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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?

Can someone tell me if this is good to run as a 9.5 mile jog? I would be a visitor to the area: where would be best to park and am I likely to get lost? Any help would be much appreciated!! Thank you.

Tachel, 2/Apr/2015

Not good to run as too many other cycle users on the trail. Pick up our walks leaflet at Beechenhurst, Symonds Yat, the Cycle Centre or Forestry Commission Office in Coleford to choose routes for walking/running.

Forestry Commission Response

this track is to long ayyyyyyyyyyy

storm parker, 20/Mar/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Rode it a couple of times at half term, once with kids, once without. Signs were excellent, enjoyed by all - even my son (eventually), the slope from the cycle centre up to the high point is gentle at about 4% but long so be prepared for the odd rest!

Pete, 23/Feb/2015

Glad you had fun!

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