- Riding Swinley Forest
There’s a blue loop that’s about 10miles half way round you can join the red loop which is another 10 or so its reasonably well signed but there are a couple of way markers that require some interpretation
There’s a decent cafe and visitor Centre
There’s nothing too challenging and the blue in particular holds up well even if it’d very wet
Don’t leave your bike unattended or on the roof of your car !Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Yes, £2 to park, trails start a short way from the carpark, and are not through the gate by the Go-ape itself, go out of the car parking area past the look out centre with the centre on your left and the road on your right and they’re 100m up there.
There are 3 loops, a short green, really for kids and total beginners, and then a blue loop from the start and a red loop that branches off part way round the blue. So most people set off on the blue, do the red, and then the second half of the blue.
Total is about 14 miles actually, and in dry conditions, balls out I can just about do it in 80 mins. But with this weather while it will all be rideable still, it can get a bit heavy in places, so I’d allow easily 90-120 mins for both. Way marking is pretty good, at the end of a section, there will be a direction arrow on the post, or follow obvious tracks. And do go cautious on a first lap, while there arent any major obstacles there are a few sections that have rollers that can get a bit large if you’re out of control; the air ambulance has been known to visit in places.
Lastly, in the weather we’ve been having, bring spare brake pads, swinley paste can eat sets very quickly.
Have fun!Posted 4 years agopeaksMember
I’m going to be down near the vicinity on business this week, taking my bike along for a spin on these trails. A friend who lives in the area and walks the forest said you can park up in the Go Ape carpark and he has seen some mtb trails signposted from there.
Wondering if the trails are pretty well way marked? Having never ridden before I don’t want to get lost on my first outing! Also is the best parking at the Go Ape carpark? Do you have to pay to park? Any facilities there at all? Roughly how long does a loop take?
Ta very much!Posted 4 years ago
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