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Trail Guide - Kielder Forest
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Borderline Trail (Blue)

  • The blue Borderline trail is 11km (7 miles) long and starts from Kielder Village and follows the former Border Counties Railway line. It is perfect for all the family as it is fairly flat with mainly grassy tracks and occasional tarmac road. 
  • Download the Trail map from here.

Castle Wood Skills Loop (Blue, Red and Black Options)

  • The blue grade section of Castle Wood Skills Loop is 0.5km long, single-track that is around 1 metre wide with a solid surface. There are slight gradients as well as low level north shore style decking, bridges and some berms.
  • The red grade trail is shorter but more technically advanced than the blue trail (less than 1m wide with a looser surface). The obstacles and gradients are also more challenging. 
  • The short black grade section can be accessed from the red grade section. This contains highly technical features and is designed for expert riders. 

 The Lakeside Way (Green)

  • The Lakeside Way multi-user path is 42km (26 miles) long and circles Kielder Water. It has a good surface for cycling, with some some hills. Allow least at 3-4 hours plus if you are fit. 
  • There are also some shorter route options e.g. the south shore is approximately 14 miles in length, stretching from Kielder Dam to Kielder Castle Visitor Centre and including Tower Knowe Visitor Centre and Leaplish Waterside Park.

Osprey Trail (Blue)

  • The Blue Osprey trail is 19km (12 miles) long and starts from Kielder Castle and heads up the Forest Drive to the first of several sections of single-track as it turns along Kielder Burn and climbs into the forest. The trail links back onto the Lakeside Way on forest road or via a new bridge over Plashetts Burn at Wainhope.
  • This route now has a new 1km shortcut route which joins the existing trail and adds a new option for visiting riders short of time. The route is also intended to add an additional section of flowing single-track for those wanting a bit more. It is hoped that the new route will also be used in the future to host junior rider competitions.

  • Download the Osprey MTB trail map 

 Lonesome Pine Trail (Red)

  • The Red Lonesome Pine trail is 18km (11 miles) long and offers fun descents as well as having the UK’s longest, one metre wide, wooden boardwalk of its kind (quite a sight!). It starts from Kielder Castle and the first 3 miles are on the Lakeside Way multi-user trail. At Lewisburn you hit the singletrack and it then climbs out of the valley and heads up to the top of Purdom Pike at over 1000 feet then to get across the boggy terrain of Purdom Pike is a 1000 yards of timber north shore as mentioned. Then you have the descent back towards Kielder village, passing Skyspace and close to Kielder Observatory. The last bit from Bewshaugh to the village is a great flowing descent through the forest.
  • Download the Lonesome Pine trail map

The Bloody Bush Trail (Red)

  • The Bloody Bush red trail is 33km (20 miles) long and starts via the Lonesome Pine trail. It links Kielder Water & Forest Park to the Scottish Border and Newcastleton. You can ride single-track to the border to tie in with existing routes in Scotland.  A return route via the existing Cross Border Trail makes for a ride of over 60km. 
  • Download the Bloody Bush Trail map

The Deadwater Trail (Red) and The Up and Over (Black) Option.

  • The Deadwater red trail is 15km (9.5 miles) long and starts from Kielder Castle. It takes in the 1,900 foot summit of Deadwater Fell which straddles the English/Scottish border. The trail descends from the peak back down to Kielder Castle on specially constructed single track, packed full of features like technical climbs, rock drop off’s, berms, single-track and north shore. 
  • The Deadwater Black Grade trail, known as Up and Over is a 2.4km (1 mile long track that spurs off from the Red Grade trail just after Jimmy's Hill.  This section of trail has quite a technical climb, some skinny woodwork on an incline, and a fast descent. It ends with a gap jump in the Rattlesnake section.

Trials Park (Orange)

  • The Orange graded Trials Park is jam packed with technical features like a rock garden, big jumps and a two metre high elevated timber trail, bikers using the new trials park will require body armour and specialist bikes. It has different progressive Orange sections for a variety of technical abilities. 

Other Stuff

  • An overview map of all the trails can be found here 
  • The trails are maintained for by the volunteer trail group, the Kielder Trail Reavers, who meet up regularly to help build and maintain the trail network. Get in touch.
  • Timber features in the new trail area were built by Neville Potts, sponsored by Jacksons Timber in Hexham. Ian Bell and David Robinson from the Bike Place, Kielder, also helped with design and construction.

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View from the top
Kielder Water
longest boardwalk in England

Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Website
Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Orange (Extreme)
Type of Trail(s)
  • Cross Country (XC )
  • Dirt Jump Park
  • Bike Park
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre
  • Cafe
  • Bike Shop

Location

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Trail Centre or Base
County/State
Address
Kielder Castle Forest Park Centre Kielder, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 1ER
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User reviews

Average user rating from: 6 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.8  (6)
Trail Variety 
 
4.1  (6)
Skills Development 
 
4.4  (6)
Trail Quality  
 
4.2  (6)
Facilities 
 
4.0  (6)
Ratings (the higher the better)
  • Grin Factor
    Level of fun had, or to be had
  • Trail Variety
    Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
  • Skills Development
    Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
  • Trail Quality
    Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
  • Facilities
    From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Kielder often gets overlooked because of its remoteness, but I really like that. If you spend some time exploring you can soon link up the good bits, or even session them for example Sky Dive is easy to get to the top of, just follow the forest road up to Skyspace and you are at the top again. The facilities are pretty good, excellent bike shop with good bike wash, cafe with proper homemade cakes and a friendly pub. The only thing missing are showers.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
DT Reviewed by DT November 19, 2013
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Remote Riding

Kielder often gets overlooked because of its remoteness, but I really like that. If you spend some time exploring you can soon link up the good bits, or even session them for example Sky Dive is easy to get to the top of, just follow the forest road up to Skyspace and you are at the top again. The facilities are pretty good, excellent bike shop with good bike wash, cafe with proper homemade cakes and a friendly pub. The only thing missing are showers.

User Review

Good Points
Kielder has some excellent single-track, it is just a matter of joining them up while trying to avoid the forest roads. The best sections on the Deadwater trail are Into the Valley and Twist and Shout, both should put a grin on anybodies face. The blue Osprey trail is quite challenging and long for a blue but once you get to Hill 361 the fun begins and it just gets better with Squirrel Nut Pines topping it off, beware the drag back on the Lakeside Way. On the other side of Kielder is the Lonesome Pine and the Bloody Bush Trail, the highlights are the hand-built Capon Hassock section and Sky Dive which flows really well all the way back to Kielder. The Bloody Bush trail is little used and remote but has a long section of north shore and is the way to go if you are going over to Newcastleton.
Bad Points
Some of the trails are a bit rough at the moment, but some like it that way, it is also very remote which means it is a long way from anywhere, but has the advantage that it never gets really busy.
Mobile phone signal very limited.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Really impressed with Kielder, recently done Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trails which I found good quality and fun routes with a mix of terrain and stunning views! Its about an hour out of Newcastle so easily accessible.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Gregg Reviewed by Gregg November 14, 2013
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Kielder

Really impressed with Kielder, recently done Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trails which I found good quality and fun routes with a mix of terrain and stunning views! Its about an hour out of Newcastle so easily accessible.

User Review

Good Points
Kielder is stunning and there is plenty to go at here, including some longer rides. Great facilities and generally a nice place to be.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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I have only traveled a little in england and scotland on my bike and when i moved to kielder i found we have the largest and longest downhill section in england.
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
karl Reviewed by karl September 13, 2013
Last updated: September 13, 2013
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kielder dead water trails

I have only traveled a little in england and scotland on my bike and when i moved to kielder i found we have the largest and longest downhill section in england.

User Review

Good Points
:rattle snake (black) great fun to ride fast flowing and some nice jumps drop offs and a great rock garden half way though. if you keep going to the top of dead water you will be meet with some insane views that stretch from the west coast to the east coast dead water fell is one of only 3 places in england you can see coast to coast.

:jimmys hill (red) great technical up hill section with 4 rock gardens and some good climbs its all worth it to get to twist and shout or up and over.

:up and over (black) well i think this one explains itself half way up jimmys hill turn left to the up and over this is a great fitness and skills test even for the experienced rides devils elbow is very hard to climb on your wheels i have to admit i have never been able to complete on my wheels, there are rock gardens 12 inch wide north shore and a fantasic downhill section with 4-5 foot drop offs and 6 foot jumps the burms are slightly washed away but they are in the process of being repaired. ( THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED UNTIL 2014 )

:twist and shout (red) carry on up jimmys hill and you will come to a t junction where you can turn left for the super bowl or right for twist and shout, the super bowl is a power bowl with 5 corners and 20 foot downhill decents. twist and shout is a really really fast flowing track with speeds to be gained around the 35 mph mark you no your riding when you are going like a bat out of hell there are a number of different terrains to comprehend from loose soil to gravel northshore and rock this track has it all. thanks to the trail reavers for putting grip take strips on wood stock (OPENING SOON) and a big thank you to tony from the forestry for taking the time to repair this track ready for next years tourists. the end of twist and shout brings you to the trails area and skills loops which are brilliant and well worth a potter around.
THANK YOU TO ALL AND EVERYONE WHO HAS PUT THE EFFORT IN IN BUILDING THESE GREAT TRAILS AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS AND GIRLS.
Bad Points
:no up lift service
:no phone signal
:up and over is closed
Would you recommend?
Yes
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You'd perhaps need a couple of days to complete the red and black trails here. The Deadwater Trail was a good warm up with some very technical climbing over boulders, not helped by a couple of gates to open on the way up.

The lonesome pine trail was varied though a bit loose in places, and it was quite a long ride along the lakeside way to get to the start of the trail proper. Trail builders were out in force adding more diversity to the singletrack already in place. The view from the top of the hill is great reward on a fine day. We didn't take the plunge and do the Bloody Bush trail.

For those taking families Kielder is ideal- plenty of easy graded trails and alternative activities when youngsters get bored- a maze, wildlife watching, outdoor activities(climbing, kayaking etc), mini golf, stargazing in the observatory at night.

We'll be back to complete the rest of the trails but its too far away to make it a regular visit.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Tibbort Reviewed by Tibbort August 20, 2013
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Great scenery in the Borders

You'd perhaps need a couple of days to complete the red and black trails here. The Deadwater Trail was a good warm up with some very technical climbing over boulders, not helped by a couple of gates to open on the way up.

The lonesome pine trail was varied though a bit loose in places, and it was quite a long ride along the lakeside way to get to the start of the trail proper. Trail builders were out in force adding more diversity to the singletrack already in place. The view from the top of the hill is great reward on a fine day. We didn't take the plunge and do the Bloody Bush trail.

For those taking families Kielder is ideal- plenty of easy graded trails and alternative activities when youngsters get bored- a maze, wildlife watching, outdoor activities(climbing, kayaking etc), mini golf, stargazing in the observatory at night.

We'll be back to complete the rest of the trails but its too far away to make it a regular visit.

User Review

Good Points
Enough trails to make a weekend of it
trails not too busy
great views on a nice day
Cycle hire available
There is a pub on site
Bad Points
Most remote village in the whole of England
Take plenty of midge repellent (Avon Skin So Soft does the trick if you can cope with stick from your pals)
Not many flowing downhill sections (on the trails we completed)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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I used the skills area whilst attending a demo day..
(The Bioicon with it's (still) unique take on adjustable suspension fairly blew me away as a versitile trail muncher).
The skills area is well planned, easily accessed, lots of variety, all of which is present on the actual trails.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Sadoldsamurai March 13, 2013

Skills area

I used the skills area whilst attending a demo day..
(The Bioicon with it's (still) unique take on adjustable suspension fairly blew me away as a versitile trail muncher).
The skills area is well planned, easily accessed, lots of variety, all of which is present on the actual trails.

User Review

Good Points
Its a great if small skills area.
Miles and miles and miles of tracks..
The round the lake circuit however is a longish but nice family trundle.
Bad Points
We took the green trail (up the old railway line (2011) that was..well very boring,
an out and back on the flat, with little scenery of interest.

WARNING there is no insect repellant currently available which will deter the midgies here...
and it's in the middle of nowhere...
If you are travelling this far..go to Glentress/Inners.
Would you recommend?
No
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Overall rating 
 
2.7
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
mrsmokeybear Reviewed by mrsmokeybear September 01, 2010
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User Review

Good Points
Out in the wild.... able to cross the border at Bloodybush, excellent skills area behind castle, brutal section by border
Bad Points
Needs about 5 years riding to bed in the trails, majority of downhill return trail to start is on fire road
Would you recommend?
No
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