Forest of Dean - TRAIL

Forest of Dean - Trail, Monmouth, United Kingdom

12 mile ride, good single track, Quarry near the trackand some exelent DH but it is not technical

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sam   Cross Country Rider [Aug 31, 2012]

Forest of dean has two trails plus the downhill.
The two i have been on are verderers and freeminers. Personally they dont give me that wow factor or buzz due to the rewards you actually get. Freeminers is a more technical ride and verderers is more for if you just fancy going really fast. Its very short and a long way to go to get there, but if you are knew to mountain biking then this is the place to go. This is the first place i went too...i loved it, but then moved onto bigger trails like afan, this then slowly got boring when i did it again and didnt give me that buzz. I like to feel that i have worked out a big too.

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ObscuraSky   Cross Country Rider [Dec 30, 2008]

Forest of Dean Family Trail.

There's confussion in this listing because there are 3 routes which start from The Forest of Dean Cycle Centre;
- The 12 mile Family trail
- The 3 mile FODCA Trail (technical 'Red' Route)
- A Downhill run (I think it's called the Endura, but I could be wrong)

The family trail is what it says it is, suitable for kids and stuff. The FODCA trail is a corker; drop offs, scary downhills, loads of jumps; definately worth a trip, but only 3 miles long. The downhill too is excellent but short.

Customer Service

There are countless other routes in the Forest of Dean, some of which are truly excellent; but you really need access to local knowledge to find the best stuff. Accommodation can also be a problem; we stay in a pub in the village of Parkend, which is pretty central and close to some great trails.

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bxxer rider   Downhiller [Oct 29, 2008]

after riding my local the day before (leckhampton) this is a very un event full DH trails, one or two big jumps but if you dont know the trails not a good idea to attempt as very difficult landings, one with roots that makes your front tire disappear from beanieth you and the other you land in a burn with some seriose brake bumps, only techical sections there are really, the DH runs are fun to do some fast sections some very slow and alot of pedaling involved.

Customer Service

get directions from pedalabikeaway easyest way

Similar Products Used: dont know any others as only done DH
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Dave   [Jul 23, 1999]

A very good selection of DH, trials, XC etc.

Dh alright.
XC lots.
Trials - hardly
When wet it is bad as the ground goes to mush but most tracks are fire roads - good.

Customer Service

From pedal-a-bike bike shop go towards the trials area and playe

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Dom   [Aug 19, 1999]

Nice well sign-posted forest track with a few fairly gentle ascents and downhills and numerous off-the-beaten track routes for the more adventurous. This is a good place for that Sunday morning ride after an 'athletic' Saturday night out...nothing too strenuous with some great scenery.
Other good features are the cycle centre with workshop, cleaning station and cafe and 3 or 4 play areas for spoilt brats with expensive DH bikes.

Customer Service

Start at teh Pedal-A-Bike-Away cycle centre and take the main circuit through the forest (well sign-posted)

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Andy millener   [Sep 28, 1999]

look in October '99 issue of MBUK
Try the Year 200 winter series here!

Customer Service

The Hard Downhill, jumps up the top

Similar Products Used: Lower Hazel trail;
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Al   [Jul 18, 2000]

I went to the forest of dean after MBUK reccomended the area. WE followed the route suggested until we got bored of riding nicely tended gravel tracks and struck off the route to find some singletrack, a process which I know is frowned upon by the Forest authorities, and even then it was disappointing. If your after a nice smooth ride which involves little concentration then fine. If your after a proper MTB ride then steer clear.
PS Comment about brats on expensive bikes is true - it's almost worth going there just to laugh at them!

Customer Service

Somewhere other than where I went

Similar Products Used: Wales is not so far away and has hills aplenty
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Anthony   [Jul 21, 2000]

Rode Forest of Dean a few times. Its okay for an easy ride, but best avoided at the weekend when the whole world descends on the place with the most tricked out bikes I have seen. Pity the trails are not out to it. I would jump in the car and head west for 30 mins and arrive at the foothills of the Black Mountains, now your are talking!

Customer Service

Trails over to the east of the forest are more hilly

Similar Products Used: Head west young man and explore the Black mountains
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Craig Morris   [Nov 18, 2000]

You could ride in the Forest for months and still not even scratch the surface of the sheer number of cross country trails. Some are very easy, others are much more taxing (it pays to go off the beaten track). The best tracks can be found around the Pedalabikeaway cycle centre, and between Christchurch campsite and the river Wye, but there are great tracks everywhere if you have the time to find them (I've been riding the Forest for eight years and am still discovering new tracks and trails).

Customer Service

Too much cross country to mention, just steer well clear of the family cycle trails, especially on weekends.

Similar Products Used: Try them all, but one of my favourites takes in around seventeen miles taking in woods near Bream, Yorkley, Soudley, Cinderford, and Parkend. Very tiring and very taxingwith strenuous climbs and scary downhill. Only for the fit and experienced among us.
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Craig   [Nov 18, 2000]

Great, technichal downhill tracks, some of which have been used in the Midland Series. Some are easier than others but all will test your skills as a downhiller. The best (or scariest) of the lot has been removed as it was considered too dangerous and consisted mainly of sticking your behind out over the back wheel, carefully fingering the brakes, and holding on for dear life! Around ten different tracks, all of which eventually lead to the Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre.

Customer Service

Start at Worcester Lodge campsite (near Broadwell) and take any of the downhill tracks.

Similar Products Used: Also try Lightmoor (a disused opencast mine) near Cinderford, the Skills area at Pedalabikeaway, the five foot doubles opposite Worcester Lodge turn off, and the woods near Ruardean Woodside.
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