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Black Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Severe

Length of trail:

7 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

3rd leg - Drop off options. Mountain biking skills area. Hamsterley Forest. North East England  This is the most strenuous and technically challenging waymarked trail in Hamsterley forest. It sports steep technical climbs, smooth contouring single track and some superb rooty descents. This character stays with the trail for its entire length and boasts some great natural riding that will challenge even the best cross country bikers. The Black trail starts from the forest drive just beyond the visitor centre. This character stays with the trail for its entire length and boasts some great natural riding that will challenge even the best cross-country bikers.

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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Did this trail for first time weekend gone and have to say was very impressed some superb sections.well done to people who build and maintain these trails.will be back

Anonymous, 3/Feb/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

Yesterday, I came across this brand new downhill track. It is excellent, well built, well planned, a very good replacement for the defunct "Star Wars" track. It has yet to be named. Where you used to go down the hill and turn left for Star Wars,instead, turn right, and it starts there. Thanks to all concerned.

Anonymous, 8/Feb/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Did a mixture of all the routes though thought it was too rough on a hard tail. so I am now awaiting delivery of my new full suspension trail bike while recovering from a broken elbow. So I cannot wait to get back up there and hammer those trails bring it on.

Tim Williams, 18/Mar/2014
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