We have been told by our contact at Forestry England (previously called the Forestry Commission) that they are not allowing large scale events in the Forest of Dean this year.
As the Wild Boar Chase falls in to that category we reluctantly have to cancel this year’s Wild Boar Chase and Humbug Chase.
New Date for the Wild Boar Chase for 2021
At the request of Forestry England, we are moving the date of the Wild Boar Chase and Humbug Chase from May to September 2021. This is to avoid disturbance to nesting birds in the Forest.
The Wild Boar Chase is a mountain bike ride in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley using forest tracks, bridleways and short sections of minor roads.
Choose from longer, tougher routes to shorter easier routes.
New Routes for 2021
We will have new routes for all distances for 2021:
All riders cycle all or most of the Small Boar (the 21 mile option) .
The next distance, the Woody Boar (the 26 mile option) stays within the main Forest.
The Hog (the 35 mile option) moves out of the Forest and visits the rim of the Wye Valley.
The Full Boar (the 41 mile option) leaves The Hog, descends to the river Wye, then climbs back up and re-joins the Hog to return to the Forest.
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You can change the distance you ride on the day, no need to inform us. We will track riders on the Small Boar, the Hog, the Woody Boar and the Full Boar by scanning bar codes printed on the event numbers.
Humbug Chase Mountain Bike Ride for kids – September 2021.
The Humbug Chase is a shorter ride for 8-12 year olds.
It is an accompanied ride with no road mileage and no road crossings.
All riders cover the same distance of approx. 8 miles. If your child has a Mountain Bike why not encourage them to ride the Humbug Chase with other kids their age. They will have great fun, while their entry fee helps raise funds for local good causes.
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We are located in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, near Bristol and Gloucester and Chepstow in Wales. It is easily reached by road from the M48, M4, M5 and M50 motorways.
Organisers and Helpers
All the organisers and helpers on this event are volunteers. After the Wild Boar Chase in 2017 the Lions were able to award more than £15,000 from the event’s proceeds to worthy causes in the Forest of Dean.