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Explore Cannop Cycle Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

This centre, on the site of an old colliery, is the ideal place to start your cycling adventure. 

Enjoy a gentle ride through the forest on the Family Cycle Trail or test your skills on one of our MTB or downhill trails.

On your bike!

Cannop Cycle Centre is the starting point for the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail which consists of eleven miles of waymarked, surfaced tracks.

Two singletrack trails have been designed for cyclists looking for a more adventurous ride. The 4 mile red grade (difficult) Freeminer Trail and the 7 mile blue grade (moderate) Verderers' Trail.  

The final section of the Verderers' Trail is Red grade.  The resurfacing of this trail has not been completed.  Work has had to be halted and will restart again in a few months time.  Any Blue grade riders should use the forest road before the final descent to return to the Cycle Centre. (this adds an extra 3 miles to the whole trail, making it 10 miles long in total) 

For experienced riders only, there are a number of 'downhill' trails and an uplift service available, Flyupdownhill, for transport to the top of the slopes.

For the safety of walkers and wildlife, please keep all off-road mountain biking to the Sallowvallets MTB area behind the Cycle Centre.  In the wider forest, you can explore using hard surfaced tracks, but please do not ride off-road or on waymarked walking trails.

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March, Chain Reaction Cycles will be holding a demo day at the Cannop Cycle Centre.  This event is being run with the support of the staff at Pedalabikeway.

The Cycle Centre will be busier than normal so arrive early to ensure a parking space.

To take part in the demo day, online pre registration is required and capped at 125 riders per am or pm session on each day.  Bike suppliers have trained mechanics who will set up each bike for each rider.  suppiers are Cube, Nukeproof, Vitus and Ghost.


As well as hiring bikes, Pedalabikeaway also offers refreshments, toilets and a bike workshop. Contact Pedalabikeaway on 01594 860065 for further details. 

1 South West off-road cycling project

Recent trail and car park improvements have been developed in partnership with the 1 South West off road cycling project. 1 South West aims to create an off-road cycling region and provide information allowing people to enjoy adventurous off-road cycing and progress their riding with confidence.

Cycle Events

A number of cycle events are held on site each year. Parking may be limited on these days.  Other events such as the Wyedean Car Rally (February) and Half Marathon (March) will affect the trails.  

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Just want to say thank you to the person who found my car keys Lost in the blue trail on the 18th of july, people there were so lovely and helpful. Had a wonderful day aside from the moment i realized my car keys was not on my pocket. Overall the place is so great that im already looking forward to going back. Best options of cycling trails for all ages and skill.

Eric , 20/Jul/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had an amazing day Saturday! 100% recommend. Will be back this week :)

Amy , 29/Jun/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had an excellent day here on Sunday, perfect weather. Best day out cycling I have ever had, looking forward to coming back.

Neil, 7/Jun/2015

Great, thank you for your feedback!

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • picnic tables available by the cafe and bridge
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO 607126

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Overflow car park is locked at 9pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
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