Heart of the Forest School

Heart of the Forest School

Heart of the Forest School is a Community Special School providing inclusive cycling sessions.

About the centre 

Heart of the Forest School is a CTC affiliated centre. Their bikes were funded by Sport England and Awards for All, and the centre is a proud winner of the Big Pedal 2015 fundraising competition from Sustrans. The centre is also part of the Active Gloucestershire Charity, an organisation aiming to get Gloucester more physically active.

The centre sits in the heart of the Forest of Dean, a popular holiday destination with lots of recreational activities on offer. 

Keen to Expand!  

The school has additionally appointed a bikeability instructor for some of the sessions. The aim is to eventually teach cycle skills and safety abilities to individual pupils, appropriate for the bike they ride and adapted to individual needs. This is a exciting step forwards, which will eventually enable pupils to cycle outside the school on the surrounding NCN cycle route.

Along these lines, the centre is in the middle of setting up an affiliation to a local cycling club. They are keen to partner on a community level so the adapted cycles can be available outside of school hours and to other people in the community with disabilities.




Activities available at the centre 
  • The school runs inclusive cycling sessions exclusively for pupils.
  • They have a great selection of adapted bikes available and are constantly updating and adding to this. 
  • Riders cycle on a soft-pore, all weather surface area within the safe environment of the school grounds. 
  • Trained inclusive cycling staff always assist at sessions.  
  • They will soon have a range of balance bikes for the young kids to learn and enjoy riding. 


Want to know more about who inclusive cycle centres cater for? Check out CTCs What is inclusive cycling? or contact us (see contact details above).

Centre activities 
Inclusive Cycling
Volunteer opportunities 

Want to help? There are various ways in which you could volunteer:

Sessional Support
Additional Events Support
Cycle Maintenance  
Other opportunities


Forest of Dean School
Heart of the Forest Community Special School
Speech House
GL16 7EJ

By Bike: NCN route 42
By Bus: Speech House Coach/Bus NW + SW 
By Road: off B4226, near A40, A48
By Rail: Gloucester

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