Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
The Tour of Britain wheels into the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week, where Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will race past some of the area’s best-known landmarks.
Stage Five of the Tour starts in Aberdare. The route then takes in St Briavels and Tintern, sweeps past Puzzlewood and Speech House, before it passes through Littledean on its way to Bath.
Celebrate the one of the world’s greatest cycling spectacles by discovering everything the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean has to offer visitors on two wheels.
Catch the Tour live
The Stage Five route cycles past some brilliant locations for spectators to catch the race. Pick a spot near the ruins of Tintern Abbey, at the gates of Puzzlewood or with the crowds in Coleford. There are two King of the Mountain climbs to see at both Stowe Green and Speech House or you can wave the riders on their way out of the area at Westbury-on-Severn. Take a look at the whole route here.
Watch on the action on the big screen
Taking place at Main Place / Old Station Way, the Coleford Tourism Information Centre has arranged a large screen to show footage of race entering and leaving the district, covered by ITV4. Children are welcomed to line the Main Place side of Old Station Way to welcome riders into the town.
Follow the art trail
To celebrate the Tour, businesses and attractions from across the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean have been busy decorating bikes for the Wye Dean Cycle Trail. Follow the map to find every bicycle and discover some of the most beautiful spots of the area.
The area’s towns and villages have also risen to the challenge with the shop fronts of Coleford packed with bikes decorated with everything from flowers to fruit. Be sure to Tweet and Instagram your best pictures using the Hashtag #deanwye.
Get on your bike
The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is well-known for its cycling trails – and with good reason. There are over 72km of waymarked trails on Forestry Commission managed land with nationally renowned cross-country trails. Uplift services help riders make the most of incredible downhill trails while wheelchair users can enjoy ‘Launchpad’ – the UK’s first downhill trail specifically designed for gravity bikes.
For road cyclists, there’s the main route from John O’Groats to Land’s End that runs right along the Wye Valley, which makes Tintern a popular cyclist-friendly pit stop.
Join the club
There have been cycling clubs in the Forest of Dean for over half a century with the Royal Forest of Dean Cycling Club still meeting in the same room of the Fountain Inn for 60 years
Plan a cycle-friendly stay
Inspired to stay a little longer? There is plenty of accommodation, pubs and restaurants that cater for cyclists. From secure bike storage and cleaning areas to bike-friendly cafés – the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean has everything you need for the perfect cycling break.
Enjoy a tasty pit stop
In celebration of the Tour of Britain coming through the Forest of Dean, Taurus Crafts will be offering a free cup of filter coffee when you buy a cake to everyone who arrives on two wheels. The offer runs until the 11th September 2016.
Hunt for P:ARTs
The young at heart can explore the centre’s Bike P:ART Trail. Colourful bike parts are displayed around the Taurus Crafts site – find them all and match the colours. Taking place until the 11th September, it is free to take part in and all entries will be included in a prize draw.
Find out more about cycling in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean here.