With over 23,000 acres, the Forest of Dean offers plenty of countryside to explore. From gentle country walks to action-packed extreme sports, it's all on The Fountain's doorstep. Our staff know the Forest in great detail, having lived here for many years. The RSPB Nagshead Reserve is also just a few minutes away, offering fabulous bird-spotting and rambling routes. Clearwell Caves is just 3 miles away, with the Dean's Iron Mining Museum and deep-level caving activities. See the links on the local attractions page here.
Top mountain biking routes, whatever your level
The Forest of Dean boasts some of England’s finest woodland riding; all of which is easily accessible by bike, from the Fountain Inn. We’re ideally placed for miles of track; ranging from the gentle forest roads of the Family Cycle Trail, to the demanding all-weather singletrack of the red grade FODCA Trail. Just three miles away you’ll also find the Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre, offering a range of facilities, including a café, bike shop, bike hire and large car park. To visit the Pedalabikeaway Centre website, click here. We also recommend The Cycle People, whose website can be found by clicking here, and the FOD, a website with all the local insight into mountain biking in the Forest. Click here for their website.
The local Forestry Commision have revamped some of the single track mountain bike trails, with more in development. So whatever your ability, and whatever time of year you plan to visit, you’ll find the Forest of Dean has a lot to offer. Ask your host, Alan, for local know-how and tips on finding the best rides.
Forest of Dean Events:
Beechenhurst Lodge Sled Dog Rally
Wyedean Quest Sled Dog Race
Coleford Carnival of Transport
Gloucestershire Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Food Festival
Fire and Wood Festival
Dean Outdoors Festival
Thomas the Tank Engine in the Forest of Dean
Relay for Life, Forest of Dean
Dean Forest Railway Celebration Weekend
Dean Forest Railway Vintage & Heritage Days
Fire Sculpture at Taurus Crafts
Newent Onion Fayre
Heritage Open Days
Forest Food Showcase
Summer's End Festival
Model Village Halloween
Halloween Ghost Train
Santa Special Trains