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As summer turns to autumn, we need to make sure we don't lose out on fresh air and exercise. Cycling is the answer and we take you off-road for the best forest bike trails in the UK. Whether you are a biking fanatic, a fair-weather two-wheeler or someone who hasn't cycled since they were in short trousers, our beautiful forests offer a vast network of cycling trails that will keep you active and invigorated throughout the months ahead.
Forestry England, the organisation that looks after our forests, is a great place to start your forest cycling. They have been welcoming cyclists for over 40 years as a key part of their promise to keep our forests open to all for recreation. The cycling is natural, wild, and, extensive, with over 1,100km of graded cycle trails through glorious woodlands and forests. Everybody is welcome and, to help you choose your trail, they have graded hundreds of routes across the country. We have selected our top 10 to get you started (including 2 in Scotland). All are near to one of our locations so you have somewhere to relax after your exertions.
Forest Retreat at Forest Holidays
Family enjoying a cycling break in the forest
The forest makes for excellent mountain biking
Explore the forest on two wheels
Hidden deep in the forest, our cabins are perfect for the post-cycling cool down. Soothe your aching limbs in the hot tub, share your cycling stories round the cosy log burner and sink into a soft bed with only the rustle of the wind in the trees to lull you to sleep.
Make it a long 3-day weekend or opt for a 4-night midweek break, when the trails will be quieter. Bike hire is available at all our locations, except for Sherwood Forest, where bikes can be hired at the Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre.
Bike hire is available at most Forest Holidays locations
Did you know? According to We are Cycling UK, a regular cyclist in mid-adulthood has the fitness levels of someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy that is two years longer than their non-cycling peers. Add to that, the opportunity to bond with family and friends over a shared pleasure and an escape to nature, far from the pressures of daily life and forest cycling is the perfect hobby. Here’s to your health and happiness on two wheels.