About Hamsterley

About Hamsterley

About the Forest

A beautiful mixed forest lying between Teesdale and Weardale on the edge of the North Pennines, Hamsterley Forest is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering some 2000 hectares.

Hamsterley Forest provides many opportunities for outdoor activities with forest walks, nature trails, orienteering courses and mountain bike routes. There are many picnic sites and also a visitor centre and shop. A wide range of events are organised through the year. There are toilets, cycle hire and facilities for the disabled.

However, being situated within the beautiful County of Durham, there is a huge amount to see and do here if you have a little more time available.
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Cycle trails

Three cycle routes catering for different ability levels, from short family trails to a severe black route for the experienced cyclist. A 20 mile trailquest course takes in the whole forest allowing keen cyclists to test their map reading skills.

Hamsterley Forest offers something for everyone. Riders of all abilities are catered for and encouraged, whether you want a leisurely ride out with the kids or a full-on downhill experience, you’ll find it here. There are three official routes: Red, Blue and Black all of which are waymarked with colour-coded marker posts.

In addition there is a highly-acclaimed downhill track for expert riders. The downhill track is run in association with "Descend Bike Park".



There are, however, miles and miles of other track to explore including gravel tracks, fast single track, downhill sections, ford crossings, technical sections etc etc. The possibilities are endless. For more details, go to the Hamsterley Trail Guide.
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The Hamsterley Tearooms is a mountain biker friendly cafe and is open between February and September. Tel: 01388 488822 for more information.