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Downhill Trails
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Latest News (26/10/2016 14:05)

The Wyedean Rally will be passing through the forest area at Cannop Cycle Centre on Saturday 12th November.  During this time all cycle trails will be closed.  The Cycle Centre car park will be a rally spectator car park charged for by the Rotary Club with monies raised going to local charities.  The toilets and cafe will be available.

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Extreme

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Downhill cycle trail, Forest of Dean





The Downhill trails at Cannop Cycle Centre are for expert mountain bikers with a high level of technical ability.

Nine short, fast, steep trails, full of features and rideable in most weathers. There are also a number of unofficial trails which can be linked together. Expect to find a range of severe drops, jumps, table tops, berms and loamy corners, off camber and rocky and rooty sections. Helmets and a high quality bike are all essential and body armour is recommended.

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 official trails are now open until Monday 31st October, however there maybe some brash or surface damage to some of the trails so please take care.

Please help us by adhering to all signage diversions 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.

The Dean Trail Volunteers have developed and maintain many of the trails so there are now a good mix of natural and manmade tracks which are super fast with tight switchbacks. 

Please use the push-up track to the top of the hill, not the downhill tracks themselves. Or use Flyup Downhill, the official MTB uplift service, which will pick you up at the cycle centre and take you and your bike to the top of the downhill trails.

The Launchpad trail is the first of its kind in the UK and has been specifically designed for use by the Rough Riderz Gravity Biking Club and their 4 wheel mountain bikes.

The trail is also great for 2 wheel mountain bikes and allows able and disabled people to ride together making it an inclusive sport.

Cyclists on 2 wheeled bikes do not need to pedal on this trail.  The trail is extremely fast and is designed to take you downhill without your own pedal power. 

The Launch Pad has been generously funded by the Forestry Commission and the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust with landfill tax contributions donated by Cory Environmental, £17,500 and £35,000 respectively.

The Sallowvallets area at the Cycle Centre is the only place in the forest where downhill mountain biking is permitted.  Please stick to these trails and keep the rest of the forest for wildlife and other users.


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

The corkscrew is an amazing trail

Louis Dall, 6/Jun/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

very good trails,

P.S - do you know when the next wyedean car rally is on


arran jones, 24/Apr/2015

I would like to know of any events that are taking place beginning of may, as we would like to come down to spectate and check this out....mostly interested in downhill

keeley, 19/Mar/2014

The closest event booked in to May is the Mini downhill on April 27th organised by

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