This was an almost lastminute discovery, so didn't research details maybe enough in advance. We took the tramroute No5 as it runs near the apartment we stay in. Ended up walking through I believe Amsteldeen village. Then I'm afraid, we got a little lost. We ideally wanted to head for the visitor centre area. After some lack of signage, and walking for a while, we asked a Dutch family were we should be heading to to rent bikes. So, after that we walked maybe 20 further minutes and reached the visitor centre were we got a free small map of the forest and bought a cycle route map for 50cents.
Nearby was the cycle hire place (blue and white logo). www.amsterdamsebosfietsverhuur.nl
Cycle tracks here in the wood are car-free.You will need to fill in a brief form, and leave with them some photo ID along with your payment. We were given the choice of pedal-brake or hand-brake bicycles. We rented them for one hour as we wanted to be elsewhere in the afternoon, but I advise that if you have the time, book for longer as 1 hour is certainly not enough here to explore very far at all. As I am quite short 5'2", I found even the shortest seat setting on the adult bike a little tall for me. (Next size down is a child's size bike.).
It was a very enjoyable, though short trip here for us. We hadn't seen half of the attractions that this area has to offer yet. I advise you take the 170, 172 or 174 bus routes instead. Which all run close to the visitor centre. Although the bus fare was not covered by the central Amsterdam travelcard.(on blue buses - yes said the driver, but not on green buses). Next year when we rent the bikes, we will allow far more time(weather permitting), and we will go boating here in one of the boat rental areas. Saw the openair theatre. I also wanted to see the goat farm and didn't make it there, nor to the cheese making farm. So, plenty to see and do next year when we come again with better planning.