Raising the Bar

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.

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7 miles

Allow 1-2 hrs

Hard packed & Singletrack

Type: XC 

Trail Grade: Blue (Moderate)

Blue grade trails are suitable for intermediate cyclists or mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills.

The 'Verderer's Trail' is a 7-mile all-weather loop incorporates fast, flowing flat out corners, big berms and rollovers. Graded blue, but with some tricky challenges, the trail gently winds uphill before a swooping, flat top section and a brilliant  descent on the Dragon's Tail that will have you hooting and hollering all the way back to the cycle centre

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7.4 miles

Allow 1hr

Mainly rooty singletrack & wooden skill features.

Type: XC

Trail Grade: Red (Difficult)

Red grade trails are suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off-roading skills.

The Freeminer Trail , designed, built and maintained by the DTV in partnership with the Forestry Commission, this challenging and varied single track can offer something to even the most demanding of riders, from tricky switchback climbs to rooty drops and hairpin bends. It is for experienced riders only and is suitable for off-road quality mountain bikes.

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9 miles

Allow 1-3 hrs

Hard pack

Trail Type: XC

Trail Grade: Green (Easy)

Green grade trails are suitable for beginners or novice cyclists.

An 11-mile (18 km) circuit, with connecting routes to several local villages. Follows wide gravelled tracks and is suitable for riding all year round. Mostly level gradients with some short climbs and suitable for all ages and abilities. The route passes along the old Severn and Wye railway line, passing former stations at Drybrook Road, Cannop Wharf and Speech House. Remnants of former coalmines can also be seen at Foxes Bridge, Lightmoor and New fancy.
In July 2007, the Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail was number one in a list of 'Best British cycle routes', published by The Guardian and in June 2009, it was voted the best 'family cycle route' by The Daily Telegraph.



Hard packed

Type: Bike Park

Grade: Orange 

Suitable for novice to advanced riders

Bumps and bends will give you a feel for off-road cycling and how to handle the terrain.
New addition in 2018, located next to Ski Run DH track

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Due to continuing trail maintenance and development work, it is sometimes necessary to close trails or sections of trails.  The table below provides a guide to these closures. For your safety and the safety of our volunteers, please respect any closures and diversions that are in place.

DTV try their best to keep this information updated as changes occur but please be aware that closures can happen without warning.

DTV cannot provide any information regarding the status of any trails outside of the Cannop Cycle Centre area or trails yet to be approved by Forestry England.