The Forest of Dean MTB trails (FOD) is based in Gloucestershire. Base yourself at the Cannop Cycle Centre where you will find the Pedalabikeaway cafe/shop/workshop and bike hire.
There is the Verderers Blue mountain bike trail (with optional red sections), the Freeminer Red trail with recent extension, a green family cycle trail, a skills area, a pump track, a kid-friendly skills loop, an all ability downhill mountain bike trail designed for 4 wheels as well as 2 known as Launchpad, the Orange graded Sallowvallets Downhill area with 10+ runs to choose from and lots of natural trails.
In April 2017 they opened a new skills area, a pump track and extended Launchpad so now the 4 wheel gravity bikes can start at the top of the hill where all the 2 wheel bikes do.
- Here you will find Pedalabikeaway www.pedalabikeaway.co.uk who have a cafe/shop/workshop and bike hire facility. There are toilets and showers and plenty of parking.
Family Cycle Trail - Green
- This 11 miles of (18km) trail consists of eleven miles of waymarked, surfaced tracks, most of which are on former railway lines.
Verderers - Blue
- 7 miles (11km) of rollable trails suitable for beginners. Fast flowing out corners, big berms and rollovers. It's graded blue with some optional red descents. Great descent on the dragon's tail. It's built by Rowan Sorrell and his Back on Track team and rides well even in the wet.
Freeminer - Red
- The Freeminer 6.5km trail had a 2.5km extension (used to be 4km) in 2014, and a further 4 km's in September 2015. It is natural singletrack the whole way. It has rooty technical climbs, steep rooty sections to descend down, small drops, hairpin bends, rock sections and switchbacks. The new extension includes two tough climbs, three descents, berms, switchbacks, narrow natural singletrack, timber north shore and jumps.
- In April 2015 a new section of Northshore opened.
- An all ability downhill trail built as much for 4 wheels as 2.
- The Launch Pad trail was funded by The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and the Forestry Commission. Built by Architrail and supported by Pedalabikeaway and the DTV.
- The downhill section has also had a lot of work and has a number of marked short runs (about 15 mins to push up max) catering for many downhill skills.
- Ski Run - Drops in through big rocky and rooted sections with fade drops. Into a fast set of turns, a hip jump, the popular tabletop, berms and road gap. For 2017 they modified the bottom of Ski Run with 2 new berms and an extra tabletop. A bit later in 2017 we should see a new top section to Ski Run so it begins at the start mound.
- Sheepskull - Through the top 'bus stop', then jumping into and out of a bombhole, over some roots onto the middle fire road. Flying on down from there, loads of challenging roots tempt you into breaking, then anchors off into the final fast 'motorway' section.
- Corkscrew - Jumpy top section leads into a fast rooty bottom section, then swooping through a valley and over the finishing hip jump. Please note: The bottom hip jump has been reshaped and moved back from the fire road after a number of recent accidents - take it easy on your first run through! In 2017 they have finished a top section to corkscrew also corkscrew has been modified to run into bottleopener
- The Good the Bad and The Ugly - Drop off's, step ups and fast flowing jumps. For 2017 GBU has an alternate line that avoids the drops called "Drop Dodger"
- Flatland - A separate top section, Flatland is ideal to lead into the bottom section of Sheepskull. Rooty corners darting past tree stumps lead into a sharp drop onto the middle fire road.
- Endo - Endo darts down from the middle fire road level, through tight rooty switchbacks and into a fast open bottom section with a tabletop and a small step down drop.
- Cougar Root - The Cougar Root delivers the Forest's fair share of loam, with long, drifty corners and roots. Plans are afoot to do work to finish off this track from top to bottom.
- Corkscrew 2 - A jumpy alternative to Corkscrew's top section, berms and jumps are in season here.
- Mr Rooty - As the name suggests.
- The OC - OC is currently overgrown and no longer rideable.
Four New Downhill tracks were built in 2014
- Two of the new trails are mainly natural, with very minimal amounts of actual building, with a line marked out, catch berms made where needed and let the rest cut itself in! The other two trails have some bigger manmade features like drops and jumps but built in a way that makes them a challenge to even the best riders. A mix of long low jumps, lips that kick you to the sky and some very awkward transitions should really sort the better riders out from the bunch. Berm to berm jumps and berms ending early with meter-high drops will be in there. Also, 2 of the 4 have a steep rock roll in, while the other two start on trails that already exist but aren’t currently accessible with the uplift.
- Fly Up are the only official MTB uplift service at the Cannop Cycle Centre.
- New for 2017 a Skills Area has been introduced with 2 lines. One line is for drops and the other one is for jumps.
- New for 2017 they introduced a progressive pump track for all ages.
Kids Skills area
- As the name suggests a great place to hone those early skills for kids and beginners alike.
Local Natural Trails
- Don't forget aside from the trails are 42 square miles of natural single track, well worth a visit alone.
Cycling Groups and Clubs
- Dean Trail Volunteers are the local trail building group who work in partnership with the Forestry Commission. They have been pivotal in taking the development of these trails forward. Most of the tracks (FC are responsible for Family Trail and Verderers) at the FoD are built and maintained by this handful of volunteers who also finance all the materials (relying on donations) and with 250,000 riders a year hitting the trails keeping the ever-growing trails in good condition is an ever-growing logistical challenge so why not get involved and lend a hand.
- BigFoot MBC, Royal Dean Forest Cycling Club for rides etc.
- In 2016 the FoD came 2nd in the Trail of the Year awards for England.
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