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Remote Riding
(Updated: October 10, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
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
Some re-worked trails have been opened (18/10/14) and some improvements made to the trails, go and explore.
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. There have been a lot of trail developments and improvements in the last year (2015/16) or so.
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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