Within the 360 acres of campus we have plenty of space for sport. You can take a stroll through the Woodland Walk, or try out the Trim Trail.
We have a range of outdoor sports spaces across our green campus, including:
The 150 year old woodland which surrounds the campus is now accessible to students, staff and Sports Centre members thanks to the new ‘trim trail’ which covers a route of 2.6miles. The trail comprises a series of fixed, timber exercise stations designed to improve cardio vascular fitness and test upper and lower body muscular strength.
Originally planted in 1841 as sporting woodland for The Bigforth Estate, the new trail now provides a different sporting challenge for people of all fitness abilities, from serious athletes to people looking for a quick study break and a breath of fresh air. Walking the full circuit takes around 1.5 hours but the trail has been made to suit the many different users, so you can hop on or hop off at several different points via gated entrances making use of the clear signposting, board walks and wooden steps to facilitate access.
The woodland is an important habitat for plant and animal life, including 120 bird species and three bat species; people using the trail might even catch sight of some of the Roe Deer which visit from time to time. Further woodland improvements such as additional tree planting, managing invasive Rhododendron and other habitat improvements have already begun as part of a 10 year Management Plan to ensure the continuous development of the woodland.
Tennis is a great way to improve your fitness, playing standard or a fun activity for all ages and abilities, we currently have 8 outdoor tennis courts which have recently been resurfaced and these are able to be booked at the centre.