Cycling for leisure
Customer update during coronavirus
Cycling is permitted under the new lockdown rules. It must only be done alone, with members of your household, or with one person from outside your household. You must observe social distancing.
Exercise should also be limited to once per day, and you should stay within your local area.
Cyclists in Swinley Forest are encouraged to ride within their limits. Please be considerate of pedestrians, as any accidents will cause extra strain on our local NHS resources at this difficult time.
More information is available on The Crown Estate mountain biking page.
Please follow our tips for socially distant cycling, to help limit the spread of coronavirus and keep you and others safe.
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.
Tips for socially distant cycling
With cycling being more popular than ever before, it's vitally important we do so in a safe and responsible manner:
- plan your journey - take what you need and consider avoiding places that might be busy, where possible, start and finish your ride from home
- you can cycle with members of your household, or with one person from outside your household
- take care while overtaking, use your bell and adjust your speed accordingly - leave plenty of space behind you before you cut back
- similarly, leave plenty of room in front of you if there's another cyclist in front of you when stopping at junctions
- please take extra care and be considerate of others, bearing in mind that there may be people who are visually or hearing impaired, or with walking difficulties
Please note, cycling events are currently not allowed under the new rules.
British Cycling offer free, fun, guided bike rides. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic routes, they’re a great way to get out with family or friends. To find out if there is a ride near where you live, visit British Cycling.
There are also some women-only rides. For details of these, visit Breeze.
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.
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.
Berks on Bike Mountain Bike Club is the local mountain bike club for the Bracknell Forest area with many members. Rides are based in Swinley Forest and the local area as well as further afield. The club offers 4 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.
Round Berkshire route
For more adventurous or experienced riders there is a 140-mile, round-Berkshire route. The map is no longer in production, but you can request a copy by using our enquiry form.
Bracknell Forest Council is only responsible for the part of the route that is in our borough.
Further information is available: