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Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

i rode this on a wet day on the opening week compared to wales scotland i found the trail had some nice north shore but the trail climbed for 7 out of 10 miles there did not seem to be the amount of downhill you get on marin etc saying that the last and main descent was excellent and brought a smile to all faces some nice technical sections to
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Latitude
54.34074787586268
Longitude
-3.0246734619140625
Trail Directions
grizedale vistors centre lake district uk
Trail Length
10.5 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
grizedale
Country
uk
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: AllMountainStalker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have done two trails at Grizedale now. First one was just a forest track trail as we had some in-experienced riders with us which I treated as a fitness run.

Last weekend we decided to go for the North Face Trail. We completed two runs (1 Sat and 1 Sun) and with stoppages it took us between 1 - 2 hours to complete. Weather was rain, rain and more rain so the trail was boggy and slippy on both days. We parked at Moor Top which is free parking. The run down from Moor Top to the visitors centre is probably the best section of the North Face Trail. It has small rock drop steps and you can turn most of the bigger rocks into mini kickers if your careful enough. Although not really very technical, it is very rocky so falls could be nasty. Once you get down and through the visitors centre its an uphill slog.
The gradient isn't too bad even for semi-DH rigs (my friend rides on Boxxers and he pedalled up no probs). The North Face trail peels off the climb a short way up and you begin a slightly more technical single track ascent. The ascent rises and falls alot but mostly you are climbing. The surface is rocky and narrow but not loose. Once you have climbed past the Elephant painted onto the rock its time for more forest road. From here on the trail is sections of forest road with pull off sections of single track trail. Its very "samey samey" and doesn't flow very well. No sooner are you starting to enjoy the single track and you are re-joining the forest track again.

The trail on the whole is pretty medioca (sp?). The trails jumps from forest track to single track alot without flowing smoothly. Highlights of the trail are the North Shore style sections which unfortunately are not at all challenging.

Summary: With the lack of flowing trail, berms (counted about 3), kickers, downhill runs or even fast running sections this isn't for me. The bridle paths look much better than the trail in places. Its a short trail and you don't really get the 'Wow I made it' feel at the end like some other trails offer!! We didn't get time to try the optional loop.

I would say that I would of had more fun on this trail with a hardtail. We even saw a guy on a full rigid! He must of had arms of steel! Kudos to whoever that was.



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Review Date
October 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: LostKiwi ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not a long trail this one (especially compared to the likes of the Karrimor or the Marin) but a very enjoyable ide all the same. Lots of singletrck with great flowing corners and roller coasters. Some nice North Shore style boarded sections too (not high up but still quite interesting). A great ride for taking out some relative novices but still interesting enough for experienced riders too. Next time I do it hopefully it won't be chucking it down too!

Good facilities at the start (and friendly people at the bike wash/shop) although parking can be a pain (and its Pay and Display too so don't forget to feed the machine!).

Superb day out...



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