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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.

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.

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. 

1 South West off-road cycling project

Recent trail and car park improvements have been developed in partnership with the 1 South West off road cycling project. 1 South West aims to create an off-road cycling region and provide information allowing people to enjoy adventurous off-road cycing and progress their riding with confidence.

Cycle Events

A number of cycle events are held on site each year. Parking may be limited on these days.  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.  To apply to run an event here in 2016, an application must be received by 30th September 2015.  To apply please e mail the Forestry Commission

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a fantastic day, a great way to break into mountain biking without breaking the bank! 3.50 for parking is all it costs, can't argue with that!

Harry, 31/Aug/2015

glad you had a good day!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just want to say thank you to the person who found my car keys Lost in the blue trail on the 18th of july, people there were so lovely and helpful. Had a wonderful day aside from the moment i realized my car keys was not on my pocket. Overall the place is so great that im already looking forward to going back. Best options of cycling trails for all ages and skill.

Eric , 20/Jul/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had an amazing day Saturday! 100% recommend. Will be back this week :)

Amy , 29/Jun/2015
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Last updated: 11/03/2015

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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
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO 607126

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Overflow car park is locked at 9pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
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