cycling for everyone in the stunning forest of deanFamily/ Leisure Cycling11 miles of safe traffic free trails

A perfect day for the whole family

Looking for things to do with the kids? The Forest of Dean Family Trail is, quite literally, the perfect place in Gloucestershire for a day out with the family or a gentle cycle with friends. It’s a beautifully tranquil place to spend your spare time. It’s safe too.

Hire one of our bikes and explore the 11 mile (17km), traffic-free trail which accesses the quieter parts of the Dean Forest, using old mining railway tracks and forest roads. Accessed directly from Pedalabikeaway, the green graded Family Trail is rideable by all ages and abilities on our specially selected hire bikes.

The Family trail gently follows the Cannop Valley before climbing gradually through ancient oak and beech woodland to Drybrook Road Station.

If you’re lucky you may spot some of our resident wild boar and roe deer populations, or even an elusive goshawk, before descending to Cannop Ponds and then back to the cycle centre.  Want a break on the way around?  Then stop off at our cafe at the beautiful Mallards Pike Lake for some homemade food and great coffee.

We have a massive range of hire bikes of all shapes and sizes, plus all the accessories (including kids seats, tagalongs, trailers and electric bikes) to ensure the whole family can get out and enjoy the forest together.

Family Cycle Trail

  • Difficulty:Green
  • Trail Length:11 miles
  • Trail Time:1hr 30m to 3h
  • Highlights:Severn and Wye railway line, coal mines, Mallards Pike Lake, traffic free
  • A surfaced, circular route, suitable for all ages and abilities. The trail is best ridden in a clockwise direction, with link routes connecting to nearby villages and picnic sites.

    The Family Trail is one of the most popular traffic free cycle routes in Britain.  Visitors can spot some of the local wildlife including wild boar, roe deer and even goshawk.

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