- Queen Elizabeth Country Park or Swinley?
- Hob NobMember
I live twice as far away from Swinley as I do QE & would pick Swinley every time.
There are very few places that depress me about riding my bike. QE is one of them. Shame, with that gradient & the size of the whole area out the back too, it could be one of the best places in the South of England.
But it’s not.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Don’t underestimate the nastiness of the swinley surface. Lost the front wheel on a corner on saturday, went down hard and my knee looks like it’s been hit with a baseball bat and then grated. Plus was full of sand and gravel, so needed a proper scrub out too. Big lumps missing, glistening white fat underneath. Ouchy!Posted 4 years agotobstersMember
For me its QE every time. It has some fun stuff hidden away, some really good singletrack, and is set in nice countryside. You have to get off the main loop though otherwise its over quite quickly
On the otherhand I find Swinley overcrowded,and I’ve never come away from there itching to get back or buzzing from the ride. Its coffee shop is pretty average too.Posted 4 years ago
Can anyone explain how to find this “stuff at the back” had a look last time I was there but had no luck
The forestry have been harvesting that area. A lot is no more.
As for Swinley I work locally, its really fun well worth a trip but I prefer Tunnel hill, Minley, Porridgepot etc….
If you do go to QECP, Do two laps of the red (Its running great at the moment)Posted 4 years ago
the red and one of these XC routes to extend your ride:
Long route plus the red is about 4 hours.notmyrealnameSubscriber
For me it would have to be QECP every time if it’s dry. I’ve not tried it in the wet so can’t comment about that!
I think I probably prefer QECP as Swinley is more local to me so I ride it much more and it’s nice to have a change of scenery now and again.
Thinking about it I’ve not been to QECP for ages so I think I might head down there for a couple of laps and a bit of the SDW on Thursday as the weather still looks good 😀Posted 4 years ago
QECP is great when its dry, but is hard to maintain any flow when its wet. Im itching to get back over there, haven’t been for a year and it pissed down the day before I last went, so meant it was still quite wet and slippery.
Its super day at the moment.
This guy was having a closer look 😉 :Posted 4 years ago
(Not part of the red route)
QE is proper riding. As said: exposed roots, off camber sections, short sharp climbs.
It’s hard. Maybe not as fun as Swinley, depends what you want from a day’s riding.
You could do more than one lap of QE and not get bored due to the challenge.
did a quick run Sunday evening and there isn’t a damp bit of mud in sight. Them ol’ roots are more exposed than ever from the battering its had lately. Loved it.Posted 4 years agodeadkennySubscriber
I’d say in technicality QE is much better than the motorway of Swinley. But problem I have with QE is it’s 70% of climbing for 30% descent and that descent is over too quick. The whole loop is not that much time to run. And yeah some clay stuff around there which can be nasty in the wet.
I need to explore any off-piste around there though to make it more worth the trip for me.
Swinley new trails are ‘okay’ and a reasonable distance for the whole red & blue loops. Hell of a lot of pedalling for not much fun reward. Was better in the old days just exploring, mixing up random trails and playing around on ‘gnarly’ bits.Posted 4 years ago
By the way QECP does have a blue trail to but its mostly fireroad and a bit of singletrack. Its not to good as its very oldschool.
Not sure if you lot saw this but this: http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/new-qecp-blue-trail-update
The red trail is about 7km long the new blue will be about 10km.Posted 4 years ago
bigyinn – Member
Its not to good as its very oldschool.
WTF does this actually mean? Trails are trails, how technical (or not) the ones you choose to ride on are up to you. It means it was put in 20years ago and not change since. I have not meet anyone that likes it, it could do with a revamp much like the red trail had.Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
Molgrips – not that much planning IMO. I started in SHs all on my todd and found it very easy to find stuff – plus that added to the fun – what’s around the corner, oh heck (thick and creamy!). edit, dont google for videos of thick and creamy. what was I thinking?Posted 4 years ago
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