The Northface loop in Grizedale

The Northface loop in Grizedale

On a sunny Wednesday in early April, we woke up early to get the most out of the day. Staying in a little campsite west of Lake Coniston we had a little drive ahead of us to get the Grizeale Forest Centre, approximately 45 minutes. We wanted to get to the carpark & cook up coffee & breakfast. We made a little mistake with google & putting in the wrong name so be sure to enter the ‘Grizedale Forest Centre’, this added an additional 20 or so minutes onto our trip so by the time we got the carpark coffee was well in need!

We had decided to complete ‘the Northface loop’, it’s a track that starts and ends from the Grizedale Forest Centre. There are a number of different biking & hiking loops that can be taken. We spotted a number of experienced & inexperienced riders some groups including small children too.

The Grizedale Forest Centre is located on the edge of a small village in the hills on the Eastern side of Lake Coniston (in the Lakes District). Located in one of the flatter areas of the lakes district the track is a mixture of cross country biking in nature along with some fire roads and utilizes the terrain well with a series of rises and falls with the short technical rocky/rooty sections in the beginning and in the end there is a number of flowey downhill to the finish in amongst the forest of moss & trees, which is absolutely picturesque! Although the track is not the most technical or breath taking track, it was fun filled couple of hours.

About halfway round we stopped for a snack here, not a bad spot!

The moss was lush in this part of the forest

A narrow bridge crossing

A map of the trails around Grizedale can be found here ;

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/MTBz-foldinteriorp1(A3).pdf/$file/MTBz-foldinteriorp1(A3).pdf

 

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