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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

7 miles

Trail is currently open

 

Trail description

Mountain biking on the Verderers’ Trail

The highly rated Verderers’ trail, designed and built by Rowan Sorrell's 'Back on Track' team, is an exciting and adventurous trail for both intermediate and experienced cyclists on mountain bikes.

You’ll encounter a combination of different surfaces, narrow sections, moderate climbs, humps, flowing berms and undulating whoops. There are two shortcuts back to the cycle centre if you decide the trail is not suitable for you.

Take on the ‘Iron Chicken and ‘Blue String Pudding’ before the final descent of the trail which has received huge plaudits since its completion in the summer 2011. The trail overall gives a massive feeling of fun and riders complete the final downhill section with a huge grin. Feedback has been unanimously positive with rave reviews from both hardcore cyclists and those that have not ridden a bike for many years.

The Verderers’ trail is a 1 South West project. They have produced a map of the trail.

Before cycling the trail, why not try out the skills loop near the trail start? This can help you get a feel for your bike and develop your off-road technique.

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. 

During this time, the Verderers Trail will have a diversion until further notice.

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

First time to the centre and bringing my family. After the family trail I had a go at the Verderer's trail and loved it. Skills area first, then the trail and despite it being summer holidays with plenty of people around, trail was quite quiet, passing a few people as I went round. Great fun and looking forward,to doing it again. Parking great for whole day, reasonable price in the cafe too with great food.

Dids, 15/Aug/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Brilliant fun

I haven't ridden it for a couple of years.

Have some of the grinding bits been taken out?

Anonymous, 27/Jul/2016

Glad you enjoyed your ride! Resurfacing and minor changes to trail sections take place on a yearly basis to keep the Verderers trail a highly rated cross country ride. Car parking fees are used for this maintenance.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Rode the Verderers' trail for the first time with my son on 23rd July. Very impressed all round.

Ian , 27/Jul/2016
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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Gradient (moderate)

Location

OS Grid ref: SO 624 114

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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