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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism

Cycle Hire, next open Tue 1 Oct 2019 - Sat 29 Feb 2020

Stopping for a picnic

Stopping for a picnic

Enjoy a fun day out riding bikes on our family friendly trails, why not bring a picnic with you and enjoy it on the way!?


At Grizedale Forest we offer bike hire and trails suitable for the whole family, situated in the heart of the Lake District over looking Coniston and the fells.

With over 100 bikes to choose from, we have one of the largest hire fleets in the north west, offering riding for everyone over the age of 6 months+. With the option of hardtails, electric bikes and a selection of options for children, we are sure to get you out and exploring the forest.

At Grizedale we have various signposted routes in the forest, with the easiest trails being gravel tracks suitable for all the family. (But be warned we are very hilly.) The routes are mainly off road, so no need to worry about traffic and boast some absolutely beautiful views over Coniston and the fells. When you hire a bike from us we will discuss all the routes with you, including giving you a map and pointing out the right way to go. We highly recommend the Green Trail (Hawkshead Moor trail) which is 10.5 miles and takes an average of 2.5 hours for a family group.

For the more experienced rider we have a red graded North Face mountain Bike trail, which has 10 sections intersecting the green gravel tracks, with lots of different features to try, such as rock steps, berms and boardwalk sections. For those who have ridden with us before or want a greater technical challenge there are also lots of natural bridleways to sink your teeth into – pop in the bike shop for more information!

Grizedale Mountian Bikes isn't just a hire centre, we also have a well stocked shop, with brands such as Hope, Madison, Fox, Shimano, Sram, Maxxis and more. We also have a fully kitted out workshop, where the mechanics are always pleased to have a look at your bike and get it running "sweet". With options from trail tweeks to a full rebuild, the guys will be glad to help.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Tue 1 Oct 2019 - Sat 29 Feb 2020 Mon - Sun
Last hire in Summer is 3pm and bikes must be returned by 5pm,
Last hire in winter is 2pm and all bikes must be returned by 4pm.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day - Closed


Standard hire bike starts from £25
Electric Hardtails start from £40
Full suspension bikes start from £40
Electric full suspension bikes are £60
Kids bikes start from £15
Kids trailers, and tag-a-longs start at £5


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

These are spread throughout the visitors centre site, if you need any more clarification please don’t not hesitate to contact us to confirm the amenities.


Grizedale Forest Visitors centre,
Nr Ambleside,
LA22 0QJ


Plan route to Grizedale Mountain Bikes using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 343940  Lat: 54.33793 Long: -3.01092

Directions from Ambleside:
Take the B5286 to Hawkshead. Half a mile just south of Hawkshead village, take the first right turn and follow the road for 2 miles to Grizedale Forest.

Directions from the M6:
Take the A590 to Newby Bridge. 2 miles after Newby Bridge turn off at Haverthwaite and follow the brown road signs to Grizedale Forest for 8 miles.

PLEASE NOTE: Sat Nav’s can be temperamental in the area, so it is always best to follow the directions as well as use the sat Nav.
Parking is in the Main Visitors centre carpark, the carparks are pay on exit, and you can pay via cash, card or online

Parking: with charge

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