I've ridden some of your routes before but the way you joined up the bits I already knew with interesting tracks I didn't know made for a great ride. You have obviously put in a tremendous amount of hard work. It is by far the most comprehensive yet easy to read guide that I have ever seen anywhere.
- Mike H, Chepstow
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Wye Dean Tourism Lots of info for visitors, accommodation, where to eat, what to do...
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Visitor Guide Order or download your copy here.
Monmouth Tourist Information Centre
Coleford Tourist Information Centre
Camping Lots of great places to camp near our routes
Forestry Commission Useful but limited information.
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail All about the sculptures near Beechenhurst.
Dean Heritage Centre Learn all about the former way of life in the forest.
WyeCycle Portal for all kinds of cycling in the Wye and Severn Valley areas.
Pedalabikeaway Cycle hire centre at Cannop, close to Beechenhurst visitor centre.
Dean Forest Cycles Cycle hire in Parkend.
Wye Valley Mountain Bike Hire Symonds Yat West (located at Canoe Hire).
Lydney - Pillowell / Whitecroft link An alternative woodland route to the B-road. Download from Viewranger (app or website - ref CGCOM0018).
Beeches Campsite - Tintern A gradual way down the valley side on forest tracks. Download from Viewranger (app or website - ref CGCOM0017).
St Briavels - Bigsweir Bridge bridleway link A quiet but very steep and hidden away alternative to the roads. Download from Viewranger (app or website ref CGCOM0019).
Tread and Trot Trails Our Taste of Monmouthshire ride is partly based on these but follow this link for more to explore.
The Peregrine Way A flat route following the trail alongside the River Wye from Monmouth to Symonds Yat (as shown in our guide) and then quiet roads to Goodrich. Download a leaflet here.
Petition to progress a Chepstow to Tintern shared cycle and walking route.
Please email us any news you have about tracks and trails in our guide.
Footbridge link to Wye Valley Youth Hostel - This bridge is currently closed due to safety concerns. Further information here and here. There is this diversionary route for walkers which also shows the roads cyclists can use (about 4 miles). It is not yet known when it will re-open.
Ash dieback - To help slow the spread of this disease follow the Forestry Commission advice, so that future generations can enjoy this most beautiful tree.
HOW TO REACH THE FOREST OF DEAN
The Forest of Dean is located broadly between the Severn Estuary and the River Wye, in the west of Gloucestershire. It is close to Wales and within easy reach of the M4 (M48), M5 and M50 motorways, and major roads.
From Bristol and the east: Take the Severn Bridge (first Severn Crossing, M48), then follow the A48 to Lydney.
From Newport / Cardiff area: Follow the M4 / M48 / A48 to Chepstow and Lydney.
From Lydney turn left signed Parkend (B4234) just after the heritage railway level crossing.
At the T-junction in Parkend turn right and first left (still following the B4234) to the next crossroads (B4226).
For the Beechenhurst car park and visitor centre: Turn right - the visitor centre is on the left after 0.2 miles.
For the Cannop Cycle Centre and car park / Pedalabikeaway: From the crossroads continue straight on along the B4234. Turn left into the centre after 0.6 miles.
From the north: Take the M5 to junction 11, skirt Gloucester on the A40, then take the A48, then A4151 and B4226.
For the Beechenhurst car park and visitor centre: After Speech House, look out for the entrance on the right after 0.5 miles.
For the Cannop Cycle Centre and car park / Pedalabikeaway: After Speech House and the Beechenhurst entrance turn right (B4234). The centre is on the left after 0.6 miles.
Parking: Both the above car parks are pay and display - the machines require change (£3.50 Mar-Oct, £3.00 Nov-Feb). You can buy a Discovery Pass parking season ticket (£25) from the Beechenhurst visitor centre or the Cycle Centre, which then allows you to park without further charge for a full year at the four main car parks - Beechenhurst, Cycle Centre, Mallards Pike and Symond’s Yat. The ticket is issued by vehicle registration number. Other forest car parks are often free of charge, but parking fees help pay for the upkeep of the car parks, toilets, leisure facilities and the trails. Note car parks can be locked after dusk (check signs as you enter).
by PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Rail You can take your cycle on the train (limited capacity) to the nearest mainline railway stations - Lydney and Chepstow. Most trains stopping at these stations are operated by Arriva Trains and have two un-reservable bike spaces per train - but train staff can sometimes be more accommodating at their discretion, particularly off-peak - refer to Arriva Passengers with Bicycles. Call 0870 9000 773 for details and to reserve.
CrossCountry services from Nottingham to Cardiff Central. CrossCounty services are less frequent but have two reservable and one non-reservable bike space per train - refer to the CrossCountry cyclists page. Call 0844 811 0124 for details and to reserve.
For FFI and connecting services refer to National Rail and the respective train companies’ cycle policies (and leaflet) before travelling.
Folding bikes may be carried on all trains without reservation. For cycling on forest trails you have to trade your need for portability against handling and comfort which are usually compromised to some degree by smaller wheels.
From Lydney Junction (close to the mainline Lydney Station) you could take the steam / heritage Dean Forest Railway to Parkend (generally at weekends and bank holidays only), where you can pick up our routes. Bikes are carried but phone first to confirm arrangements. This is quite expensive as fares are geared towards those planning a day out on the trains rather than a mode of transport.
Forest trails from the edge of Lydney (long climb to start) lead to the Forest of Dean - we will post link here soon. A new proposed direct off-road route from Lydney to Parkend is gaining support.
From Chepstow options are circuitous if avoiding main roads. There is a campaign to reinstate the former railway as a shared-use path to Tintern - see Wye Cycle.
National Express and local buses National Express coaches serve Monmouth, Newent, Chepstow, Gloucester, and Ross-on-Wye and will carry folding bikes (in a padded bag or hard case). Local buses will generally carry one bagged folding cycle at any one time subject to space. Check times at National Express and Traveline.
While it would be lovely to leave you car behind, this is not a practical option for most people. The nearest public transport on which you can carry bikes are trains to Lydney Station, four miles south of Parkend.
The Forest of Dean is also popular with horse riders. Please help keep the cycling and equestrian fraternities on good terms and avoid endangering others and yourself by following this code:
- Take care: horses are often spooked by cyclists, especially when approached from behind
- It's advisable to slow right down, and be prepared to stop
- Call a friendly hello if you think you might not have been noticed, and pass with plenty of room to spare