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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

7.4 (12km) miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Cylists on part of the FODCA trail. Forest of Dean.

The Freeminer trail offers more of a challenge for experienced riders.

Maintained by the Dean Trail Volunteers in partnership with the Forestry Commission, this challenging and varied singletrack can offer something to even the most demanding of riders, from tricky switchback climbs to rooty drops and hairpin bends. 

It is for experienced riders only and is suitable for off-road quality mountain bikes. The trail is currently being developed by the volunteers, so expect some exciting changes in the near future.   The original trail is 4.5 miles long but there is now a totaly natural and unsurfaced optional extension to the trail making the full length 7.4 miles / 12km in length. 

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.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

more toilets are required for the amount of people who visit...also cleaning of some sort needs to be carried out.

Damion Kinsella, 17/Oct/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

everthing was fantastic including the bike shop , cafe, toilets, even thought had been put into the simple things like accessable tools if you needed them (including an air pump)

our only dissapointment was the routes werent clearly marked out we stated off on the family trail and ended up a long way off the trail. surely it would be simple to place a couloured arrow dictating which route goes where at a crossing or junction .

must admit i was very tired when i returned but thoughly enjoyed the whole day.

Anonymous, 3/Sep/2017

Thank you for your feedback, your suggestions have been forwarded to the local team.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visited the Forest of Dean trail centre for the first time last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the compact yet challenging red track. There was an atmosphere around trail start with many biking enthusiasts of all abilities riding the choice of trails. I had travelled down alone from Leicestershire for the day and met riders from South Wales and Hampshire and will be sure to visit this centre once again.

Jagerbomb, 31/Oct/2016
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