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Blue route — Swinley Forest MTB Trails

Blue route — Swinley Forest MTB Trails

Intermediate
00:42
5.53 mi
7.8 mph
175 ft
175 ft
Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
35 yd
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Swinley Bike Hub

Mountain Biking Highlight

1.82 mi
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Swinley blue MTB loop

Mountain Biking Highlight

2.60 mi
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Berms galore

Mountain Biking Highlight

3.44 mi
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Over the bridge

Mountain Biking Highlight

5.53 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 4.30 mi
Path: 1.22 mi
Cycleway: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 1.04 mi
Unpaved: 0.62 mi
Gravel: 3.12 mi
Paved: 0.74 mi

Weather Forecast

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Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

January 14, 2021

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    A combination of flowing singletrack, short climbs, rooty trails and endless berms with a few extra features thrown in, the blue-rated trail at Swinley Forest is an excellent choice for beginner and novice mountain bikers.

    Ease into the trail from the trailhead to the right of the Swinley Bike Hub. It’s marked by the large trail sign next to the green and has a pedally, uphill singletrack before briefly joining the fire road. Look out for the blue markers as you soon peel off to the right into the pine woods again, this time more undulating with some large built berms to practice your cornering.

    Continue to climb steadily as you cross the Toff’s Totter fire road onto a parallel fire road where you can catch your breath for a while before the next section of singletrack: blue 7.

    Follow the signs to keep twisting around the trees before you reach one of the most challenging sections of this route, the endless corners and berms of blue 10. There are some other fun features in this section, including a bombhole and little bridge over a log to navigate too, and a little rock roll if you fancy it.

    You’ll soon finish this southern leg of the blue trail and meet the red trailhead, which is where you start to head back north to the trail centre. It isn’t over yet though. After a pedal along the fire road, peel off to the left on blue 14 for some marvellous switchbacks and twists.

    On the very last section of the blue trail – blue 18 – you’ll descend back to where you started and can easily pedal back to the trail centre for a cuppa and some cake! The whole loop from the trail centre is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) and you’re never too far from the centre.

    • July 19, 2021

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