Hamsterley Forest Cycle Trails

Latest News (14/04/2014 12:07)

The Grove Link will be closed from 22 April due to forestry operations. The Blue, Red and Black cycle trails will be diverted at times during this period. The Yellow walking trail will be closed for the duration of the work. Please follow diversions and heed all warning signs.

The following events will cause some trail closures: 19 April, British Cycling event; 26 April, Tour of Hamsterley rally (closure of forest north and west of Grove Car Park).

Cyclists on 'The Loop', Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest is one of the Northeast’s premier mountain bike destinations, with over 2000 hectares of forest to explore on 33 miles of waymarked trails and countless more miles of seldom travelled forest road.

Whether it is high octane thrill seeking you are after on one of the extreme downhill courses, or a quiet cycle with your family, Hamsterley Forest has something for cyclists of all-abilities. Maps are available to download for Blue, Red and Black MTB Trails.

For further information on Descend Hamsterley downhill trails, please contact Craig Hunter on 07795 514251.

Hamsterley Trailblazers is a charity set up by enthusiastic local mountain bikers to promote their sport in the forest. They have raised funds to build new singletrack trails and meet monthly to trail build.


'The Loop' MTB skills area
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest 'The Loop' MTB skills area
Black Cycle Trail
  • Severe
Hamsterley Forest Black Cycle Trail
Blue Cycle Trail
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest Blue Cycle Trail
Red Cycle Trail
  • Hard
Hamsterley Forest Red Cycle Trail

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OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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