Katherine Moore

MTB trails for all abilities — ride in the ancient Forest of Dean

Katherine Moore

MTB trails for all abilities — ride in the ancient Forest of Dean

Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore

5

Tours

04:17 h

31.1 mi

2,850 ft

A popular choice for riders of all ages and abilities from the Midlands, South-West and Welsh borderlands, the Forest of Dean is one of England’s best-known trail centres. The mountain biking action centres around the Cannop Cycle Centre, at the heart of the ancient woodland and royal hunting grounds, between the city of Gloucester and the Welsh border.

You’ll find plenty of facilities at the Cannop Cycle Centre, including Pedal A Bike Away, a brilliant bike shop, workshop, cafe and bike hire centre. There’s also toilets and a bike wash. You’ll find a second cafe at nearby Mallards Pike, which is on the family loop and makes for a great stop off!

In this Collection you’ll find Tours for all abilities: from easy traffic-free cycleways on the family trail to entry-level mountain bike trails on the blue-rated Verderers trail, progression trails on the red Freeminers trail and some even more challenging downhill tracks for experience mountain bikers, including Launchpad, Corkscrew, Sheep’s Skull and Ski Run.

That’s the beauty of the Forest of Dean; there really is something for everyone. There’s also a great skills park, with drop offs, table tops and a pump track to session on. Take care when riding between trails and areas, as some of the fire roads intersect trails: look out for oncoming riders before crossing.

The Forest of Dean promises a great day out year-round, as these purpose built trails drain well even through wet winters. If you’re looking for a more serious day’s riding with less pedalling, there’s also an uplift bus service, FlyUp Downhill. You’ll need to book in advance of your visit.

The best way to reach the Forest of Dean is by car. There’s extensive pay and display parking at the Cannop Cycle Centre and, if they’re full, nearby additional car parks can usually be linked up to the trail centre using the Family Cycle Trail.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:00
    6.80 mi
    6.8 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The blue-rated Verderers trail is a great place to start if you’re new to the Forest of Dean, or mountain biking itself. Featuring a generous serving of singletrack through the …

  • Easy
    00:27
    3.94 mi
    8.6 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The red route at the Forest of Dean, which translates as ‘difficult’ and sits between blue and black routes, is a real step up from the Verderers blue trail and …

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  • Easy
    00:42
    4.07 mi
    5.8 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is an excellent introduction to the downhill trails at the Forest of Dean, and should only be attempted by riders who are fairly experienced at riding off-road. Starting …

  • Easy
    00:48
    5.18 mi
    6.4 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Two utterly thrilling and adrenaline-inducing downhill trails for experienced riders, Ski Run and Sheep’s Skull are just two of the many options from the top of the woods at Cannop …

  • Easy
    01:19
    11.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There’s so much more to explore in the Forest of Dean than just in the trail centre, and the large Family Cycle Trail loop makes good use of that. Across …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    31.1 mi
  • Duration
    04:17 h
  • Elevation
    2,850 ft

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MTB trails for all abilities — ride in the ancient Forest of Dean