Fanshawe Conservation Area has a large loop that circles on the banks of the reservoir. This is an easy but long cross-country style ride at 22 km.
Most of the single track is a hiker’s path that is rather straight with smooth soil and the odd root or rock. Inclines are short hills and not too steep for any seasoned rider to manage.
A scenic ride that is ever changing as you circle the reservoir. This can be a fast ride if you like it that way, or a slower family outing, though a bit long for kids.
What this loop does not have, is a shortcut, so are you up for 20+ km? If you have to double back, please let riders pass.
Follow the blue diamond hiker symbols as you go around and you can’t get lost.
Cyclists are asked to alternate directions depending on the day. [clockwise on even numbered days, counter-clockwise on odd]
Expect to ride a few sections on paved side roads – over the dam, past the camping area and behind two golf courses.
There were 4 Black Diamond side loops (two are not on the map) that are a little bit harder and cut the way MTB riders like, with a few cool structures… but really not that tough.
The Dragon’s Cur was the best and Monkey Wrench is twisty fun.
But Ontario MTB standards, it felt like just a harder Blue trail. Hmmm sorry guys, Sudbury is Black Diamond country!
Expect to get mud on you and the bike as there are a lot of small muck puddles.
I would avoid the ride after rain or in early spring. Would prefer more maintenance to fill these holes and a few more boardwalks too….please.
There is one small creek crossing you ride through, kinda fun, but not too fast or your shoes will get wet.
If you are out this way, there not much choice to ride trail. So this long loop is welcomed to give you a few good hours on your stead.