The Forest of Dean has always been a great place for outdoor activities. From walking to kayaking and off-roading to hiking, there’s something for everyone in the Forest of Dean.
One of the most popular activities on offer in the area is cycling. Bike routes crisscross the forest, making it the ideal destination for those who want to get out and explore on two wheels.
Family Cycle Trail
If you’re looking for a route to tackle with your kids, the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail is perfect. The 11-mile route is well-signposted and follows gravelled paths through the forest. Although there are a few short climbs, it’s mostly flat and so is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
The Family Trail takes cyclists past some notable landmarks and along a number of disused train tracks. As @FoDmtb says, “The route passes along the old Severn and Wye railway line, passing former stations at Drybrook Road, Cannop Wharf and Speech House.”
As this route is all off-road, it’s great for kids who are building up their confidence as well as those who are already pros at cycling.
The Freeminers Trail is ideal for more experienced cyclists. This challenging, single track is suitable for proficient mountain bikers with experience in off-roading. Hairpin turns and switchbacks mean even those who spend a lot of time on a bike need to keep their wits about them.
Like other routes in the Forest of Dean, the Freeminers Trail is well sign posted. Taking you through stunning countryside and the heart of the ancient woodland, it’s a great way to get to know the Forest of Dean.
The Verderers Trail is an intermediate route that’s suitable for both cyclists and mountain bikers with basic off-roading skills. Seven miles long, the route takes you on single track and hard packed trails and is suitable for all weather conditions.
The trail takes you on a gentle climb and along a fast, flat section before leading you on an exhilarating descent on the Dragon’s Tail and back to the cycle centre.
Other bike routes
While following these marked routes is a great way to get to know the Forest of Dean and its bike tracks, there are plenty more trails and paths to discover.
Pick up a map from the Cannop Cycle Centre, or visit a local tourist information centre to find out about the routes available across the forest.
If you want to practice your off road skills, explore the Pump Tracks close to the Cannop Cycle Centre. These tracks are specially designed to test cyclists and help them to perfect the tricks and tactics needed to tackle longer routes.
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