Wild Boar Chase

The Wild Boar Chase is a popular MTB ride in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. You can choose your route from longer or shorter distances.

  • The Full Boar (43 miles) covers the Forest of Dean section and descends to the river Wye.
  • In the Hog (38 miles), riders take the Forest of Dean loop, missing out the descent to the river Wye.
  • In the Woody Boar (25 miles) riders tackle a loop in the Forest of Dean.
  • The Small Boar (20 miles) covers a loop within the Forest of Dean.
A photo of Mr Hands, owner of the Speech House Hotel and post horn player Roger Phelps of Forest Brass at the start of the 2016 event.
Mr Hands, owner of the Speech House Hotel and post horn player Roger Phelps of Forest Brass at the start of the 2016 event.

The Wild Boar Chase Q & A

What technical level do you have to be at to undertake the full boar?.

As we say for the Small Boar – if the rider has ridden the Verderers (Blue) and the Freeminers (Red) trails in Sallow Valets then they should be able to cope with the technical demands of the Full Boar. BUT the riders are advised to ride within their limits, the course uses natural trails which feature hazards that must be anticipated. There is nothing that requires ‘jumping’ i.e everything can be “rolled”.
Based on the CTC grading the Wild Boar Chase (both Small and Full) would be Red grade due to distance and amount of climb. But while the Small Boar would be borderline the Full Boar is full-on Red Grade both for distance, climb and technicality. To quote the CTC for a Red grade “The route should be judged on the basis that a reasonably experienced rider riding within his/her level of skill and prevailing ground conditions, would not be expected to fall.”
– Dr John.

I have entered the event – can I switch to another distance?

Yes, you can switch to a different distance – on the day if you like. We track the progress of riders at various checkpoints and use this information to work out which route each rider has taken. It is however the rider’s responsibilty to stop at each checkpoint they encounter.