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Riding Whinlatter trails

This year, challenge yourself to ride the Forestry Commission’s adrenalin pumping, award winning bike trails – all set in the rugged wilderness and lush green groves of England’s precious forests.

From easy family routes on green graded trails through to black graded trails with challenging climbs and tricky terrain, the Forestry Commission has over 1000km of trails and countless forest tracks dotted across England.

For the expert rider, the Forestry Commission’s Dalby Forest is a must. It has England’s largest trail centre and offers a wide range of tracks, including an award winning course used for the British Cycling National Cross Country Series and Cross Country World Cup. It also encompasses Dixons Hollow Bike Park which ticks all the freeride boxes from elevated north shore structures to 4X descents.

For the cyclist in search of breathtaking views, visit Kielder Forest. The 62,000 hectare beauty spot is a major cycling destination, boasting over 120 kilometres of acclaimed trails – including the famed black-rated Deadwater Fell run, the highest off-road route in England. Kielder also hosts the Montane Kielder 100, the UK’s longest single-lap race. The Forestry Commission also hosts the challenging North Face Trail at Grizedale in the Lake District.

Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive, Forestry Commission England, says:

 “As a keen road and trail cyclist, I frequently cycle through Forestry Commission woodlands as they offer some of the best singletrack trails in the UK, with views to match. Whether you want rugged wilderness or serene vistas of English countryside, all our cycle tracks are set in beautiful natural surroundings even when you are close to towns and cities.

“We have many award-winning trails which are suitable for beginners to world class bikers so everyone has the chance to enhance their cycling skills by progressing from one track to the next.”

Most of our cycling sites offer showers, bike washes and a bike hiring facility, so you’ll be able to freshen yourself and your bike up after your adrenalin rushing ride.

It would also be worth investing in a Discovery Pass that’ll save you time and money. It offers great advantages such as free parking and discounts in our shops and cafés – perfect if you fancy some tea and cake after completing a trail.

So, this year, get on your bike and visit a Forestry Commission cycle site. Why not complete all fourteen? We’ve got the trails…are you ready to ride?

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

Media contact:  Sara Chan,, 0117 372 5107