The Forest of Dean is perfect for all levels of biking from cycling along the River Wye on the Sustrans Route between Symonds Yat and Monmouth to the hair-raising challenges in the Forest and at Cannop Cycle Centre, The Forest of Dean has it all.
This centre is on the site of an old colliery and is the ideal place to have a cycling adventure. Enjoy a gentle ride through the forest on the Family Cycle Trail or have a go on the more challenging mountain bike trails through the woods or for the (mad) keen biker there are the hair raising downhills and jump courses!
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 3 mile red grade (difficult) Freeminer Trail and the 7 mile blue grade (moderate) Verderer’s Trail. Verderer’s Trail For experienced riders only, there are a number of Down Hill Trails and an uplift service available, Flyupdownhill, for transport to the top of the slopes.
Pedalabikeaway is also at Cannop Cycle Centre and hires bikes of all types and the also the Mountain Trike an all-terrain wheelchair which offers riders great access into the woods. There is also a café, toilets and a bike workshop. Contact Pedalabikeaway on 01594 860065 for further details or visit www.pedalabikeaway.co.uk.
Cannop Cycle Centre is about 15 minutes in the car or can be reached by bike if you start on the Coleford to Mikwall Cycle Way (you can pick this up on your left just through Coleford heading back towards Chepstow on the B4228) and follow the signs. To get there by car head into Coleford and take the B4226 Coleford – Cinderford road and at the crossroads with the B4234 signposted to Lydbrook pick up the signs to the Cycle Centre.
Dean Forest Cycles hire bikes and are situated on New Road in beautiful Parkend. They have a café and a shop and are on a number of family friendly safe routes. They will also do drop offs and pick ups if you only want to do parts of routes. They also offer guided riding, mountain biking guiding and various events and lessons. They are well situated to combine cycling and the Forest Steam Railway as they are next door. Phone 01594 368009, email: email@example.com or visit www.deanforestcycles.co.uk for more information.
If you want a guided mountain bike ride for a group, Forest of Dean Mountain Bike Guides can organise a tailor-made trip to your abilities, the number in your party and how long you want to be out for. These guys know the Forest like the back of their hands, let them do the planning and you cycle and enjoy! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.fodmtb.com or phone 01594 845066 for more details.
There are some great Sustrans Routes in the area. The Peregrine Path FOD06 runs along the (flat!) banks of the River Wye from Symonds Yat East to Monmouth and from Monmouth it links to National Route 423. And in the heart of the Forest of Dean there is the Coleford, Milkwall & Parkend railway path FOD06 which links to National Route 42 and the Rally Around the Forest Route and many more. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk to find out more about these routes and to order maps.