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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.

The '3 Brothers' section of this trail has been damaged from recent heavy rain.  Please take extreme care whilst riding this section.

What do other visitors say?

My 5 year old just did the 11mile family trail and he loved every minute of it, great trail, great surface and very clearly marked! Loved it

Mark feeney, 4/May/2015


Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Completed this route with family (kiddi seat + trailed bike) - great loop. Nice and easy but with a few gradients and additional loops to keep it interesting.

GT, 3/May/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Ran the family route this morning, signage is really clear now. Can't understand why it wouldn't be recommended for running - it's a wide trail with plenty of room for cyclists to pass. I almost had the trail to myself, on a Saturday, passed by half a dozen riders at most.

Great trail run.

Anonymous, 25/Apr/2015

Glad you enjoyed the trail. We can't recommend for running as its an official cycle trail and we try to avoid clashes between users.

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