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  • Premier Icon StefMcDef
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    Me and some fellow Isle of Wightees are off over to that there Mainlaaahnd next Saturday for a blast round Swinley Forest. Are the trails there waymarked trail-centre style or is it just a case of follow your nose?

    Any locals likely to be out riding there next Saturday who wouldn’t mind sharing your knowledge of the good bits with some hayseeds from across the Solent?

    http://www.rideswinley.com/

    Much as I like Swinley I wouldn’t travel all the way from the IOW for it though…!

    gee
    Member

    Have a look on my Strava account for routes.

    GB (George Budd)

    lucien
    Member

    I can GPX some stuff to you – email in profile. Plenty of other good riding aroud the Swinley area to be had also. As per the above, not sure I’d travel from IOW to do it – south downs closer?

    Premier Icon StefMcDef
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    South Downs kinda similar to what we have over ‘ere I think.

    I guess it’s a case of a change is as good as a rest – there isn’t really anything comparable to Swinley on the IOW, maybe the odd bit here and there.

    Good though the riding on the IOW is a lot of our Saturday rides involve linking up the same good bits in slightly different ways, so any change of scenery will be refreshing.

    m0rk
    Member

    Here’s a gpx download from a couple of weeks ago there

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1471404

    That said, get a ride in at QECP, it’s a lot better than it used to be since the guys have been building a lot of new trails up there

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1447946

    mark walker
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    i think swinley is great got a bit of everything have a great time

    PeaslakeDave
    Member

    there is nothing quite like Swinley IMO. I think it is a fantastic centre. The trails are not marked but what is there is just incredible fun! I’d get there early as possible spend as much time as possible in the woods. I’m sure you’ll have and amazing time – especially if the weather is anything like today

    DT78
    Member

    You’ll be driving quite a way from iow to get to swinley. Depend on what you like riding I would say there are closer trails just as good. For xc the purbecks, dh blandford. Swinley is great though, will be riding lovely at the moment.

    10pmix
    Member

    Swinly in a nutshell courtesty of my ride yesterday morning. Just follow some other riders. All a friendly bunch.

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmetwnCoCiw[/video]

    PeaslakeDave
    Member

    good video. but everything looks a lot bigger when you are actually there

    Premier Icon ddmonkey
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    I moved to the French Alps 2 years ago, and I still miss Swinley Forest! You don’t get braking bumps there… 🙂

    TurnerGuy
    Member

    Surrey Hills isn’t as far a drive and, if you have a GPS to follow or someone who knows the area, then there are similar length loops around the holmbury/pitch area which would be better, but involve a bit more climbing.

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