Having stayed at the Bracelands Campsite before, I knew there were plenty of trails around, however, a friend recommended I check out the trails and bikes available from ‘Pedal a Bike Away‘ in the Forest of Dean.
Watch our video below to get a quick idea of what the route is like.
We visited whilst we were touring the area in a motorhome, and so we had brought a few bikes with us. All except the adult bikes for mum and dad.
Fortunately, you can hire mountain bikes at Pedal a Bike Away. When we visited an adult trail bike as £14.50 for 3 hours.
The Family Cycle Trail
There are some really great family cycle trails up and down the country, and I’m pleased to report this is one of them.
It’s fairly flat, apart from one small easy downhill section, being built on an old railway line that served the local mines that used to operate in the area.
The full family tail is just over 19km, and our youngest, who was on a small ‘trainer’ bike, made it all the way around.
Blue Mountain Bike Routes
Just like ski runs the mountain bike routes are colour coded to signify how difficult they are.
As you cycle along the family trail there are little blue runs every now and then that shoot off the family trail and re-join it. This is a really great idea as those who want to do a little more than the leisurely trail, can get their kicks along the way 😉
Blue runs don’t require a lot of technical skill. They give the rider a few different terrains, bumps, and banked turns. Enough to put a smile on your face.
My daughter and I did all the blue runs off the family trail but in the end, we all ended up doing a blue run. Even our youngest on his little bike, who got tired of his dad and sister having all the fun, decided to give one a go.
Pedal a Bike Away Shop and Cafe
If you need it, there’s also a shop, cafe, toilets, and showers.
As I mentioned, we arrived in a motorhome. This is the first time we had arrived at such a place in a motorhome, and it was great to have somewhere warm and dry to get changed in, as well as the ability to pop the kettle on 😉
Kids Mountain Bike Club
One thing we did see advertised at Pedal a Bike Away is their ‘Little Fodders’ Kids Mountain Bike Club.
This wasn’t something we were able to try, but if you are in the area, then it might be worth checking out.
Getting in Touch with Pedal a Bike Away
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Where to find Pedal a Bike Away
Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 7EH
Latitude: 51.8083572, Longitude: -2.5682313
Pedal a Bike Away is situated on the B4234 New Road.Show on Google Maps Show on OS Maps
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Parking for a Motorhome
If you are also planning to arrive by motorhome, follow the signs for the overflow car park when you arrive. That’s where I found suitable parking.
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