It is a condition of cycling within Swinley Forest that you must hold a cycle permit if over 16 years of age. Children who are under 16 do not require a permit as they are deemed to be their parents or guardians responsibility whilst riding in the Forest.
Why do you need a permit?
There are three main reasons why you need a cycling permit:
- Swinley Forest is private land and is not owned by the Royal Household, Local Authority or Forestry Commission.
- Swinley Forest is part of a Special Protection Area under the European Birds Directive for four species of rare birds. This directive gives far reaching powers over the suitablility of activities that take place in the forest.
- To provide Public Liability insurance cover, which this cycle permit gives you.
The Crown Estate has a duty to demonstrate a proper management of all forest and leisure activities. To ensure that cycling is a suitable activity, a permit scheme must be in place to control cycling and inform riders of their responsibilites. Gorrick, as an agent of The Crown Estate, is solely licensed to manage The Swinley Forest Cycle Permit Scheme and distribute annual permits to cycle in Swinley Forest.
Where can they be bought?
Permits are available online, by post from Gorrick, or can be purchased at the listed local mountain bike shops. They are great value and can be bought as an annual permit or a half-year permit after 1st October. Both are valid until the 31st March.