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James Estate Winery
At a Glance
An awesome network of mountain bike trails to suit a wide range of skill levels, all located by the James Estate cellar door. Tracks are open to the public - you now need to sign in and sign out including a personal liability waiver at the cellar door before you ride.
James Estate Winery, 951 Bylong Valley Way, Baerami, NSW 2333
The beautiful vinyards and cellar door of James Estate Wines are located in the Upper Hunter Valley, about 2 hours West of Newcastle.
Coming from Newcastle, we recommend that you take the National Route #15 towards Maitland and after Branxton continue on the Golden Highway #84. Go through Jerry Plains and Denman and stay on #84 (Unless you want to come up close with cattle and other creepy crawleys on the side roads the GPS suggests... nice views, but the road is quite windy and small.) Just before Sandy Hollow you turn left onto Bylong Valley Way and soon you'll be driving through the James Estate Gates.
All trails are suitable for most ages and fitness levels although some MTB experience is recommended. Riders will encounter some natural and manmade obstacles, short steep sections some fast downhill and sandy patches. All trails are rideable two ways so take it easy out there with your fellow MTB'ers. The trails are now open to horse riders so be alert while out riding.
The ride from the James Estate cellar door takes you back down the driveway and though the working winery and vineyard so you will need to give way to all winery and vineyard traffic - tractors and trucks, utes and cars.
At this point trails are open when the Cellar Door is open, 10am - 4:30pm or by prior arrangement. No charge to ride, but you now need to sign in and sign out including a personal liability waiver at the cellar door before you ride. This is so they know you arrive and leave safe & sound.
They have also announced there will no longer be formal races held as in the past. Horse riders are now welcome so be alert while on the trail.
Videos of the James Estate trails can be watched on their YouTube Channel here: