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Family Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

11 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

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.

Pedalabikeaway (shop, cafe, toilets, workshop and bike hire) are now closed on Wednesdays outside of school holidays until 17th February 2016.  Normal parking charges still apply on these days.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We walked it one day and cycled it the next and thoroughly enjoyed both visits.Makes you appreciate how good a holiday in England can be-even for pensioners like us !

Highly recommended.

Pete and Glen, 16/Aug/2015

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Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Much improved cycle trail with great little off road sections for a bit of fun!

Ian, 15/Aug/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great trail and signage clear (Jul 2015.) Plenty of people around to ask too. Good idea to take the free map for reassurance. Cafe was great too and reasonably priced.

Jo , 20/Jul/2015
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