On your bike!


The Family Cycle Trail A great way to see the Forest

A waymarked circular route mainly on former railway lines with connecting routes to villages and picnic sites. This route has been especially surfaced and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

It starts in the Cannop Valley from Pedalabikeaway and takes you along the old Severn and Wye railway line passing former stations at Drybrook Road, Cannop Wharf and Speech House. Remnants of former coal mines can be seen at Foxes Bridge, Lightmoor and New fancy. Download the map of the family cycle trail.

The route is circular and riders can start anywhere but for planning purpose the following post codes can be used:

  • Cannop Cycle Centre, GL16 7EH
  • Mallards Pike Lake, GL15 4HD
  • Beechenhurst Visitors' Centre, GL16 7EL

Why not download the Hidden Heritage App which as you ride along the cycle path uses the GPS to tell you what is on the route.  It shows pictures of the location as it is today and as it was many years ago when the mines were working and the railway was sill running.

Bring your own wheels or hire them from one of the following. Both have a map of the route on their website.

Trail waymarking is yellow. 

  • Access - All accessible.
  • Duration - 2 Hours
  • Distance - 11 miles




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