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The North Face Mountain Bike Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

First ever trail run, first ever ride on a high quality bike, first exercise for yrs, & I loved it! The 10mile treck is a roller coaster of emotions but the good out weigh the bad by far for me. Our group fitness ranged from the high to medium/poor. Two did not complete due to broken bike & pulled calf muscle. Good determination is essential over fitness & id recommend bike hire as they provide a pit crew to fix your bike where ever u break down(but take a phone to let them know). after the 10 miler & bate some of us attempted another 5mile trek which had crazy down hills if u let the brakes off, I found my self skidding onto a main road at the end, then it was a lung busting 2mile tarmac section back to base which was a perfect finish for me to re awaken my stamina levels of old. better than go karting by far

P Smart, 8/Feb/2015

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
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What's Here?

  • Gradient (hard)
  • Trail maps are available from the Visitor Centre
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Map showing the local area
OS Grid ref: SD331944

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Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495

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