There are 8 trails at Grizedale; but only two will be of interest to enthusiast mountain bikers.
The Black MTB trail – Black graded singletrack, man-made bike-park style trail. 0.8 miles; designed for repeated runs.
The Black MTB Trail is not advertised or signposted; you’d need to know about it beforehand and ask the bike shop where it is. A bit of research reveals that bridleways and parts of The North Face Trail can be joined to create a decent singletrack loop.
The North Face MTB trail – Red graded singletrack with fire road climbs; 10 miles
The North Face trail features some excellent and challenging singletrack sections; only spoilt by their short length and seemingly endless fire road. There are two gates near the end of the trail which have no sign post warnings; it would be very easy to crash into them so watch out for those.
These trails are well way-marked and generally easy to follow.
Goosey Foot Tarn Trail – Forest road family trail; 2 miles
Grizedale Tarn Trail – Forest road family trail; 6 miles
Hawkshead Moor Trail – Green graded XC trail; 10.5 miles
Moor Top Trail – Forest road; 7 miles. Includes some road
Mushroom Cycle Trail – Forest sculpture trail; 3 or 7 miles
Silurian Way – Long family trail; 14 miles
There’s an excellent bike hire fleet; incorporating hard tails, e-bikes and full suspension bikes. Full suspension bikes are serviced regularly and replaced every 6 months; the current crop was the excellent Specialised Stumpjumper.
The bike shop is large and very well stocked, with an excellent choice of clothing, accessories and protection from various brands. A bike wash is available; 50p per bike.
There is a chargeable car park with dedicated toilet block and other toilets located on-site, however there are no showering facilities.
You’ll also find a visitor centre with an art gallery, conference centre, activities for school trips and a small cafe serving hot drinks and food.
If you are bringing children, there is a small playground on-site.
From the south, exit the M6 at junction 36 and go via Newby Bridge, turning right at Haverthwaite Crossroads. Follow signs for Grizedale Forest.
From the north, head to Ambleside and leave the village on the A593 towards Langdale Consiton. Follow B5286 south, and take a right at the sign for Grizedale.
Sat Nav Postcode: LA22 0QJ
Grizedale is close to Ambleside and Windermere for accommodation and eating out.
The Lake District has excellent off-piste mountain bike riding.
Whinlatter Forest to the north, has trail centre facilities; featuring the Altura trail.
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