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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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Very nice, well maintained single track ride through the Forrest, well signposted and not to difficult for the wife to ride aswell. If you're used to fast technical riding like that found at Gisburn forest grizedale is a little different, it's more like a footpath with the occasional wooden plankway, not as fast and challenging as other trails specifically aimed at mountain bikes but very enjoyably nonetheless !

Matt, 18/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars


Steph, 5/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

My introduction in MTB was on your fantastic north face trail, being not that fit and somewhat a novice in MTB i had a look at the trail on youtube. Those videos dont really show the mega up hill sections just the nice fun downhill bits, i was in for a shock! But non the less myself and a few mates headed up to Grizedale 3 days ago, and what an amazing time we had, the views are breathtaking, much like the up hill sections :-) and the down hill stuff was spot on twisst turns massive rocks a few jumps, we will definatly be heading back!! We also took to the mountain bike shop near the cafe, the lady in there was very friendly and helpful, my only gripe with the shop was lack of size range for the lets say chunkier gentlemen but then again with all this riding im going to be doing that should soon sort its self! Overall it was a brilliant day with great weather, great trails and great mates pushing each other along the way! Will definitely be back soon!! Thanks guys

Chris, 23/Jun/2014

Thanks for your feedback Chris, glad you enjoyed the trails! You could also try out our Quercus and Altura trails at Whinlatter Forest near Keswick if you fancy a change of scenery!

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Grizedale Visitor Centre

01229 860010

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