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

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Difficult

Length of trail:

10 miles

Trail is currently open

Grizedale cycling map


Trail description

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

Really enjoyed the ride on a very wet day. I have not ridden this trail for years and was very pleased to find much of the boardwalk replaced with rocky sections. Several of the short boardwalk sections could do with some TLC and there are various broken boards around the route. No problems with route finding - all well signed.

JoM, 5/Sep/2016
2 Stars 2 Stars

Well after 4 years of trying to compete this due to broken bikes etc I'd like to say it was worth it but after around 4mls the trail markers were no existent or very poorly positioned as a result I ended up completing my ride on the red trail back to the centre, very disappointed.

Northface , 29/Jul/2016

So sorry to hear about your difficulties on the trail, we've not had any other feedback from visitors getting lost but we will head out to check the waymarkers haven't been damaged are all clearly visible. Hope you return for another attempt soon, you could also download a map from the website as a bit of back up.

Forestry Commission Response
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
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What's Here?

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

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Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495

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