Forest of Dean Mountain Biking Trails

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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Freeminers and Verderers xc trails
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
this place is brillliant. we did 2 laps, one of the blue (verderers) and one of the red (freeminers)

did a quick lap of the skills loop first then started on the Verederers trail which was fun good singletrack. fast berms and a few options to get air (all rollable) there was a couple of red options on the way round that were cool. a lap of the blue first was a nice way to get the legs going.
we had some tasty cake from the cafe and then went to the freeminers trail. much more technical from the start with a short rooty climb. gets the heart going right away, on the day we came it was not long after the heavy snow had melted and the rain had come down so the red in places was very muddy and hard to ride. still loads of fun even with the mud. the descents were fast and technical. a mixture of mud, roots and rocks. enough trail features to keep you on your toes and wanting to go and do sections again. it looked like there was alot of natural trails coming off of the waymarked routes.
nearly run over some wild boar at one point also!

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Good Points
trails are well maintained
the right level of features on the trails
lots of different levels of ability catered for
tasty cake
Bad Points
cant think of any
Would you recommend?
Yes
B
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Very good, but that parking charge is excessive...
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
As above, I would recommend FOD highly, however you might want to consider remortgaging to cover the cost of the parking...

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Good Points
Number of Trails
Variation of skill levels within trails
We'll Maintained
Nice Cafe
Good general facilities
Bad Points
Parking Cost... I've been using FOD for around 10 years now, and to see the parking price rocket compared to other trail centres where you can park for £1, it's just blatant daylight robbery.
Would you recommend?
Yes
C
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Love it
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
A go to mountain bike destination with some good trails ands facility's. The trail builders do an excellent job.

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Good Points
Good parking, Good cafe, Good trails. Helpful staff.
Bad Points
Always busy in cafe. A lot of the older trails blown out.
Would you recommend?
Yes
JM
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Brilliant
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Thanks to the small band of volunteer trail builders!!

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Good Points
Amazing variety of trails, great cycle centre with really helpful staff.
I love riding the red trail with the extension, as well as the unmarked Enduro route.
Would you recommend?
Yes
P
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F O D review
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Usually visit twice a week.

User Review

Good Points
Great place. Friendly staff. Great fun for all the family.
Bad Points
Can get busy
Would you recommend?
Yes
RH
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Bit of most things and lots of fun
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Good centre with potential to challenge any rider if you find everything hidden there

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Good Points
Variety of trails, fully man made and natural with additions in DH and XC. Entry level tracks and more advanced ones to progress on. Volunteer built tracks provide some of the best sections in the forest, good to see local people supporting the riding community.
Large numbers of off piste trails in the area.
Good cafe and uplift facilities, hire, workshop and suspension tuning also available if needed.
Kids club is very busy but an amazing foundation for young riders, the skills they get are incredible.
Bad Points
So many of the off piste trails are hidden you struggle to find them.
No dedicated skills area to lean specific obstacles but there are training features on some trails just a way out.
Car parking can get busy quickly.
Would you recommend?
Yes
P
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Will be the Best :)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Great Place to Ride

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Good Points
Family Cycle Trail, 10 miles of beautiful scenery on a family friendly loop
Verderers, an Excellent 7 Mile Blue Trail with one of the biggest grin factor final descents in the Country built by Rowan Sorrell of BPWs "Back on Track" boys
Freeminers 7 miles of Great natural and man made features, Built and Maintained by the Dean Trail Volunteers
Launchpad the realisation of a Dream, Phil Hall of the Rough Riderz 4 Wheel Gravity Bike Club with support of the Dean Trail Volunteers and funding from the Gloucester Enviromental Trust and the FC made this a reality that 40,000 riders enjoyed in the first year of opening, it is a credit to the builders "Architrail" and the determination of the Rough Riderz
And last but not least the excellent variety of DH runs Sheepskull, Ski Run, Mr Rooty, Endo, Cougar Root, Corkscrew, Bottleopener, Good the Bad and the Ugly (GBU), Corkscrew, Brothers, Anything but Boaring etc... ALL BUILT and MAINTAINED BY Volunteers http://www.deantrailvolunteers.com/
Plenty of Car Parking but could do with more due to the every growing popularity and the excellent work of the Dean Trail Volunteers
Great Cafe, Workshop, Clothing and parts shop, Toilets and Showers, Bike Hire and the Excellent http://www.sprungsuspension.com/ for all your smooth bouncing needs on site
The Best Mini DH and Mini Enduros in the Country Courtesy of Chris Roberts
Bad Points
Not enough Volunteers to cope with the growth and popularity of the trails
No direct funding for the Dean Trail Volunteers to build and maintain trails http://www.deantrailvolunteers.com/ (DTV have a donation box in the cafe and a paypal button on there website)
Car Park needs to expand
Red needs extending (but this should happen in the next 12 months)
Pump Track needed (but this should happen in the next 12 months)
Skills Area needed (but this should happen in the next 12 months)
More DH Tracks at the other end of the Valley (its on the cards)
Would you recommend?
Yes
DT
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Top location
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Love FoD, that's why I've been heading back for over 5 years. Cracking trail centre and can't recommend the place enough.

User Review

Good Points
Top facilities: great food, great staff and great shop.
Excellent selection of trails to choose from, whatever the weather.
Bad Points
Not a great selection of jumps/drops to develop skills. They go from very small to large.
Would you recommend?
Yes
A
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#minienduro
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
If you haven't been yet pay a visit to this great site, it has trails for the family and the not so fit to hills that make you work hard all the way with some very exiting down hill trails that you don't have to work too hard to get to. it also has an uplift but I have never used it.

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Good Points
FOD has some excellent trails for beginners and experienced riders alike, it is well maintained and there is quite often something new being built ready for next year. the centre has hosted several minienduro events that I for one have really enjoyed. the crowd are friendly and happy to help with advice on those trails that are not necessarily marked. been going for several years and still finding new stuff all the time.
Bad Points
Shop can be limited when you really need a spare part but food and drink is good.
Would you recommend?
Yes
LH
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Rooty fun
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Only had a short visit to FoD but it was fun. Had a lap of the newly(?) extended miners trail and it was quite natural and rooty tech style for a trail centre red. Also had a look at the DH lines and options but not too much time to give it a proper go but looked great, mix of naturalised tech and built lines.

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Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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