Guisborough Forest and The North York Moors Mountain Biking

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Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre, Guisborough
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By Road. From Guisborough take the A171 west to the A173. Follow the A173 for 300 metres and look for the entrance to Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre on the left side of the road. , On foot. Access on foot can also made via Belmangate and Butt Lane in Guisborough and via Hutton Lowcross village.
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Guisborough Forest and the North York Moors offer a lot of mountain biking.

At the Guisborough Forest and Walkway visitors centre, there is a blue route but the main riding here is the natural trails on offer in Guisborough Forest and the North York Moors.

Guisborough forest offers loads of fun single track that is shouting out to be explored while the moors offer miles and miles of scenic riding.

Blue Trail

  • An easy/moderate trail of 4.5 miles (7km). The route includes climbs that need some cycling skills and fitness.

Natural Trails

  • Guisborough Forest is a neat gateway site to the North York Moors National Park and offers splendid views of Roseberry Topping to the south. Points of local interest include Highcliff Nab and Hanging Stone. Captain Cook’s Monument is also a short ride distance.There is a never ending network of awesome natural trails in this part of the world.

To get the best out of Guisborough Forest and the North Yorks Moors cycle through and up the fire roads and head up onto the North Yorks Moors. There are many landmarks that can be easily seen if any rider gets lost. Once on the moors, a steady ride to Captain Cooks Monument will include some great moorland track with a nice technical descent and a long climb back up to the monument. Once up there enjoy the views of the Cleveland hills, Teeside and The North York Moors. Good spot to enjoy energy bar and a photo moment.

Now the fun begins. From here is all about exploring, the choice offers a just out of sight instant downhill that twists and turns with rock drops, rooty steps. A rocky path downhill that flows into various nice little single tracks. And the easy descent that was just climbed up to the monument that will take you back towards the moors. Whichever choice was taken, most routes will take you back towards Guisborough. 

If riders want to stay on the moors then they can spend hours riding bridleways in all directions for miles. Take a map for this and enjoy. If more fun and adventure is needed then head back towards the forest and explore. There will be many local riders out there hitting the trails and they are a friendly bunch, just ask them to show you which are the best trails to ride and they will probably take you there.

Ask for the favourites: 'The Secret Path' This is a cycle black route climb that now gets ridden backwards - downhill. A great fun section that is around a couple of k's of technical descending over rooty, rocky drops with hundreds of different lines to blast through down to the main fire road. There are many other trails like this dotted around the forest. 

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3.9  (10)
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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
this trail is epic especially for me when im only 13 years old and need to get fit. its a toal adrenaline rush!!!!!

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Good Points
this trail is epic especially for me when im only 13 years old and need to get fit. its a toal adrenaline rush!!!!!
Bad Points
when you get into guisbrough you need to have a better sinage back to guisborough forest
Would you recommend?
Yes
J
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Guisborough
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
If natural, Off Piste trails are what you’re after Guisborough is the place to be!!

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Yes
MJ
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Hidden gems
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Well worth a visit. Plenty of friendly bikers will show you the way or just have an adventure finding out. Down is home, easy?

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Good Points
Some great trails if you know where they are. A wide variety of trails for various skill sets. Superb visitors centre with cheap parking a great cafe and a bike wash facility.
Bad Points
Hard to navigate due to a lack of signage. Some trails are best avoided during the sloppy season.
Would you recommend?
Yes
C
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Hidden Gem(s)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
I can ride with my young son, my family and MTB-mad mates in one location. Easy location to find/Park but trail-hunters may need a local to show them what's there. Facebook group "Guisborough Riders" is a good place to start

User Review

Good Points
Great if you know where to find the trails. Plenty of them scattered about at the quality seems to be improving. Amazing scenery with the NYC Moors at hand for XC rides. Rough and rugged terrain but rewarding and natural.
Bad Points
Climbs. A fair level of fitness required to ride up/down for lengths of time. Many routes/trails more amateur builds but fire roads are criss-crossed throughout (although young children may want to stick to the old railway lines near the visitors centre near the car park)
Would you recommend?
Yes
AC
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Guisborough woods
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3.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Great venue day or night (especially fun for a night ride),
head up the fire roads as far as you can go then go and explore all the trails on the way down. Follow your nose and you cant go too far wrong.

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Good Points
Great for a variety of trails, everything from flowy open trails across the moorside to steep and techy trails down through the trees.
Bad Points
Can get very muddy and slippy in the wet.
forestry commision destroy some trails
Would you recommend?
Yes
OH
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Guisborough forest walkway and visitor centre
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Guisborough is a great biking venue. My advice would be don't just follow the badly signed red route or you will miss everything this venue has to offer. The best trails are hidden amoungst the trees so find a friendly local (there are plenty of us about) and go explore.

User Review

Good Points
Great natural trails, awesome views over to the coast, nice and quiet when you get away from visitor centre.
Bad Points
Can be very muddy in the winter. It's a shame the forestry commission don't put more effort in to maintaining and developing the trails.
Would you recommend?
Yes
PB
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Some fun had
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5
I rode the red and ended with a smile. I will defiantly go back to explore some more as went a little way ward due to the signage. All in all not a bad little trail when you get some flow going, plenty of roots and rocks to keep you on your game.

User Review

Good Points
Nice natural trail, when on the trail - rocks, roots etc.
Seems to be multiple lines and extra trails not marked.
Bad Points
Lots of forrest road.
Signage is not the greatest.
Some sections of trail would flow better in opposite direction.
Would you recommend?
Yes
D
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Nice view of the sea...
(Updated: August 26, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
2.8
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
3.5
We visited on a sunny day which gave brilliant views out to the north sea from the top of the red route. We completed this trail. The outward half was mainly forest road with a few ups and downs, ending with a steep climb to the top. Then some singletrack followed, after which a very greasy climb had me off down a steep banking. Then there was some hellish root climbing which probably gave this trail its black grade previously. This part of the route would be great done the opposite way as a technical descent. there was bridleway followed by a technical descent towards home which tested all riders.

I completed this trail feeling rather underwhelmed. The climbs were not as brutal as at Hamsterley, there was not the variety of Gisburn, the descents did not flow like anywhere north of the border, there was not the amount of singletrack as Whinlatter. The course was not long enough, there were too many dog walkers.

That being said, there were plenty of families out enjoying their biking, but the red trail certainly wouldn't be one for beginners to try.

This centre I think should be used as a base for exploring the many local bridleways rather than just the two trails marked here. we saw many tracks heading off into the woods that would satisfy curious minds and miles of tracks onto the moors are on offer. If someone could produce a decent map of this area with biking in mind it would maximise the potential of this place. Reviewers should check out the Guisborough Forest and North York Moors page before totally dismissing this one.

User Review

Good Points
Opportunities to explore
café
parking is only £1
nice sea view if you're into that
Bad Points
too much forest road
greasy climbs
signage not great
dogs everywhere
Would you recommend?
No
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Best place in the UK
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Cant get enough of this place

User Review

Good Points
This place has everything, from steep and techy, to long rides that head out to the moors
Bad Points
gets slippy in the wet, but thats not really a bad thing at all
Would you recommend?
Yes
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(Updated: October 15, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Explore and enjoy.

User Review

Good Points
Varity of trails to ride.
Good friendly local town.
Great local Bike Shop 'Bikescene'
Bad Points
Crying out for a purpose built trail center to maximise the area available for riding.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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