Mountain biking and leisure cycling
There are lots of opportunities for cycling in Bracknell Forest from off road and mountain bike trails at managed sites such as Swinley Forest, which lies to the south of the borough, to signed routes on quiet roads and public rights of way to the north.
Many of our parks and green spaces have traffic-free cycle routes passing through them, with Lily Hill Park, Mill Park, Savernake Park and South Hill Park all connected to our cycle path network. Please note that cycling is not permitted on public footpaths or pavements.
The Sky Ride Local programme offers a series of free, fun, guided bike rides around Bracknell. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic routes, they’re a great way to get out with family or friends. Further information can be found on our Cycling - information and advice page.
Another popular cycling event is The Three Counties Cycle Ride. Organised by Bracknell Rotary Club, the event usually takes place in June and involves a charity cycle ride around Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Northern Parishes Leisure Cycle Route
This 12 mile/19km route, approximately half off-road, explores the lanes, bridleways and byways to the north of the borough and is detailed in the free leaflet Leisure Cycling and Mountain Biking in Bracknell Forest.
The paths are suitable for all riders, although a well-maintained bicycle is needed and cyclists should be aware that the off-road paths may become wet or muddy in winter months. There are plenty of opportunities to modify the route to suit your own needs, with the country lanes allowing cyclists to shorten or extend the route as they wish.
Swinley Forest trails
Swinley Forest is an area of the Windsor Estate between Bracknell and Bagshot to the west of the A322. Owned and managed by The Crown Estate, it comprises 1000 hectares of mainly Scots Pine woodland.
Three cycle trails in line with the International Mountain Bike Association industry standards are available for you to enjoy in Swinley Forest. The green, blue and red cycle routes all begin from The Look Out Discovery Centre and provide a range of challenges for families cycling for fun to highly skilled riders.Further information about the cycle trails is provided in the section about Swinley Forest on Windsor Great Park website. Please visit The Look Out Discovery Centre's outdoor activities page for information about how to get there, about car parking charges and bike hire available from Swinley Bike Hub.
Berks on Bikes MBC is the local mountain bike club for the Bracknell Forest area with many members and rides based in Swinley Forest and the local area as well as further afield. The club offers four local rides a week and regular away rides. It welcomes riders with reasonable fitness and off-road ability and also arranges introductory and occasional family rides.
Gorrick MBC organises local mountain bike races and navigation events. All ages and abilities are catered for, from fun races through to expert categories.
- GOV.UK - rules for cyclists
- Sustrans - find out about the work of a national cycling charity
- British Cycling - find your nearest cycling club
- Berkshire Bikes and Mountain Trax - purchase bike equipment
- Cycling - information and advice
- Swinley Bike Hub - hire bikes
- Swinley Forest - cycling and rollerblading