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.
Our famous mountain bike routes will spoil you for choice with the North Face and Black trails offering exhilarating single-track routes alongside miles of waymarked bike paths along forest roads. Don’t forget to visit Biketreks onsite at Grizedale for bike and ebike hire as well as help and advice on how to get the most out of your ride.
Learn more here.
Mountain bike trails (map available to download here)
Moor Top Trail
Grade: Forest roads and part public road, 11.5km
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.
Hawkshead Moor Trail
Grade: Forest road, 17km
This trail covers a large part of the western side of the forest and gives wonderful panoramic views, both west towards Coniston Old Man and North towards Ambleside, the Langdale fells and Helvellyn beyond.
Grade: Forest road and part public road, 23.5km
Many of the artworks can be accessed along this trail, covering both sides of the Grizedale Valley and taking in contrasting forest habitats and wonderful views. Be prepared for the hills though!
The North Face MTB Trail
Grade: Red (Difficult), 16km
This trail will take you through Grizedale by way of sinuous singletrack, offering adrenalin fuelled sections of singletrack descent and leg burning climbs. There are also plenty of boardwalks in case you need more of a challenge.
Along the way are lots of rewarding views and if you get the chance, take a forest map and try some of the many bridleways through Grizedale to extend your ride. This trail is suitable for mountain bikers only and requires a good level of skill and fitness.
The Black MTB Trail
Grade: Black (severe), 1km
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.
Goosey Foot Tarn Trail
Grade: Forest road, 3.5km
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 20 or so man-made tarns.
Grizedale Tarn Trail
Grade: Forest road, 10km
Start from Bogle car park for this ride but watch out… Bogle means ghost! Discover lovely woodland views and find a variety of sculptures along your ride.
Mountain biking - Due to storm damage the Black bike route and most sections of the North Face Trail remain closed. All forest roads are now open. See latest information here
Tramper trail – Due to storm damage the Tramper trail is currently not accessible. Please find the latest information on the Grizedale Forest website HERE.
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