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Family Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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.

The '3 Brothers' section of this trail has been damaged from recent heavy rain.  Please take extreme care whilst riding this section.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Great trail and signage clear (Jul 2015.) Plenty of people around to ask too. Good idea to take the free map for reassurance. Cafe was great too and reasonably priced.

Jo , 20/Jul/2015

Is this trail suitable for road bikes?

Anonymous, 1/Jun/2015

As the trail is surfaced you probably could but it would not be ideal, a hybrid with wider tyres would be best.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I have walked and cycled on the cycle track and have found that they are in need of some repair. I got my self a cycle map and it is out date Have been asked were places are as a lot of the maps are out of date

barry milson, 17/May/2015

signage and maps are being updated this year

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