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Accessible Cycle Routes Around Gloucestershire

It's National Bike Week! We're going to have plenty to share with you about inclusive cycling over the course of this week, so look out for it on our social media.

It's the perfect time to enjoy some cycling, and lots of people have been enjoying the outdoors on their bikes over the past couple of months. What are your favourite spots and routes? Have you found any particularly accessible places to cycle?I have a couple of favourite spots around Cheltenham that I like to cycle. I have always loved the Honeybourne Line, a nice stretch of cycle path between Leisure At and Cheltenham Spa train station. You can do the whole length of it or, if you want to stick to a completely flat path you can cycle between Waitrose and the train station. I have cycled the length of it both on a recumbent trike and a hand cycle (powered by my arms) - it is a gradual incline if you start at the Leisure At end, and continuing along it you have to go over the bridge before you get to Waitrose. Great fun cycling the other way though, just keep in control of the brakes!

Cycling around Pittville Park is also a lovely route, and there is a Changing Places toilet there so you don't have to worry about needing an accessible toilet when you're out and about.

Comment below with any other places you enjoy cycling and would recommend!

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replied 4 months ago

I love cycling along the Family Cycle Trail in the Forest of Dean. Prior to the Lockdown in March 2020 Leonard Cheshire's Gloucestershire Wheels For All project had just started delivering inclusive cycling sessions from the Forestry England Mallards Pike site near Parkend in the Forest of Dean. There is a 2km circular accessible route suitable for adapted bikes, that starts and finishes close to the car park, toilets (just reopened) and cafe (currently serving takeaways only).
We are looking forward to restarting our sessions (keep an eye on the You're Welcome website to find out when) but in the meantime if you have your own bikes and a means of transport, I thoroughly recommend the beautiful, blissful and life-enhancing forest environment.
That 2km route links with the main 11km Family Cycle Trail which has several flat stretches and is mostly manageable on a recumbent trike - but does have some uphill stretches where you might need a bit of help from a companion unless you are super fit and have lots of gears!
If you would like more information please contact Project Lead MaryClare via the You're Welcome directory.

Jennie - You're...

replied 4 months ago

I love the Family Cycle Trail! I had a memorable ride around the whole of it last year, when we weren't planning on going that far! It was lovely though. I've also done the 5k route from Mallard's Pike on my hand bike with my brother - really enjoyed it but it was hard work on some of the uphill bits and I needed a push from my brother!

Megan – You’re ...

replied 4 months ago

Sorry - my fingers slipped on the keyboard! There's also the Cheltenham race course for cycling.

Nicole - You're...

replied 4 months ago

I love cycling along the Honeybourne trail. It's nice and wide and mostly flat. The big bridge by Waitrose is a bit of an incline and there are ways to avoid it by going via Churchill Gardens. If you make Pittville Park your destination it had some lovely flat, wide routes to cycle and there is a changing places facility next to the main play area.

PedallingDebs

replied 4 months ago

Hello MaryClare suggested I join the group. Over the lockdown period Ive been cycling an Amtryke recumbent trike around the Gloucester Business Park, Coopers Edge and going over the Motorway Bridge along Lobleys Drive and along the Cycle path which runs by Lobleys Drive Park..
The Business Park up in Brockworth has some great cycle paths and I really like going around the small lake with the waterfall on the way to Tesco Brockworth . There are usually a few ducks and moorhens to be seen along with water lilies, irises and other pond plants. Hoping to be getting back to the Forest at some stage as it is so beautiful and fun cycling around.

Jennie - You're...

replied 4 months ago

Lots of ideas coming up already! Megan, can you cycle around the whole of the race course? Is there a cycle path or is it just around where the cars drive?

I've also had a lovely cycle along Gloucester Canal, starting at the docks and going along towards Quedgely for a couple of miles and coming back again. I was on my handbike and did need a bit of a push at times up some slopes and it was a bit bumpy near the docks but a lot of it was fairly flat and even. It is harder work on a handbike though!

This is a link to the Cannop Cycle Centre where you can find more information about cycling in the Forest: https://www.forestryengland.uk/cannop-cycle-centre?fbclid=IwAR0eBoIXC_tM...

You can also check out this Facebook page for the latest updates on the cycle trails in the Forest of Dean here: https://www.facebook.com/FoDCycleTrails/?redirect=false

Faye-Raye

replied 4 months ago

I have a RaceRunner instead of a bike but I guess we can use the same sort of tracks... it's still on wheels!! I have run along the Honeybourne Cycle Track a few times, from Waitrose to the Train Station... I can't get myself up the hill and over the bridge the other way! Or more recently along the pathway from Longlevens to Ten Pin/Wheatstone/Premier Inn towards Sainsbury's... haven't made it as far as Sainsbury's though!! A good route but there are a few hills... as Jennie says though, great fun coming down the hills, just make sure the brakes are working first!!

Gloucestershire...

replied 4 months ago

I discovered a lovely accessible trail this week in Tetbury along a 1.5 mile stretch of the Tetbury Railway Trail. I took a hand cycle and found the terrain very manageable. The first half of this part of the trail would also be suitable for wheelchair bikes and companion cycles, width and smoothness-wise. The start of the Trail which follows an old railway line is at the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre. At the moment this is closed, but when it reopens, there is a café and disabled toilet as well as a large free car park with space for disabled vehicle parking. There are also plenty of picnic benches – empty on the day I visited, given the cloudy damp weather but I can imagine it is usually full of visitors when the weather is warm and sunny.

Nicole - You're...

replied 4 months ago

I hear good things about the cycle route from Gloucester Docks to Maisemor has anyone done that one before? What is it like?