Swinley Forest Bike Trails

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Swinley Forest Bike Trails
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Helen O
1 contribution
Car park not safe.
Oct 2021 • Family
Have had my van broken into twice in the car park.
Both times I was told the cameras were not able to see my van.
The staff were unfriendly and unsympathetic.
Written October 3, 2021
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Bij
68 contributions
A beautiful place
Aug 2021 • Solo
A beautiful forest away from the crowd and fully tranquil. highly recommended. Can cycle miles and miles without being disturbed by a sole.
Written August 27, 2021
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Ian F
Taunton, UK35 contributions
Archaeological evidence of a once great trail centre...
Aug 2021 • Solo
Visited Swinley today as a rare day off treat for myself...

I have mixed feelings about the site: So, bear in mind that this is a review of several parts.

Intro:
I am a fairly well travelled and competent rider with my own kit. I had no need to hire kit or take any coaching...

Part 1: Boverd?
The 'dude' at the Swinley Bike Hub (should be renamed bike hire centre) was about as much use as a chocolate teapot... Total lack of interest and utterly disinterested in anyone but hire / coaching customers. They may have great local knowledge, but trying to extract info was testing to say the least... It was enough to send me on my way than consider spending money in the trail shop...

Part 2: Routes and signage
Get yourself a copy of the Trail Forks app ... Signage around the trails is not great. Following the blue into red trails, I repeatedly had to stop and see if I had gone the right way... And on several occasions I was following the most obvious track which took me way off piste (not a problem with the app... But without it... Well just say it would have been a real adventure!!!)

In all, covering the blue and red routes, I topped out on GPS at 13.5miles not the 24 miles advised by 'the dude'... 24km perhaps...?

Part 3: Grading
Let's be clear, 99% of the graded red trails are not red in comparison to other trail centres... There were a handful of interesting features but very well spaced and chickenlines / rollable alternates at every option... In summary there were perhaps 5 or 6 red features at Swinley... The rest is all fairly bland and not desperately wowwy...

RED 25 was, admittedly, a blast... But it's the only bit of the whole centre with any 'whoop' potential (aside from the private coaching area - which looks FANTASTIC... Unlike:

Part 4: Maintenance
OK so I went a day or two after some pretty dismal weather... However, with the exception of Red 25 the trails (notably the red) were really badly scoured / bombholed before and after the berms which, frankly, ruined the ride in almost all sections. I spent more time dodging puddles and avoiding potential OTB opportunities than I did riding a line... Frustrating.

NOTE: I expect this place is a much more pleasurable ride in the dry... But I can't be certain.

Part 5: Facilities
Food etc: Didn't bother - can't comment.

The coaching centre looks brilliant though... Well worth a look...

Bike wash: sponsored by Muc-off.... But only if you need it before 2pm... Then it's reserved for use by the bike hire operator... Should be sponsored by ****-off wedontwantyourbusiness.com!

Generally I would say that Swinley was once a great trail centre, (perhaps in the lead up to the Olympics?) but today it's not a patch on locations elsewhere in the UK...

No need to avoid, but as of August 2021... It could be Soooo much better... I may be back... But I won't rush!
Written August 9, 2021
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Alice
Hornchurch, UK108 contributions
Fantastic
Jun 2021 • Couples
Amazing amazing amazing love love love no complaints only an absolute abundance of praise and love for the people who upkeep the grounds!
Written June 22, 2021
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Barry
25 contributions
Bike hire day
Apr 2021 • Friends
Had a great day at Swinley despite the weather which did clear up around midday .I hired a bike to try out 27.5 vitus the bike came clean and prepared with a short briefing very happy and will return
Written May 13, 2021
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Lisa
Buckinghamshire, UK1 contribution
Swinley Bike Hub - The Summit MTB Skills Zone
Oct 2020 • Family
Had an awesome morning with my 12 year old at The Summit which is run by the coaches at Swinley Bike Hub.
Such a fun place to develop essential mountain biking skills to progress on the trails.
It’s geared up for absolute beginners like us through to expert riders!
Our induction coach was really friendly and even though we’re first timers and it was chucking it down with rain we had a brilliant time. We’ve signed up to the family membership and can’t wait for our next session!
Written October 7, 2020
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Daniel R
Staines, UK6 contributions
Great fun
Oct 2020
Trails were really good fun. Two of us were relatively novice mountain bikers and found the blue trails great fun but still hard work. The rain meant the puddles were quite big but these made the trails great fun, will be back.
Written October 5, 2020
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thomaswalker
mossley53 contributions
Swinley mtb
Sep 2020 • Solo
Went to see what this was like after seeing good videos on youtube.
Unfortunately the place I wanted to visit which was the summit skills park was closed to all but 1 to 1tuition which consisted of one middle aged man and a coach. There were very few people in the whole of the girest I have no idea why this wasnt open to all rather than this one person.
Rode the red trail which should be a blue.
Decided to go to chicksands where this snobbery doesn't exist and all are welcome.
Written September 22, 2020
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Whistler71
Rochester, UK530 contributions
Ok trails, facilities need to open!
Sep 2020 • Couples
Having driven for 90 minutes to get to Swinley I was gobsmacked to see a sign at the car park entrance stating that no toilets were available! Why? How can you have an attraction open without having facilities available for guests? The lady manning the entrance directed us to Sainsbury’s a few minutes drive away, so we headed there before heading back to the car park.
As it was a Thursday there was plenty of parking available, and it’s very reasonably priced.
The slalom of gates to get from the car park to the start of the bike trails is unnecessary.
The bike trails were good fun, but a bit repetitive, and the signage is poor.
I won’t be rushing back.
Written September 13, 2020
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J F
1 contribution
Great place to ride but poor parking arrangements
Aug 2020 • Family
This review relates to the parking facilities and not the forest itself which was excellent, great bike tracks and a challenging red route.

Why do the main car park owners need to operate a 40 in, 40 out system unless you've booked a bike to hire?

Our experience today suggests it is complete pot luck whether you're in the right part of the queue when they decide to allow the next 40 cars in the car park or not.

We were there at 3pm and plenty of cars were leaving yet we were told they would not open the car park to allow anyone in and to go and find parking somewhere else to park. As we left we counted loads of empty spaces in the main car park so not sure what was going on?!!

We left and found a space in a small parking area on a spur of the B3348 / Foresters Way roundabout on the west side of the forest. This was ideal and I suspect we'll use it again next time rather than take a chance with the main car park.
Written August 16, 2020
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