Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean

Just over the border from Wales, Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean is a popular place to ride. It's full of great trails and there's a buzzing atmosphere at the trailhead too. There's a mix of wide forest tracks, marked XC routes and plenty of DH trails to test your mettle on. A new skills area and pump track were added last year. The downhill trails are easily accessed via the uplift service or a fireroad push-up, and the regular mini DH and enduro events are a great way to cut your teeth racing. What's more, the forest is full of great off-piste singletrack too, if you know where to look...

The trails:

Family Trail (17.5km, Green)

Verderers’ Trail (11km, Blue)

Packed with switchback climbs and beautiful berms, and with and exciting final descent, the Verderers’ may be ‘just a blue’ but it’s great fun whatever level you are. Beginners can enjoy the flow and hone some skills while experts can push their limits.


Freeminer Trail (11km, Red)

This trail is really varied, with tight singletrack and tricky climbs, drops and berms. The newest section contains some natural-feeling rooty singletrack, where line choice is critical. The Dean Trail Volunteers work super-hard to ensure that all the trails are kept in good shape, so help them out with some elbow grease or a donation when you can.

DH Tracks (Orange)

There are seven marked runs in total, all of which take a couple of minutes to get down. They range from the berms and drops of GBU to the twisty goodness of Mr Rooty and Corkscrew. The slick uplift service operated by FlyUp Downhill offers a quick turnaround, or you can push up if you prefer.

Who’s it good for?

Beginners: 3/3

Intermediate: 3/3


Advanced: 3/3

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Contact information:

Forest of Dean, GL16 7EH – Directions