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The North Face Mountain Bike Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

10 miles

Trail is currently open


Grizedale cycling map


The North Face Mountain Bike Trail consists of nine sections of sinuous singletrack trail on the west side of Grizedale Forest. The trail offers adrenelising sections of single track desent with leg burning up hills, contouring through oak woodlands and conifer forest. The challenging trail also gives the mountain biker tricky board walk sections through meadows yet reward the trail rider with outstanding views along the way.

The trail is for experienced mountain bikers and has a RED (Difficult) grade. It is suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills and fitness. The trail has challenging climbs, tricky descents and technical features such as drop offs and large rocks.

We have now added a BLACK (Severe) trail which is suitable for expert mountain bikers with high level of fitness. An awesome blast of jumps and berms with steep descents, not for the faint hearted. There is a split along this section, watch out for the signs and only do the double diamond run if an expert rider.

Start from the Visitor Centre and follow the North Face Trail waymarkers.

What do other visitors say?

Transmission is not a DH trail !!

savdog, 4/Dec/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Have to agree with the slippery boardwalks. Came a cropper when I lost the front wheel and ended up face first in the mud. Only a cut nose but could have been worse. Happened again on the next boardwalk but managed to land on my side this time.

Steve, 29/Nov/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

hi just rode north face trail. i must say it is a excellent route even though it was very wet conditions .rode it in August in dry no problems.however in the wet one of the boardwalks about 3 miles from the end caught me out without warning, stupidly slippery off the grip surface in middle.lost the front no warning or time to react . head first into small tree stump nothing worse than a nice black eye nosebleed and a few bumps will still ride it again but grip needs extending to nearer to edges .could have been a lot worse

dave askew, 13/Oct/2014

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback on the trail. We will pass your suggestion to our Ranger responsible for the trails for them to follow up. Hope you will be back soon to enjoy the forest, maybe in drier conditions!

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Grizedale Visitor Centre

01229 860010

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