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The Super 6

The Super6: Mountain biking in Northern England

Grab your mountain bike, dust off your bike gear and come to our six participating forests for your next rip-roaring, adrenaline-packed ride or family-friendly pedal.

There are six massive reasons to visit – so what are you waiting for? Find out more about The Super 6 below.

Take The Super 6 challenge

Think you can tackle the biking trails in our six most northern forests? Well we're setting you the challenge! Download a Super 6 passport or pick one up from the forest to start. Collect a stamp at each forest location and once complete send your passport back to us. You'll be entered into our prize draw to win some really great prizes.

Gisburn Grizedale Whinlatter Hamsterley forest Chopwell woodland park Kielder forest

1. Gisburn

mountain bikers on The North Face Trail GrizedaleLocated in stunning north Lancashire, Gisburn has two mountain biking trails to tackle, depending on your skill level. There’s a skills loop too, so you can learn or hone your skills. Mountain bike trails at Gisburn.

Nearest town: Clitheroe
Sat nav: BB7 4TS

2. Grizedale

mountain bikers on The North Face Trail GrizedaleGrizedale plays host to The North Face Trail and is a great base for trips along the challenging mountainous routes of the southern Lake District. Trails to ride at Grizedale.

Nearest town: Ambleside
Sat nav: LA22 0QJ

3. Whinlatter  

Whinlatter Duathlon Whinlatter puts the mountain back into mountain biking. The Altura Trail is already a classic, affording stunning views, challenging descents and leg-burning climbs. Best mountain biking trails at Whinlatter.

Nearest town: Keswick
Sat nav: CA12 5TW

4. Hamsterley Forest  

Women's mountain bike event, Hamsterley Forest.The north east’s hidden gem, combining miles of cross country routes with the adrenaline fuelled 4X course of Descend Bike Park. A fantastic place for all levels of skill and experience. Mountain bike trails at Hamsterley Forest.

Nearest town: Bishop Auckland
Sat nav: DL13 3NL

Cyclists on the 'Powerline' cycle trail, Chopwell Woodland Park5. Chopwell Woodland Park   

Chopwell Woodland Park is one of the best forests in the area for easy biking, thanks to old railway lines that run through the forest. Or come tackle the more difficult red grade trail! Where to mountain bike at Chopwell.

Nearest town:
Newcastle
Sat nav: NE39 2AG

6. Kielder  

Cyclists riding the Lonesome Pine mountain bike trail in Kielder Forest                Wilderness mountain biking at its best, with epic red grade trails and cross border links to the Newcastleton Seven Stanes Centre. The lakeside blue grade trails offer spectacular views. Find the best mountain biking trails at Kielder.

Nearest town:
Bellingham
Sat nav: NE48 1ER

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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