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Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

11 miles

Trail is currently open


Family on a waymarked cycle trail. Forest of Dean.

A waymarked circular route mainly on former railway lines with connecting routes to villages and picnic sites. This route has been especially surfaced and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

A surfaced, circular route, suitable for all ages and abilities. The trail is best ridden in a clockwise direction, with link routes connecting to nearby villages and picnic sites. The trail takes you along the old Severn and Wye railway line, passing former stations at Drybrook Road, Cannop Wharf and Speech House. Remnants of former coal mines can be seen at Foxes Bridge, Lightmoor and New fancy.

If you want to develop your skills or try something a bit more technical, try the skills area at the start of the trail, or look out for six fun features as you journey around the forest.

Look for the waymarker posts with a yellow tyre track icon. (Pay close attention at Whitegates and the link to Mallards Pike Lake, where the main trail does not continue straight on). Connecting routes to villages and picnic sites are marked in pink. A route card is available from Pedalabikeaway or Beechenhurst Lodge. No horseriding on the trail please.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

My daughter and I went for a cycle ride today and chose the family route as we are not avid or particular fit cyclists. Unfortunately we got very lost and ended up in Coleford. This was due to poor and in some cases absence of any signage about which route you were on, directions etc. I had a map from the cycling centre but as I the signs on the trail bore no relevance to the map so it was nigh on impossible to pinpoint where you were in relation to the map. However, the facility is lovely and so nice to be able to ride with no cars etc. But you do need to improve the signage please...

Caroline, 15/Aug/2014

New signage is in the pipeline, thank you for your comments

Forestry Commission Response

Followed the trail to the outskirts of coleford then the markers and signs seed to disappear. Had to turn around and go back the way we came.

Andrew Davies. , 14/Aug/2014

The Family Cycle Trail is being resignposted and will hopefully all be sorted ready for the Easter holidays.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Appreciate your response.

Could Family Trail cut go straight on at White Gates, appreciate the sculpture and miss the hill?

I was riding the Explorer route last week, beyond the Family Trail which was great

Paulo, 10/Aug/2014

We cannot run the cycle trail next to the sculpture as we must not allow cyclists to ride on the sculpture. The route will remain as it is.

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