Grizedale Mountain Biking

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Grizedale Forest Park, Esthwaite Water and Cursey Beck, Coniston, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ
Directions
From Ambleside head for Coniston, you’ll reach a small one way section by a rugby club, Keep in left hand lane then bear left onto the A593, signposted Coniston, Hawkshead. In about a minute or so you’ll turn left onto the B5286, signposted Hawkshead. Follow this road until you pass the village and come to a junction. Grizedale is signposted at this junction. Turn right, you’ll pass a school and come to another signpost. Turn right and follow the road until you arrive at the visitor centre. From the A591 Barrow Road you’ll find a sign at Haverthwaite leading you through country lanes to the visitor centre.
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Grizedale Forest Park is in the Lake District. The mountain biking on offer combines the red and a black from the trail centre as well as a great selection of bridleway and natural routes crisscrossing the area. 

There is also a number of family focussed forest road rides in the centre itself.

There are good facilities including a cafe, shop and a bike wash. 

The North Face (Red)

  • The North Face mountain bike trail is 10 miles (16km) long and is graded red. It starts from the visitors centre and has nine sections of singletrack trail on the west side of Grizedale Forest. It has rocks sections, tough climbs, technical descents, slabs, berms, drop offs, rocks and shore as well as loads of singletrack.

The Black

  • The optional black section has only been around since early 2012 and is a 1km purpose built downhill trail. It has a smooth ride with tight corners, berms, drop offs, tabletops and some rocky sections.

Bridleways and Natural Trails

  • Grizedale has a fantastic network of bridleways. There are technical climbs, flowing and rocky downhills. Some examples below: 
    • Grizedale - Parkamoor mountain bike route is a GPS route graded Hard / Difficult. The MTB route is 17.1 miles of great rocky riding starting from the Grizedale Vistors Centre. It begins on the man-made mountain bike trails of The North Face Trail, before heading along the fells above Coniston Water for the fantastic Parkamoor descent into High Nibthwaite. Although this descent is the highlight the ones that follow don't disappoint and there's a real rock fest to finish. Get the GPS and details here. 
    • Another one to recommend is the Parkamoor and the Three Witches ride from Velo Bikes (for intermediate level riders).
    • Pop into the local shop to get some advice. 

Forest Rides

  • There are miles of forest trails throughout the forest which makes them the perfect family riding. Check out the PDF trail map on the listing. 

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  • If you have already or do get to ride these mountain bike trails at Grizedale Forest and the surrounding area then why not share your experiences with us and post some pictures, videos or a short review to the listing.

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2.5  (14)
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2.8  (14)
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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
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Facilities
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Overall rating 
 
2.3
Grin Factor 
 
1.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
The trails here were incredibly disappointing. Some quite difficult and rocky uphill without any reward of any downhill or flowing singletrack. I won't be going back in a hurry. Superb facilities and cafe though

User Review

Good Points
Excellent facilities
Bad Points
The trails don't flow or have any fun sections
Would you recommend?
No
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Avoid the man made stuff for the best trails
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Don't be put off by the negative reviews but do realise it's hilly here so it will be hard work.

User Review

Good Points
The man made trails aren't the best but can still be fun but the best riding is on the periphery of the forest. Some great rides can be had by interlinking natural bridleway a with sections of the North a Face route and also by dropping out of the forest into Hawkhead, Claife, Sattertwaite, Coniston or Nibthwaite. Some reviewers have complained there are too many hills nut this is the Lakes! For anyone with children choose your route wisely as too many hills here could put you off cycling instead of encouraging them.
Bad Points
Some trails, especially man made ones, are suffering from erosion from over use. Parking fees are expensive but that's life nowadays, cafe can be hit n miss too.
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Great facilities, terrible riding
Overall rating 
 
1.1
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
1.0
Skills Development 
 
0.5
Trail Quality  
 
0.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Great place to go if you stop in the bike shop and ask for some trail advice on local routes. Otherwise don't bother, worst trails I've ever ridden

User Review

Good Points
The bike shop - best bike shop I've visited for information, customer service and general friendliness

The views
Bad Points
the trails are the worst man made trails I have ever ridden, half fire road and the rest technical climbing and flat bumpy trails with no flow, don't waste your time!
Would you recommend?
No
CO
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NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE
Overall rating 
 
0.9
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
0.5
Skills Development 
 
0.5
Trail Quality  
 
0.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
I'm writing this so other people know what to expect. There were a lot of families, who would have spent £££ on bike and child carrier hire, really struggling with these tracks. This isn't a pleasant cycle through a forest, you are on gravel and rocky roads which are very steep. Most people were pushing their bikes up the numerous hills and then having to cycle slowly down as it is very easy to skid and fall off on to gravel. There a few cut knees, sides and hands.

The Grizedale bike tracks are manmade roads cut through the forest and it just wasn't much fun.

User Review

Good Points
You're out side with the sun/rain/air on your face. The staff at the hire shop are very friendly and helpful and the bikes are well maintained & good quality.
Bad Points
Steep gravel roads
Would you recommend?
No
J
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Very poor :(
Overall rating 
 
1.3
Grin Factor 
 
0.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
0.5
Trail Quality  
 
0.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
Have now been there 3times just to give it the benefit of the doubt but certainly won't waste anymore time going back

User Review

Good Points
The views.
Bad Points
Difficult to stay awake riding around the trail as very boring
Would you recommend?
No
S
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Great DH track
(Updated: October 24, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Great

User Review

Good Points
The DH track is great, big berms, lots of very smooth tables and fast jump sections.
Big amount of trails to choose from.
Cafe and shop in the centre.
Rental bikes
Bad Points
The push up for the DH track is very long unless you walk back up the track itself (which is quite steep and dangerous if other bikers are riding down).
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Grizedale Red
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Only been the once and it was ok. Loved the initial singletrack climb but too many fireroads after this - there seems space to move the trail into the trees. Good descents on varied trails. Amazing view from the top and I am told you can easily head out into the wider area for a bigger loop. The facilities are top notch and the minis had s great day.

User Review

Good Points
Great facilities for all
Fun trails
Easy to head off the main trails
Bad Points
Too many fire roads
Poor signage on the trail
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

User Review

Good Points
Decent facilities, some good sections on the trails especially the "natural" stuff.
Bad Points
TNF trail is getting very tired. Lack of variety/development.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Grizedale - don't let the commercial nature put you off
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Lets face it Grizedale is one of the most commercial places in the lakes attacting Londoners by the drove wanting to experience "The Lakes".
This gives great facilities but the "North Face" just touches the surface of what's available. If you like to explore or you have a local guide you can have a great time dropping down to the banks of coniston on epic trails and back up the hill for more awesomeness. Follow the waymarked trail and its average at best.

User Review

Good Points
Easy access, lots to choose from, great views.
Bad Points
Can be busy, VERY busy especially with city folk at peak times.
Signposted Bike trail isnt the best - go explore, get a OS map, ASK locals or get a guide.
My review is for the whole forest, not the north face trail.
Would you recommend?
Yes
S
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Not impressed
(Updated: October 04, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
1.6
Grin Factor 
 
1.0
Trail Variety 
 
1.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
1.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
FC, send your trail builders just over the border to visit the 7 Stanes trails and see what can be achieved.

User Review

Good Points
Black section very good but also short (1KM). (Tip use the adjacent footpath as a push up path rather than go right round the very long climb on the North face trail)
Bad Points
50% fire road which I could accept if the single track was good but it was just short diversions off the fire roads into very bumpy (esp on hardtail), twisty, slow and mostly flat single track. There was no flow at all to the track and only one descent decent. Some people may like this and I wouldn't like to see at trails the same, but really this was not much fun.
Parking a rip off at the visitors centre but you don't have to start there as its a circular trail.
Would you recommend?
No
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