Forestry England upgrades Forest of Dean bike trails

Cycling in the Forest of Dean has just got better, with Forestry England investing £80,000 and months of hard work into 'already impressive' bike trails.

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Mountain bikers can test their skills on the new trails which reopened after an upgrade, this September 2020.
Mountain bikers can test their skills on the new trails which reopened after an upgrade, this September 2020.

Cannop Cycle Centre in the Forest of Dean has reopened its Verderers trail and advanced skills area after a significant upgrade.

Forestry England Forest of Dean has invested £80,000 to complete the upgrade, which includes a full rebuild of the final descent on both trails. The work has been partially funded by income from Forestry England memberships and car parking fees.

With around 65,000 bikers using the Verderers Trail in 2019 and that number predicted to rise in 2020, Forestry England hopes that the maintenance work will futureproof the trail.

Forestry England Forest of Dean cycle ranger, Kate Thoday, said: ‘We are really pleased to be able to reopen these trails and see riders enjoy the results of many months of hard work. We are fortunate that we have been able to carry out this maintenance despite the challenges we have all faced this year.

‘These upgrades will boost our already impressive cycling offer here in the Forest of Dean. We have seen record numbers of visitors to Cannop Cycle Centre this summer and it is great to see so many people enjoying the trails and discovering what the forest has to offer.’

For more information, visit forestryengland.uk. Also see 11 places to get on your bike in Gloucestershire


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