MBUK Grizedale Guide

Grizedale Forest

The Lake District is a mountain biking hotspot, with some of the best natural trails the UK has to offer. Grizedale is slap bang in the middle between two beautiful lakes, Coniston Water and Lake Windermere. It's got serious elevation, which gives panoramic views over Helvellyn and beyond. Grizedale is famous for its outdoor sculptures, many of which can be viewed from the tamer trails. The red-graded North Face loop is perfect for intermediate riders who want an enjoyable but not overly technical singletrack ride. There's also a short black trail full of jumps, berms and steep descents, with a double-black-diamond option that's not for the faint-hearted. Grizedale is part of the Super Six (See Gisburn).

The trails:

Goosey Foot Tarn Trail (3.5km, Green)

Grizedale Tarn Trail (10km, Green)

Mushroom Trail (11km, Green)

Moor Top Trail (11.5km, Green)

Hawkshead Moor Trail (17km, Green)

Silurian Way (23.5km, Green)

The North Face (16km, Red)

The North Face trail is an entertaining route, which is ridable by less experienced bikers yet also a lot of fun for better riders. It has some leg-burning climbs, which will test your uphill strength as much as the downhills test your skills. There are some high-speed sections, boardwalk, rocks and an optional 1km black stretch that can be ridden as part of the red route or on its own.


Who’s it good for?

Beginners: 3/3

Intermediate: 2/3


Advanced: 2/3


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Contact information:

Grizedale, Hawkshead, Ambleside, LA22 0QJ – Directions