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The North Face Mountain Bike Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Been riding Grizedale now for well over 20yrs.Superb amenities,and quality of trails.The designated routes are well marked and perfectly categorised.If coming in wet weather make sure you have your seal-skins on as the harder trails do collect deep puddles and your feet WILL get cold and wet.

Edith, 26/Dec/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I did the North Face Trail over the October half term, whilst my boys were doing a MTB holiday camp. Had a brilliant time - a good mix of single track, boardwalk and forest roads, with the most spectacular autumnal views. You can read more about it here:

Karen@CycleSprog, 4/Nov/2016
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
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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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