Literally just got back from a quick loop – the blue is very good, you can take it as easy or as fast as you like – BUT some degree of skill and fitness is needed. If its your first run round just take it easy and enjoy – second time hammer it 🙂 great for me from my front door, lap of the blue and home 6.5 miles 35 mins.
You could split off the blue and hit tank traps which is part of red but open. Please don’t ride the closed trails ! They need finishing and drying out.Posted 4 years agoshotsawayMember
I went to Swinley today for the 1st time since September and and rode the new Blue Trail. It wasn’t that busy and I liked the Blue. The only bits that are recognisable were the Whole Nine Yards and Stickler. Overall I was fairly pleased. It’s not a sterile as I thought it would be.
The only worrying thing is that the sign at the start, mentions the Blue is suitable for beginners. I would say that you need to be a confident and competent rider to tackle the Blue.Posted 4 years agoJasonMember
The new blue trail seems pretty spot on for a blue trail. I rode a lap of it yesterday with my 7 year old son and he managed to ride all of it ( ups and downs) and really enjoyed the trail. He has previous ridden the new W9Y and Stickler, so had an idea what to expect. I went back later in the day and a did couple of fast loops and it has it’s a few more challenges when taken at speed. The bermed corners are great.Posted 4 years agoshotsawayMember
The only worrying thing is that the sign at the start, mentions the Blue is suitable for beginners. I would say that you need to be a confident and competent rider to tackle the Blue.
Correction update: Having looked at a photo I took at the start, it states that the trail is “Intermediate” and not “Beginner”, as I previously stated.
Posted 4 years ago
I am fairly new to mountainbikes and fast approaching middle age.
I wanted to try swinley and would be happy doing so at my own pace.
But I am worried I may be a nuisance to other riders who wish to go around as quick as they can,
Or even getting clattered from behind.
Is there plenty of room to pass or be passed in my case and clear unobstructed views all the way around or are there any parts I need to watch as I really don’t want to get in anyone’s way.Posted 4 years ago
Chip – honestly mate don’t worry about it. I had that kind of thinking for years which was holding me back. Ride at your own pace, enjoy it – there will be people faster and slower than you. Swinley blue is split into 17/18 ish sections – you can always ride a section and just wait at the end and let people pass. Usually there are lots of other people waiting too so you can have a good chat.
The great thing is that with these natural resting points – people chat! People say hello and swinley is friendlier than I ever remember having ridden it for 10 10 years plus.
There will be strava elite warriors looking for fast times but its up to them to pass safely and plenty of opportunity for doing so.
Grab your bike and get down there chip!Posted 4 years ago
Bottom end of the lookout carpark ….through the green gate and you will see the benches and some sinage. There is a sign as you walk past the lookout indicating mountain bike area.
The whole route is signposted by waypoints with arrows so you just follow them! There are two breaks of the trail into fire road – again just follow arrows!
Edit : if you know where the overflow carpark is – just head to the bottom of that! Really cannot miss it 🙂Posted 4 years agoDT78Member
Can you post for those of us who avoid facetwatter please 🙂
Just out of interest, I understand they ask you not to ride other single track there now, how big is the exclusion? One thing I used to love about swinley is the ability to ride for several hours getting nicely lost and not riding the same trails. Looks like it is now limited to a 2 hour full tilt blast now 🙁Posted 4 years ago
I am a MTB god,
I did two laps of the blue run today and only came off three times.
And narrowly avoided crashing a further two times one of which I would have died.
Seriously I really enjoyed today, I threw caution to the wind and went with reckless instead and found myself several times going a lot faster downhill than my limited skill could cope with.
I was also surprised by how well I bounced for a man of my age and corresponding spread.
And by how well my brake levers worked as mini ploughs.
Also by how family friendly the place was, it was really good to see lots of parents going around with kids knee high to a cigarette paper on their equally tiny bikes.
Really enjoyed it and once I reactivate my self preservation brain cell and can manage to hang on I may try the red trail.Posted 4 years agorootes1Member
rode out from Woking over the swinley yesterday – seems like the doom and gloom about the changes was not really valid, the bits of the blue and red i did were good and lots of existing runs used
couple of things, the built bits (that armoured orange aggregate surface) blue could do with more passing places/splits and also though it is not rough seems to have a weird bump profile, was the feature of the older existing armoured trails there… odd not rough or bumping.. but sort a lump – sure it is not noticable on a full sus..
reckon with the blue being accessble from the lookout it could get busy! On sunday there were lots inc a family with a couple of tots on balance bike in the first section.
Alo noticed quite a number of car sparked near the start to the blue out on the main road and a traffic warden ticketing..Posted 4 years ago
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