Member13 November 2009 at 1:06 pm
I’m organising a ‘darn sarf’ ride around Swinley Forest (near Bracknell) for my old blokes off-road kamikaze group on Monday 30/11/09. Meeting at 10.00am at The Lookout Discovery Centre for about a 2-2.5 hour ride with refreshments and field surgery afterwards.
Anyone welcome – we usually get about 12-15 at least on these rides and I’ll be doing the usual trails like Labyrinth, Babymaker, Tech Trail One, Camel Hump, Snake, Quarry and Corkscrew.
Member18 November 2009 at 9:27 pm
First and only B U M P for this epic! 8)
Member22 November 2009 at 11:41 am
Would love to come along, but it’s a Monday. Money earning day sadly.
I’ll be doing the usual trails like Labyrinth, Babymaker, Tech Trail One, Camel Hump, Snake, Quarry and Corkscrew.
Haven’t heard of some of those, aside from Labyrinth and Babymaker. Are they alternate names for the likes of Seagull, Tank Traps, The Stickler, Full Nine Yards, Rollercoaster ?
Member22 November 2009 at 2:31 pm
Hmmm negotiating the M25 and all those road works + M3 on a Monday morning is best left to those fool hardy souls who have too 😈 Would have liked to come along… (Used to ride out in the woods near Wellington Park and Hartley Whitney) but work area made me move more over to Essex side…
Post up some pictures if any after the ride…… 😆 😆 😆
Member22 November 2009 at 2:34 pm
Would join you but gotta work.
Sundays are the best days for me.
Member24 November 2009 at 8:30 pm
Packed on Sundays. 😥
Kenny, AFAIK, some alternative names are:-
Camel Hump = Seagull (presumably because of the double hump halfway along the first section)
Tech Trail One – Full Nine Yards (no idea why. though)
We’ve got a great bit where we get to the southern end of the experts area and choose either Left-Left, Left-Right (Snake) or the Babymaker to descend where they all meet at the start of the Labyrinth.
Did the final reccy last night with a mate – Labyrinth is so wet that we’re thinking of re-naming it the Lavvy-rinth! 😉
Revised route will probably exclude Quarry and Corkscrew but will include CJ’s Trail and Jump Gulley.
Member29 November 2009 at 9:43 pm
May be a tad damp-ish, as it’s rained here all day!! 😥
Member1 December 2009 at 10:49 am
‘A tad damp-ish’ was a bit of an understatement. Even the sandy soil was mudded out quite well.
Five turned up, five survived! 8)
Member5 December 2009 at 10:37 am
Packed on Sundays. 😥
Depends on the time. I tend to go in the afternoon and it’s less busy, though this time of year there’s a limit to the hours of light available.
But anyway, it’s only busy around the Lookout with the families and kids. Even on the busiest days I can find myself all alone in the depths of the forest. Places like the jump gully get busy though, but I don’t do that anyway.
Anyway, if ever you do a weekend outing I might be interested if it’s not too suicidal a ride 😀
Member5 December 2009 at 10:58 am
Yup, were always there. Kenny, you’d be welcome to come if you need a slow ‘un. TBH, as we go uphill very slowly and downhill even slower! Most of our energy involves talking a lot. 😉 😛
BTW, if you’re looking for good alternative parking places, we sometimes use the lay-by at the north-east corner on the B3017 as it leaves the A322. Gives you a bit of an extra ride through Swinley Park …… or of course, the lay-by with the kebab van at the end of the B3348, where it joins the A3095 Foresters Way, close to the Corkscrew …. for obvious reasons!! 😉 😀 (yummy!!)
Also, when we do park at the Look Out and it’s packed, we use the horsebox car park, on the left as you go in. Never had a problem and we’re usually the only ones there. 🙄
Member6 December 2009 at 12:35 am
Have usually managed to find a spot at the lookout, though I know many people park elsewhere.
Was over there today, first time in ages as I’m addicted to Surrey Hills at the moment (still prefer it). Mud, mud, mud :D. Actually wasn’t too bad except the heavy traffic areas and the odd pool gathered in ditches.