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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 our new 1 mile (1.6km) Bodington 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.

Please note, we cannot accommodate dogs on site due to health and safety regulations.

Bodington Playing Fields Google Map

Bodington 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 Coffee Run or Pay and Pedal sessions. Find out more about how you can get involved below.

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Upcoming Events

Snowsport England Futures Nordic Project

Monthly sessions have stopped for this season. We hope that they will restart in the Winter

Learn to rollerski at Bodington Cycle Circuit with Snowsport England Future Project Nordic.

The Futures Project supports and encourages young people aged 8-18

to get involved in snowsports and develop their skiing skills.

Coaching will be provided by ex or current internationals.

All equipment available to hire.

Pay and Pedal

For more information and times, please see ‘Pay and Pedal’ tab.

Open to all individuals who would like to come and have a go on the cycle circuit.

“Coffee Run” / Casual Sessions

For more information and times, please see Coffee Run tab.

Run, jog, walk, balance bike, rollerskate or even push your pram!

Brownlee Foundation

Free bike  hire is now available, please contact The Brownlee Foundation to reserve your bike

Bike and run sessions open to children aged 8-14.

Roller Skiing

Regular Wednesday sessions, 7:15pm – 9:00pm,

Offering taster sessions and 4 week courses.

Learn to cross country ski, without snow.

Instruction and equipment provided.


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 practise their cycling skills or just spend time on their bike in our safe cycling environment.

There will be a Women and Girls Only Session on Mondays  5-6pm.

There is no need to book onto these sessions, just turn up, pay in reception and pedal round the cycle circuit until you run out of energy!

Participants will be able to access our fleet of bikes which include adapted bikes  (6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles).

Our Pay and Pedal Session times vary each week. We will update the website with the dates and times on a regular basis. Times may change. PLEASE CHECK TIMES BEFORE TRAVELLING.

Pay and pedal timetable
Thursday 21st September19.00-21.00
Friday 22nd September15.00-17.00 (Please note time change a of 18.09.23)
Saturday 23rd September14.00-17.00
Sunday 24th September12.00-17.00
Monday 25th September15.30 – 17.00
Monday 25th September17.00-18.00 Women and Girls Only
Monday 25th September18.00-19.00
Tuesday 26th September15.00-16.30 and
Wednesday 27th September15.00-17.30
Thursday 28th September19.00-21.00
Friday 29th September15.30 -17.00

Price list

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


  • Adult
    (over 16)
  • Child
    Age 6-16
  • Under 6s
    Under 6s free
  • University of Leeds Staff/Student
  • The Edge Member
    included as member benefit
  • British Cycling Membership
    British Cycling Membership


Bike hire now available (for adults and 8+ year olds)

  • 1 Adult and up to 5 Children, including bike hire
    1 Adult and up to 5 Children
  • 2 Adults and up to 5 Children, including bike hire
    2 Adults and up to 5 Children
  • 1 Adult & bike hire
  • 1 child & bike hire


Full Circuit Hire (from 1st August 2022)

  • NGB Affiliated Club
    £60 per hr (inc VAT)
  • Non NGB
    £75 per hr (inc VAT)
  • School and Charity
    Price on request
  • Commercial Business
    Price on request

Room hire

Hire out the social space at the Brownlee Centre

For the cost of hiring the social space please contact one of the team. We can also include tea, coffee and biscuits for an additional cost.

The Coffee Run

Our coffee run sessions are open to all individuals who would like to come and use the circuit recreationally. You can run, jog, walk, balance bike, rollerskate or even push your pram!

There is no need to book, just turn up during the allotted session times and pay at reception. These sessions provide somewhere safe to exercise, away from busy traffic.

In response to the popularity of the Coffee Run, we are putting on extra sessions throughout the week and week end, please check the table.


  • Under 6
  • Child
    Aged 6-16
  • Adults
    (Price includes a coffee, tea or hot chocolate)
  • Package
    Maximum charge of £5 (including a maximum of 2 adults)

The casual session will usually take place on Fridays at 12.30pm-2pm. We will update the website with the dates and times on a regular basis. Please make sure to check the website before travelling.

Please note that dogs are not allowed to be exercised on the circuit or within Bodington Playing Fields. E-scooters are not to be used on the circuit during Coffee Run sessions. Helmets to be worn for balance biking, scootering and similar activities.

Casual Sessions timetable
Thursday 21st September14.00-15.00
Friday 22nd September 12.00-13.30 (Please note -this slot has had to be shortened)
Saturday 23rd SeptemberNo Session
Sunday 24th September10.00-12.00
Monday 25th September14.00-15.30
Tuesday 26th September13.00-15.00
Wednesday 27th September13.00-15.00
Thursday 28th September13.00-15.00
Friday 29th September12.00-13.30

Women & Girls Pay & Pedal

The Monday night Breeze sessions (6-7pm) have now been replaced by a women and girls Pay and Pedal session.

From Monday 3rd October the weekly Monday session time will move to 5-6pm.

During the Summer, the Friday session has had to stop to accommodate a bicycle race series We hope to restart this session in the Autumn.

The success and popularity of Breeze has built a strong network of women using the cycle circuit and ensured the viability of a stand-alone pay and pedal session going forward.

We are now able to offer bike and helmet hire, please contact the team at Bodington Cycle Circuit to reserve a bike.

Participants will be able to access our fleet of adapted bikes which include 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles

Our women and girls pay and pedal session run every Monday, except Bank Holidays. Please contact Brownlee Centre (0113 343 1222)  during inclement weather to confirm session is on.

Session time listed in ‘Pay and Pedal’ section

The cost of the session is £3.50 per person or £2.50 with a valid British Cycling Membership (bring your British Cycling membership card)

Find out more about the benefits of becoming a British Cycling member.

British Cycling – Disability Hub

Unfortunately these sessions have now stopped.

We do have access to a fleet of adapted bikes which include 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles.

Disability Hub timetable

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.

Bodington Junior Parkrun

A 2km run for juniors only (4-14 year olds).

It is held most Sundays at 9:00am

A free event and parents are more then welcome to run/jog or walk with their children.

Please see their website for more details.

More info on Bodington Junior Parkrun

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 and balcony.

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.

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. Alternatively, you can call reception on 0113 3431222 or 0113 3430631.

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