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.

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 Pay and Pedal sessions. Find out more about how you can get involved below.

Find out more about…

Brownlee Foundation

Wednesday sessions, 17:30-18:30

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

Inspire Triathlon Sessions

Inspire offer a variety of different sessions for all ages.

Contact Inspire on 07383 536 160

British Cycling Guided Rides

Parents/Carers & Tots Morning

This session has stopped for the time being but we hope to  re start in March

Let’s Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 26th January, 12:00 – 14:00

Let’s Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 9th February, 12:00 – 14:00

Let’s Ride Pop-Up Leeds

Sunday 23rd February, 12:00 – 14:00

 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.

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!

Bring your own bikes or hire one from us

Pay and Pedal timetable (sessions subject to change)
Saturday 25th January13:00 – 17:00
2/3rd’s of the course is open (bottom loop will be closed for football)
Sunday 26th January10:00 – 12:00
14:00 – 17:00
Monday 27th January13:00 – 15:30 & 17:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 28th January11:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 29th JanuaryNo Session
Thursday 30th January11:00 – 17:00
Friday 31st January9:00 – 17:00
Saturday 1st FebruaryNo Session
Sunday 2nd February10:00 – 17:00

Our Pay and Pedal Sessions will now be varying each week. We will update the website with the dates and times on a weekly basis.

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

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.

To sign up to the rides, please visit our upcoming events section of the website

All sessions will run from 12:00 – 14:00

Sunday 12th JanuarySunday 26th January
Sunday 9th FebruarySunday 23rd February
Sunday 8th MarchSunday 22nd March
Wednesday 8th AprilSunday 19th April
Sunday 10th MaySunday 31st May
Sunday 14th JuneSunday 28th June
Sunday 12th JulySunday 26th July
Sunday 9th AugustSunday 23rd August
Sunday 13th SeptemberSunday 27th September
Sunday 11th OctoberSunday 25th October
Sunday 8th NovemberSunday 22nd November
Sunday 13th December


A seven-week programme followed by a GO TRI Event in week eight for people that who would like to take their first steps into triathlon but don’t know where to start.

The programme will be delivered by a qualified triathlon coach who will teach you all the skills you need to complete a GO TRI Event in a fun and relaxed environment.

We will post any new dates for GO TRI here once we have them.

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
26th January
This Session has been cancelled.
23rd February 10:00 – 12:00
22nd March10:00 – 12:00
19th April10:00 – 12:00
31st May
10:00 – 12:00
28th June10:00 – 12:00
26th July
10:00 – 12:00
23rd August
10:00 – 12:00
27th September
10:00 – 12:00
25th October
10:00 – 12:00
22nd November
10:00 – 12:00

Local Clubs

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

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

Local club timetable
Every Monday
(Except Bank Holidays)
Mix of all the clubs
19:00 – 20:30
Every Tuesday
(Leeds Mercury)
19:00 – 20:00
Every Thursday
(Alba Rosa)
19:00 – 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:

*Bikes Available

8 x HOY Meadowmill 24 Inch Cyclocross Bikes

8 x HOY Meadowmill 26 Inch Cyclocross Bikes

5 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.

Bodington junior parkrun

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

It is held every Sunday at 9:00am

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

Click here for more information

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

Packages Including Bike and Helmet Hire

  • Adult Pay and Pedal
  • Child Pay and Pedal
  • 1 Adult and up to 3 Children
    1 Adult and up to 3 Children
  • 2 Adults and upto 6 Children
    2 Adults and up to 6 Children


Full Circuit Hire (from 1st August 2019)

  • NGB Affiliated Club
    £57/hr (inc VAT)
  • Non NGB Affiliated Club
    £66/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.

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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