Swinley Red #15

One of 18 videos from Sunday, covering most of the red and blue trails. I’ll be posting more up over the next few days.

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New Swinley Map (with numbered sections)

Thanks to Richard M for providing this map of the red and blue trails at Swinley with he sections marked.

A few comments from Richard;

Health warnings – the actual route as built doesn’t follow the Blue and Red lines in a few places –  but its good enough.

Section 8 actually runs up the grey fire trail in an east west direction

Section 9 follows the old brown trail just west of Blue 9 on the map

Section 6 and 7 aren’t quite right, Section 6 runs north south on the grey fire trail.

We met quite a few people on Saturday who couldn’t find the start of the Red trail.  They need to put up a sign “RED start at the  end of BLUE 10”

Probably worth me reposting some of the videos that Tim added earlier in the year

Red Section (partial) http://www.rideswinley.com/?p=1014

Blue Section http://www.rideswinley.com/?p=990


…more video and gps soon

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Bike Swinley (Ride Swinley’s better)

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Bedgebury Forest – very wet, very muddy. Fun though.

just a photo

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Swinley New Red Section – Big Dipper (thanks again Tim)

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Popularity, maybe. Probably not.

According to my web host’s site analytics, rideswinley has had 32,661 visits since the start of 2013. Either there is one very keen cyclist out there who keeps visiting the site because they’re bored at work, or people generally like the site.

There is a free Mars Bar for the 1,000,000 visitor, funded by me personally. Never let it be said that I never put anything back in to the community.

(other chocolate bars are available)

PS. I’m a little sceptical about those stats.

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New Swinley Forest Trail Map

Trail Map

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New Swinley Forest Blue Trail – courtesy of Tim

Whole Length of Swinley’s new Blue Trail.

Sections as follows:
1: 0:00
2: 1:04
3: 4:02
4: 5:44
5: 8:06
6: 9:08
7: 11:35
8: 13:21
9: 14:24
10: 16:18
11: 22:06
12: 22:27
13: 22:55
14: 25:23
15: 28:40
16: 29:16
17: 32:17
18: 33:29

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email from GORRICK MBC

Dear Swinley Forest Cyclist

As some of you will know, since September last year there has been ongoing work affecting the trails in Swinley Forest which was initiated by The Crown Estate (the owners of Swinley Forest).  Before this happened, a steering group (Swinley Action Group) comprising local riders from Gorrick, BOB MBC, Swinley Facebook Group and other interested parties was formed to try to work with The Crown Estate in developing new cycle trails in the Forest.  However, despite its best efforts, the group was unable to influence the design and layout of the new trails in the Forest, as The Crown Estate went forward with the design provided by Back on Track (BOT), who have experience of designing and building trails in South Wales.

A single direction cycle trail loop in Swinley Forest starting and finishing at The Look Out Discovery Centre has been put together now and together with the fire roads will be the only trail available to cyclists from April.  We understand that all the other single track trails through the Forest will be stopped up, blocked or grubbed up, as cycling on these routes will no longer be allowed.  Forest rangers will be patrolling the Forest to ensure that cyclists keep to the new marked trails at all times.

As a result of these changes The Crown Estate  have decided that they do not wish to have a permit scheme for cyclists in the future and that from 1 April 2013 they will manage all aspects of cycling within Swinley Forest.  The Swinley Forest Cycling permit scheme will therefore cease to operate after the 31 March 2013.

Swinley Forest Cycling thanks you for your support, and we hope you have enjoyed the trail development work we have achieved over the years.

Swinley Forest Cycling

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Jumps near M3/Jn 4a

Jumps Location

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