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Forest of Dean

Explore Cannop Cycle Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

This centre, on the site of an old colliery, is the ideal place to start your cycling adventure. 

Enjoy a gentle ride through the forest on the Family Cycle Trail or test your skills on one of our MTB or downhill trails.

On your bike!

Cannop Cycle Centre is the starting point for the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail which consists of eleven miles of waymarked, surfaced tracks.

Two singletrack trails have been designed for cyclists looking for a more adventurous ride. The 4 mile red grade (difficult) Freeminer Trail and the 7 mile blue grade (moderate) Verderers' Trail.  

For experienced riders only, there are a number of 'downhill' trails and an uplift service available, Flyupdownhill, for transport to the top of the slopes.

During the Autumn, tree harvesting will be carried out in the area around the Cycle Centre as part of the Forestry Commissions normal forest management .  During this time, some of the trails will be closed for use.  We will try to keep most of the trails open and the disruption to a minimum, keeping you informed of which trails will be closed.  Please check the FC website and other local bike social media for updates

For the safety of walkers and wildlife, please keep all off-road mountain biking to the Sallowvallets MTB area behind the Cycle Centre.  In the wider forest, you can explore using hard surfaced tracks, but please do not ride off-road or on waymarked walking trails.


As well as hiring bikes, Pedalabikeaway also offers refreshments, toilets and a bike workshop. Contact Pedalabikeaway on 01594 860065 for further details. 

Beechenhurst Lodge is a short 5 minute cycle ride over the bridge at the start of the Family Cycle Trail.

Cycle Events

A number of cycle events are held on site each year. Parking will be limited on these days.  On these occasions we recommend that visitors using the Family Cycle Trail should park at Beechenhurst Lodge which is a just a few minutes away.

The dates of the 2016 events at the Cycle Centre are:

  • 31st January: Mini Downhill
  • 28th February: Min Downhill
  • 17th April: Mini Downhill
  • 24th April: Mini Enduro
  • 19th June: Mini Downhill
  • 3rd July: Mini Downhill
  • 4th September: Mini Downhill
  • 18th September: Cross Country Enduro
  • 16th October: Mini Enduro
  • 4th December: Mini Downhill

Other events such as the Wyedean Car Rally (February) and Half Marathon (March) will affect the trails.  

The number of cycle events run from the Cycle Centre have been limited to 10 a year.  The applications to run an event in 2016 are now closed.  To apply to run an event here in 2017, please e mail the Forestry Commission

What do other visitors say?

Cant find a postcode on your website to put in my satnav - always frustrating on websites when this is not there as most people would require this these days who are unfamiliar with the location. Unless its there but I just cant see it?

Postcode for Satnav?, 11/Aug/2016

The postcode is GL16 7EH.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Wow what a fantastic place!! First time experiencing the trails and it certainly won't be the last!! Even the treasure trail was a massive hit not just for our children! Can't wait to come back soon

Kelly, 25/Jul/2016

Great glad you enjoyed your first visit!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Our first visit to the Forest of Dean and well worth the trip, only 3:50 for all day parking, well maintained and sign posted trails of various grades, great cafe/shop with friendly staff in such a great setting.. met loads of people out and you even provided sunshine all day.. SUPERB

Tim & Cath, 7/May/2016

glad you had such a great time!

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Last updated: 27th July 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • picnic tables available by the cafe and bridge
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OS Grid ref: SO 607126

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Overflow car park closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
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