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If you are an intrepid mountain biker, then the twisting trails and bends found within the 2500 acres of Swinley Forest offer the excitement and undulating hills you’ve been looking for.
Discover clear way-marked trails that are suitable for mountain bikers of all levels – with three routes that total over 15 miles (24km) in total. The easy Green Trail offers relatively flat and wide trails which are perfect for families who are cycling with young children and bike trailers.
Then from the sweeping slopes and bumpy roots of the Blue Trail, to the steep climbs and sheer drops of the Red Trail - Swinley Forest is a place for all mountain bike riders to come together. Bike hire, advanced coaching, bike spares and even a bike wash are available at Swinley Bike Hub. For up to date trail information, visit the Trail Team Swinley Facebook page.
Ideal for beginner and novice cyclists. Cycle through the sweet-smelling pines and silvery birches of the forest, and keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the rare bird species of Woodlark, Nightjar and Dartford Warbler which nest amongst the woodland. The relatively flat and wide trails of the Green Trail are perfect for families cycling with young children, with some green routes suitable for bike trailers. Please note that the trail surface may be loose, uneven or muddy at times depending on the weather, causing a temporary increase in the level of difficulty.
The sweeping slopes and curved roots of the Blue Trail are ideal for intermediate cyclists and mountain bikers. Bring your mountain bike or hybrid and prepare for a trail that provides all the thrills that an intermediate cyclist could wish for. Beginning with a challenging ascent from The Look Out car park, experience the welcome respite of a downhill dive as you head for the exciting trees of the Swinley Forest – where you can expect berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs and cambers. The Blue Trail gives you the option to either continue with this trail, or join up with the more physically demanding Red Trail if you feel you’re ready. Please be aware that the trail surface may include small obstacles of roots and rock.
The steep climbs, gnarly single-tracks and slippery descents of the Red Trail are a playground for advanced mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills. With varying gradients and technical difficulty, this trail promises to keep you on your toes. Cut in and out of the pine forest, master the manoeuvres of single-track routes and hold your own on the ‘F1’ drop!
You can also refer to our Visitor Update page for details of any specific trail closures which can happen from time to time for maintenance, tree work or environmental reasons. For more information about this area and the other facilities that can be found here – such as Go Ape! and The Look Out, please visit our page on Swinley Forest.
Watch this exciting Go-Pro video of Swinley Forest's trails, from International Mountain Bike Magazine.
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