Bristol is home to some great Downhill riding. The city's hilly nature continues once the buildings have stopped, and this means that in the green spaces around Bristol there are some awesome trails to be found. Just across the Suspension Bridge lies Leigh Woods, home to a very surfaced and flat "xc loop" which sticks to the flatter top area of the woods.
Another local hotspot is Belmont woods (also known as Failand), which is an area of woodland that the Forestry Commission has set aside for trailbuilding, supervised by the Belmont Riders Association. Its a bit of a ride from Bristol, but this is rewarded with a nice set of trails, ranging from technical rooted sections, to flowing berms, and some seriously large jumps. You can also give back to the local scene by getting involved in one of their dig days! Find the BRA on facebook.
Looking slightly further afield, Bristol is in an ideal location for day trips to a whole host of Southwestern riding. We are within striking distance of some of the UK's best Downhill and Freeride centres: there's Triscombe and Coombe Sidenham in Somerset, UK Bikepark in Dorset; not to mention the plethora of riding that lies across the Severn. Club favourites include the Forest of Dean, Bikepark Wales, Antur Stiniog, Moelfre Caersws and Rheola.
Away trips: keep checking the downhill events page for any planned uplifts and trips.
Local trips: hit up the facebook group, and keep an eye out for any casual rides going on, or to see if anyone wants to join you on a ride.