Mountain Biking Feel the thrill
Forest tracks provide a great opportunity for both novice and experienced mountain bikers and Cannop Cycle Centre is the starting point for the Forest of Dean trails that will take you on an adventure deep into the forest whatever your age or ability.
The Family Cycle Trail is graded green (easy) and is a 10 mile loop through the forest, it has connections to Beechenhurst Lodge, Mallards Pike Lake and some towns and villages.
The Verderer's Trail is graded blue (moderate) full of technical features to test your fitness and ability.
For the most experienced mountain bikers the Freeminer's Trail, graded red (difficult) will push you and your bike to your limits.
You can find out more about trail grading at 1South West, and find a trail that suits you.
There are a number of routes for the experienced down hill riders with names like Ski Run, Corkscrew and The Good The Bad and The Ugly - you get the idea!
There is also a choice of two skills loops to help you develop your off-road cycling skills.
Parking has been extended with 1 South West funding, and the cafe at Pedalabikeaway has been expanded by the new owners, made possible by the increasing popularity of the cycle trails.
Chosen as 'Best Trail Network' in the December 2011 issue of MBR magazine, declaring "Now… with the construction of the new waymarked Verderer’s Trail, there’s even more reason to get pedalling not just freewheeling".
For the safety of walkers and wildlife, please keep all off-road mountain biking to the Sallowvallets MTB area behind the Cycle Centre. In the wider forest, you can explore using hard surfaced tracks, but please do not ride off-road or on waymarked walking trails.
How to get there: Take the B4226 Coleford – Cinderford road and at the crossroads with the B4234, turn north and follow the signs to the Cycle Centre.
For more information on trails and events that are strictly mountain biking visit fodmtb.com
If you would like to explore more of the area by bike you may be interested in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Cycling Guide. Printed on tough waterproof plastic it includes many linked tried and tested byways, bridleways and forest tracks taking in the best the area has to offer. The routes are also available within the Viewranger app or to download as GPX files.
Read this great article in Mountain Biking UK about riding in the Forest of Dean and in particular the Verderer's Trail. Thanks to Danny Walter of www.mbuk.com and Max Darkins of www.roughrideguide.co.uk who regularly ride in the Forest.