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Cycling and MTB at Sherwood Pines

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Sherwood Pines offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. From a fun day out with the kids on the Green Family Trail, to adventurous MTB routes around the outer limits of the forest.

1. Young cyclists and family trails

Learn to ride your bike at Sherwood Pines! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills.

  • The Green graded Family Cycle Route offers a 3 mile loop, starting at the Visitors Centre and looping through the forest. At a leisurely pace, this will take the family an hour, and there are picnic benches dotted around the trail for when you need a break!
  • Another fantastic family ride is the Blue Adventure Cycle Trail. Weather proof and family friendly, this trail accommodates those looking to spend a morning or afternoon meandering through the forest at a leisurely pace.

Free fold out maps of the cycle routes are available from the Visitor Centre and Cycle shop.

2. Mountain Biking

Sherwood Pines provides an almost unlimited supply of technical offroad trails for the more advanced cyclist. We also have some fantastic marked trails which will leave you grinning ear to ear...

  • The Red Skills Loop boasts a variety of technical trail features and a mini loop of single track, making it a great place to practice and improve your skills.
  • Another Red option is The Kitchener Trail which flows through the forest linking broadleaf and pine woodland on 13km of pure singletrack.
  • The Bike Park offers a more technical challenge, including a DH section and a jump line.

3. Facilities, events, and things to look out for

  • Print a map before you go - available to download here
  • Drop by the café for a post-ride coffee and food. The café is attached can be found at the Visitor Centre.
  • Shop and hire bikes from our excellent local bike shop Sherwood Pines Cycles which you'll find in the main Visitor Centre area, near Go Ape.
  • We're currently liaising with British Cycling and FoxCycleTots to deliver cycling events for you to enjoy. We also plan to update the existing skills loop to provide an additional level of challenge to help you to progress your riding skills.
Adventure Cycle Trail
  • Moderate
Adventure cycle trail
Bike Park
  • Extreme
Bike Park in Sherwood Pines Forest Park
Family Cycle Route
  • Easy
The Family Cycle route covers a 3 mile loop that starts at the Visitors Centre and loops through the forest on the extensive all-weather network.
Skills Loop
  • Hard
Test your skills on the skills loop before venturing deeper into the forest.
The Kitchener Trail
  • Hard
At 13km long the Kitchener Trail, is fast and a challenge to ride at differing times of the year.
Last updated: 2nd November 2017

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