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Chester off-road biking centre expands with £50k investment

9 December 2020

Tile Farm Off-road in Guilden Sutton has invested £50,000 into increasing its fleet of all-terrain vehicles, as well as adding three new storage units to house them when they're not roaming around 250 acres of Cheshire countryside.

Although they've had to close during lockdown, the amount of interest they've seen under tier 2 restrictions has justified their decision to increase their fleet of Honda and Yamaha 250cc quad bikes to 17, and also to add three new Yamaha 90cc junior quad bikes, a brand new Honda CRF250 MX Tuition bike, and to take delivery of three storage units.

Katie Arden and partner Will Bayman took over the business after it was initially set up by Katie’s dad and brother as a diversification from their arable farming and haulage operations.

She said: “We’ve been so busy since the first lockdown ended – I think people have been stuck at home and just wanted to get out and do something with their families and friends in the fresh air.

“We have had to limit numbers because the rule of six meant we couldn’t run groups of up to 12 for the quad-trekking and where we used to have up to 75 for the motocross on Wednesday we had to limit it to 20 and have been gradually building it up since then.

“We took over the business 18 months ago and made a big investment in the bikes and the containers and it has paid off and we’re using the current lockdown to make improvements to the facilities here."

Tile Farm’s quad-bike adventures take full advantage of the rolling countryside around the River Gowy and feature log climbs, wetlands and some of their very own challenges.

Will added: “Katie’s dad and brother were really keen off-road motorsport enthusiasts and I grew up on them as well before coming here in 2015.

“Since Katie and I took over we’ve grown the business and we’ve seen the motocross track grow in popularity and the quad bikes have also really taken off and even though we thought the coronavirus would affect us badly we’ve been surprised by just how popular it’s been.

“We take real pride in delivering a personal experience, we have a real passion for bikes and deliver the experience you want - obstacles and mud are optional."

(via Chester Standard)