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'The Loop' MTB skills area
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Length of trail:

1 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

3rd leg - Step drop and option. Mountain biking skills area. Hamsterley Forest

This is a purpose built MTB training loop. It is designed with skill development in mind to push your mountain biking to a new level. The Loop contains a multitude of features and riding options, some built in stone to mimic natural trails and others from timber in the North Shore style. Each feature has a skills tips board containing information to help perfect your technique. When you reach the bottom you can either exit The Loop or go back to the top via the climb trail. The training loop is aimed at anybody confident at riding Blue Grade trail or above, but beware it contains features of all grades from Blue to Black. The trail is not suitable for occasional/family cyclists and all riders are advised to wear suitable personal protective equipment.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We love the Hamsterley Forest trails. We only discovered Hamsterly last year, but have visited many times since then. Unfortunately we've never managed to find the skills loop - we followed the signs, but just ended up in an overgrown area. Is it still there, or has the whole thing been abandoned now? 5 star rating is for the forest as a whole - we love the trails, cafe, facilities and the forest in general and a skills loop would make it even better! Just wondering if we should keep looking or if it's gone?

Lou, 15/May/2018

The Skills loop is still there - go over 'Pooh Stick bridge' near the start of the Grove link and carry on straight up the forest road. The skills loop entrance is on your left

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Needs more Sign Posting to trails eg transmition etc

Will, 18/May/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Why is there no wooden features on the skills loop

Matt, 14/Jun/2016

Timber features were removed from the skills loop as they were at the end of their useful life. They have not been replaced as timber structures are not common on our trails with features generally built with stone for longevity.

Forestry Commission Response

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What's Here?

  • Cycling Hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycle wash
  • Gradient (moderate)


OS Grid ref: NZ092312
Postcode: DL13 3NL

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