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Family Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

3 miles

Trail is currently open

Trail Condition: Good

Trail description

The 3 mile Family Cycle Trail is the perfect way for the whole family to see the wider forest. It passes through an interesting variety of woodland habitats, from conifer plantation to mature broadleaf interspersed with woodland clearings.

There is a very attractive picnic meadow which provides a welcome rest midway along the trail and another meadow beside Lodge Pond.

A group of young cyclists with their mums.

The surface is gravel, which may become loose when dry, with some steep hills along the route. Please take care at the start of the trail as there is a long, steep downhill section. We also advise that children are supervised due to the gravel surface.

In the interests of safety we recommend that visitors use cycle helmets at all times. 

The Family cycle trail is also suitable for walkers, especially during quieter and off peak periods, and has all-year round appeal.

Starting from the Cycle Hire Centre in the hub of Alice Holt, this is a 5km (3mile) route which explores a range of woodland. The path is a moderately smooth gravelled surface with a few short, but fairly steep slopes and frequent resting places.

On this route, you will find the fascinating Cosmos art installation, nestled deep in the woods.
Cosmos sculpture - Alice Holt Forest

Cosmos is a two metre spherical wooden sculpture that has been formed from scientific data made tangible. Interested in the divide between how science represents the physical world and how we experience it, Semiconductor have taken scientific data as being a representation of nature and are exploring how we can physically relate to it.

The sculpture is made from one year’s worth of measurements of the take up and loss of carbon dioxide from the forest trees, collected from the top of a 28m high flux tower located nearby in Alice Holt Research Forest.

At about half-way round the trail you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view across the meadow with the treeline of Glenbervie Inclosure in the distance.

Cycle Safety

For your safety and the safety of other visitors please be aware of the following points:

  • Only cycle within your abilities.
  • Expect the unexpected – watch out for other visitors.
  • Always follow warning signs and any advice you are given.
  • If a vehicle is loading timber, stop and wait for the driver to let you pass safely.
  • It's advisable to have a bell on your bike to let others know you're coming.

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Ancient Monuments
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycles can be hired from Quench Cycles located near the start of the trail. They stock a range of adult and children's bikes with helmets.
  • Gradient (moderate)
  • There are some steep hills on route. Please take care at the start of the trail as there is a long, steep downhill section.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU812416
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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