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We've done the Family Cycle Trail several times. And therefore we've started to pay more attention to the little extra loops shown on the maps as you cycle round. It's also a little more convenient for us to start at Cinderford, and keeps us off the beaten track and away from too many other people. Our start point for today's ride was Steam Mills Forestry Commission Car Park - a slightly odd place...

This is our preferred 'no thinking' walk. When you just need to get outdoors and remind yourself of the amazing countryside around where we live. And there have been many occasions when we've bumped into neighbours doing exactly the same walk. It's a bit less than 2km, so will take about 30 minutes, depending on how much you stop to pick blackberries, listen for owls or watch the tractors. It's a ...

Continuing our exploration of all the cycle trails in the Forest of Dean, we returned to Cannop Ponds, but this time to head south to Coleford via Parkend. It's mostly dismantled railway, so we were expecting a reasonably straightforward ride for our pedalling boy. The ride out of Cannop is easy and very slightly downhill. After crossing the road, the trail became more puddle-ridden but very cycl...

This walk is a bit far away really, but worth sharing in case you're interested in visiting the Black Mountains when you come to stay. The Black Mountains is the most easterly part of the Brecon Beacons, and therefore the closest to Tibberton Cottage. On a rare child free day in early August, we drove for an hour to the little village of Pengenffordd, a bit beyond Crickhowell. Having paid our £2 t...

The Forest of Dean has plenty of options for cyclists: in fact, the traffic going past Tibberton Cottage on a Sunday morning is most likely to be groups of road cyclists. Forestry England run Cannop Cycle Centre in the heart of the forest, and from there you can ride a blue trail, red trail, or the family cycle trail. Like lots of people, we take our own bikes, though you can hire them from pedala...