Swithland Woods and Reservoir

Sunday 11th November 2012 at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Behind Leicester Leys Leisure Centre Beaumont Way, Beaumont Leys LE4 1DS
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 55 mins  (2 hours 15 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Leicester

If you're fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

Come join us on this picturesque ride around Swithland Woods and Reservoir. At 15.9 miles this scenic circular route is perfect for families and cyclists wanting to get out on their bikes in an off-road environment. If riding in beautiful scenery is something that interests you then this ride really is not to be missed!

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures.
Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at on Street parking, charges may apply
Nearest Train Station
Leicester London Road Station, 3 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at the shopping centre  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Kevin Cooper
    Kevin Cooper Always difficult to describe yourself as others may see you, so I will copy what was written about me for a Leicestershire & Rutland sports volunteering award. .......................................................................... 'When it comes to being active, Kevin Cooper is passionate about cycling, bikes and walking and is a very fun and friendly volunteer, who has encouraged many more people across the district of Harborough to lead more physically active lives and enjoy their rural surroundings. Kevin has a wealth of local knowledge about people and places of interest and is keen to share this information to enhance the enjoyment of people joining the walking and cycling groups he leads. Kevin undertook and sucessfully completed British Cyclings Ride Leadership award and has taken the initiative in assessing and planning potential cycle routes and with a colleague has established the Harborough Rural Rides Group, which is run as part of The Active Together Harbrough Activity Programme. Kevin has a can-do attitude towards encouraging more people to lead physically active lives and is a very valued member of the Active Together Volunteering Team.'.................. I must confess when I read this I thought they were mixing me up with someone else as I thought I was just someone who is passionate about riding his bike and is keen to share this with others, regardless of their ability........ I look forward to meeting you on one of our rides Kevin
  • Rick Wells-Cole
    Rick Wells-Cole Mountain Bike Rider, accredited level 3 off-road Mountain Bike Instructor. Dirt jumper, pump track and trails designer/rider and trail builder at Western Park. Downhill rider in the Alps, trail centre rider in England, Wales and Scotland. Qualified 360 mini excavator driver. Instructor for the Western Park Freeride Club (www.westernparkfreeriders.co.uk). Tai chi teacher and student (www.universetaichi.co.uk). Affiliated Filemaker Pro database designer (www.maplecote.co.uk)

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Rick Stones Wednesday 23rd July Lovely countryside route. More suitable for a mountain bike than a hybrid, as some of the paths are a bit rough and muddy in places.
  • Sarah Brandon Wednesday 23rd July
  • karen shore Thursday 17th July
  • karen shore Thursday 17th July

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