GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail

9 miles (14.22 km)

A fine Family Cycle ride around the beautiful Forest of Dean - submitted by David Curtis.
This circular route takes you along National Cycle route 42 and the Wye Valley path through the delightful Forest of Dean. The easy route takes place on off road paths making it ideal for families.
This route is also suitable for walkers.
The trail passes close to the fascinating Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. The trail takes you to a unique collection of high-quality, contemporary sculptures in a beautiful setting. You'll also pass the RSPB's wildlife rich Nagshead Nature Reserve and the delightful Cannop Ponds which is a lovely place to stop for a picnic.
You could also try the Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway path. The trail follows the disused Coleford Milkwall and Parkend railway from Coleford to Parkend. It is suitable for both cyclists and walkers.

Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Forest of Dean Family Cycle Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the route you'll pass close to the Speech House Walk, near the sculpture trail. The circular trail takes you around the Speech House Inclosure, visiting the picturesque Speech House Lake, Woorgreens Lake Nature Reserve, the lovely Cyril Hart Arboretum and Spruce Ride where you'll find a nice wide track suitable for cycling. Near here you can also visit the Speech House Hotel and enjoy afternoon tea in the 17th century former hunting lodge.

Photos

Family Cycle Trail, Forest of Dean - geograph.org.uk - 869091

Family Cycle Trail, Forest of Dean. Passing through White Gates

White Gates Junction on Family Cycle Trail - geograph.org.uk - 4113551

White Gates Junction on Family Cycle Trail

Cycle Trail, Forest of Dean, Long Straight Descent - geograph.org.uk - 199931

Cycle Trail, Forest of Dean, Long Straight Descent. This is a long gradual descent on the Family Cycle Trail, on which you can get quite good speeds on a bike.

Cannop Ponds - geograph.org.uk - 2798535

Cannop Ponds

Welcome to New Fancy - geograph.org.uk - 1265477

Welcome to New Fancy. This viewpoint is located at the south eastern corner of the ride. Set on the site of the old coal mine the viewpoint is a fine place to watch birds of prey soaring through the skies above. There's also the 'Roll of Honour' sculpture and the Geomap - a map you can walk onshowing the underlying geology of the forest. A car park and picnic area add to the attraction.

Cycle trail near Speech House - geograph.org.uk - 3953280

Cycle trail near Speech House

Forest of Dean cycleway - geograph.org.uk - 1560330

The trackbed of a dismantled railway east of Cannop Crossroads in the heart of the forest.

Drybrook Road Station (geograph 4212833)

Drybrook Road Station. There were once three lines here according to 19th century maps. The other two being mineral lines serving collieries.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Forest of Dean Family Route.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Forest of Dean Family Route.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)