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This centre, on the site of an old colliery, is the ideal place to start your cycling adventure. With a family cycling trail, blue and red graded cross-country trails and eleven downhill trails, the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre has something for everyone.
The Family Cycle Trail is 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.
Voted the Best Blue Trail in England by Mountain Biking UK in 2021, the Verderers Trail is an exciting and adventurous blue-graded trail for both intermediate and experienced cyclists on mountain bikes.
The Freeminers trail is our red-graded cross-country trail and is a challenging and varied singletrack, ideal for even the most demanding of riders. It includes tricky switchback climbs, rooty drops and hairpin bends.
Countdown and Launchpad are the first of trails in the UK specifically designed for 4-wheeled gravity bikes, but are a lot of fun for 2-wheeled bikes too. You do not need to pedal on these trails, they are extremely fast and designed to take you downhill without your own pedal power. Both of these trails were newly refurbished in 2021.
There are 9 other downhill trails for advanced riders which include a range of drops, jumps, table tops, berms and loamy corners, off camber and rocky or rooty sections.
There are three separate skills areas for different abilities, plus a pump track - to help you hone your skills.
Bikes can be hired or repaired from our on-site partner, and you can also enjoy the café and shop after your ride. A bookable uplift service is available for the downhill runs.
The Forest of Dean Cycle Centre is free to enter but parking charges apply. The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests.
Peak charges (1 April - 31 October)
• Up to 2 hours - £4.00
• Up to 4 hours - £6.00
• All day - £8.00
• Minibuses/motorhomes - £12.00
• Coaches/minibuses with trailers - £14.00
Off peak charges (1 November - 31 March)
• Up to 2 hours - £3.00
• Up to 4 hours - £5.00
• All day - £6.00
• Minibuses/motorhomes - £10.00
• Coaches/minibuses with trailers - £12.00
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
|Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* Open every day except Christmas Day.
The site opens at 8:30am every day and the closing times are as follows:
• November to February - 5:00pm
• March - 6:30pm
• April - 8:00pm
• May to August - 9:00pm
• September - 7:30pm
• October - 6:30pm
The Forest of Dean Cycle Centre is often quieter on weekdays (outside of school holidays), earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon.