Today Swinley Forest provides a number of out door and out door related activities which include:
There are many paths through the Forest along fire-roads, which are mainly of a gravel surface and suitable for all, and forest paths which can be muddy when wet and somewhat uneven. There is also a dedicated all-ability trail designed specially for walkers with limited mobility and their companions.
Routes to visit a number of the archaeologically interesting sites are being planned.
The Three Castles Path (a long distance walk of 60miles) running from Windsor Castle, past Odiham Castle and on to Winchester Castle runs through the Forest. It has been suggested that King John, on his way to sign (or more correctly seal) The Magna Carta in May 1215 travelled along part of this route through the Forest.
In 2012 The Crown Estate had constructed 3 dedicated Mountain Bike single track trails of varying difficulty and a Free Ride area in the Forest. Riders are encouraged to use these dedicated trails and the fire roads leaving the forest trails clear for walkers.
Many species of birds are seen in the forest including 3 rare species:- Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks and Nightjars. These nest on the ground and several areas have been cleared of trees and planted with heather to provide the right form of nesting habitat. Other, not-so-common, species such as Spotted Flycatchers, Woodpeckers and Owls are sometimes seen. Although not birds, the Forest is home to many bats which can often be seen at dusk flying almost at ground level. Don't worry, they don't suck blood and will never fly into you or get caught in your hair.
There is a small herd of Roe Dear which can often be seen at dusk in the heather and near clumps of trees, and in the spring with their young. There are some claims to have seen Reeves' Muntjac deer, but these are very timid and hardly ever seen.