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Family Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

11 miles

Trail is currently open


Family on a waymarked cycle trail. Forest of Dean.

A waymarked circular route mainly on former railway lines with connecting routes to villages and picnic sites. This route has been especially surfaced and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

A surfaced, circular route, suitable for all ages and abilities. The trail is best ridden in a clockwise direction, with link routes connecting to nearby villages and picnic sites. The trail takes you along the old Severn and Wye railway line, passing former stations at Drybrook Road, Cannop Wharf and Speech House. Remnants of former coal mines can be seen at Foxes Bridge, Lightmoor and New fancy.

If you want to develop your skills or try something a bit more technical, try the skills area at the start of the trail, or look out for six fun features as you journey around the forest.

Look for the waymarker posts with a yellow tyre track icon. (Pay close attention at Whitegates and the link to Mallards Pike Lake, where the main trail does not continue straight on). Connecting routes to villages and picnic sites are marked in pink. A route card is available from Pedalabikeaway or Beechenhurst Lodge. No horseriding on the trail please.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We cycled the trail clockwise in late September, starting at Parkend and joining the main trail at Cannop Wharf. The section from the Cycle Centre to Foxes Bridge was a bit of a slog for me on my folding bike, but the scenery was great and I was relieved, after the adverse comments on the website re signage, to find the signage now excellent. A week later, in early October, we cycled the trail anti-clockwise. We parked at New Fancy and cycled up to Foxes Bridge. From there I could really enjoy the section which had been hard work the previous week. I stopped at Cannop Ponds, while my husband, who has an electric bike, continued up the steep section to New Fancy to fetch the car. We saw deer, wild boar and lovely autumn colours. We'd be keen to cycle the trail again on a future visit to the area.

Maureen Chivers, 12/Oct/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great safe riding my 5 year old completed the whole route today. No problem with signage slow down and keep your eyes open!! Cafe well worth a visit at the end.

Leaky, 22/Sep/2013
3 Stars 3 Stars

Ride was fine but we got lost due to poor sine age

Les stanley, 10/Sep/2013

We are hoping to replace all the signage on the family cycle trail this year

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