Forest of Dean Colliers Trail

Forest of Dean Colliers Trail cycle route overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Forest of Dean lies on the edge of the border between England and Wales, and is stunningly beautiful. There are many cycle routes in the forest, but this one is particularly family-friendly, and is entirely traffic-free along its 6.6 mile length.

As a there-and-back, it is a 13 mile ride, with refreshments available at either end. There’s a picnic area and a café at the far end, by Mallards Pike

Surface on the Colliers Trail

Most of the trail has a self-compacting gravel surface, though almost half has a sealed surface.

Nevertheless, especially after rain, expect mud and puddles along the trail, and be prepared for minor potholes, too. You should be able to easily ride through those when they’re dry.


There are cafés at the start and the end of the route. However, do note that the Mallards Pike café is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


You can use any type of bike along the Forest of Dean Colliers Trail, but obviously skinny-wheeled road bike riders will find the route quite bumpy.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

Points of Interest

Also consider visiting Clearwell Caves or the amazing (and free!) Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

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There are no barriers at all along the entire route. Cargo bikes, trikes and tandems can use the full route.

Cycle Hire

Bike hire is available from Pedal A Bike Away, at the start of the route. Importantly, you will need to book a bike in advance, and their website has full details.


There are toilets at the start of the trail, and again at the end, by Mallards Pike.

Paying the rent

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Weather forecast for the Forest of Dean Colliers Trail

The weather forecast for the Forest of Dean Colliers Trail traffic-free cycle route

What the Forest of Dean Colliers Trail looks like

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Getting to the Forest of Dean Colliers Trail

Sadly, there are no train stations near the Colliers Trail. If driving, use post code GL16 7EH for your sat nav.

Parking near the Colliers Trail

There’s a car park at the start, but there are restricted hours, and you will have to pay to park. At Mallards Pike there’s additional parking, in case you wanted to start from there.

The Forest of Dean is enormously popular, and the cycle centre at the start also caters to mountain bikers, so the car parks will fill up very quick.

More Routes

To find more routes, click this link.


DayCycle routes are routes that can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).

Forest of Dean Colliers Trail interactive map

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