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The Forest Cycle Code

Take to the forest trails on your bike and be safe

With over 2,500 km of cycling trails, from gentle family routes (and learning to ride guides) to bike skills areas and adrenaline-fuelled downhill MTB, Forestry England have trails for everyone.

Before you begin your cycling adventure with us, please have a look at out Forest Cycle Code to help you have an enjoyable and safe experience. 

Trail guidance

We've graded our trails, so whatever your level, you can find the right trail for you. Here's a summary of the grading. 

  • Green grade trails are suitable for beginners or novice cyclists.
  • Blue grade trails are suitable for intermediate cyclists or mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills.
  • Red grade trails are suitable forproficient mountain bikers with good off-roading skills.
  • Black grade trails are suitable for expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes.

The Forest Cycle Code

Before you travel

  • Don’t rely on others
  • Ensure you can you get home safely
  • Carry the right equipment and know how to use it.

For your safety

  • Wear the right safety clothing: a helmet and gloves.
  • Cycle within your abilities.
  • Look first: only tackle jumps and other challenges if you are sure you can do them.
  • Train properly, especially for difficult and technical routes.

On and off road 

  • Expect the unexpected: watch out for other visitors.
  • Stay safe: always follow warning signs and other information you are given.
  • If a vehicle is loading timber, always wait for the driver to let you past.

In an emergency, dial 999. Once you are safe, please let the local forest centre know by telephone. You can find contact details for each forest online.

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