Planning your visit
There are many miles of paths and tracks through Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. You are welcome to cycle on any of the gravel or tarmac paths however the best paths
for cycling are waymarked.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own bikes from home or select from a wide selection of bikes including child bikes, trailers and tag-a-longs which can be hired from the Cycle Hire Centre.
Please Note: cycling is not permitted on the Play Trail or the Tree Top Trail, the Lookout, near the Visitor Centre or around Moors Lake. Cyclists are reminded that they should ring their bells when approaching pedestrians and horseriders and slow down when passing.
‘Forest road’ graded routes
There is a central 2-mile circuit with the option to take three additional loops to extend your ride to 7 miles. These routes follow wide gravel tracks and are waymarked with round posts with the appropriate coloured bands.
Our ‘Through the Forest’ singletrack route is recommended for cyclists with some basic off-road riding skills and is not suitable for trailers or tag-a-longs. The trail offers an exciting cycling challenge and includes technical bends and tight turns as it winds its way through the pine Forest and open heathland. The trail is edged by rocks and is waymarked with rectangular posts with blue arrows.
The Bike Park is an exciting place for experienced cyclists to develop their skills. Designed in conjunction with local riders and the Forestry Commission, these natural elements require balance and riding skills to traverse and jump. The Pump Track is a sculptured track that includes berms and dips and encourages the rider to “pump” their way around the track with limited pedalling.
Please note: riders should be appropriately equipped and sufficiently experienced before attempting the Northshore elements which require technical ability. Only tackle jumps and other challenges if you are sure you can do them. Please read the safety advice and emergency contact information found at the entrance.
A detailed ‘Explore’ map which shows all the waymarked walk and cycle routes as well as the Trim Trail features is available to buy for £1 from the Information Point in the Visitor Centre.
We can also offer orienteering by bike on our permanent orienteering course in the forest. Cycle Orienteering map packs are available from the Information Point in the Visitor Centre; priced £3.00 each.
Ranger-led cycle events
The Rangers organise many cycle rides throughout the year, from introductory courses for adults who want to get back in the saddle to more demanding off-road events for regular riders. They also run mountain bike events for children during the school holidays. Please look at the events page for details of forthcoming cycle events by date.