Hamsterley Forest

Hamsterley Forest

On the edge of the wild North Pennines, the trails at Hamsterley Forest are cut into a steep-sided valley hidden in 2,000 hectares of woodland. There are three XC routes, totalling more than 30km of flowing singletrack, which are looked after by the Hamsterley Trailblazers volunteer group. The latest addition is K-Line – a red descent peppered with jumps. There’s also a playground of DH trails, the Descend Bike Park, which is run by 2016 world champ Danny Hart, who grew up riding here.

The trails:

The Skills Loop (1.6km, Purple)

Blue (14.5km, Blue)

A wide route that uses purpose-built cycle trails, forest roads and the tarmac forest drive to explore the woodland.


Red ( 23.5km, Red)

This is a longer, harder version of the blue trail that takes you to further reaches of the forest on a mixture of fireroads and singletrack. There are superb views at the top, overlooking Eggleston Moor. The trail follows a figure-of-eight route, crossing over itself at The Grove car park. It passes the Descend Bike Park if you fancy a few laps.

Black (13km, Black)

The black trail is both strenuous and technically challenging. It combines steep, technical climbs, smooth singletrack and great rooty descents into a natural feeling route.

Danny Hart’s Descend Bike Park (Orange)

The five DH tracks are tough and technical, with steep rock chutes, berms to rail and jumps of all sizes. There’s a great 4X course too.

Who’s it good for?

Beginners: 3/3

Intermediate: 3/3


Advanced: 3/3


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Contact information:

Hamsterley Forest, County Durham, DL13 3NL – Directions