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  1. Visited the centre yesterday and did the family track, it was a fantastic experience. We hired bikes and have to say the Cube mountain bike was so comfortable.
    Will surely be visiting again soon.

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  2. The page with your phone number isn't working. Not very good if you want people to reserve bikes.

    Thanks for your comment Tim, obviously it is frustrating when the phones aren't work or are engaged but you can also book your bike via our website. Please note that bikes can only be reserved a minimum of the day before the hire date.

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  3. Not very pleased. Travelled all the way from Guildford on the 22/3/15 after checking your web site. Which said all trails drying out nicely and open only to find that in fact the down hill section of the blue run was completely closed. We did not find this out till riding the uphill section as there were no notices to this effect.
    Mervyn
    Thanks for your comments - we have passed this onto the F.C and asked them to provide better notification via their website and at the start of the trails for future trail closures

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  4. Have visited the centre on numerous occasions, Love the trail. Popped into the cafe to buy water and a sandwich, waited 25 mins to pay for them! Was looking forward to a hot chocolate and a warm up by the log burner on our return. The hot drinks machine had already been cleaned and put to bed at 4.35. Instant variety not enticing, but convenient for the staff who were keen to leave on the dot of 5. The sandwiches were the best I have ever tasted, but I will probably bring my own provisions the next time.
    Thanks for the comments. While we close the doors at 5pm during the winter, we do have to stop serving from the hot drinks machine at 4.30 to get it cleaned and ready for the next day. We will always have tea, filter coffee, cold drinks and snacks available up until 5pm or 6pm over the summer months

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  5. Had a great ride as always everytime I come here. Just one negative that the Launchpad is not signed to the start resulting people actually pushing their bikes going up the side of the trail which was off putting.

    Thanks for the feedback - we have passed it on to the F.C.

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  6. Brilliant bike centre, all the facilities you could need, great staff and good food also. The shop is full of kit, the trails well maintained and its a great place for all abilities to ride. Definitely will be back.

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  7. Thank you all so much for a wonderful visit last Tuesday 5 th August ... With 21 of us to organise your staff did a fantastic job ... All with a smile :)
    It's such a beautiful family route our group ranged from 74 year old Grandad to 2 year old Enzo and we all enjoyed ....
    Thank you again and see you next year !

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  8. Are dogs allowed on the trails.
    Dogs are allowed on all trails...they do need to be kept under control as there are wild boar and other trail users to consider.

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  9. Hiya. I've been riding in the Forest Of Dean for 18 years. I raced in the 2000 winter XC series and DH races. A few years back, when we had the heavy snow, I rode the Mr Rooty track in the snow. I thoroughly recommend it if we have snow again. Also I recommend the family trail during the week, Mon-Fri when it's empty for training. One other thing, would you ever think about installing a chair lift like in the Nevis Range for DH riding and sell season tickets to pay for it.

    Thanks, without you I'd have nowhere to ride dh.

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  10. Hi - just wanted to leave a message to say a BIG thank you for helping my 12 year old nephew who fell off his bike on the Verderer's Trail on Monday afternoon. Tom managed to help him down to the centre in the pouring rain with the help another nice man in a 4x4 (sorry I didn't get his name) - after a short trip to the minor injuries unit and later Gloucester A&E - he is recovering with 5 stitches in his thigh. A battle wound he will be showing off before too long!

    Both nephews haven't been put off - thanks to you and your staff for taking such good care of us all. I'm sure we'll be back very soon - but maybe leave it until it is dryer!?

    Thanks again
    Clare

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  11. Awesome trails no doubt about that, I use them regularly and use the pedabikeaway shop for repair and kit, and very well priced too. My mate loaded one of your nuke proof am bikes last week and I was just wondering if you sell the ex hire ones?

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  12. Went today! Got there early, found it really great! Trails were great and so was the bike hire! Only stayed a few hours but would recommend to anyone.

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  13. Many thanks with the provision of guides, bikes and equipment for our school camps held over the last 2 weeks.
    The service was, as usual, exemplary. I would like to particularly thanks the guides who made it all possible and provided the groups with suitable challenges throughout.
    Thanks again
    Phil

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  14. Hi - here's a write up on the family cycle route
    http://www.cyclesprog.co.uk/get-cycling/forest-of-dean-family-cycle-trail/

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  15. As a bigger man, I do sometimes struggle to use normal bikes as my muscles are so big. But got a bike and trais were beautiful.

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  16. we had a wonderful family day out - the staff are super helpful and friendly - we will definately be back. one minor point, we didnt see any recycling bins and ended up taking our waste home with us - perhaps this is a good intention but with so many plastic bottles around (and some seen on the trail) could you put recycling bins at the centre?

    There is a big bank of recycling bins near the bridge - plastic, glass, paper and cardboard can all be recycled

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  17. Please, please, please sign post the family trail more clearly. There's nothing worse than tired disgruntled children when the grown ups can't find the way. Cafe great, and Verderers trail (without kids) fab!

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  18. Our newly established cycle club (Cor Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club)A decision was made to try out the pedal a bike away site and boy oh boy what a fantastic morning we had on the Verderer's Trail, half a mile from finish and the smell of Bacon butties was an inspiration to cycle that little bit harder, such a friendly atmosphere even with other cyclists honestly I cannot put into words what a great site this is, carry on the good work boys hope to bring more members up soon.

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  19. First time vistors and most impressed with the setup.Place was a hive of activity.We made one big mistake and that was newbees need a trail map as we found the family trail only sign posted occasionally ,thankfully we managed to ask our way around the trail.A few green trail markers spread evenly along the trail would greatly help first timers to enjoy a uninterrupted ride.You can also down load maps off the website.Once again thanks for the experience.

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  20. just got home from the forest and thought id post a message to say what a great morning myself and the family had riding the family trail we have 4 children aged 3,6,7,8, and they all enjoyed it even the youngest who was on the back of my bike, very well sign posted will be back again very soon just a word of advice if you have young children go left over the bridge it is easier for there little legs but still fun

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  21. I visited your centre yesterday with a blown out rear tyre. Your repair engineer
    spared no effort to fix the problem, finally fixing me a temporary repair to get
    me home. In the event I found another cycle shop that stocked the tyre so was
    able to get home.
    I appreciate the effort he went to to sort out the problem. Thank you.

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  22. My first group ride away from our local trails in beds/bucks and it was just brilliant. Verderers with the red level dragon tail was outstanding, the natural trails around the area were cool, nice pubs and the staff were just excellent. Im not particularly good at bike repair but to fix my rear dérailleur and replace my rear tyre (at a great price) inside 20 minutes on a busy day was so awesome.

    Thoroughly recommended, I'll recommend to friends and fellow riders and I'll be back again very soon! Thanks

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  23. This place is awesome. dragons tail pure adrenaline whoop whoop be back with fellow bikers in tow good times

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  24. Seasons Greetings and our grateful thanks to Jody, James and the team of Pedalabikeaway, Cannop. Recently we purchased a brace of their ex fleet Trek Series 3s and a bike trailer all of which were excellent, unfortunately one of the bikes developed a fault just after purchase but, despite the fact that a race event was being held last weekend they found the time to rectify the fault so the bike was fixed in order for us to travel back to Swansea all done free of charge, we would like to say how much we have enjoyed our visits to their facility where every effort has been made by the management to provide something for everyone over the whole spectrum of riding/fitness ability regardless of age. We were delighted with the comprehensive range of facilities which include cafe, providing packed lunch, bike shop, workshop, bike wash and rider wash! and the whole relaxed pleasant atmosphere which makes it such a great place to be. We both eagerly look forward to our next visit and would like very much to join the track maintenance volunteer scheme when we move to the area. Again our grateful thanks, Judith and Tim.

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  25. Did the Verderers Trail yesterday for the first time - absolutely brilliant fun! I'm fairly new to mountain biking but found all of it a great mix of enjoyable, challenging and slightly scary (in places)! Just what I need in improving my skills. Great route, great facilities. Thanks!

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  26. Drove from Northampton on 24/9/11 and had a great time, the trails aren't overly difficult (hence the blue grading), but they flow absolutely perfect and finish off with the Dragons Tail which is just the dogs!

    I also rode the red trail and the volunteers who have built this have done a great job, I really hope they can do more.

    After a good ride all that's left is food, I popped in for a bacon and egg nap which was great and the staff were helpful and friendly to boot.

    I've ridden the "big" trail centres in England and Wales and I can honestly say I enjoyed this visit just as much, I will be back.

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  27. Hi ppl how awsome is the blue trail 10kms of great fun pity I live so far away but will be back this time 4 a weekend thank u 4 a great time paul

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  28. I just wanted to thank everyone who was so kind to me yesterday when I came off my bike and dislocated my shoulder - staff and visitors alike. You were all a very compassionate, helpful and friendly bunch. I couldn't have got stuck waiting for an ambulance in a more beautiful part of the country! Will be back for more.

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  29. I Needed some help finishing off a Marin MTB project I've been working on for some time, just needed the Derailleurs & Chain sorted, rang them up & spoke to Jody, took it down & it was sorted in half an hour, bike feels like it's brand new! can't thank you guys enough. Will definately be bringing it back for a service. Thanks again. Lee

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  30. Came on Fri Oct 1st-and there was torential rain-We got totally soaked, but had the benefit of your changing rooms. Thankyou very much it would have been a long drive home without them.

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  31. We had a 3 hour trip up and down the Peregrine Way - first time back on a bike in many years. What an excellent service - great bikes and a really wonderful ride with my daughter - this has got me into family cycling - thanks for your advice and help - will be back soon!

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  32. A Fantastic website which made planning our trip a breeze.

    The trails were great, centre was lovely and just an all out fantastic day out had by all!

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  33. me and my 11 yr old son cycled the family trail . It was wonderful and one of the best cycle routes we have ever done. The first 6km can be quite tough for young legs , a gradual climb , but after that it eases off quite considerably and there are lots of downhills which are fabulous. Next time we go we will explore some of the other paths and perhaps end with a picnic at Cannop Ponds

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