Hamsterley Forest Route

FANTASTIC ROUTES ON YOUR DOORSTEP - Hamsterley Forest

About The Route

Hamsterley Forest is a 5,000 acre mixed woodland, open to the public all year. A magnet for mountain bikers from all over the North of England, it attracts a wide range of cycling experiences, from leisurely family rides and top quality off-road cycle trails to the high octane four-cross.

Young Cyclists & Family Routes

The Blue Trail

Suitable for most skill levels. It is a figure of 8 shape so you can do the first loop (around 4 miles) or the whole thing (9 miles). You are also welcome to cycle on the forest roads which are not waymarked but are traffic free and a great place to develop your skills.

The Hamsterley trailblazers

A very popular monthly kids coaching group, visit their website for details

Cross Country & Downhill

Getting started

The skills loop is where you can develop your technique. It is about 1/3 of a mile from the info point, just follow the yellow waymarkers.

Feeling Confident?

Try the Blue trail or Red trail which wind through the forest and present fantastic views of the forest.

For the most technical of riders,

The Black Trail is a strenuous and technically challenging trail. Sporting steep technical climbs, smooth single track and some superb rooty descents!

Feeling confident?

Try the Blue trail or Red trail which wind through the forest and present fantastic views of the forest.

 

📍West of Bishop Auckland.
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Route Details


Route: Black Trail, Red Trail, Blue Trail


Distance: 11km - 20km


Terrain: Cross Country / Downhill


Access: Bishop Auckland Station


National Cycle Network: N/A

Useful Tips


Directions Nearest major road is A68. Follow brown 'Hamsterley Forest' signs from A68 North of Bishop Auckland.


Access Nearest station is Bishop Auckland Station. Buses to Hamsterley Village from Bishop Auckland Bus Station. It takes 20 minutes to walk from Hamsterley Village to the forest.

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