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Cycling and MTB in Grizedale

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Grizedale Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

1. Young cyclists and family trails

Learn to ride your bike in the forest! Cycling in the forest is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to pick up confidence and develop cycling skills. Safely explore the forest roads for a traffic-free, cycle-safe environment, or try one of the waymarked routes below.

  • The gentle Goosey Foot Tarn Trail  starts from Moor Top car park and is a short (2 mile) waymarked cycle trail which takes you past Goosey Foot and Juniper Tarns, two of our twenty or so man-made tarns.
  • Another fantastic family ride is the Mushroom Cycle Trail starting at the Moor Top car park. The kids will love navigating the route and finding the wooden mushrooms scattered around the forest using the map (available from the Visitor Information Centre).

2. Cross Country & Downhill Mountain Biking

Ready for a challenge of fitness, technique and skill? Craving your next adrenaline fix? Our famous mountain bike routes will spoil you for choice. The un-graded paths follow forests trails for a fantastic off-road cycling experience.

  • The Grizedale Tarn Trail meanders through the forest with lovely woodland views around Bogle Crag. Watch out though...Bogle means ghost!
  • The Hawkshead Moor Trail is a long cycle trail taking in much of the forest on the western side of the valley and overlooking Coniston Water. Treat yourself with fantastic views of the heart of the Lake District, looking across Coniston to the Langdales.
  • The Moor Top Trail is a 7 miler which takes you on a journey through our ancient oak woodlands on the lower slopes of the valley. A great place to hear forest bird life, especially if you are cycling early or late in the day.
  • The Silurian Way Cycle Trail is a long and hilly route, taking in the many sculptures throughout the forest. Be prepared for varied habitats and wonderful views (as well as a few hills to climb).
  • Our exciting Mountain Bike Orienteering Trail lets you choose from one of 6 different graded Trailquest courses from Easy forest roads, ideal for beginners, approx 8 miles to hard forest road and singletrack with lots of climbing, approx 20 miles. Grab a scorecard from the Visitor Information Centre and complete the letters at each marker...
  • Graded Red The North Face Mountain Bike Trail offers adrenelising sections of single track desent with leg burning up hills, contouring through oak woodlands and conifer forest and overlooking stunning views.
  • We have now added a BLACK (Severe) trail know as 'The Black'. This offers 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.

For more information on each of the MTB trails, scroll to the bottom of this page. Don't forget, Grizedale is one of the Super 6, so share your progress for a chance to win!

3. Facilities, events, and things to look out for

  • Print a map before you go - available to download here
  • Drop by the lovely Grizedale café for a post-ride coffee and food (muddy riders welcome!) The café is attached can be found in the main courtyard.
  • Shop and hire bikes from our excellent local bike shop Grizedale Mountain Bikes. Children’s bikes, tag-a-longs, trailers and electric bikes are available, as well as clothing, spares and bike accessories.
  • Did you know, Grizedale is part of the North's Super 6? Find out more and get your Super 6 passport.

 

 


Goosey Foot Tarn Trail
The shortest of our waymarked cycle trails, but there are still small hills involved, so be warned! The trail takes you past Goosey Foot and Juniper Tarns, two of our twenty or so man-made tarns.
Grizedale Black MTB Trail - 'The Black'
  • Severe
Grizedale Black DH mountain bike trail. Some of the best mountain biking in The North.
Grizedale Tarn Trail
This trail meanders through the forest with lovely woodland views around Bogle Crag. Watch out though...Bogle means ghost!
Hawkshead Moor Trail
A long cycle trail taking in much of the forest on the western side of the valley and overlooking Coniston Water. Fantastic views of the heart of the Lake District, looking across Coniston to the Langdales.
Moor Top Trail
Take a journey through our ancient oak woodlands on the lower slopes of the valley. A great place to hear forest bird life, especially if you are cycling early or late in the day.
Mountain Bike Orienteering
  • Hard
Fancy a challenge on your mountain bike while still taking in the beauty of Grizedale Forest. Choose one of our 6 different graded Trailquest courses from Easy forest roads, ideal for beginners, approx 8 miles to hard forest road and singletrack with lots of climbing, approx 20 miles.
Mushroom Cycle Trail
Mushroom Cycle Trail - Find the wooden mushrooms scattered around the forest using the map. There are two trails to choose from, a long version (7 miles) or a short version (3 miles).
Silurian Way Cycle Trail
A great long distance cycle route which takes in many sculptures. The trail covers both sides of the valley taking in contrasting forest habitats and wonderful views. Be prepared for the hills though!
The North Face Mountain Bike Trail
  • Hard
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 descent with leg burning up hills, contouring through oak woodlands and conifer forest.
Last updated: 14th June 2017

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