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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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Like many others have said, the signage is very poor. We got lost following the sign at White Gate. Yes the sign says go left, but there is no sign saying go right. If you follow the track you end up way off the track shown on the map.

The "resources" claim really just does not make sense. The Forestry Commission is making money from the parking here, and Pedalaway is also making money from bike hire. There are also plenty of people who live in the area, who would volunteer to help, if asked. You could put up temporary signs for just the cost of a few laminated signs. This was done for a special event this weekend.

Really just needs a bit of organisation!

Ian Corker, 2/Nov/2014

Temporary signage is going up imminently and permanent signage will be in place for next summer.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Have lived in FoD most of my life and have never used the track. Good for sprinting and a time challenge to improve your fitness.

Mallards Pike was awkward. We rode out on the road to our car at New Fancy. As we are local it would be impossible to get lost...but for a visiter not easy.

Rubes, 28/Oct/2014

The Family Trail is listed as 11 miles but every time I ride it with GPS it says 9.30 miles. I get the same with my ordinary cycle computer. I don't get it. I start at New Fancy car park, join at the road crossing and then go round. I can't see what I could be missing.

Howard Lowe, 23/Oct/2014
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Location

OS Grid ref: SO607125

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01594 833057
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