Cape Winelands introduce single permit for multiple trails

With the new Winelands Regional Permit you’ll have year-round access to world-class trails that stretch from Grabouw through Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek into Paarl, Franschhoek and Wellington. The cost is R1500 (or R1250 for under-18’s and over 65’s) and you’ll be creating jobs, pouring funds back into trail-building and living your best life riding some amazing trails. Here’s the lowdown:

The Winelands Regional Permit for mountain bikers
Lance Morris squares up a turn in Jonkershoek. | Credit: Gary Perkin

The Winelands Cycling Club, Stellenbosch Trail Fund, MTO / Jonkershoek and Winelands Trails are excited to launch the long-overdue Winelands Regional Permit that will allow its holders access to a multitude of world-class trails in five iconic areas stretching from Grabouw, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Jonkershoek and then over the mountains towards Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek. Over the years and as cycling has changed from being more focused on road to being dominated by Mountain Biking, the need to develop trails has grown.  Similarly, trails have been developed in and around Stellenbosch and Jonkershoek over the years.  More recently, The Winelands Trail Network was formed between the trail network managers of Wellington, Banhoek Conservancy, Paarl and Franschhoek.  All of these trail networks have relied on membership/permit fees being paid in order to grow and maintain the trail networks. The result of this has meant that until now riders typically had to have numerous permits in order to access the different trail networks.

The Winelands Regional Permit for mountain bikers
The men behind the Winelands Trail Permit: Ernst Gouws, Paul de Klerk, Douw van der Merwe and Darren Herbst

“Two years ago, like most trail networks, we were all developing and managing our own trails. Instead of purchasing a number of passes from various trail networks, it was clear that users would rather purchase one pass that allowed them access to all their favourite trails.  It’s less hassle and costs less. We all got together and decided to do a trial run. The concept was exceptionally well received, becoming a very popular option for regular users.  Having proved that various trail networks can indeed work together and that the system that we have in place is indeed effective, we decided to get more trail networks involved.” – Darren Herbst.

The list of trails covered by the new permit system includes the A to Z Grabouw, Winelands Cycling club Trails, Helderberg Trails, Stellenbosch Trails, Jonkershoek, Banhoek, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The other good news is that each of the local trail networks will retain and sell their own local membership/permit offers for those that only want to ride a specific trail for the year.

Learn more: MTO, Winelands Cycling Club, Stellenbosch Trail Fund, Winelands Trails.