Forest of Dean

by Karl   January 16, 2012  

Hi has anyone any experience of road biking around the forest of dean area? Got an opportunity to go there in early March for a week and just wondering if it's mainly mountain bike riding.
Thanks Diz.

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The FoD is super for road biking. One of my very favourite events is the FoD Spring Classic, 6 May this year...

http://www.wheelsinwheels.com/FOD/forest_of_dean_spring_classic_cycling_...

There's lots of great routes to be done in the Forest itself, or you can head out north towards the malverns or west to the brecons. or east to the cotswolds. or south over the severn bridge to the estuary. it's all good.

if you've never cycled there before you have to do the symond's yat climb from the North. that's the LAW. and after that head west on the A4136 into Monmouth, that's a super descent...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7312 posts]
16th January 2012 - 22:48

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+1 for what Dave says. The Forest is lovely for road biking - there are 100's of roads that are virtually traffic free and the majority of main roads are not bad at all. The climb up from Goodrich to Symonds Yat and Yat Rock as Dave says is fantastic and there are plenty of other ace climbs and descents around Walford, Lydney, Joys Green and Ruardean. Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth are 'pretty' towns, some of the towns in the forest itself aren't so much, but there are plenty of good pubs and food stops about. It is surprisingly hilly though - last weekend I went out for a 100k ride and did 1500m climbing. The FoDSC Dave mentions above gets just short of 3000m in 144k.

HTH, Jezzer

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posted by jezzer [63 posts]
18th January 2012 - 23:43

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Thank you for your reply's. I can't wait to get the miles in around what sounds a beautiful forest.

posted by Karl [31 posts]
20th January 2012 - 23:19

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