- Rosemary Hill is one of Pretoria’s original trail parks
- The variety of trails cater for everyone from beginners to hardcore riders
- Its location, surrounded by the dirt roads of Pretoria East, makes it perfect for a visit on longer mountain bike rides
On the eastern outskirts of Pretoria lies one of the capital city's first true trail parks.
Rosemary Hill is an organic farm that boasts 33km of trails and an excellent coffee shop.
Rosemary Hills location to the east of Pretoria means that it is in an area that boasts many gravel roads. These gravel roads have become a favourite for those wanting to get some dirty miles under the belt.
Heading out from the Pretoria CBD via Lynnwood through the Hazeldean and Cow House areas and towards Rosemary Hill for a coffee and a breakfast bun is a great way to start the morning.
Making the best of topography
After the calorie and caffeine count has been satisfied, one can enjoy the Rosemary Hill trails or gravel grind out towards Boschkop or even Cullinan. The options are endless.
For those riders looking for an extra quick coffee, Kalahari’s coffee offers a takeaway option.
Rosemary Hill does not have an abundance of natural gradient. As such, the trail builders did their best to squeeze a tight and challenging bit of proper mountain biking into the one hillside that they do have.
The hillside facilitated the inclusion of features such as fast-flowing berms and switchback climbs. These trails are all very well marked and mostly consist of custom-made single-track with the occasional jeep track for overtaking purposes.
A very diverse portfolio of trails
Rosemary Hill’s trails are bedded-in properly, which helps take the edge off things for newbies while ensuring fast-rolling for the racing snakes.
Being situated on private property means that Rosemary Hill is a safe venue for young and old to fix their off-road cycling.
Trail options start with the 1km toddler trail that meanders through the Rosemary fields and is perfect for those just starting out, even with training wheels. For fitter, more advanced riders, there are 6km, 10km, 26km and 30km loops. Trail features include a working farm, forest sections, farm dams and even some old ruins.
Yes - there is a water crossing
One of the long sections crosses the marshlands that fill with water in summer.
A traditional farm dam has been fitted with banked trail around the edge for the bravest of riders. Getting around here requires the right amount of momentum and precision; come up short and go swimming.
There are plenty racks around to keep bikes organised while you sip on your brew, a water bottle refilling station and excellent ablution facilities.
There are bikes - if you don't have your own
Out of towners, or those still getting into the sport, can rent mountain bikes from Rosemary Hills fleet. There is are also plenty of activities to keep the non-mountain bikers busy, making it a true family destination
Trail access costs R50 per adult and R35 for scholars. Rosemary Hill is on the N4 towards Emalahleni.
Take the Boschkop/Donkerhoek turnoff and head right down the dirt road for 1km.