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Explore Stainburn Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

For safety reasons cyclists using the unofficial cleared lines in Norwood Edge please access the forest from Stainburn Moor car park.

Stainburn is a largely coniferous woodland on the edge of Nidderdale AONB, close to Harrogate and Otley. It consists of two parts, a mixed pine, larch and spruce area on the sloping ground of Norwood Egde, and a more extensive plataeu of spruce with some areas of scots pine and larch to the east.

There are several mountain bike routes in the west of the wood which can be accessed from the Norwood Edge car park. There is an additional well-used car park at Stainburn Moor. 

What do other visitors say?

We tried walking through the forest but were nearly knocked over by a man riding his bike, so we turned back. Is this forest only for cyclists?

Dawn Van Gelderen, 15/May/2016

Dear Dawn, Thank you for your comments. Stainburn has specific cycle trails in the Norwood Edge section which are clearly signposted but all other areas are multi-use. We expect all forest users to respect each other use of the forest and apologies if this was not your experience.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Red runs are good but the black run is poorly sign posted with lots of 'unofficial' routes making it confusing to navigate. I tried it three times and always managed to complete it within 5 mins as routes were not clear and as it was my first time here I followed the clearest route I could see!

Matt, 26/Mar/2016

Thanks for the feedback we will check the signage.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

What we would we do with out these routes...can't thank you enough for the hard work put into this place. We all need to make sure we keep this place special.

Nigel wooldridge, 10/Feb/2016

Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoy the area!

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Last updated: 29th November 2016

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  • Norwood Edge and Stainburn Moor
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