- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Cafe or shop
- Cycle hire
- Dog friendly
Enjoy exploring the Forest of Dean as you discover nature, tranquility and glimpses of the area's mining history along the two choices of routes.
Both routes currently start from the Forestry Commission's Cannop Cycle Centre, near Cinderford, which is operated by cycle hire company, Pedalabikeaway. The all-terrain scooter at this site is being operated by the Walking with Wheels initiaitve, part of a broader Heritage Lottery Funded project, The Foresters' Forest.
At this hire location, a unique service is offered where you can be accompanied by a volunteer guide who will be able to help you explore and get the most out of your visit.
Please note that whether using the guiding service or not, advance booking the Tramper is essential through Walking with Wheels.
The Sculpture Trail was one of the first to open in the UK in 1986 and remains popular today. The sculptures aim to interpret the Forest environment and history of the local area and the Tramper allows you to take in the majority (although not all) of the sculptures on a slightly more challenging route. (Less confident users may prefer the Family Trail - details below)
You'll take the traffic-free cycle trail across to the Forestry Commission's main visitor centre of Beechenhurst Lodge where you will find a cafe, extensive play equipment and the start of the Sculpture Trail. (In the cafe you can buy a guide leaflet which will explain the different sculptures you'll see along the route or it can be downloaded using this link). From here you'll climb a hill to the start of the waymarked Trail which takes in 17 sculptures by different artists. Tramper users should use Shortcut B which creates a walk of 4-5 miles including getting between Pedalabikeway and the start of the Sculpture Trail. In due course, it may be possible to complete the full Sculpture Trail if desired.
This is an easy route that takes in wide forest trails and allows to get glimpses of the rich history of the area. The route follows the standard Family Cycle Trail along old railway lines to the old Drybrook Road Station before returning using the Hicksters Way Loop for a 5 mile walk - see map.
Advance booking is essential at present whether you are wishing to use the volunteer guide or explore independently as a group. This is best done online at the dedicated Walkers with Wheels webpage where you can use the online booking form. Alternatively, you can call their project office (Mon - Fri excludng bank holidays) on 01594 822073.
Thanks to KW Bell Group for generously supporting the provision of this Tramper.
Contact Forest of Dean
Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre, Cannop Cycle Centre, Cannop Valley, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EH