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The North Face Mountain Bike Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Love the trail but is there any chance somebody could go round with a hedge trimmer?Some parts of the trail are so overgrown your almost crashing trying to avoid branches etc etc.

Tom, 8/Aug/2017

The ranger team do have this in their maintenance schedule but we'll flag up your comments with them and make it a priority.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Would be 5 star but a couple of dodgy bits of boardwalk. My group included some of little experience, and they all enjoyed it...just walked rather more bits than others.

Mark L, 20/Apr/2017

Thank you, glad you enjoyed the trail. We do have a programme of maintenance work scheduled to improve the boardwalks so I hope you return in future to have another go!

Forestry Commission Response
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
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What's Here?

  • Gradient (hard)
  • Trail maps are available from the Visitor Centre


OS Grid ref: SD331944

Get directions


Grizedale Visitor Centre

0300 067 4495

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