The Royal Forest of Dean provides a huge variety of terrain and scenery with 27000 acres of deciduous and conifer woods.
This ancient forest has changed many times over the centuries. In medieval times it was a royal hunting forest, before becoming a source of timber for the navy’s Tudor warships. By Victorian times it was a major site of industry, with coal mining and tramways punctuating the landscape.
Today the forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and a great place to explore. See if you can find the hidden remains of industry as you enjoy this wild and beautiful forest.
Under 3 hours from London and Manchester with its own forest micro climate and cycling for all ages and abilities the Dean is an excellent place for year round short breaks.
“Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean is one of the UK’s lesser-known but most beautiful forests. With oak woodland full of walking routes, cycle tracks and waterways, it makes for a great activity break.” Lucy Dodsworth writing for simonseeks.com talks of the Forest of Dean
When you’re not riding your bike there are a host of other activities to keep you and your family occupied across the Forest of Dean. Check out the local Tourism Attractions, Places to Eat and local food providers via Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism.
We’ve included a list of local accommodation providers below that we think are properly bike friendly. They are listed in no particular order, but all should have secure bike storage, bike wash facilities and are happy to welcome wet muddy riders. Pease feel free to contact us if you have any recommendations that you think should be added.