Heralded by many as the best weekend of the year in 2017, we are returning to the Forest of Dean for our fun Family Weekend in 2018.
If you didn’t manage to join us in previous years, the format tends to be – We split into ability groups and ride in the mornings, then depending on weather and how we feel, have a break for lunch and maybe ride a bit more, and then head back to the campsite to enjoy the indoor pool late afternoon. We usually do a communal BBQ on the Saturday night and people cook for themselves on the Friday.
We have stayed for the last few years at Whitemead Forest Park. This offers a range of accommodation at various price points, from grass pitch camping, through pods, log cabins and up to apartments. You can check out the options here: https://www.boundless.co.uk/save-more/boundless-breaks-whitemead-forest-park
Whitemead is approximately 20 minutes flat off-road riding from Cannop Trail Centre, where there is a huge variety of off-road riding to suit all ages and abilities. You can have a look at the trail details here: http://www.fodmtb.com/trails
In the past the older teenagers have booked an uplift for the day and sessioned the DH trails too.
As this is a Family Weekend, we would like you to note that although we might do a bit of ad-hoc coaching as we ride and we can give you informed advice about what trails or sections might be suitable for your children, the Summit coaches are there to spend time riding with our families too. As such, we require all young riders to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult whilst we are riding the trails. Bikes can be hired at the trail centre if required: http://pedalabikeaway.co.uk/
If you require adult coaching before April, please get in touch with us and we will see what we can do!!
All the usual MTB kit will be needed by all riders (helmet, gloves, small rucksack with packed lunch, spare tube, pump, lightweight waterproof etc). All young riders should also be wearing knee pads (we can advise on what to buy if necessary). If riders wish to ride the Red or Black DH trails (2 dots or above on the signs) we strongly recommend full-face helmets, body protection and neck braces.
Families will need to book their own accommodation at Whitemead. Have a look at the website first and then choose what suits your needs and budget best. Nearer the time we will publish a BookitBee link so that you can let us know that you are coming and we can start to plan groups and BBQ food for you!
We hope you would like to join us – it’s a beautiful part of the world, and the children seem very happy to go back year after year! (The adults too, we think!). In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at coaching soon. Do ask us if you have any questions about the FoD weekend.
A bit of a taster of the FoD trails, as ridden by Katie (then aged 5) – https://vimeo.com/126511201