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No. of Trails: 3
Facilities:
Car Park
Toilets
Bike Shop
Bike Hire
Bike Wash
Cafe
Location:-
Turn right in Hamsterley village following the brown tourist signs, turn left in hamlet of Bedburn to enter the forest and access the forest drive and car parks (GBP 3 toll fee) Hamsterley, Witton-le Wear, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, and Durham are the nearest towns or villages. Postcode DL13 3NL

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Description:-
Covering some 2000 hectares on the edge of Teesdale and Weardale, Hamsterley Forest provides many opportunities for outdoor activities with forest walks, nature trails, orienteering courses and mountain bike routes. Cycle hire is available from Wood N Wheels, and there is a cafe on site.


Trails at Hamsterley Forest

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Red Route13.64191.75 Easy Moderate
Best of the red and Black115052 Moderate Moderate
Doctors Gate22.19103 Easy Moderate

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brianelliott65 gave this trail 4 stars about 6 years ago
Boring. Too much fire road : insufficient offroad interest
skiiter2 gave this trail 2 stars about 7 years ago
Stil too many fire roads, but improving all the time with the addition of new singletrack sections.
greenon gave this trail 2 stars about 8 years ago
2.221.203.188 gave this trail 2 stars about 8 years ago
Did the red route end of November 2011 during heavy winds and rain. Route was in good condition with a few muddy holes on the way to the burn. First bit of single track emptied onto a tarmac strip go... read whole comment...
stumpy gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago

Red Route


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Length: 13.6 Miles
Ascent: 419 m
Time: 1.75 hrs
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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(5 votes so far)
Description:-
Starting and finishing with the Grove Link (a smooth, hardpacked singletrack to get you into the swing of things), this is a good introduction to red graded trails. The fireroad climb to the first purpose built part of the trail (marked 1), "Section 13", is a bit of a killer but worth it for the descent. The middle part of the route starts as a singletrack meander, but then becomes a bit of a fireroad slog. However, it gets back on track with "Transmission" (marked 2) and "Accelerator" (marked 3) as you head back towards the Grove Link.

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Hamsterley Forest is certainly better for knowing, it offers a bit of everything from rocks to roots, berms, off piste dh, flowy sections, it really does have a bit of everything to please every type ... read whole comment...
becks gave this trail 5 stars about 3 years ago
With the addition of Nitrous after Accelerator it just gets better. I never do the Black bit just after Section 13, you loose height for not much reward, just continue along the forest road until the ... read whole comment...
davet gave this trail 5 stars about 7 years ago
Excellent route, showcasing the best Hamsterley has to offer. Did it today in the driving snow and it was ace.
legolam gave this trail 5 stars about 8 years ago
greenon gave this trail 4 stars about 8 years ago

Best of the red and Black


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Length: 11 Miles
Ascent: 505 m
Time: 2 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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(4 votes so far)
Description:-
My route round hamsterly using the best sections of the red and black route pretty easy to follow. Start off at the visitors center and follow the black route then when you get to the grove carpark head up the fireroad to the top of transmission then follow the red route from there up to section 13 then follow the black route down from section 13 back to the visitors center.

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legolam gave this trail 3 stars about 8 years ago

Doctors Gate


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Length: 22.1 Miles
Ascent: 910 m
Time: 3 hrs
Tech Grade: Easy
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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(1 votes so far)
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This is a trail from the Hamsterley Trailblazer site, which takes in some of the off piste trails around Hamsterley.

It starts with a blast down the best bits of the red route, which are fun and flowing and challenging in equal measure. A fireroad climb then spits you out at the top of a 300ft descent - unfortunately on road (there is a private estate road or footpath that get you to the same point, but clearly neither of these are public rights of way for cyclists!). However, it's a good opportunity to go for some high speed and practise your aero tuck!

The trail then winds upwards again on 4x4 track, before becoming an entertaining descent back into Hamsterley Forest through Doctor's Gate on a very technical BOAT. Find your way back to the Grove car park by finishing the black route.

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Easy to get to. Good facilities including bike shop, cafe and toilet block. Point to note is that the pressure washer is only available in the winter at weekends. You can get a season ticket for the c... read whole comment...
stumpy commented about 8 years ago

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