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No. of Trails: 3
Facilities:
Car Park
Toilets
Bike Hire
Cafe
Location:-
Just off the A322 between the M4 and M3

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Description:-
Swinley forest is spilt into several sections under different ownership. This section is owned and managed by The Crown Estate, comprising of 2600 acres of mainly Scots Pine woodland. It is located between Bracknell and Bagshot to the west of the A322. Cycling is permitted on hard tracks and within a specific expert mountain bike area.

The trailhead known as the 'Look Out' is a Multiactivity centre, including MTBing, Go Ape, off Road Segwaying, Kids playground and Discovery centre. There is also a cafe and during the summer you can hire bikes.

Permits are required to ride here they are £2 for a day or approximately £20 for the year though Gorrick. Some of the money goes to Berks on Bikes and Gorrick to help with Trail development and repair.

Although the MTBing permit costs the parking is free.

The ground here is very sandy as which the rest of Swinley forest which provides good drainage all year long, but can turn into a fine paste in the wet which is not good for drive chains and disc brake pads.

The trails are general woodland XC, but there are some downhill/freeride trails in the south of the forest and in the middle is the famous jump gully which is always busy.


Trails at Swinley Forest

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Swinley Superloop12.32212 Moderate Easy
Swinley Forest XC10.82052 Moderate Easy
Another Swinley Loop9.61662 Easy Easy

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31.52.10.55 gave this trail 5 stars about 8 years ago

Swinley Superloop


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Length: 12.3 Miles
Ascent: 221 m
Time: 2 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Easy
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Description:-
This loop takes in lots of the main singletrack, but there is much more to find.

Starting at the lookout, where you can park, buy a permit or hire a bike - this route includes a couple of parts of the Whole Nine Yards, Twisted Sister, Watsons Wander, Satan's Grotto, Seagull, Tern, Stickler, Tank Traps and much, much more.

Return to the lookout and stop at the cafe for refreshments after a fantastic day out.

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Haven't been back since moving away a couple of years ago but for those in the area, or passing through it's well worth it. Can easily spend a whole day playing. The gully is a great place to learn to... read whole comment...
2wheelbarrow gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago

Swinley Forest XC


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Length: 10.8 Miles
Ascent: 205 m
Time: 2 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Easy
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Description:-
This route takes in the best of Swinley forest including Stickler, Tank traps, the Gully, Labyrinth, Seagull Run and the Corkscrew. Most of the route is tight twisty forest singletrack there are a few minor drop offs but these can easily be avoided.

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Another Swinley Loop


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Length: 9.6 Miles
Ascent: 166 m
Time: 2 hrs
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Easy
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Corkscrew, Bomb holes, Seagull, the new Stickler, Tank Traps - loads of great stuff and some less beaten paths linking it all together. Great fun and not too hard for a novice MTBer.

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