Conditions at Swinley – how are they looking?
Trail Team Swinley FB states that the blue is closed, red is open and ok apart from a couple of sections. I’m sure there will be enough open to be worth a ride. I’m going tomorrow as I’m local so I’ll let you know.
edit – from FB 3 days ago
“Blue remains closed although work is ongoing to repair the damage. It is being significantly hampered by people riding it though. PLEASE STAY OFF THE BLUE!
Red remains open; hard work but mostly rideable. Red sections 1 (Tank Traps) and 8 pt 2 (Seagull middle section) are closed , Red 20 (Deerstalker) is closed, but the other trails there remain open, Red 22 (Mint Sauce) has a fallen tree blocking the start, Red 23 is slightly diverted at the start, and the fire roads are pretty boggy for good measure.”Posted 4 years ago
I can confirm it was pretty boggy two weeks ago, I should imagine it’ll be worse now! Not sure I’d travel too far to ride it, it’s a 20 minute ride from my door and I’ve not been for a couple of weeks (I am lazy though).
If you’re heading over this way anyway perhaps consider Caesars Camp, Minley Manor, or Tunnel Hill. Conditions won’t be any better but there will have been considerably less traffic so it’s probably holding up better.Posted 4 years ago
Anyone know what the XC loop at Aston is like?
I used to be on the committee there until I moved away. At a guess I’d say it’s rideable but challenging*. It’s built on a north -facing slope so tends to dry slowly; the flipside is that it does shed surface water well due to the severity of the slope.
*In a steep, rooty and chalky manner.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
It used to be before they turned into a trail centre!
Naaa, it was always* a quagmire. It’s just now there’s a FB group, trailbuilder and the Crown Estate manageing them to moan to/about. When W9Y was a 9yard wide bog for 6 months of the year it was just “that’s Swinley for you, it’ll dry out again in the summer”, now it’s someones fault.
*recently, pre the invention of MTB’s it was probably fine, and it’s deteriorated year on year since then.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Edit: Also through the winter there was FAR less traffic.
And there were significantly more trails, so there were far less riders per metre, plus you’d avoid the really bad ones so they could recover.
There’s no doubt the weather has been exceptional, but sending a higher number of riders down a smaller number of trails…… even with the armouring that has taken place, that wasn’t going to end well.Posted 4 years ago
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