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Hamsterley Forest MTB and Cycling Trails

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Hamsterley Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. Explore over 2000 hectares of forest along 33 miles of waymarked trails and countless more miles of seldom travelled forest road.

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.

The Blue Trail is suitable for most skill levels. It is a figure of 8 shape so you can do the first loop (around 4 miles) or the whole thing (9 miles). You are also welcome to cycle on the forest roads which are not waymarked but are traffic free and a great place to develop your skills. Download a map, or grab one from the info point and plan your own route!

The Hamsterley trailblazers run a very popular monthly kids coaching group, visit their website for details

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 leave you grinning ear-to-ear.

  • Get started on the skills loop where you can develop your technique. It is about 1/3 of a mile from the info point, just follow the yellow waymarkers.
  • Feeling confident? Try the Blue trail or Red trail which wind through the forest and present fantastic views of the forest.
  • For the most technical of riders, the Black Trail is a strenuous and technically challenging trail. Sporting steep technical climbs, smooth single track and some superb rooty descents!
  • Danny Hart's Descend Bike Park is an option for the DH and 4X fans, with uplift service available. For further information contact Paul Hart on 07882995610, or read more here (external).

Hamsterley Trailblazers (external) is a charity set up by enthusiastic local mountain bikers to promote their sport in the forest. They have raised funds to build new singletrack trails and meet monthly to trail build. Get involved or show your support by visiting their website.

Don't forget, Hamsterley 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 café for a post-ride coffee and food. The café is attached to the info point at the Bedburn entrance to the forest.
  • Shop and hire bikes from our excellent local bike shop WoodnWheels. We also have a bike wash available next to the cycle hire centre. These are collectively marked as the visitor centre on the map.
  • Did you know, Hamsterley is part of the North's Super 6? Find out more and get your Super 6 passport.
  • The Hamsterley trailblazers run a very popular monthly kids coaching, adult introductory rides, and an adult race preparation weekly group. We have regular cycle events throughout the year which can all be found on our events page
'The Loop' MTB skills area
  • Moderate
Hamsterley Forest 'The Loop' MTB skills area
Black Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail
  • Severe
Black grade MTB trail
Blue Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail
  • Moderate
Blue grade MTB trail
Red Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail
  • Hard
Red grade MTB trail
Last updated: 25th July 2017

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