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Mountain biking at Cannock Chase Mountain biking at Whinlatter Forest

Mountain biking in England

We've got everything you need for a great day on the trails. Our sites have excellent bike shops and superb facilities. We've got over 2500km of trails (and countless forest roads), from tough red and black graded trails to bike skills parks.

Search for your nearest trails, or check out a few of our absolute favourites below...

Whinlatter (NW)

Whinlatter Duathlon Whinlatter puts the mountain back into mountain biking. The Altura Trail is already a classic affording stunning views, crazy descents and leg burning climbs. 

Nearest town: Keswick
Sat Nav:  CA12 5TW

Grizedale (NW)

mountain bikers on The North Face Trail GrizedaleGrizedale plays host to The North Face Trail and is a great base for expeditions along the challenging mountainous routes of the southern Lake District.

Nearest town: Clitheroe
Sat nav: LA22 0QJ

Gisburn Forest (NW)

mountain bikers on The North Face Trail GrizedaleStart your adventure on the Skills Loop where you can learn how to ride or brush up on your trail feature skills from table tops to berms. Or head straight out on the Bottoms Beck or The 8 bike trails.

Nearest town: Ambleside
Sat nav: BB7 4TS

Delamere (NW)

Cyclist on a forest trailCombining miles of XC trails with a great skills area, Delamere's light soils make it an all year round venue. Cheshire's largest woodland area is a stone's throw from the major cities of the North West and an excellent venue for evening rides. Please note that the car parks are locked at 8pm in summer and 5pm in winter.

Nearest town: Northwich
Sat Nav: CW8 2JD

Kielder (NE)

Cyclists riding the Lonesome Pine mountain bike trail in Kielder Forest                Wilderness mountain biking at its best with epic red grade trails and cross boarder links to the Newcastleton Seven Stanes Centre. The lakeside blue grade trails offer spectacular views.

Nearest town: Bellingham
Sat nav: NE48 1ER

Hamsterley Forest (NE)

Women's mountain bike event, Hamsterley Forest.The North East's hidden gem, combes miles of cross country routes with the adrenaline fuelled 4X course of Descend Bike Park. A fantastic place for all levels of skill and experience.

Nearest town: Bishop Auckland
Sat Nav: DL13 3NL

Dalby Forest (Yorks)

Mountain biker at Darkgate Dyke in Dalby ForestWith miles of expertly sculpted technical singletrack you'll want to ride all day. Dixon's Hollow Bike Park ticks all the freeride boxes from north shore to 4X. Home of the 2010 World Cup XC course that provides a challenge for even the most experienced riders.

Nearest town: Pickering
Sat Nav: YO18 7LT

Cannock Chase (W Mids)

Mountain biking at Cannock ChaseGreat mountain biking for all ages and experience in the heart of the West Midlands. Barrel along the Follow the Dog Trail, or the brand new Monkey Trail, or drop in at Stile Cop Bike Park. 

Nearest town: Rugeley
Sat Nav: WS15 2UQ

Sherwood Pines (E Mids)

Cyclist on a single track mountain bike trailA wide variety of graded trails guarantee that all riders are catered for. to a warp speed ride around the Kitchener Trail. The ever developing bike park and dirt jumps ensure there is plenty of potential for air time. 

Nearest town: Mansfield
Sat Nav: NG21 9JH

Thetford Forest (E)

Mountain bikingEngland's largest lowland forest boasts literally hundreds of miles of fast flowing singletrack. Fast and unrelenting trails make for long and challenging rides but also make it accessible for all level of cyclists.  

Nearest town: Thetford
Sat Nav: IP27 0AF

Bedgebury (SE)

Cyclist riding a freeride North Shore course.Not far from London, Bedgebury is a truly stunning location to ride. From family routes to fast red grade singletrack, there is something for everyone.  

Nearest town: Goudhurst
Sat Nav: TN17 2SJ

Forest of Dean (SW)

Downhill cycle trail, Forest of Dean Cannop Cycle Centre is the ideal base to take in the whole of the forest and its myriad of singletrack and trails. The nearby Sallowvallets bike area is home to the Freeminer Trail and some great short downhill runs.

Nearest town: Coleford
Sat Nav: GL15 4

Haldon Forest Park (SW)

Cyclists using the skills area at Haldon Forest ParkJust 15 minutes outside of Exeter, Haldon Forest Park caters for hardened freeriders. The new red grade XC trail gives you a great introduction to the network of trails that wind through the forest. 

Nearest town: Exeter
Sat Nav: EX6 7XR

Last updated: 17th November 2017

What's of interest

Join our Strava club to compete against others, share your enjoyment of the trails, and connect with other riders across England.

Understand our route grading system, and what you can expect on our trails.

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