Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest is one of the best cycling areas in the Lake District with a number of waymarked trails. Only a stone’s throw from the famous Lake Windermere, Grizedale Forest offers great cycling in stunning surroundings.


Grizedale Forest is 9 miles west of Windermere and 3 miles east of Coniston Water in Cumbria.

Let’s Pedal

Grizedale Forest is a Forestry Commission site complete with a number of cycling trails for riders of all abilities.

Hawkshead Moor Trail  – Green (Easy)  – 10.5 miles / 17 km

Start: The Visitor Centre

Ride the western side of the forest and take in the awe-inspiring views, west towards Coniston Old Man and north towards Ambleside, the Langdale Fells and Helvellyn.

Moor Top Trail  – Purple (Moderate)  – 7 miles / 11.5 km

Start: The Visitor Centre

Explore ancient oak woodlands on the lower slopes of the valley and discover the diverse forest bird life.

Goosey Foot Tarn Trail – Blue (Moderate)  – 2 miles / 3.5 km

Start: Moor Top

A short cycle trail, but with several small hills involved. The trail takes you past Goosey Foot and Juniper Tarns, two of the 20 or so man-made tarns.

The North Face MTB Trail – Red (Hard)  – 10 miles / 16 km

Start: The Visitor Centre

A trail specifically built for mountain bikes offering fun-filled singletrack descents and tough, leg burning climbs, and lots of challenging boardwalks. Suitable for mountain bikers only with a high level of skill and fitness.

Silurian Way – Orange (Hard)  – 14 miles / 23.5 km

Start: The Visitor Centre

The best route for exploring the many art works along this hilly trail, found on both sides of the Grizedale Valley and enjoy the contrasting forest habitats and wonderful views.

The Black MTB Trail – Black (Severe)  – 0.8 miles / 1 km

Start: The Visitor Centre

A fantastic single track thrill ride full of jumps, berms, and steep descents. Are you an expert rider? Then check out the Double Diamond run.

Grizedale Tarn Trail – Black (Severe)  – 6 miles / 10 km

Start: Bogle Crag car park

Discover spectacular woodland views with a number of interesting sculptures, including the iconic ‘Taking a Wall for a Walk’ by Andy Goldsworthy.

Route Distance

Cycle RouteWaymark ColourDifficultyDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Hawkshead Moor TrailGreenEasy10.517
Moor Top TrailPurpleModerate711.5
Goosey Foot Tarn TrailBlueModerate23.5
The North Face MTB TrailRedHard1016
Silurian WayOrangeHard1423.5
The Black MTB TrailBlackSevere0.81
Grizedale Tarn TrailBlackSevere610


You will find refreshments available at:

Grizedale Café in the main courtyard.


Toilets are located at:

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre

Cycle Hire available at:

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

Tourist information available at:

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre

How to get here

By Car

From the north, take the A591 to Ambleside then join the A593 to Langdale and Coniston. Take the first left on the B5286 to Hawkshead. Bypass Hawkshead following B5286 south then take the first right signposted ‘Grizedale’. Continue for 2 miles until you reach the entrance.

From the south, take junction 36 of M6 then the A591. Take the first exit to the A590 for Barrow. Follow the A590 past Newby Bridge to the crossroads at Haverthwaite. Turn right, follow the sign for ‘Grizedale Forest Park’.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trails at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Grizedale Forest Visitor CentreNear GrizedaleLA22 0QJ

By Cycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) route 6 from Bowness-on-Windermere.

By Train

There are no railway stations nearby.


  • Distance (miles): 2 - 20
  • Distance (km): 3.2 - 32.2
  • Start: Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre
  • Finish: Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre
  • Type: Forest trail
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: LA22 0QJ


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

LA22 0QJ

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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