Our Swinley “Best Bits” ride is very popular, as it not only takes the best of Blue and Red regular trails, but some great bits off the regular trails (with some nice drops and roots) as well. But there’s loads more good stuff in the forest, off the (ginger) trail and so we’ve expanded it to include 3 more sections 🙂
The Peak District is a stunning place, with some outstanding geology (like the rock face at Stanage Edge) and beautiful reservoirs such as Ladybower, Derwent and Langsett.
There is masses of riding in the Peak District itself, but there are also some brilliant trails around the city crafted by Ride Sheffield and Bike Track at Grenoside, Parkwood Springs and the latest, Lady Cannings.
We took a trip up there and had a look at a few of those in episode 5 of SMTBE TV Continue reading Places to Ride: Sheffield and the Peak District
For the second episode of SMTBE 2, we visited Swinley Forest near Bracknell. Continue reading SMTBE TV Episode 2 – Swinley Forest
We did a article on the Forest of Dean last year and why it’s such a great place to ride, but there’s nothing like showing you. Continue reading SMTBE TV Episode 1 – FoD
A short 3.5 mile loop, suitable for children and bike trailers, with optional extensions to double the distance. Starts at Waitrose and has a playground stop on route.
Continue reading ROUTES: Witchelstowe Family Friendly Railway Loop
Pedalabikeaway in the Cannop Valley of the Forest of Dean has been a fantastic mountain biking and family cycling venue for decades, but after visiting it this weekend, I realised it has become so much more, it’s on a different level to other “trail centres” and is probably the model for others to aspire to.
Continue reading Is Pedalabikeaway the model trail centre?
Bike Park Wales is a frankly brilliant, downhill orientated, trail centre in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. It’s about an hour and a half from Swindon and a top day out.
Croft Trail is loop of waymarked woodland trail in Swindon, with 2 mile a Blue and more technical 3 mile Red routes, located opposite the Nationwide headquarters off Pipers Way.
Ladder Lane is a bridleway just over the M4 from Croft Trail, but it’s pretty steep and a great descent, or challenging climb (very challenging!).
Badbury Clump is a great little downhill area, just outside Farringdon.