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Explore Cannop Cycle Centre
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

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 7.4 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.

A pump track and advanced skills area has been built which can be used as a coaching area / taster area to mountain biking. 

A pump track is a short circular loop where the rider will go up and down over a series of humps.  This propels the rider around using the momentum created by the down slopes without pedalling.  

As well as this, a couple of short downhill training lines with technical trail features has also been built on the advanced skills area adjoining the pump track so riders can gradually progress and build up the confidence and skills to ride the trails. 


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.

Parking Charges

Pay and Display parking operates at Cannop Cycle Centre, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements.  Please bring the correct change with you as the P&D machines do not currently take card payments. Thank you.

Car park tickets are also available in the Pedalabikeaway cafe and shop if you do not have the correct change for the pay and display machines.

Peak  (weekends, bank holidays and Gloucestershire school holidays)
Up to 2 hours £4
2-4 hours       £5
All Day           £7

Off Peak (Monday-Friday during school term time)
Up to 2 hours  £3
2-4 hours       £4
All Day           £5

Peak £9, Off Peak £7 

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass
£30 for a whole year - that's just £2.50 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits!  Available online or on site from Pedalabikeaway.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Had a lovely afternoon on the family trail with my 2 boys. Definitely will return in the summer holidays

Shameem, 22/Apr/2017
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.

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Last updated: 18th January 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Toliets
  • Picnic
  • picnic tables available by the cafe and bridge


OS Grid ref: SO 607126

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0300 067 4800

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Overflow car park closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
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