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Explore Cannop Cycle Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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.

 

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.

Pedalabikeaway

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 westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

What do other visitors say?

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!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

My first trail ever. Hooked at first mile!

Adriana, 6/May/2016

fabulous! come back again.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

would like to thank Forestry Guys(Uncle Albert)and ambulance service for help getting injured friend off the hill. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly looking after some old blokes that should know better.

Anonymous, 22/Jan/2016
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Last updated: 26th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    Coaches:
    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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Coaches:
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