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The Forest of Dean ¡s a hugely popular area for tourism, and over the past few years cycling has become one of its key visitor attractions. Many people enjoy the Family Trail which amounts to just over nine miles of forest track. This brand new guide, published by Cycling Guides, is designed to help leisure cyclists explore much more of the forest.
Ben Searle personally assessed practically all of the many miles of tracks in the heart of the forest. He then selected 80 miles of the most easily rideable and rewarding of these in addition to the Family Trail at the heart.
All the selected tracks are very clearly shown on the map. 43 miles of route are fully described with succinct stage-by-stage distances, and route profiles, so that you can pick a ride to suit. The guide is designed to make it easy for users to put together their own rides using a further 46 miles of links, shortcuts and alternative tracks that are clearly marked on the map.
One aim of this guide ¡s to enable visitors to venture off the Family Trail with the confidence that they will easily find their way on tracks and trails that are navigable and within their ability. This will help them explore and reach new areas of the forest.
The guide is carefully laid out with directions right next to the map panel you are looking at – no more flip-flapping the map back and forth to find out which way to go!
Fed up of maps that fall about after a few hours use, Ben sought a special tough waterproof plastic which feels like high quality paper – this guide will last very many visits – come rain or shine. The map base is the superbly detailed Ordnance Survey ® 1:25,000 Explorer series, on which Cycling Guides have overlaid the route and additional information added. This includes where to eat, drink and places of interest along or near the routes. All the information you’ll need to plan a fantastic day out!
The guide is fully supported by the cyclingguides.com website which provides further information to help cyclists explore the area, news, updates and GPX files of the routes for those with GPS devices.