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.
Overall, Hamsterley Forest is the 80th most popular mountain bike trail of all 93 mountain biking rides in UK.