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Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire sits in stunning countryside between the Severn Estuary and Wye Valley, close to the border with Wales. Cannop Cycle Centre is situated on the B4234 between Coleford and Cinderford.

The saddle of a bike is an ideal place from which to explore the historic landscape of this area. Cannop Cycle Centre is the starting point for a range of trails for novices to experienced riders, taking you on a journey deep into the forest.

The green (easy) grade Family Cycle Trail takes you on a 10 mile loop deep into the forest, with links to Beechenhurst Lodge, Mallards Pike Lake, and neighbouring towns. The blue (moderate) grade Verderer’s Trail and the red (difficult) grade Freeminer’s Trail will both test your fitness and technical ability.

You can find out more about trail grading to find a trail that suits you.

There is also a choice of two skills loops to help you develop your off-road cycling skills.

Parking has been extended  with 1 South West funding, and the cafe at Pedalabikeaway has been expanded by the new owners, made possible by the increasing popularity of the cycle trails.

How to get there: Take the B4226 Coleford – Cinderford road and at the crossroads with the B4234, turn north and follow the signs to the Cycle Centre.

For more information visit the Forestry Commission’s Forest of Dean webpages or the official tourism website Visit Forest of Dean.

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Cannop Cycle Centre

  • Cycle trails
  • Family & intermediate skills areas
  • Pedalabikeaway cycle hire
  • Cafe
  • Bike wash
  • Showers
  • Toilets
Other facilities are available at Beechenhurst Lodge. For more details, opening times and charges visit the Forest of Dean webpages.

Family Trail

Green Grade (Easy), 11 miles (17.5km), 1.5-2.5 hrs

Verderer's Trail

Blue Grade (Moderate), 7 miles (11 km), 1-1.75 hrs

Freeminer Trail

Red Grade (Difficult), 2.75 miles (4.5 km), 0.5-1 hrs

Skills Loops

Family Skills Loop - Blue Grade (Moderate) Intermediate Skills Loop - Blue Grade (Moderate)

Downhill Trails

Orange – Bike Park Grading: 2 Dots (Severe)
  • Forest of Dean area featured as 'Best Trail Network 2011' in MBR Magazine
  • "Had an amazing week of riding in and around the Forest of Dean. If you can replicate the Verderers trail in some shape or form at Plymbridge I'll be very happy!" Matthew, via Facebook.

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