Croft Trail

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croft wood
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The Croft Trail is off the small roundabout in Pipers Way (B4006) – opposite Nationwide’s HQ building (SN3 1TX). As you enter the site there is a mini roundabout, turn right for the public car-park (please note that parking duration is restricted at certain times, longer term parking can sometimes be found by turning left at the mini roundabout instead). As you turn into the car park note the ramp & wooden bollards to your left – the start of the trail can be found by going up this ramp and following the signs, heading straight across the main path.
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The Croft Trail is in Croft Country Park just a mile from Swindon centre. It has Blue and Red Graded MTB options. It's a very short trail.

It's best to ride it a few times if you’re a more experienced rider but also great for families and novices too.

It's free, open all year and managed and maintained by the MB Swindon club.

The Croft Trail

  • The Croft Trail is 5km long with Red and Blue graded options. It's short but quite good fun, tight & twisty, flowing corners and berms and is well compacted. Waymarked it rides in one direction only. The Red has rock gardens, obstacles, kickers, small drops and some great Northshore sections.
  • Despite being flat and only 5km long there is surprisingly quite a bit neatly crammed into such a small area and you can do a few laps quite easily and so see your skill progression and speed develop each time.

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  • The MB Swindon club organise lots of events throughout the year.

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  • Croft Trail Map
  • The Croft Trail has been made possible over the last 2-3 years and with a lot of hard work from volunteers and donations organised through the MB Swindon club.
  • Vid credit Tim Norris (Swindon MTB member).

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Croft Trail Blast
(Updated: October 08, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
0.5
I recently rode the Croft Trail on the way back from an Afan Trip. It was just off the M4 Swindon way. There is a car park but no other facilities. The trail is really short single track and it is quite flat as you would expect in Swindon. The trail team here have packed a lot in for a very short trail. There are kickers, little drops, rocky sections and a small North Shore section. There is a blue and a red option (within the same trail).I would use this trail if I lived local and only had an hour to kill but otherwise I'd travel further afield. I wouldn't though make a trip or specific journey to ride as it lacks height and length. 

User Review

Good Points
- lots of features in a small area
Bad Points
- very short
- quite flat
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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First ride at Croft
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Just had my first ride around. I have been off MTB's for 20+ years, so I took the Blue route and then went round again on the Red.

The first thing to say is that I am really impressed at the amount of work the volunteers must have put in.

The surface is loose enough for it to be technical, but firm enough to be a good all weather track.

It's a bit tight in places and the hairpins (some with berms) really run close to the trees, you need to be awake if you are going to avoid them, some of the faster sections lead straight into a really tight section.

The Red routes contained a few bit's I'm not confident enough to tackle at speed yet, but thats just motivation to improve, If I (a novice) could do it all first time out, there would be nothing to aim for.

Thanks to everyone that took the time to build and maintain this.

The only negative I can thing of (which is beyond the control of anyone responsible for the track) is that the carpark seems to be a waiting area for some fairly dodgy looking characters. Careful what you leave on show in your car if you drive there.

User Review

Good Points
Free to use
Compacted surface will make it a good winter training track
free parking
Bad Points
People have mentioned a lack of facilities, but remember it's built be volunteers.
Would you recommend?
Yes
KJ
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Awesomely compact and fun
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Great little trail if your in the area has little bits of everything packed into a compact space
No massive elevation changes, or anything overly complicated but there is more interesting little features to keep you on your toes packed into this 4 miles than most trails have in two or three times the distance
Excellent work by a small and dedicated team of volunteersI really enjoyed the couple of laps I did when I stopped off on my way from Bristol to London
I wouldn't really go out of my way too much to ride it as it is very short but if you find yourself in the area with a bike it's a must do

User Review

Good Points
Short and fast
Can do multiple laps
Great little features
Good use of space and elevation
Right next to M4
Free to park and ride
Bad Points
Short
No facilities
Would you recommend?
Yes
I
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Short but great!
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
2.5

User Review

Good Points
Great trail for skills progression. The short lap means you can session a huge range of man made TTFs.

It's well maintained by the MB Swindon club and drains well year round.

Centralish for the south.
Bad Points
Short lap means it's not good for an epic ride.
Would you recommend?
Yes
B
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Never get board of it
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

User Review

Good Points
Impressive use of space available with quality of trail taking president over length. Very little elevation to play with but what is available has been used well. Wide variety of single track conditions and features to contend with. Has a shorter blue route and a red route of around 2.4 miles. All obstructions/technical sections can be ridden around if you don't feel like tackling them. I regularly take my 9 year old around there and he can do all of the red route. He also enjoys playing on the jumps off the main trail. There are bridges, berms, north shore type woodwork, small drops, log steps, rock steps both up and down, a small drop off some small jumps and rock spines both up and downhill. The trail has a great mix of open wide fast open sections and tight twisty and technical in dense trees. The trail is continuously maintained by MB Swindon and it is ever evolving with plans for larger woodwork section and other skills challenges on the way. Over time the club have made the trail ride able year round in any weather. There are normally club members around and they are friendly and helpful, there are regular club rides there with a social ride on a friday night. The trail is also close to other small copses with options to get to the Ridgeway if more distance is required. Personally i find that one lap is never enough i always want more as i will always make a mistake somewhere, and i also find the faster you tackle the course the more rewarding it is to ride as the difficulty increases with the speed.
Bad Points
No facilities linked to the trail other than free car parking and a small picnic area, but you are close to shops and pubs and only a few miles from the center of town.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Trail for the family too
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
This is a great trail for all the family , a nice blue loop for younger riders to undertake with their parents . Safe and traffic free riding but with plenty of twists and turns to keep them amused . The red trails have plenty to offer too, in a very compact space . It comes thick and fast , with a variety of drops, lots of berms and some woodwork too, and for the unfit can be quite a workout! The trail is maintained by a keen core of volunteers and is rideable all year round. Very enjoyable , but with very few facilities dont forget to take a picnic and a flask !

User Review

Good Points
Easy Access
Plenty of Variety
Good for skill development
Very friendly local riders
Bad Points
no facilities
Would you recommend?
Yes
DD
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Excellent trail with much for all
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.5
Extremely happy to have this trail locally - so glad I found it!
The MB Swindon guys do a fantastic job maintaining it and making it fit for all weather and the design and features they have managed to cram in to what is actually a small space, are a real credit to them.
There are no toilets or food on site, but it is just one trail, rather than a bike park. There are nearby pubs though, so all is not lost after a good ride.

User Review

Good Points
Excellent quality trail in handy location.
Brilliant fun with repeated yelps of delight in places - even after repeated riding.
Lots of variety in obstacles and features.
Free parking right next to the trail.
All year round surface.
Bad Points
There are no onsite facilities beyond parking - so no toilets, food or spares available on site.
It might be a bit short for some riders, although there is so much packed in that doing many laps doesn't feel repetitive and you can mix up different obstacles on different laps.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

User Review

Good Points
A nice short trail for a quick blast.its an all in 1 trail and has improved vastly,thanks to MB Swindon club who improves and maintains this trail.3 laps and your sorted.This a kind of trail where you can hone your skill and beat your time everytime you ride.
Bad Points
no toilets and facilities,but there are pubs nearly to quench your thirst after
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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A MTB Trail, in Swindon!?
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.5
Living only around 30 mins drive away, I don't ride here often enough. Its a feature packed location with lots of obstacles to challenge the beginner to intermediate rider and a great spot to brush up on some core skills.

Want to ride a rock spine? Ever ridden North Shore woodwork? Need to work on your basic jumping or dropping techniques?

The Croft Trail has it all. Its short enough to have a lunchtime blast around, but technical enough to make repetition of the loop well worth another lap or two.

MB Swindon ride here regularly (as well as use it for running courses and BBQs) and the local bike store makes the most of it for demo days.

A MTB Trail in Swindon? Yes and a flipping good one too!

User Review

Good Points
Good variation of trail features considering what they have to work with.
Great single track experience in an "urban" location.
Drops, bridges, rock spines, small jumps and woodwork sections.
Lots of locals willing to guide you if you are new to the area.
Free Parking.
Bad Points
Hard to complain as there is limited space here, little elevation to work with and the constraints of a volunteer lead organisation.
No toilet or shop nearby.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
A great trail. Lots of features packed in a small area, you have to stay switched on. On your own or with a group of mates, its 20mins-ish of good riding. You won't just do the one lap...impossible to resist beating your time, or completing something you missed. If you do ride this trail with company, you don't have to really worry about waiting for them. You won't lose them and if they don't fancy a third lap, they can wait and eat sandwiches whilst you rag around it again! If you do fancy moving on, the Ridgeway is an option, via the motorway bridge near by.

User Review

Good Points
Great fun. skills improving features, all built by volunteers. All abilities in a group can ride it, without the better riders having to wait hours for stragglers. Good sized Free Carpark right infront of the trail. Picnic benches for beteween lap stuffing your face. Friendly local riders!
The Check Inn is a post ride bike friendly pub at nearby Wroughton.
Bad Points
Hard to say anything bad considering its location. But, its worth pointing out there are no toilets. Nowhere to purchase food or drink whilst at the trail, so bring your own. Dogs do sometimes roam onto the trail. Most dog walkers do realise its a bike trail as well, but its a Public area so it is what it is.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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