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Address: The Look Out Discovery Centre
Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7QW
2 Hours+ drive from Birmingham
Alee rating: 3 STARS
Swinley Forest Blue Route is more of a grueling fitness route – lots of ups and downs with just lots of trees for scenery. I was a bit disappointed with this route compared to previous days visit to Coed Llandegla. Make sure your helmet is fastened and your brakes work well. Also make sure you have good contact footwear – as there are times downhill wear your foot can dangerously slip forward.
About the centre
There have been some big changes at Swinley Forest lately. There’s still an extensive network of unmarked singletrack but now there are three waymarked trails too, for varying abilies. There’s also a freeride area and downhill zone.
- Distance: 1.1km
- Time: 20-30mins
- Technicality: 1/5
The Green is a typical wide family trail but with two 25m loops that are twisty, fun and suitable for very small wheels!
- Distance: 9.3km
- Time: 1hr-1hr30
- Technicality: 2/5
The Blue is swoopy and bermy with the odd cheeky double thrown in for good measure. It’s fun for intermediate riders, with all the obstacles being rollable, but is also a blast for the pinners out there.
- Distance: 12.2km
- Time: 1hr-1hr30
- Technicality: 3/5
The Swinley red incorporates longer fireroad sections, along with plenty of singletrack that should be familiar to anyone who rode here when the trails were still unmarked. There are two new bikepark-style descents that are superb fun and some great rooty natural sections as well. The Red Trail is suitable for any intermediate rider.
How to get there
All the new trails start at The Look Out Discovery Centre. It’s off the A322, which runs between the M3 (Junction 3) and the M4 (Junction 4). Follow the brown tourist signs to The Look Out and Coral Reef. Turn off the A322 on to Nine Mile Ride (B3430) at a roundabout about four miles up from the M3. The Look Out is on your left after about 100m. Grid ref: SU 876661, sav nav: RG12 7QW
Bike hire (seasonal), cafe, parking, toilets
The Look Out Discovery Centre, 01344 354400