Near Teesdale, the Hamsterley Forest has a new mountain biking centre. There are four 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. There is a new Down-hill mountain bike course run by local riders and the site manager with an annual membership required to use the site.
There are two primary routes: the black route and the red route. The red route starts at the main car park on the eastern end of the forest. The black route starts a few hundred meters from the information office.
Hamsterly village is located 6 miles northwest of Bishop Auckland in Durham. The forest is in a valley northwest of the village. To get there: Turn right in Hamsterley village following the brown tourist signs, turn left in hamlet of Bedburn to enter the forest and access the forest drive(£2.00 toll fee). The visitor centre is located at the bottom of the hill on the right.