Fanshaw Lake - Trail, London, Ontario

Fanshaw Lake - Trail, London, Ontario

DESCRIPTION

Great single track as well as technical sections. Most of it winds through forest and bush. The south side has lots of rocks and roots where it goes along the bluffs. Very enjoyable trail with a great view of the lake.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 17, 2007]
D Grant
Cross Country Rider

~20km trail that runs around the lake, mostly singletrack with a couple of on-road sections. A real mix of terrain, from swoopy hardpack tracks on the edge of fields, to rooty and slightly rocky forest trail, to very rocky and muddy stream trail.

A somewhat schitso trail that can't make up its mind if it is intro, intermediate, or advanced - but none of the hard sections are overly long and can be walked through quickly enough if necessary.

Some medium grade climbs/decents and a couple of short steep ones.

Overall, this is a fun and challenging trail with a good mix of terrain. The northern section can get a little sloppy and gnarly at points, but the section is short enough to not overly inconvenience novices. The loop format, "just right" distance, and alternating directions on alternate days make this a great training track.

Biggest problem is signage - the sections to the south of the bike wash are poorly marked and occasionally contradict each other. The rest of the trail is better marked (with blue squares) but occasionaly trail forks are not signed and it is easy to get sidetracked.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 25, 2007]
KINBOY
Cross Country Rider

This year come out and try the new areas that are a lot more fun and a bit of a challenge. I was doing 54-55min laps last year and with the new areas its about 75-80 mins. Great new black diamond areas that are really not too had just technical.

Customer Service

There are about 10 other instructions below and a map naow.
Only thing, please pay for your day, its how the trail is maintained

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 07, 2007]
pcshaw
Weekend Warrior

When i ride with my wife, this is the place we most like to go without arguing over how difficult it is. (i mean she gets P.O'd when i take her to really hard places.)

The scenery is really beautiful, most of the trail is smooth with a nice mix of rocks and roots. There are 3 creek crossings but someone had made stepping stones on them so it's not a problem. Just enough hills to give you a good workout but not too many. You can really pick up some good speed on some sections with cool roller coaster type terrain. There is a beach around the lake when you finish and there are lots of picnic tables in the park and also around the trails. We like to have a barbeque when we finish.

When you ride on even dates it's one way and on odd dates another way around. This is really cool because you see the trail from 2 different views. The lake and the streams around the lake are really clean too. There are a lot of people out fishing and canoing which adds to the atmosphere. I really don't have anything bad to say about this place and wish we lived a little closer to it (we're about 1-1/2 hours away) so I could ride it after work sometimes. We take about 3 hours around which is very slow but we stop about 3 times to eat and just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Customer Service

Just do the whole trail. You start around the dam and follow the signs which are marked very well.

Similar Products Used:

Guelph Lake

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 09, 2006]
rkj__
Cross Country Rider

A very fun loop. The map was very helpful, and had some nice nature info as well. Some technical challenges to try, as well as a fun water crossing. i especially enjoyed the black diamond sections. You can do this trail at a high pace for a great physical workout. Not many tough climbs.

Customer Service

I went counter clockwise.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 22, 2005]
pheonix
Cross Country Rider

As a Londoner and after having sampled several trails in SW ON Fanshawe still stands out amongst the best ... easily. Great variety, it's a circut/loop, long at 25kms and with great variety for moderate to experienced XC. My only complaint is the bridge on Thorndale Rd. is dangerous to cyclists as vehicles (like, big, fully loaded dump trucks) rumble by at hwy speeds scaring the power bar right out of you. Well marked and map available online http://www.thamesriver.on.ca/ or at the gate. Camping and such too.

Customer Service

Entre through the main gate and pay the moderate fee ... so they can build a suspension bridge under the exsisting bridge at Thorndale.

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North Thames River, Komoka, Kains, Warbler, Meadowlilly, Westminister, Sherwood, Medway, Boler and counting ...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 17, 2005]
londonlad
Weekend Warrior

I'm new to London, and have ridden the Fanshawe trail twice. Loved it both times! It's about 25km, takes between 60-90 minutes depending on how hard you push yourself. Great variety, mostly singletrack, but there's ups and downs, rocky sections, roots, fast and flat, forests, little bit of everything. Some technical sections keep it interesting. The variety of this trail is what I find so appealing. Nice scenic ride as well, with the lake (plus the neighbouring golf-course, and occasional airplane coming in to land at the airport). Current fees are $5 per adult, although in late fall and early spring the gate-booth isn't manned, so it is free.

Customer Service

Routes are fixed: clockwise on even numbered dates, counter-clockwise on odd-numbered dates. For a map and more details, check this site: http://www.thamesriver.org/Parks/Fanshawe_Lake_Trail.htm

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 21, 2005]
fireguy
Cross Country Rider

This is a truly awsome trail! it is not the most technical around but it is a great trail that anyone with some skills can do! The trail was lengthened about a year ago and I'm guessing it now nearly 30 km. on the longest loop. there are abuot 5 shorter loops in and around the long trail.It is all tight single track, with two water crossings,rooty climbes,lots of baby headsand a small road section to connect the two sides.We park at the dam,and usually ride clockwise.The route goes according to the date(even dates clockwise,un-even dates counter-clockwise).Try it out! your good if you can do it in about an hour! Test your endurance by doing it twice(2.5 hrs.)

Customer Service

Come into london on Airport Rd. from hwy. 401.Left on Oxford, right on clark side rd. go till you see the sign for Fansawe Lake park. Go thru pay gate follow road till you get to dam and park. follow your map to the trail head near the beach(going clockwise).once your in the trail you cannot go wrong, follow your map on the road section(most of it is marked).If you park at the dam,you will come out right beside your car.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 04, 2005]
EVP
Cross Country Rider

Fast for most of the ride, more technical at the east side of the lake. Officer Dan adding new loops every year, if only more people would use them. Watch out for others going the wrong way, most pedestrians jump out of the way for you. Nice 20km workout.

Customer Service

Take Clarke Rd. to Fanshawe Park Gates cross the dam to picnic area. Pay your 3 bucks.

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Boler when you feel like a leg burner

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 24, 2004]
Fonz
Weekend Warrior

Hey I got to say it, this trail kicks the crap out of most the trails i've been on. Uphill climbs, awsome down hills and everything else between like water crossings and roots and rocks. Check it out, it's worth the drive to London!!

Customer Service

Fanshaw road east to clarke road turn right go 2km turn left at Fanshaw conservation area sign. Pick a place to park.

Similar Products Used:

Bolar Mountain, London City Paved trial, Komoka.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 25, 1999]
Terri DeBoer

The route around the river is about 22 km

Customer Service

I enter on the north side of the bridge that runs over the thames river on clarke rd. there is a track for beginner to almost pro in some areas but it is a good start. When your finished cross the dam and head east alonge the river When you get in to the cottage area continue on the road and follow the marker they are easy to see. The trail continues when you finaly see a road bridge from the bush cross the bridge and continue back on the other side. You can continue heading east past the bridge but in not sure were it goes. If you find out write about it.

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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