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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.

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Could Family Trail cut go straight on at White Gates, appreciate the sculpture and miss the hill?

I was riding the Explorer route last week, beyond the Family Trail which was great

Paulo, 10/Aug/2014

We cannot run the cycle trail next to the sculpture as we must not allow cyclists to ride on the sculpture. The route will remain as it is.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great family ride but for years the signage at a White Gates has been misleading. Always a temptation to go left which goes way off track. Sad to see historic comments not acted on yet. Hope will be improved this summer. Also the short cut from White Gates used to be even more poorly signed unless riding anti clockwise. Sorry to be negative, you have some great rides, but promising the family "it's not far to go now " then becoming lost isn't any fun. Family rides need to be idiot proof so even people thicker than me can ride them! Thanks

Paulo, 14/Jul/2014

The trail does indeed turn left at this point, it then turns back right again making a triangle around White Gates. We are hoping to replace signage for the whole of the Family Cycle Trail whenresources enable us to do so.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Excellent facility. Trail in good condition. But signage V poor. Rode the family trail for the first time this evening. Easy to wrong after white gates - bad news with a 7 year old on her first forest ride.

Brian , 30/Jun/2014

Thank you for the information, our Cycle Ranger is in the process of reviewing signage on the Family cycle trail so will take this into account.

Forestry Commission Response
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