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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

I ride the North Face regularly,but 1 section has been closed for over a year now.Come on sort it out,people still use the closed section but be aware of the broken boardwalks.

Paul m, 19/Jan/2014

Thanks for your comments. The trail closure to repair the boardwalks has been hampered by continued bad weather. Saturated ground and frequent windblown trees have unfortunately caused lengthy delays. Work to repair the trail is now expected to be complete by the spring.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Too much fire road for me. Several sections closed for repairs....frustrating but necessary.....several sections blocked due to felled trees... (Come on Forest Enterprise, get a crew up there) and as has been mentioned before, new signs required, very faded..... Good boardwalks.... Fast roads..... Love Grizedale Forest though.

Patch, 5/Jan/2014
1 Star 1 Star

This trail is terrible and smacks of lazy trail building with no creative in put. We rode the Altura route the day before and thoroughly enjoyed its varied terrain and good use of the mountain whilst offering a challenging mtb experience. 5 riders at Keswick discouraged us from riding the North Face route. They accurately described it as as poorly thought out and lazy with excessive use of fire trails. The scenery is beautiful and the centre facilities excellent for all to use. To sum up the NF route even the locals dont use it. Drive to the Altura route and enjoy a top day out instead.

Anonymous, 29/Sep/2013
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  • Gradient (hard)
  • Trail maps are available from the Visitor Centre
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