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Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +494/ -538 ft
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking Grizedale's North Face Trail

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#46 of 98 mountain bike trails in England
#7,535 in the world

The North Face trail is the only trail in Grizedale Forest with a high proportion of purpose built mountain bike tracks. The remainder is on forestry roads.

The trail is rocky with some exposure. It's more like a bike trek than a bike park trail so you won't find a lot of jumps, berms, switchbacks, rollers and similar fun stuff. It's doesn't flow much but it does have it's nice moments and overall it's an enjoyable ride for an intermediate or advanced rider.

If you look at my GPS trace you'll see that you can turn off at the top of the hill and head along the ridge for a stunning Lake District view and a great picnic spot. This is the highlight of the loop so don't miss it.

The trail is easy to follow with good signage of white on red arrows.

First added by Jim Cummings on Oct 6, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Start at the Grizedale car park or the visitor's centre or the bike shop/rental.
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  • Jim Cummings

    It's a good ride with enough technicality to keep you interested if not excited. It's mainly in forest but you can take a little side track at the top of the hill for some great views and blue sky serenity - if you're lucky!

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