For those that like an adrenaline rush there’s our mountain bike trail in the Druids Woodland. There are 8km of off-road natural trails through the woodland and across surrounding fields, with plenty of options from family friendly gentle green routes to the thrills and spills of a black run. These range from wide, flat tracks to steep downhill descents with jumps and bridges.
The trails do not follow any rights of way and are open to public by kind permission of the Swinton Estate. There is a charge for using the trails, payable at the honesty box in the Swinton Bivouac car park: £2.00/car and £2.00/bike.. Mountain bikes are available to hire from the café at Swinton Bivouac, and we recommend you book in advance for these, please contact us for rates. Please note the green bike route is shared with walkers, so please take particular in those sections.
The Bistro Café at Swinton Bivouac serves snacks and refreshments throughout the day, and there are hose down facilities nearby. Please note that during winter months (outside of school holidays) there is a limited menu available. If you would like to enjoy a glamping experience on the Swinton Estate, Swinton Bivouac also has accommodation available in its barn, Yurts and Tree Lodges.
Following on from the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire, cycling in this part of the world has never been more popular. Several of the Tour de France, Tour de Yorkshire and World Championship routes run through Swinton Estate, an area know for its challenging elevation and beautiful scenery.
With 20,000 acres of farmland and moorland, Swinton Estate provides a wonderful base for a cycling trip, whether for a day, weekend or a short break. It offers a variety of inclines and terrain, from steep moorland ascents to winding country lanes, all with incredible views across rolling Dales countryside.
While you are on the road and fancy a refreshment, we can recommend the Terrace coffee shop & restaurant at the Swinton Country Club & Spa, with bike racks and lovely garden seating area. A few miles up the hill from there is the Café Bistro at Swinton Bivouac, where the beautiful views over the moorland Dales are well worth the climb!
If you are going for a walk or a bike ride in the woodland today, please make a contribution to the maintenance of the tracks and forestry of £2.00/car and £2.00/bike.
Please put the money in the brown envelope and write your car registration number on the envelope before posting it in the box.
Other than the public footpath leading to the Druid’s Temple from the end of Knowle Lane, access to and use of all other routes and trails in the surrounding areas are by kind permission of the Swinton Estate. These are permissive routes and The Swinton Estate reserves the right to close them at any time.