Swinley Forest Mtb and Walking
This forest in Bracknell has miles of good walking trails and some good mtb trails as well.
This circular route starts at the look out centre just to the south of Bracknell. From here you can follow trails heading south toward Bagshott Heath on the edge of Camberley. More trails then lead north past Rapley Lake and the Mill Pond before returning to the car park.
In the park you will find the excellent Swinley Bike Hub which hires bikes and gives full details of the trails in the park. These include a Green Trail, Red Trail and Blue Trail. The trails are suitable for riders of all levels, from beginners to advanced.
The forest is also a great place for wildlife with woodland birds including Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark.
PostcodeRG45 7EX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Swinley Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Swinley Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Swinley Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Swinley Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Look Out centre has a nice cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your exercise. There's picnic tables outside if the weather is good.
The expansive forest is great for dog walking so you will probably see plenty of pets with their owners on a fine day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Three Castles Path passes through the forest and offers an opportunity to extend the walk. You could follow the trail north east to Englemere Pond or south west towards Crowthorne, Sandhurst and the lovely Tri Lakes Country Park. The longer Bracknell Circular Walk uses part of the trail to create a 25 mile loop around the forest.
The Wokingham Way passes through the area and the pretty Bramshill Forest is also not far away.
The Ascot Walk visits the forest from the train station in the nearby town. Here you can also visit the famous racecourse, home to Royal Ascot.
Just to the south you could pick up the Bagshot Park Walk. This takes you past the noteworthy royal residence to the pretty Rapley Lake. The Grade II listed house has been country home of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex since their 1999 wedding.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.