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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

4.6 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

This fantastic blue grade route is 7.5km long with a shorter 3.5 km option. It is a gem waiting to be discovered, expect flowing single track with gentle berms, rolling jumps, wide gradual climbs with technical features for the adventurous riders. 

Trail Description

The trail starts down hill with sweeping intricate bends requiring hardly any peddling, then climbs up and bends and twists its way until riders came face to face with the Big Whinlatter Bike Trail Wall, a double banked bend within the forest. After climbing up through oak woodland the trail crosses a bridge and into the darker conifer forest. The trail finishes with the hollow sound of a raised board walk over a bog and through a mystical forest of towering conifers.

The Quercus Trail is named after the Latin for Oak (Quercus Petraea) because the furthest loop of the trail runs through the Masmill Oak Woodland.

Trail Guide

The Trail Guide  is available at the Visitor Centre and the Cyclewise Shop at the trail head .


The Quercus Trail is suitable for intermediate mountain bikers with basic off road skills and reasonable fitness. Unlike the Altura Trail there are easy routes around technical features such as berms and rock paving.

Trail Videos

Check out a video of the trail on Youtube.


What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

The Blue is great for refining skills while still getting an adrenalin rush; some awesome skids. when you've finished do the first section again (and again and again) by turning right at the bottom and following forest track back up to Cyclewise. Got some great shots of son getting air of the jump. Will be back to do the red when it re-opens.

Anonymous, 29/Dec/2015

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • This trail is a gem waiting to be discovered. Expect
    flowing singletrack with gentle berms, rolling jumps,
    wide gradual climbs with technical features for the
    adventurous riders. Suitable for intermediate mountain
    bikers with basic off-road skills and reasonable fitness.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY209245
Postcode: CA12 5TW

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Recreation Ranger
01768 778469

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.