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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

4.5 (7km) miles

Trail is currently open

 

Trail description

Cylists on part of the FODCA trail. Forest of Dean.

The Freeminer trail offers more of a challenge for experienced riders.

Maintained by the Dean Trail Volunteers in partnership with the Forestry Commission, this challenging and varied singletrack can offer something to even the most demanding of riders, from tricky switchback climbs to rooty drops and hairpin bends. 

It is for experienced riders only and is suitable for off-road quality mountain bikes. The trail is currently 4.5 miles / 7km in length but is being developed by the volunteers, so expect some exciting changes in the near future.   There is now a totaly natural and unsurfaced optional extension to the trail. 

A map of the trail has been produced by 1 South West.

From 12th September tree harvesting will be carried out in the area around the Cycle Centre as part of the Forestry Commissions normal forest management. 

We aim to keep disruption to a minimum and keep you informed of closures. 

All trails will be open as normal on weekends but there maybe some tree brash or damage to the trails.

Please help us by adhering to all signage and harvesting staff during this period so we can get the trails open as quickly as possible.

Please check the FC website and other local bike social media for updates.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I visited the Forest of Dean trail centre for the first time last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the compact yet challenging red track. There was an atmosphere around trail start with many biking enthusiasts of all abilities riding the choice of trails. I had travelled down alone from Leicestershire for the day and met riders from South Wales and Hampshire and will be sure to visit this centre once again.

Jagerbomb, 31/Oct/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visited the Forest of Dean trail centre for the first time last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the compact yet challenging red track. There was an atmosphere around trail start with many biking enthusiasts of all abilities riding the choice of trails. I had travelled down alone from Leicestershire for the day and met riders from South Wales and Hampshire and will be sure to visit this centre once again.

Jagerbomb, 31/Oct/2016

Glad you enjoyed your visit - see you again soon!

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

that is the best track I have ever been on. I found that some of the trail was confusing on were to go. ill be coming back next month as it was so good.

Elijah Fountain, 3/Oct/2016

Great - so pleased you enjoyed the trail!

Forestry Commission Response
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Location

OS Grid ref: SO 607126

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0300 067 4800
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