The first purpose-built ‘black’ grade mountain bike trail in Cumbria has been officially opened at the Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest. The downhill trail, which is more than a kilometre long, was built by a small team of passionate and dedicated volunteers who are mountain biking enthusiasts, supported by the Grizedale Mountain Bikes team and the Forestry Commission’s recreation ranger. Mountain bike trails are graded by colour in a similar way to ski runs – green, blue, red and black – with black being the most difficult and suited only to experienced riders.
The black trail adds to the existing mountain biking and cycling trail network at Grizedale, which includes the 16km-long red grade North Face Trail, a plethora of exciting bridleways, several way-marked family bike trails on the forest road system, and the Grizedale Mountain Bikes’ bike hire and shop.
Katie Jarvis, Forestry Commission recreation ranger at Grizedale Forest, said, “We are now able to offer great trails to suit all levels of riders, from families with children on our forest road routes, the cross-country mountain bikers with the North Face Trail and bridleways, and now the more experienced riders and downhill adrenaline-junkies with the new black route.”
One great way to enjoy Grizedale throughout the year is by getting a Discovery Pass which also costs far less than a gym membership. For only £40 a year, this entitles you to free parking within the forest, 10% off items in the visitor centre shop, 20% off Go Ape high wire adventure courses on weekdays during term-time and a saving of £24 on adult membership of the CTC (the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation) as well as other benefits.
For more information about Grizedale, visit www.visitlakelandforests.co.uk. For regular updates on Grizedale Forest visit the Grizedale Forest Facebook page. Follow this link to watch a video of the trail – www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4IqJk7u6hA.