It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
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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.
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!
Watch this exciting Go-Pro video of Swinley Forest's trails, from International Mountain Bike Magazine.
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