you may pre-register by completing the form here. There’s no charge or commitment; you can register for a visit anytime in the future or never turn up at all.
You need to complete the form whether you are hiring a bike or bringing your own.
Under 16s – may only ride at Deers Leap accompanied by an adult over 18, who must sign in on their behalf.
16 or 17 year olds – may ride unaccompanied, but must be signed in by an adult over 18. This must be done in person at Deers Leap in order to verify the age of the adult.
Families or adults accompanying children – you may sign in on behalf of young people in your party, either remotely or in person at reception.
School and youth groups – there is a separate procedure for registering formal groups at Deers Leap.
You will be asked to say that you have read and understand the documents below:
Safety Briefing and Acceptance of Risk
Your are about to take part in a high risk activity. You will minimise this risk by following the safety rules and advice in the Mountain Bikes Responsibility Code. If you don’t follow the safety rules and advice you could have a serious accident which could be fatal.
Acceptance of Risk
- 1. I understand that Mountain Biking is dangerous and includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing. I accept that there is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.
- 2. I understand that I must wear a helmet at all times.
- 3. I agree that I will follow the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code at all time
- 4. I agree to check my bike and equipment fully at the start of the day, before each run
and after any crash.
- 5. In the unlikely event of an accident, or loss or damage to my personal effects, I acknowledge that the company will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss, damage or injury arising from or in connection with the Activities (except for death or Personal Injury caused by the Company’s negligence).
- 6. I certify that to the best of my knowledge I do not have a medical condition which might have the effect of making it more likely that I be involved in an incident which could result in injury to myself or to others.
It is important that everyone who uses Deers Leap takes note of the following Health and Safety advice:
1. Mountain Biking, like any extreme sport, is dangerous, includes substantial obstacles, which can be physically testing. There is a risk of injury and death when undertaking such activities.
2. Trails are graded according to ability, ensure that you are competent to ride each trail. If in doubt start on the easier trails and work your way up. Unless you know the trails don’t jump blind, this is how most accidents happen. Follow the Mountain Bikers Responsibility Code
3. Children under 16 should always be supervised by a responsible adult. Those aged 16-17 may be unsupervised with the signed permission of a parent/guardian/carer.
4. You must ALWAYS wear a helmet. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A HELMET YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IN THE PARK.
5. Read and adhere to all advice signs while using the trails. 6. It is your responsibility to ensure your equipment is fit for purpose
Mountain Biking Code of Conduct
1. Always carry a mobile phone and make sure it is charged before you leave the house.
2. Avoid riding alone, it’s safer and more fun to ride with your friends.
3. Be friendly, courteous, and respectful to your fellow riders; please be aware of other peoples varying skill levels. Relax and have fun; mean people won’t be tolerated.
4. Respect the trail gradings, read the grading descriptions, start on the easy trails and do not ride trails that are beyond your current level of ability. Same applies to the skills areas and north shore.
5. Trail conditions change with the seasons and the weather; mountain biking is an all-weather sport but respect the added challenge that rain, ice, dust and wind can pose to you. If it is windy, do not attempt jumps; keep both wheels firmly on the floor.
6. Stay in control at all times. It is your responsibility to avoid crashing into other riders and objects around you!
7. Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above or around a corner.
8. When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and give way to other riders coming down the trail.
9. If a rider is hurt, do not move them, notify Deers Leap staff immediately.
10. Keep off closed trails and forest areas and obey all signs and warnings.
11. Stay on marked trails only.
12. Please help us maintain the park. If you see a problem on the trails report it to us.
13. Deers Leap is a pay to ride site, all riders must check in at the visitor centre on every visit.
14. Only ride the trails during opening hours, any riders found riding when the park is closed will have their bike park privileges revoked and we reserve the right to ban riders from the park.
15. Respect your environment; take your litter home with you! Those that are found to have dropped litter will have their bike park privileges revoked.
16. Keep out of the bike park if your ability is impaired through the use of drugs or alcohol.
17. Riders under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian (over 18). Riders 16 or 17 may be unsupervised if a legal parent/guardian/carer has signed the declaration.
18. Know your limits.
19. Please let us know at reception if you find anything on the park is changed, damaged or otherwise – including downed trees, wasp nets, broken struts on bridges or anything else you consider we should know about. Thanks.
20. Have fun, ride safe!