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Downhill Trails
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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Extreme

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Downhill cycle trail, Forest of Dean





The Downhill trails at Cannop Cycle Centre are for expert mountain bikers with a high level of technical ability.

Nine short, fast, steep trails, full of features and rideable in most weathers. There are also a number of unofficial trails which can be linked together. Expect to find a range of severe drops, jumps, table tops, berms and loamy corners, off camber and rocky and rooty sections. Helmets and a high quality bike are all essential and body armour is recommended.

Before cycling the trail, why not try out one of the skills areas near the trail start? This can help you get a feel for your bike and develop your off-road technique.


The Dean Trail Volunteers have developed and maintain many of the trails so there are now a good mix of natural and manmade tracks which are super fast with tight switchbacks. 

Please use the push-up track to the top of the hill, not the downhill tracks themselves. Or use Flyup Downhill, the official MTB uplift service, which will pick you up at the cycle centre and take you and your bike to the top of the downhill trails.

The Launchpad trail is the first of its kind in the UK and has been specifically designed for use by the Rough Riderz Gravity Biking Club and their 4 wheel mountain bikes.

The trail is also great for 2 wheel mountain bikes and allows able and disabled people to ride together making it an inclusive sport.

Cyclists on 2 wheeled bikes do not need to pedal on this trail.  The trail is extremely fast and is designed to take you downhill without your own pedal power. 

The Launch Pad has been generously funded by the Forestry Commission and the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust with landfill tax contributions donated by Cory Environmental, £17,500 and £35,000 respectively.

The Sallowvallets area at the Cycle Centre is the only place in the forest where downhill mountain biking is permitted.  Please stick to these trails and keep the rest of the forest for wildlife and other users.


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