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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.  

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.



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

Beechenhurst Lodge is a short 5 minute cycle ride over the bridge at the start of the Family Cycle Trail.

Cycle Events

A number of cycle events are held on site each year. Parking will be limited on these days.  On these occasions we recommend that visitors using the Family Cycle Trail should park at Beechenhurst Lodge which is a just a few minutes away.

Other events such as the Wyedean Car Rally (November) and Half Marathon (March) will affect the trails.  

The number of cycle events run from the Cycle Centre have been limited to 10 a year.  To apply to run an event here in 2018, please e mail the Forestry Commission westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Very impressed with my flat white in the cafe today, you obviously take your coffee seriously and it shows. Thanks!!

Jim, 2/Jan/2017

Here small lake or beech available?

This Saturday will be open?

Aly, 22/Dec/2016

Yes, The cycle centre is open this Saturday but there is no lake or beach. There is a small lake at nearby Cannop Ponds.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

We cycled on the family trail and cannot fault the trail at all. Unfortunately when we got back down at app 2pm and tried to buy food it was all sold out. This really put a downer on what would have been a brilliant day out.Would have thought weekends would be busy times therefore catered for accordingly

Susann Lane, 27/Sep/2016

I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your cycling but sorry to hear of your disappointment with food availability at the café - we will advise the café tenant of your comments. I have not heard of this happening before, thank you for letting us know.

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Last updated: 5th April 2017

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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
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OS Grid ref: SO 607126

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Overflow car park closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
£3.50 Mar - Oct
£3.00 Nov - Feb
£10 year round
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