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  • PSA – track behind Nationwide Swindon conditions
  • All went past these twice today, was being driven so I was able to look over and see that the track looks to be in good condition despite the storms. So anyone coming from afar (say Marlborough or Tetbury), you won’t be disappointed 👍

    hodgynd
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    I hope one day to visit that mtb mecca that is the track behind the Nationwide Swindon ..but tell me is it worth the 8 hr trip from deepest Northumberland ?

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    I too dream of riding the sacred dirt of the track behind the Nationwide in Swindon. Perhaps one day when I have developed the necessary skills I will make the pilgrimage. If only to tell my children of it so that they can see that truly I lived a worthy life.

    Premier Icon piemonster
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    I’d just like to know the back story tbh 🧐

    Premier Icon darksideby182
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    And the Tesco Swindon story please.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    We should really organise a f*ck cancer group ride to the woods behind nationwide

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Here is a picture of me riding it last week.

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    Premier Icon doomanic
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    I’d just like to know the back story tbh

    Me too, perhaps it’s this; Croft Mountain Bike Trail
    https://www.moredirt.com/trail/United-Kingdom_South-West/Croft-Mountain-Bike-Trails/277

    Premier Icon Caher
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    Could do that exalted track and then the Ridgeway back to Goring/Streatly and then onto Reading.

    Thought were joking, so had a look on Google Earth. Though probably changed by now

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    That must be an old image. It doesn’t show the uplift.

    Premier Icon igm
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    We should really organise a f*ck cancer group ride to the woods behind nationwide

    Probably should really.
    Everyone bring a few beers.
    And a barbecue maybe.

    Thing is though, I was staying over in Swindon a couple of years ago and the locals refused to tell me where the trails were. Claimed there was no Nationwide.

    Premier Icon roger_mellie
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    …Claimed there was no Nationwide.

    First rule of Nationwide club…

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    There’s a video of Brendog on them somewhere I think.

    Found it – Here you go

    I’ve invited some friends over from Vancouver Island to hit them in May. Should be epic!

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    Mrs Scape was telling me that her friend’s son had just landed a job as an FA with Nationwide. She told me she wondered how far his salary would stretch as he’s to be based in Swindon. SHe was puzzled when I told her he wouldn’t be short of some epic MTB’ing, but I think the joke was lost on her.

    hodgynd
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    What’s this joke then ..?

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    I was there at the weekend actually. Trails were running mint. New gondola is dope. 👌

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Pretty sure it was old Philconsequence (well, he’s young, but he’s old of this forum if you see what I mean) that mentioned the hallowed trails on here first. Long ago, much longer agoer than that Pinkbike article.

    natrix
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    For the small amount of space they have, I think that the Swindon folk have done really well with their trail, especially the north shore. It’s easy to mock, but until you pick up a spade and build something better…………..

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Pretty sure “mocking” isn’t the game here.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    It’s even on Trailforks.

    Nationwide

    IHN
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    Snow forecast Thursday, in which case it’ll assume it’s dual-use role as the official training location of the UK bobsleigh team.

    And that Trailforks thing up there doesn’t show the super-gnarly stuff in the woods ‘twixt Nationwide and Intel.

    **In all seriousness even I, as a hardened anti-trailcentre-er, can quite happily do a few loops of the Croft Trail. It’s a natty piece of work.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    It’s even on Trailforks.

    Has someone photoshopped in a differnt ride onto that image or is it just an old one? With the gondola running you should easily be doing 2-3x the vertical distance.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    I thought the gondola was only being used by ebikes with flat batteries?

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    I thought the gondola was only being used by ebikes with flat batteries?

    That’s the Gond-E-La

    Easy mistake to make, the Gondola is between NatWest and Nationawide, the Gond-E-la is from outside the GUM Clinic, easy way to not get them mixed up, Gond-E-La sounds like Gonorrhea.

    Mister P
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    I thought I’d spotted some trails in the trees next to the motorway whilst driving back from the South West. Now I know it wasn’t boredom from driving imagining them. I might stop off for a ride one time.

    Premier Icon colin9
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    Brilliant.

    Pretty sure “mocking” isn’t the game here

    Completely agree DezB it’s not! Have ridden the Croft-shore more than once, enjoyed it each time and like Mister P every time I’m on that part of the M4 I look over and think “must go again”

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    I thought the gondola was only being used by ebikes with flat batteries?

    That’s the Gond-E-La

    Careful, best not mix that up with the Gond–A–La behind the Nationwide on Lord Street near the Cavern club, Liverpool..

    Premier Icon AdamT
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    I work for Intel at a different office. Will have to take the gnarpoon down there the next time I visit. Would a week’s visit be too short or is 10 days better? Is it worth getting a guide?

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Check the weather before you arrive. Above Force 5 the helilift may not be flying.

    Premier Icon senor j
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    I did a 100km trail break ride a few years ago that used the ACTUAL nationwide car park!
    The route used the Croft trail to get out to the ridgeway and some of it to finish.
    It was a great ride. Beautiful countryside on a dry sunny day.
    It would be hell now though.

    CountZero
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    it’ll assume it’s dual-use role as the official training location of the UK bobsleigh team.

    Nah, that’s at Bath University.

    Rob Hilton
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    Is it worth getting a guide

    Love it! 🤗 🤗

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    What’s this joke then ..?

    Well for a start he’s into Anime and rarely leaves his room, so the opportunity’s wasted.

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