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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?

I found the caravan and hut to - the looked very spooky in the misty evening. Both are wrecked and badly ragged up. Would be a good spot for the Forestry lot to have a BBQ though - although we would need signposts to get in and out!

Loulou, 30/May/2017

Thank you for the comments. This is not located on Forestry Commission land but on private land.

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What is the difficulty of this trail

Anonymous, 11/Mar/2017

The trails in Stainburn are classified as Red and Black grade.

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I've been really enjoying the MTBing here. Went for a walk today with my kids and we were fascinated by the abandoned caravan and hut, anybody know anything about these two?

Giles , 25/Feb/2017

Not sure if we are aware of this or not but would love to hear more about its location. Please can you contact us on 0300 067 4300.

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Last updated: 14th June 2017

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  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Gradient (hard)
  • Walking
  • Parking
  • Norwood Edge and Stainburn Moor
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