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Bodington Playing Fields


Our facilities are now back open. To keep our customers as safe as possible we will continue to monitor the situation, working to guidance from the University on working together to stay safe. For more information, visit our reopening page.

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

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Upcoming Events

Pay and Pedal

Please see ‘Pay and Pedal’ section for times.

Brownlee Foundation

Sessions have restarted after  Summer break

Limited  bike  hire is now available.

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

British Cycling Monthly Community Event

British Cycling Monthly Community Events have restarted.

24th October 10:30-12:30

28th November 10:30-12:30

12th December 10:30-12:30

9th January 10:30-12:30

No bike/helmet hire is available currently.

Roller Skiing

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

offering taster sessions and 5 week courses.

Learn to cross country ski, without snow.

Instruction and equipment provided.


Roller Skating – Roller Girl Gang

Tuesdays (8pm-9pm)  online booking.

These sessions have  now stopped after the Summer.

Contact Roller Girl Gang for further information.

Learn to skate in a safe, traffic free environment on a 1 mile long track. Training available.

Disability Hub

Re-starting from 9th and 23rd May 2021, 2-3pm.

Usually the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month

For more information, see ‘Disability Hub’ section

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 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!

Currently we are unable to offer bike or helmet hire.

Please sign in for our track and trace records and observe current guidance on social distancing and size of groups/bubbles that can attend outdoor sports activity.

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
Wednesday 20th OctoberNo session
Thursday 21st OctoberNo session
Friday 22nd October14:00 – 17:00
Saturday 23rd OctoberNo session
Sunday 24th October15:00 – 17:00
Monday 25th October15:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 26th October15:00 – 17:00

Free Sessions

Breeze Rides (Women and Girls 16+ only)

Currently bike and helmet hire is not available

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 – Monthly sessions have re started.

No bike/helmet hire available at the moment

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.


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.

British Cycling – Disability Hub

Sessions have now stopped for the winter and will restart in the Spring.

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.

Currently no bike/helmet hire available. As part of these sessions, in the future, participants will be able to access our fleet of adapted bikes which include 6 tandems, 3 trikes and 3 hand-cycles

Disability Hub timetable

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.

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

Update- Junior Park Run – Cancelled 17th October 2021

Junior Parkrun has restarted. Please see their website for more details.

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.

More info on Bodington Junior Parkrun

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


Currently there is no bike or helmet hire available. Groups are currently limited to six persons.

  • 1 Adult and up to 5 Children
    1 Adult and up to 5 Children
  • 2 Adults and up to 4 Children
    2 Adults and up to 4 Children


Full Circuit Hire (from 1st August 2020)

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