Bodington Playing Fields

Bodington Playing Fields had a £5m investment in 2017 to create world class sports facilities. It is home to The Brownlee Centre which is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre and sits alongside a 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit, one of the longest in the country.

Alongside the cycling and triathlon facilities, there are a large number of sports pitches which are regularly used by students who are part of our Leeds Gryphons Sports Clubs and Social League Teams as well as staff members and the local community. Bodington Playing Fields are located just three miles north of the main University of Leeds campus and compliment the nearby Sports Park Weetwood.

Cycle Circuit

Our 1 mile (1.6km) cycle circuit is one of the longest in the country, providing a safe traffic free environment for cyclists of all abilities.

There are a number of ways to use the facility; through your local club or school or simply by attending one of our Pay and Pedal sessions. Find out more about how you can get involved below.

Find out more about…

Wednesday 23rd August

10:00 – 14:00

HSBC-UK Go Ride Holiday Camp

Wednesday 23rd August

19:00 – 21:00

Even Splits 5km Run Race Series: Round 3

Sunday 26th August

13:00 – 17:00

Le Col Hero Race Series

Sunday 2nd September

13:00 – 17:00

Le Col Hero Race Series – Race 2

Pay and Pedal

Our Pay and Pedal sessions are open to all individuals who would like to come and have a go on the cycle circuit, there is no need to book you can just turn up during the Pay and Pedal session times. These sessions are open to all abilities of cyclists who want to practice their cycling skills or just spend time on their bike in our safe cycling environment.

Bring your own bikes or hire one from us.

Pay and Pedal timetable (sessions subject to change)
21 August, 4, 11, 18 September
15:00 – 18:00
22 August, 5, 12, 19 September
16:00 – 18:00
23, 30 August, 6, 13, 20 September
15:00 – 19:00
24, 31 August, 7, 14, 21 September
15:00 – 19:00
18, 25 August, 8, 15 September, 22 September
15:00 – 17:00
19, 26* August, 9*, 16, 23 September
13:00 – 17:00
20*, 27 August, 3, 24 September
14:00 – 16:00

*20 August session will be 10am – 2pm due to an event

*26 August & 9 September session will be 11am -1pm due to an event

The cycle circuit will be closed on Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th August and Friday 1st September

There will be no pay and pedal session on Saturday 2nd September due to an event

There will be no pay and pedal session on Sunday 10th & 17th September due to an event

Breeze Rides (Women and Girls 16+ only)

Working with British Cycling, our Breeze rides are open to women and girls who want to ride for fun, get fit and improve their cycling skills. These sessions will be facilitated by a team of local Breeze ride leaders who will answer questions, provide guidance and help you make the most of your time on the circuit.

Breeze Ride sessions timetable
Every Monday (Except Bank Holidays)18:00 – 19:00

Ride for GO TRI (14+ only)

Working with British Triathlon’s Tri Something New project, our Ride for GO TRI sessions are open to all aged 14+ who want to improve their cycling skills. These sessions will be facilitated by a level three triathlon coach who will lead the session, answer questions, provide guidance to help you make the most of your time on the circuit.

Ride for GO TRI sessions timetable
Every Tuesday (Except 29th August)18:00 – 19:00

Let’s Ride Pop-Up

The University is working in partnership with British Cycling to host a pilot of the Let’s Ride Pop-Up. Whether you want to ride for fun or fitness, this free monthly pop-up event gives you the chance to ride a traffic-free cycle circuit as many times as you want, at a pace that suits you. The event is open to all ages and abilities and the circuit is easy to ride, with volunteers on hand throughout, ensuring peace of mind and safety for all cyclists.

For those wanting to take things up a gear, British Cycling Go-Ride coaches will also be available to help you improve your cycling skills, and local Ride Leaders and Breeze Champions will be there on the day to tell you more about other cycling opportunities in Leeds with HSBC UK Guided Rides and HSBC UK Breeze.

As part of these sessions, participants will be able to access our fleet of bikes which include 15 adult bikes and 16 children’s bikes, 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles.

Sunday 17th September12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 8th October12:00 – 14:00
Sunday 12th November12:00 – 14:00

GO TRI Duathlon

As part of the Tri Something New Project, the University of Leeds is hosting a GO TRI Duathlon at the brand new Cycle Circuit at the Brownlee Centre. The event will involve a 2.5km run followed by a 4.8km cycle and you will finish with another 2.5km run. The run will take on Bodington Playing Fields, with the cycling taking place on the traffic free cycle circuit.

If you would like to know more then please contact our Triathlon & Cycling Programme Co-ordinator Oliver Hylands at

Sunday 24th SeptemberStarts at 10:00

Disability Hub

The University is working in partnership with British Cycling to host a new disability hub for the region, which will provide dedicated para-cycling coaching session for riders who want to keep fit, have fun and improve their performance. The sessions, led by British Cycling Go-Ride coaches and supported by local volunteers, help riders to achieve a variety of goals; whether this is to get into a new sport, improve fitness and confidence on a bike, rehabilitation from injury or to train for a competition.

As part of these sessions, participants will be able to access our fleet of adapted bikes which include 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles

Disability Hub timetable
Sunday 10th September10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 15th October10:00 – 12:00
Sunday 12th November10:00 – 12:00

Local Clubs

The cycle circuit will host 5 local cycling clubs who run their own weekly training programmes for their members, both adults and juniors. For more information about each club please visit their respective websites:

The circuit will also hold regular activity for Leeds Bradford Tri Club and the Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club who will use the facility for roller-ski training.

Local club timetable
Every Monday
(not Bank Holidays)
19:00 – 21:00
Every Tuesday19:00 – 21:00
Every Thursday19:00 – 21:00


Our school cycling programmes are designed to provide curriculum focus cycling / triathlon activity for primary and secondary school children. Through these programmes schools can tailor the sessions to their needs to include circuit hire, a qualified British Cycling / British Triathlon coach, bikes and helmets. For further information, please contact our Brownlee Centre staff:

School Packages
Circuit Hire Only£50 p/h
Circuit and Bike* Hire (Max 16 bicycles & helmets)£75 p/h
Circuit Hire and Cycling Coach (Max 20 children)£75 p/h
Circuit, Bike* Hire and Cycling Coach (Max 16 bicycles & helmets)£100 p/h

*Bikes Available

8 x HOY Meadowmill 24 Inch Cyclocross Bikes

8 x HOY Meadowmill 26 Inch Cyclocross Bikes

4 x HOY Aomori Small Road Bikes

Hiring The Cycle Circuit

The cycle circuit is open year-round for external group hire including cycling events, duathlons, running events, corporate team building activities and private training sessions. For more information and to make an enquiry please complete the online booking form.

Price list

The cycle circuit has a range of booking options to suit everybody. Take a look at our price list below and then make a booking.


  • Adult
  • Child
  • University of Leeds Staff/Student
  • The Edge Member
    included as member benefit
  • The Edge, Sports Pass Holder

Bike Hire

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Adapted Bike
  • Helmet Hire


  • Adult Pay and Pedal
    with Bike and Helmet Hire
  • Child Pay and Pedal
    with Bike and Helmet Hire


Full Circuit Hire

  • NGB Affiliated Club
  • Non NGB Affiliated Club
  • School
  • Commercial Business

Conditions of use

In order to safely use the Cycle Circuit at Bodington Playing Fields, you must adhere to the Conditions of Use.

  1. Any people using this facility do so at their own risk.
  2. Cycle sessions are not supervised by the University of Leeds.
  3. In an emergency, call security on 0113 343 2222 and request immediate assistance.
  4. The University of Leeds takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to any equipment at the facility.
  5. It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure that his or her bike is fit for purpose.
  6. Helmets must be worn at all times and must conform to a recognised safety standard (helmets are available for hire, please see price list).
  7. Always enter the circuit via the gates, look left and look right before entering.
  8. Circuit users must travel in an anti-clockwise direction, keeping left.
  9. Always check over your shoulder before overtaking or leaving the circuit.
  10. When overtaking, pass with at least one arm’s length.
  11. Food cannot be consumed on the circuit. Please use bins provided for disposing of litter.
  12. Use of the facility whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not permitted.
  13. No motorcycles allowed on the circuit.
  14. Please report any damage, broken glass or debris to reception.

The Brownlee Centre

The Brownlee Centre is named after Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, two of the most successful triathletes of their time and two of the University of Leeds’ most successful sporting alumni. The Brownlee Centre is the UK’s first purpose-built triathlon training centre and is the permanent home for the world leading Leeds Triathlon Centre, of which the University of Leeds is a key partner. You can find out more about Triathlon at The University of Leeds on our Triathlon webpage.

The Brownlee Centre boasts 14 changing rooms for users of all the facilities at Bodington Playing Fields alongside a new top floor social space with meeting room. It also has a balcony giving views of the cycle circuit and sports pitches beyond.

This facility has been created in partnership with British Cycling, British Triathlon, Sport England and UK Sport.

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Sports Pitches

The Bodington Playing Fields have numerous sports pitches which are regularly used by University staff and students as well as local community clubs.

Pitches for the following activities are available:

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee

If you would like to enquire about booking a pitch then please contact

Corporate Events

If you are looking for a location to hold a corporate event such as a team building day then we would be happy to help. We have a large indoor meeting space as well as plenty of outdoor space for group activities. Catering can also be provided and the facilities are easily accessible, located  just off the ring road in North Leeds. Complete our online booking form to make an enquiry.

Brownlee Centre Reception

The Brownlee Centre reception team are available seven days a week (except University closed days). If you would like to contact them please phone or email.

General Availability:

Mon to Thurs: 15:00 – 21:00

Friday: 09:00 – 17:00

Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00

Circuit Booking Enquiry

If you would like to hire the whole cycle circuit please fill in the form below and our team will be in touch with you shortly. If your query is about anything else then please contact reception on 0113 3431222 or 0113 3430631.

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